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Farm Report: Zack Littell makes pitching debut for Lookouts

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A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from August 1st, 2017.

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Triple-A: Lehigh Valley IronPigs 3, Rochester Red Wings 1

The dang IronPigs are too good! Their SP Jose Taveras made his Triple-A debut against the Red Wings, holding them to just two hits (singles by C Mitch Garver and DH ByungHo Park) over 6 innings of work. The only run the Red Wings did manage against Taveras was unearned, too.

Meanwhile, the Red Wings had to basically cobble together a start on their side, since SP D.J. Baxendale only went 3.0 innings, giving up one run in the process. RP Alex Wimmers replaced Baxendale, but didn’t do better, as he lasted only 2.2 innings and gave up two more runs.

RP Mason Melotakis managed a scoreless inning or work, however, and RP Michael Tonkin managed 2.1 scoreless innings. They have a 1.38 ERA and a 1.78 ERA respectively in Triple-A this year.

[Box Score]

Double-A: Montgomery Biscuits 6, Chattanooga Lookouts 5

The Biscuits won this one in a very frustrating walk-off sac fly in the bottom of the 10th inning. A lot of it was made possible by Lookouts RP Luke Bard, who gave up a single and threw two wild pitches in the inning to help put runners in scoring position.

Luck was not on the side of Lookouts SP Zack Littell, who was acquired from the Yankees for Jaime Garcia, either. Though he gave up only two earned runs over 6.0 innings, which is not bad, he was also stuck with two unearned runs thanks to an error by 1B Andy Wilkins. Overall, Little have up five hits and three walks while striking out six.

3B T.J. White hit a home run, though, and C Carlos Paulino went 4-for-5.

[Box Score]

High-A: Ft. Myers Miracle 6, Clearwater Threshers 4

The Miracle scored four late inning runs to put themselves over the top in this one. RF Jaylin Davis provided the winning RBI single as part of a three run 8th inning.

SS Jermaine Palacios also had a particularly impressive day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and a triple. He also drove in two runs and scored two runs.

Miracle SP Eduardo Del Rosario, making his second High-A start, was not as solid as he was in his magnificent debut. Rosario lasted a good 6.0 innings, but gave up four earned runs—including three home runs—in the process.

RP Sam Clay got the 2 inning save, giving up only one hit and zero walks. He has an impressive 1.29 ERA over 56.0 innings at High-A this year.

[Box Score]

Low-A: Cedar Rapids Kernels 8, Clinton LumberKings 7

The Kernels won this one on a walk-off passed ball by LumberKings C Nick Thurman. How much had that got to sting?

Still, it was a good day for Kernels hitters. RF Christian Cavaness and C Caleb Hamilton both homered, while 2B Travis Blankenhorn went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a triple.

Kernels SP Tyler Beardsley had a strong outing as well, going 6.2 innings and giving up only three earned runs. He struck out five.

[Box Score]

Rookie League: Elizabethton Twins 5, Kingsport Mets 4

This was a wild one! The baby Twins were leading this game 3-1 going into the 7th inning when the baby Mets erupted, scoring three runs to put them in the lead. Luckily, in the bottom of the 9th, Twins LF T. J. Dixon hit a sac fly and 3B Ariel Montesino followed up with a walk-off, RBI single to steal the win back from the Mets.

Twins SP Nick Brown was impressive, throwing 5.2 innings with only one unearned run. That run was thanks to a throwing error by 2B Jose Miranda.

[Box Score]


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