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Farm Report: Stephen Gonsalves sparkles again in second Triple-A start

A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from August 15th, 2017.

A Farmer Helps His Ewes Give Birth As Lambing Season Begins Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Triple-A: Rochester Red Wings 6, Columbus Clippers 2

SP Stephen Gonsalves followed up his Triple-A debut last week with an even better outing this week, earning the win as the Red Wings clipped the Clippers 6-2. Gonsalves gave up only one run over 6.0 innings of work, and struck out eight batters.

Gonsalves, of course, also got the run support. 2B Niko Goodrum and DH Kennys Vargas both hit solo dongs, while 3B Matt Hague went 3-for-5 with three RBI.

The bullpen was also strong (besides RP Drew Rucinski, who gave up the second run in his inning of work). RP John Curtiss pitched a perfect 1.0 inning and struck out one guy. He has a 2.18 ERA through 20.2 innings at Triple-A this year.

Old friend RP Michael Tonkin pitched a scoreless 9th inning and struck out two, although he did give up one hit. He’s actually doing pretty well in Triple-A, posting a 2.06 ERA over 35.0 innings since being DFA’d on May 6th.

The win put the Red Wings in sole possession of the Triple-A Wild Card for the first time since May.

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Double-A: Chattanooga Lookouts off

Scheduled off day for the Fightin’ Mauers.

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High-A: Lakeland Flying Tigers at Ft. Myers Miracle [POSTPONED]

Rained too much in Florida.

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Low-A: Cedar Rapids Kernels 5, Burlington Bees 2

The Kernels started this one in a hurry, scoring three runs in the top of the 1st inning. Two of those runs came on a two-run home run by C Caleb Hamilton. RF Shane Carrier hit a double and scored on a single by 3B Trey Cabbage to score the third run.

But the scoring didn’t stop there. RF Aaron Whitefield hit and RBI triple the very next inning, making the game 4-0. Though Kernels SP Bryan Sammons ended up giving up two runs to the Bees over his 5.0 innings of work, making it 4-2, the Kernels scored again in the top of the 9th thanks to some good base running by Whitefield and a sac fly by Hamilton.

RP Hector Lujan got the save for the Kernels, pitching a perfect ninth and striking out two guys in the process. Lujan is having a pretty impressive year at Low-A, where he has a 1.53 ERA.

In case you were wondering, Royce Lewis did not play in this game.

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Rookie League: Johnson City Cardinals 11, Elizabethton Twins 4

After beating up on the baby Cardinals for two days, the baby Twins finally got a taste of their own medicine. Much of that was because the pitching sucked (duh). SP Edwar Colina lasted only 3.2 innings and gave up four runs; RP Juan Gamez lasted only 2.0 innings and gave up five runs; and RP Rickey Ramirez went 2.1 innings, but still gave up two runs as well.

And yes, all those runs were earned.

SS Gorge Munoz went 2-for-3 and 3B Ariel Montesino hit a double. Other than that, pretty boring offensive day for the baby Twins.

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