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Farm Report: Two pitchers have starts on their birthdays

A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from August 26th, 2017.

Bailee Madison Celebrates Her Sweet 16 Birthday At Knott's Scary Farm
This is a thing you get when you type “birthday farm.” The “birthday cow” search result was way cooler, but also way scarier. I don’t want to emotionally scar any children I’m not related to.
Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images

Triple-A: Rochester Red Wings 6, Buffalo Bisons 3

David H. did indeed hurl, but was merely good, not outstanding like he sometimes is: 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 2 SO. Good enough on a night the Red Wings got six runs without any dongs. 2B Niko Goodrum, 3B Leonardo Reginatto, LF J.B. Schuck, and CF Levi Michael all had multi-hit games.

For the Bisons, 3B Jason Lebliblijan went 4-4 with a double and triple. I note this about an opposing player because he had a heck of a good game, and also his name is awesome. Lebliblijan hails from Arlington Heights, IL, birthplace of Deaf actress Marlee Matlin and music person Ted Nugent. There’s a trio you’d like to stick in a room together. Just so long as nobody has any pointy sticks.

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Double-A: Chattanooga Lookouts 10, Jackson Generals 2

I’m disappointed in CF LaMonte Wade. He’s supposed to be a walk machine. Instead, he goes 3-5 and misses the cycle by a homer. Dangit, Wade, that’s not how you roll. His teammates were into the homers, racking up three: one each for 1B Jonathan Rodriguez, DH/1B Andy Wilkins, and RF Edgar Corcino. Despite the twelve combined runs scored, this game lasted 2:39. Wow.

RHP Zack Littell did the most work, getting five whiffs in his six innings. He got followed by the 80’s TV bullpen of LHP Anthony McIver and RHP Keaton Steele. Apparently Knyte Rydur was unavailable to pitch.

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High-A: Charlotte Stone Crabs drippity, Ft. Myers Miracle droppity

This is how you stop Brent Rooker from mashing taters. Rain.

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Low-A: Quad Cities River Bandits 1, Cedar Rapids Kernels 0

Tight as heck game and, happily, if the Mean Corn were fated to lose a heartbreaker, they did so on the road. RHP Tyler Wells took the loss — on his birthday! Happy birthday, Tyler! He only gave up the one run, and has an ERA of 2.21 on the year, so things are going pretty good for the B-day fellow. Obviously, since y’all can figure out what the number 0 means, there wasn’t much hitting on the Kernels side.

In other low-A news, you might have heard about last Monday’s Moon Eats Sun event, which passed right over the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes ballpark. (These should always happen on Mondays or Sundays, in my semantic opinion.) This video combines several of my favorite things, including a clueless local news field reporter who doesn’t realize the town of Madras isn’t on I-5, Oregonians seeming like pure dorks (which we are, we so are), and baseballs headed to Cooperstown.

But as long as we’re on astronomy here, let me share the following video. There won’t be another total solar eclipse in America until 2024, yet this is something you can see every night (cloud cover permitting). Just gotta get yourself to a secluded region far away from artificial light. Trust me; this is real. I’ve camped in the high desert, and this IS what it looks like. I’m guessing your Boundary Waters get pretty close to this at night. (Higher elevations are better, although anywhere away from artificial light is good.) As Phil Plait always instructs, make it fullscreen.

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Rookie League: Elizabethton Twins 5, Greeneville Astros 2

And hey, speaking of stars, several helped defeat the Baby Astros. Lauching moonshots were C Robert Molina (no, not one of those Molinas), LF Mark Contreras (no, not related to that Contreras) and CF Akil Baddoo (yes, a bartender on Alderran).

Striking out six guys in five innings was RHP Brusdar Graterol, and it was his birthday, too! Wouldn’t it be fun if he and Tyler Wells played together at some point? Graterol turned 19 yesterday, so here’s a Tang for you, Brusdar!

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