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Farm Report: Rooker Soars, Hurlbut Gets Tagged

A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from August 5th, 2017.

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Triple-A: Syracuse Chiefs 9, Rochester Red Wings 4

David Hurlbut gave up three straight doubles to start his night. This is what baseball experts call “not very good.” He’d escape with five runs scored in that inning, get it together for two more, face three batters in the fourth without getting any outs, and be yanked. He got help and harm from recently demoted CF Zack Granite; Granite committed a throwing error but also ended that nightmare first inning with a good throw.

Zack might have been a bit kerfluffled by his demotion, as he went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. He’ll snap out of it. C Mitch Garver was 3-5 with a homer, and is still not better than Chris Gimenez. SS Kennys Vargas (just kidding, he was the DH) had two doubles. For a big guy, he moves alright. 2B Niko Goodrum provided two singles, and if he ever makes the bigs, should sign an endorsement deal with Captain Morgan.

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Double-A: Jacksonville Generals 14, Chattanooga Lookouts 3

Moar pitching mayhem. Cup-of-coffee ex-Twin Randy Rosario came on in relief with two on and two out, getting a swinging K to end the inning. Then in the 8th, he went: single, walk, walk, single, sac fly, single, walk, GRAND SLAM. Seven earned runs total. Before him, Raul Fernandez also only got two outs, and surrendered four runs. Luke Bard pitched the last 1.2 and gave up two more. Yeesh.

When starter Kohl Stewart left the game after six innings, Chattanooga was up 2-1. They’d only get one hit the rest of this game, which obviously wasn’t enough. LF Travis Harrison probably had the best night, with a double and walk. Altogether, the Lookouts stranded 22 baserunners.

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High-A: Ft. Myers Miracle 10, Jupiter Hammerheads 4

2017 draft pick OF Brent Rooker had struggled since his fast promotion to High-A, going 18-62. He was 1-4 in this game, but that lone hit was a Grand Salami. LF Jaylin Davis, not especially lighting the level on fire either, also jumped on the redemption bus, with a 3-4 night and three runs scored.

A split start between Wade LeBlanc and duct tape enthusiast Anthony McIver worked well for three innings each, although Wade did walk three guys. Batman Bond Keaton Steele added two scoreless frames. LHP and Queens native Alex Robinson scuffled with the last inning, yet the fans went home happy, which is what matters.

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Low-A: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 6, Cedar Rapids Kernels 2

Low-offense output by your Mean Corn. SS Jordan Gore homered in two runs, but that was it; the other Mean Corn managed just four hits. Anthony Marzi pitched six strikeouts in five innings. Max Cordy got his first three hitters out quickly, then was knocked for three runs the next inning. Hector Lujan finished the game. His team photo looks like he just tried a terrible cake one of his kids made and is trying to pretend it was delicious.

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Rookie League: Burlington Royals 4, Elizabethton Twins 3

Tough near-miss for the Baby Twins, who outhit the Royals 9-6. DH/1B Benji Cash (who has quite the mustache) hit a solo dong, and OF Michael “Tom” Gigliotti added a single and triple; there was just too much LOBster to overcome. Starting LHP Michael Messier K’ed six Royals in five innings, and his parents are clearly not hockey buffs. Tyler Zuber got all three outs in the ninth on strikes while allowing two hits. Nobody scored, though. Nice job, Tyler!

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