Triple-A: Lehigh Valley IronPigs 6, Rochester Red Wings 1
Not quite the Big Sexy we were hoping for...
Newly-signed SP Bartolo Colon had the start for the Red Wings yesterday, but he didn’t exactly build confidence, as he gave up four earned runs and was pulled after throwing 76 pitches over 3.2 innings. AND he made an error on a pick-off attempt. Which was followed by a passed ball. Ouch.
But keep in mind he faced the Iron Pigs, who have been extremely good this year in Triple-A, and, um, Colon is just trying to get warmed up... please I still want to see him make a start for the Twins!!!!
Sadly, RP John Curtiss gave up the other two runs in the bottom of the 8th inning. He still has a 3.24 ERA in Triple-A, though?
LF Mitch Garver continues to be the hot, hot, HOT! He went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. His Triple-A batting average is up to .290 now
Double-A: Chattanooga Lookouts 5, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 4
The Lookouts jumped out to an early lead, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning, but then feel behind as the Jump Shrimp picked away, scoring four runs over the next seven innings.
Then the Lookouts scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth and won anyway. 1B Jonathan Rodriguez and 3B T.J. White were key in the comeback win, both hitting two doubles.
Top prospect SP Stephen Gonsalves started for the Lookouts, giving up only one earned run over six innings. He did get two unearned runs tabbed to his line, though, thanks to a fielding error by White, and a throwing error by SS Ryan Walker.
In fact, White had THREE errors in the game. Yikes! What is this, rookie ball?!
High-A: Ft. Myers Miracle 4, Charlotte Stone Crabs 3 (Game 1)
The Miracle had a doubleheader yesterday against the Stone Crabs! Miracle 3B Brandon Lopez was the star in game one, going 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. DH Mitchell Kranson also hit a huge two-run double in the 6th inning.
SP Lewis Thorpe started for the Miracle, and gave up three earned runs on six hits and three walks over four innings.
More impressively, RP Alex Robinson threw a scoreless inning and struck out all three batters he faced. RP Keaton Steele and RP Sam Clay both threw scoreless innings too.
High-A: Ft. Myers Miracle 5, Charlotte Stone Crabs 3 (Game 2)
Another win! Woot woot! The Miracle put up all five of their runs in the top of the 4th inning, thanks largely o a two-run triple by RF Jaylin Davis and a two-run triple by copy-cat CF Tanner English.
2B Sean Miller also had an impressive game for the Miracle, going 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored.
SP Brady Anderson gave up all three Stone Crab runs, but lasted 5 innings. More impressive;y, the strikeout king, RP Andrew Vasquez, pitched the final two innings (doubleheader games only last seven innings in the minors), and struck out FIVE batters. He only gave up one hit, so basically he stuck out five of the seven batters he faced. That’s... impressive.
Low-A: West Michigan Whitecaps 3, Cedar Rapids Kernels 2
The Kernels tried their best (and I assume had fun), but lost this one in a walk-off in the bottom of the 10th inning. RP Hector Lujan was the one who blew the save in the bottom of the 9th and gave up the walk-off in the 10th, but he is still sporting a 1.77 ERA in Low-A this year. It just wasn’t his day.
SS Gorge Munoz hit a solo home run for the Kernels, which was exciting. It was one of only three runs the Kernels managed in the game.
Rookie League: Burlington Royals 5, Elizabethton Twins 4
This one is actually a little funny, because the baby Twins were trailing 5-1 going into the 9th inning, and almost pulled off a comeback rally! Alas, they only scored three runs, and still lost.
Two of those 9th inning runs came on a home run by top prospect SS Wander Javier. The other run came on an earlier RBI ground-into-double-play by 3B Jose Miranda.
DH Brent Rooker—who has been on fire—went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
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