Triple-A: Rochester Red Wings 3, Pawtucket Red Sox 1
At least the Red Wings can beat the Red Sox...
Stud prospect SP Jose Berrios started this game, and actually gave up the first run in the top of the first inning. It wasn’t on a home run, but rather back-to-back double by LF Steve Selsky and DH Sam Travis. Luckily, that’s all the Red Sox would get off Berrios, who went 6.2 innings while striking out four and walking zero.
Also luckily, the Red Wings answered back quickly, with 2B Tommy Field hitting a two-run double in the bottom of the first to retake the lead. In fact, Field drove in all three Red Wings runs in the game, with the first inning double and another RBI single in the bottom of the third.
This game was also notable for the Triple-A debut of CF Zack Granite! The 2016 Twins Minor League Player of the Year was injured to start the season and has been battling his way back. He ended up going 2-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored.
The bullpen was also strong. RP Trevor Hildenberger gave up zero runs on one hit in one inning of work, and RP Alex Wimmers gave up a hit and a walk also in one inning.
Double-A: Chattanooga Lookouts 4, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2 (Game 1)
Another start where the opponents scored first in the top of the first but failed to win! That’s what the Blue Wahoos did here, tagging SP Kohl Stewart for back-to-back doubles to lead off the game. Stewart gave up another run in the second inning, and that was all for the day. He only made is 4.2 innings before he was removed because of an injury.
Oh, and 2B Nick Gordon shows no signs of slowing down. He went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple and a run scored.
Double-A: Chattanooga Lookouts 3, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2 (Game 2)
The Lookouts took the second game of the double header thanks to a walk-off single by DH LaMonte Wade in the bottom of the eighth inning (reminder that games only last seven innings for minor league double headers). It was the only hit of the game for Wade, who went 1-for-1 with two walks.
SS Nick Gordon went 0-for-2 with two walks.
SP Ryan Eades had a good outing for the Lookouts, lasting five innings total. He have up two runs on four hits while striking our four, and most impressively, walked no one.
The bullpen also rocked. RP John Curtiss pitched two scoreless innings, and hasn’t given up a run this year over his 11.1 total innings. Hard-throwers RP Nick Burdi gave up one walk and one hit in his inning or work, but no runs. He currently has a 0.87 ERA in Double-A this year.
High-A: Ft. Myers Miracle 6, St. Lucie Mets 0
So this one was a totally pitching duel until suddenly... it wasn’t. Mets SP Nabil Crismatt (lmao at that name) and Miracle SP Dereck Rodriguez, son of Pudge, both pitched seven scoreless innings for their respective teams. It was the relievers for the Mets who failed.
The Miracle scored four runs in the eighth inning thanks to two-run home runs by both SS Nelson Molina and 1B Zander Wiel. But they didn’t even stop there! The Miracle added another two runs in the ninth thanks to an RBI double from Molina, who then scored on a single by 3B Chris Paul.
Low-A: Cedar Rapids Kernels 4, Fort Wayne TinCaps 1
YET ANOTHER WIN! EVERYTHING IS TURNING UP TWINS MINOR LEAGUE AFFILIATES!
The win here was thanks partly to a solid start by SP Clark Beeker, who gave up the only TinCups run of the game but lasted six innings and struck out six. IF was the fourth consecutive victory for the young right-hander, who now has a 1.65 ERA in Low-A.
The offensive start of the game for the Kernels was 3B Travis Blankenhorn, who went 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, one RBI, and a run scored. He was the only Kernel player in the game with more than one hit, though both DH Lewin Diaz and RF Christian Cavaness hit doubles too.
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