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Farm Report: Zack Littell strong in fourth Lookouts start

A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from August 16th, 2017.

The 2015 Mendip Ploughing Society Competition Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Triple-A: Rochester Red Wings 4, Columbus Clippers 3

The Red Wings won this one in the 11th innings, when C Mitch Garver hit a a one-out double and subsequently scored on a DH Kennys Vargas RBI single. RP Alex Wimmers pitched a perfect bottom of the 11th to secure the win.

CF Niko Goodrum got things going quickly, leading off the game with a double and subsequently scoring the first run of the game on a Garver single.

The Clippers answered back quickly, though, getting a run back off Red Wings SP David Hurlbut in the bottom of the 1st. That would be the only run Hurlbut would give up, however, as he went on to pitch 6.1 innings total and didn’t even walk a soul. Good job, Hurlbut.

RF Daniel Palka ended up hitting an RBI single in the 3rd and 8th innings, putting the Red Wings up 3-1. Unfortunately, in the bottom of the 8th, RP Luke Bard gave up a run, and was then pulled for RP Mason Melotakis, who gave up another run to tie the game up. In fact, Melotakis failed to make even a single out.

Luckily, as stated above, it all worked out in the end.

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Double-A: Chattanooga Lookouts 6, Tennessee Smokies 3

Yesterday was SP Zack Littell’s fourth start since coming over from the Yankees in the Jaime Garcia trade, and he once again looked pretty solid. The young righty through 6.0 innings, giving up only one run on five hits and two walks.

As for offense, 1B Jonathan Rodriguez had himself another nice day, hitting his 17th home run of the year and a double. He’s now hitting .308.

It was also a good day for DH Andy Wilkins, the 28-year-old rando the Twins signed to a minor league deal in mid-June. He went 3-for-5 with a double and drove in two runs.

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High-A: Ft. Myers Miracle 5, Lakeland Flying Tigers 4 (Game One)

Woo, double header! This one was actually not as close as it seems, since the Flying Tigers scored two runs in the top of the 7th (and final) inning off Miracle RP Michael Theofanopoulos, but he ultimately held on for the win.

At the plate, 1B Brent Rooker impressed, going 2-for-2 with a double, and RBI, and a run scored.

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High-A: Ft. Myers Miracle 5, Lakeland Flying Tigers 4 (Game Two)

Game two of the doubleheader went into extras—at least for a minor league doubleheader game, which is only supposed to last 7 innings. Luckily it went the Miracle’s way, as DH Zander Wiel hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 8th.

SS Sean Miller and RF Jaylin Davis were the only Miracle batters with more than one hit in the game. Miller went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, and a walk, while David went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

LF Brent Rooker went 0-for-3, but did walk.

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Low-A: Burlington Bees 7, Cedar Rapids Kernels 2

A big four-run 3rd inning for the Bees ruined this one, and what would have otherwise been a great start for SP Tyler Watson. Watson pitched 6.0 innings and gave up four runs, but two of them were unearned, thanks to a throwing error by 3B Joe Cronin and a missed catch by SS Royce Lewis. Lewis also went 0-for-4 at the plate, and is clearly now a bust.

RP Max Cordy gave up the other three Bees runs in the game. Newly-demoted RP Eduardo Del Rosario pitched a perfect inning in the bottom of the 8th, though.

RF Shane Carrier hit a home run to extend his hitting streak to 22 games, which is kinda neat.

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Rookie League: Elizabethton Twins off

Even rookies get off days.

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