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Farm Report: Kernels hold LumberKings to three-hits in shutout win

A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from July 2nd, 2017.

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Triple-A: Lehigh Valley IronPigs 3, Rochester Red Wings 0

CF Zack Granite went 2-for-4 in this game, but basically everything else went wrong for the Red Wings. As a whole they only mustered five hits in the game—all just singles.

Sorry, I was just upset. It didn’t ALL go wrong. SP David Hurlbut actually did fairly well for the Red Wings, pitching 7.2 innings and giving up only three runs. He got nine strikeouts too! I almost hope he makes it to the big leagues this year just because I love the name “Hurlbut” for a pitcher so much.

RP Alex Wimmers pitched the final 0.1 innings of the game. He got a strikeout.

Anyway, the IronPigs have been like super duper goo this year so it’s not all that surprising the Red Wings lost. Doesn’t mean I have to like it, though.

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Double-A: Chattanooga Lookouts 5, Mississippi Braves 4 (Game 1)

This was the game resumed from yesterday! The Lookouts won! SS Nick Gordon went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. CF Levi Michael hit a home run!

SP Fernando Romero pitched two scoreless innings, and then was pulled. Not sure why?

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Double-A: Chattanooga Lookouts 4, Mississippi Braves 0 (Game 2)

Another win! Woo! This one didn’t involve Fernando Romero getting pulled after 2 innings too.

Instead, it involved SP Ryan Eades pitching three perfect innings, and then RP Alex Muren pitching three more shutout innings. And THEN RP Randy Rosario pitching a perfect final, 7th inning.

RF Edgar Corcino did well, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Pretty much the highlight here.

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High-A: St. Lucie Mets 5, Ft. Myers Miracle 4 (Game 1)

Doubleheader for the Miracle and baby Mets today, and you know what that means—more Tim Tebow!

Just kidding. I hate him. (He went 0-for-2, in case you were wondering.)

Anyway, in the first game the Miracle lost, unfortunately. It wasn’t even that particularly close, but the Miracle scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh(the last inning for minor league doubleheaders) to make it look closer than it was.

Somewhat-recently promoted SS Jermaine Palacios had an awesome game, though, going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Unfortunately, SP Brady Anderson sort of sucked it up, allowing five runs in just 4 innings. He only struck out one, too.

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High-A: Ft. Myers Miracle 12, St. Lucie Mets 1 (Game 2)

Now THIS is more like it! The Miracle put on a hit parade, wracking up fifteen of them, including a home run by 1B Zander Wiel, a triple by DH Shane Kennedy, and five doubles.

In fact, it was quite the game for Kennedy, who went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, an RBI, and a walk in (and also that triple).

SP Anthony McIver made the start for the Miracle, and gave up only one run on five hits and two walks over five innings. He has a 2.56 ERA on the year at Double-A.

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Low-A: Cedar Rapids Kernels 3, Clinton LumberKings 0

Three Kernels pitchers combined to pitch a three-hit shutout against the LumberKings. SP Griffin Jax did most of the heavy lifting, ad he pitched seven innings, giving up only three hits and a walk. RP Logan Lombana and RP Hector Lujan each pitched one perfect inning to complete the game.

At the plate, DH Aaron Whitefield hit a solo home run, and 2B Travis Blankenhorn went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

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Rookie League: Danville Braves 7, Elizabethton Twins 1

Well... hmmm. That’s not good.

Baby Twins RP Christian Broussard was a big culprit here, relieving SP Charlie Barnes and giving up four earned runs to the baby Braves. In fact, none of the Twins pitchers were guilt free—Barnes gave up a run in his 3.1 innings of work, and RP Jared Finkel gave up on in his 0.2 innings.

The baby Twins only got three hits in the game total. Two of them were by SS Wander Javier, who also had the Twins’s only extra-base hit (a double).

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