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Farm Report: Travis Blankenhorn steals home, D-Rod stumbles in ASG

A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from June 17th, 2017.

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This is how Dereck’s expression looked after giving up that home run.
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Triple-A Game 1: Pawtucket Red Sox 2, Rochester Red Wings 1 (8 innings)

A 7.2-inning complete game? Yep — remember, these minor-league twin bills are scheduled at seven innings apiece. (I kinda wish they’d do that in the pros.) Ex-Royal Yohan Pino gave up the walk-off solo dong with two outs in the eighth; only the fourth hit off him all day.

CF Zack Granite was 2-4, DH/1B Matt Hague 2-3, and ByungHo Park a perfect 2-2 (he got plunked once). Rough going at the plate for LF Tommy Field, who was 0-4 with five runners LOB and made the final Rochester out.

[Box Score]

Game 2: Red Wings 7, Red Sox 5

Less goodly pitching this time, but a happier result, although Matt Tracy got knocked around for five runs in five innings on his second AAA start. D.J. Baxendale and Kam Mickolio were perfect in their two innings, each facing three batters and striking out one. Mickolio is from Montana. He very much looks like he’s from Montana.

Field fixed his day by going 2-4 with two RBIs. Granite and Park added another two hits apiece (no beanings for Park this time). Park’s 4-6 day raised his average to .211; Granite’s 4-7 put him at .348. And LF J.B. Schuck had a dinger. Happiness abounded! Well, not for RF Niko Goodrum, who had three strikeouts, no hits, and no walks.

[Box Score]

Double-A: Chattanooga Lookouts 5, Tennessee Smokies 3

Seven hits from seven different Lookouts here, including a 3-run dong by DH/1B Andy Wilkins. It was his first of the year. Chattanooga needed all those bats, as starter Felix Jorge struggled through six frames. He gave up two strokers back-to-back in a four-run second inning. The Lookouts also benefited from two Smokies errors, amounting to four unearned runs.

[Box Score]

High-A All-Star Game: FSL North (them) 5, FSL South (us) 2

Dereck (son of Pudge) Rodriguez almost honored his family name, getting the first two hitters he faced — but then he surrendered a single and two-run dinger. The vanquishing foe was something named Gavin LaValley, who has 15 dongs so far this year, and hit two in this game. He doesn’t play for a Twins affiliate, so he’s not fully human.

Fellow Miracles? C Brian Navarreto grounded out in his pinch-hit AB, and LHP Sam Clay retired the North’s last two batters.

[Box Score]

Low-A: Cedar Rapids Kernels 2, Clinton LumberKings 1

STEALING HOME! YEAHHHHH! Ok, so it’s Low-A, and opponents are less polished defensively, but it’s still damn cool. What made it extra badass is coming with two outs and the bases loaded! In the eighth inning! And it was the go-ahead run! For this, 3B Travis Blankenhorn, you get Twins system Stud Of The Day mega-props.

Check out video of the steal right here. Damn. Cool.

You pretty much couldn’t imagine a better day for Mean Corn fans. Starter Tyler Wells went eight full innings and struck out ten LumberKings. RHP Hector Lujan pitched a perfect ninth, and got the last guy swinging. Both Kernels runs came with two outs, and the game finished in a brisk 2:21. C’mon, Twins fans, admit it — you would rather have been at this game than Target Field yesterday.

[Box Score]


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