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Farm Report: Michael Tonkin serves up walk-off loss for Red Wings

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A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from May 21st, 2017.

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Adam Schneider

Triple-A: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 5, Rochester Red Wings 4

This one was a heart breaker, as the Red Wings battled back from an early 3-0 deficit only to lose in the bottom of the eleventh. Which pitcher had the honor of giving up the walk-off hit? Old friend RP Michael Tonkin, of course.

SP Nik Turley started the game for the Red Wings and ran into trouble early, giving up two runs in the first inning (including a solo dinger) and another run in the second (on a wild pitch). After that he settled down more, though, and ended up pitching three more scoreless innings.

The Red Wings scored all four of their runs in the third inning. DH ByungHo Park and 3B Tommy Field hit back-to-back home runs, which was pretty awesome. Park hit a home run yesterday too, and is hopefully starting to heat up since returning from his almost month long hamstring injury.

Also impressive in the game was RP Alan Busenitz, who gave up only one hit in two scoreless innings of work. He now has a 2.00 ERA on the year. Keep it up young man and we may be seeing you in the big leagues soon.

[Box Score]

Double-A: Biloxi Shuckers 5, Chattanooga Lookouts 4

Oh, look—ANOTHER 5-4 walk-off loss! In this one the Lookouts actually lost in the bottom of the tenth inning, though, thanks to a single given up by RP Raul Fernandez.

SP Matt Tracy started the game for the Lookouts. He was not that great, giving up four earned runs over 6.2 innings of work. He only walked one guy, though, and struck-out five.

As for the offensive standouts, surprise surprise but we have SS Nick Gordon again! He went 2-for-4 and hit two doubles in the game. LF LaMonte Wade also hit a double, but it was his only hit in the game.

RP Nick Burdi pitched 1.1 scoreless innings in relief, only giving up three hits. His ERA on the year is now down to 0.53—which is pretty good, don’t you think?

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High-A: Bradenton Marauders 6, Fort Myers Miracle 5

Though the Marauders jumped out to an early lead, scoring one run off Miracle SP Cody Stashak in the top of the first, Miracle LF Bradley Strong and 3B Chris Paul quickly came back, hitting back-to-back songs in the bottom of the inning. The Miracle scored three more runs the following inning to make it 5-1.

Unfortunately, the four run lead didn’t last, as Stashak went on to have a pretty rough outing. Overall he lasted just four innings, giving up five earned runs on eight hits and a walk.

Blah.

[Box Score]

Low-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 12, Cedar Rapids Kernels 7

Jesus Christ, it was NOT a good day for Kernels SP Tyler Beardsley. Beardsley gave up a whopping nine earned runs over four innings, including two home runs and five doubles. Ouch. He only got one strike out, too.

After Beardsley was removed from the game, RP Zach Tillery came in and also sucked it up. He only lasted 0.1 innings and gave up another three earned runs and walked five. Holy yikes.

There were some good things happening for the Kernels at the plate, though. 3B Travis Blankenhorn went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double. 1B Lewin Diaz also homered in the game and walked twice.

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