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Farm Report: Nelson Molina hits two triples in Miracle Win

A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from July 5th, 2017.

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Triple-A: Rochester Red Wings 3, Pawtucket Red Sox 1 (Game 1)

Starting RHP Dillon Gee was really good for the Red Wings, and pitched five scoreless innings with 3 strikeouts. He was relieved by RHP Alex Wimmers, who apparently learned how to give up runs in his stint with the Twins, but that was run was all the Sox could manage.

The Rochester baseball gentlemen scored all three of their runs in the first inning. The Twins usually hand out a complimentary two-run lead, but I suppose the PawSox are just more generous. C Mitch Garver hit an RBI double, and was driven in by a DH Byungho Park single. 1B Kennys Vargas had two hits in the game, and was driven in on the first by 2B Tommy Field. The last run? Scored by none other than Zack Granite, on base courtesy of his only hit in three chances.

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Triple-A: Rochester Red Wings 0, Pawtucket Red Sox 2 (Game 2)

This was a substantially less enjoyable game for the Red Wings. Only two batsmen reach base, 3B Tommy Field with a double, and C (and potential serial killer) John Ryan Murphy.

The Red Wings pitching wasn’t bad either, just less-good. RHP D.J. Baxendale gave up two runs, only one earned, over three innings. LHP Mason Melotakis and RHP Michael Tonkin, neither of whom any other MLB team wanted, each pitched two scoreless innings.

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Double-A: Chattanooga Lookouts 5, Tennessee Smokies 3

Racking up ten hits in a night usually gives your team an opportunity to win, and that is exactly what the Lookouts did. CF Levi Michael lead the charge with three hits and an RBI. Every other batter except 2B Alex Perez collected a hit as well, in a team effort.

Not to be outdone, the pitchers did their part as well. RHP Dereck (son of Pudge) Rodriguez pitched seven innings and was charged with two runs; and the slackers (seriously, those guys only have to pitch like two innings a night, that’s just not the Twins way) in the bullpen cleaned it up for him. Crosby, MN native RHP Nick Anderson earned the save.

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High-A: Ft Myers Miracle 3, Tampa Yankees 1

Its been awhile since the Twins have seen a guy hit two triples in a game, but 2B Nelson Molina did it as a part of his four hit night for the Miracle. RF Max Murphy and 3B Brandon Lopez combined for 7 strikeouts and no hits on 8 official at-bats, but still somehow were each credited with an RBI (both hit sac flies.)

In a short outing, RHP Sean Poppin pitched two scoreless innings, and was relieved by RHP Keaton Steele, who gave up one run, but earned the win. RHP Alex Muren earned the save.

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Low-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 5, Cedar Rapids Kernels 3

Mean Corn LHP Evan Sanders was snakebit (did you really think I was above that kind of pun,) and gave up all five runs in just 1.1 inning. His ERA is 15.19, ouch!

The Kernals’ offense, lead by LF Christian Cavaness’ three hits, and 3B Travis Blankenhorn’s 2 RBI’s tried to stage a comeback, but it was for naught.

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Rookie League: Princeton (clearly not sun) Rays Lazy, Elizabethton Twins Lazier.

Apparently the rookie leaguers decided to take a day off. Must be nice. I wonder if they have Joe Mauer come in as a “special laziness instructor.”

Okay, so the game was really just ppd for rain. That’s not as much fun.

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