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Farm Report: Lookouts win 21-inning game

A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from July 29th, 2017.

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Double-A: Chattanooga Lookouts 2, Birmingham Barons 1, 21 innings

Gonna switch up the order a bit here, because of A 21-INNING GAME. CF/IF Levi Michael registered the winning RBI with a bases-loaded walk. (Barons IF Toby Thomas was pitching. He walked four. Pitching is not his normal job.)

Winning pitcher? The Pride of Robbinsdale, RF Max Murphy. Who actually registered a strikeout in the 21st inning. 2B Alex Perez preceded him and didn’t K any batters in the 19th or 20th. Perez, you have failed us all.

Or was the true failure Felix Jorge, who allowed that first-inning run? Yeah, nobody scored in Jorge’s subsequent eight innings (nine total, if my California math is correct), but Not Winning is the same as Being A Loser in my book. I don’t hand out participation trophies for eight strikeouts and no walks. I demand RESULTS.

The guy who must feel so happy Chattanooga won is C Brian Navarreto, who managed to go 0-8 with four runners LOB. He still caught 12 innings of this madness.

Here’s my burning question: who is “Staff Report” at the Chattanooga Times Free Press? Now, it’s fairly common for late games to be recapped by freelancers. The regular pros phone it in, somebody making $750 a month (in a good month) gets e-mailed at some ungodly hour to do it, there are websites hiring people for this stuff. (Also late-night deaths of semi-famous celebrities, that kind of thing.) When you read see a byline “Special To The [Paper Name],” and the publication time is late at night, it’s often a freelancer. (John Hickey was “Special To” last night’s Pioneer Press, but he seems more like a conditional hire than a freelancer, he’s written there before.)

The Free Press recap doesn’t read like a freelancer wrote it. It’s got details of the teams’ regular-season standings, and upcoming starting pitching, which a normal freelancer wouldn’t bother to add. In any case, good on you, Mrs/Mr/CPU Staff Report.

And good on you, Lookouts, for winning this one at home. Five-and-a-half hours. I’m not sure how many fans were left in the building when it ended, but they went home happy, and that’s what counts.

[Epic Box Score]

Triple-A: Toledo Mud Hens 6, Rochester Red Wings 5, 12 innings

Moar free baseball! Canadian Nik Turley gave up the winning run, but that was in his third inning of work. Drew Rucinski was the real Twins-y reliever here, facing six guys and only getting two of them out. Rehabbing Hector Santiago threw 59 pitches and struck out four guys; David Hurlbut, 55 and five. ByungHo Park had a Park Bang to go with his unfortunate three whiffs. Byron Buxton struck out twice, got singles twice, and rather bizarrely was lifted for a pinch-runner his second time on.

[Box Score]

High-A: Clearwater Threshers 3, Ft. Myers Miracle 0

No extra frames here. That’s because Douggie Baseball’s boys managed all of one hit, a seventh-inning single by SS Jermaine Palacios. A subsequent error loaded the bases with two outs, but unfortunately recent draft pick LF Brent Rooker couldn’t knock anybody home.

Australian 21-year-old RHP Lewis Thorpe was pretty good in six innings, except for a two-run dong. Glen Perkins faced four guys; two struck out, two got hits. No word on what his velocity was. I’m guessing if he’s back with the Twins this year, it’ll be in September. Or they might just give him time to heal up off-season, maybe play some in the Arizona Fall League.

[Box Score]

Low-A: Cedar Rapids Kernels 2, Clinton LumberKings 0

Bullpens? Who needs ‘em? Not when nervous Muppet Clark Beeker is dealing. Our jumpy lab-coated friend went the distance with an even 100 pitches, 73 for strikes. Seven Ks, of six different hitters. It’s not like Beeker picked on one guy, he had ‘em all chasing. And fielded his position, starting a double play to end the third.

Very balanced offense for the Mean Corn. Only SS Gorge Munoz had a multi-hit game; and nobody powered in more than a single.

[Box Score]

Rookie League: Elizabethton Twins 13, Princeton Rays 3

WHOMP. Have some feels for Rays 20-year-old starter Joel Peguero. He faced seven hitters and only got one out. Then his relief replacement promptly gave up a homer to Baby Twin 2B Carson Crites, leaving Peguero with six earned runs on his record. SS Jordan Gore made a push for promotion with a dong of his own; he’s hitting .403.

Venezuelan RHP Brusdar Graterol had a nice four-inning pitch-limit start, striking out six and allowing two runs. He’ll be 19 in a month. 18 years old and playing pro ball! In a new country! Wow, that’s gotta be a little bit of a mind-blowing thing. At his age, with so much culture shock, I would have avoided everyone and hid out in movie theaters most of the time. Oh, wait, I actually did do that. Didn’t pitch pro ball, though. Way to go, Brusdar.

[Box Score]

The Junior Rolling Twins Are National Champions

Major congrats to community member Hayden A, whose Junior Rolling Twins softball team won the national title in Baltimore this weekend! One version of the Twins ain’t giving up at the end of July! No giving Hayden any champagne, however, I believe he’s underage.

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