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Farm Report: Lewis Thorpe strikes out career-high eleven batters

A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from August 31st, 2017.

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Triple-A: Rochester Red Wings 5, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 1

Finally! The Red Wings were able to beat the RailRiders yesterday on the back of a great start by SP David Hurlbut. Though he surrendered a run in the bottom of the first inning, it was the only one Hurlbut gave up as he limited the best offense in the league to just four hits and one walk. He also struck out five over his 6.1 innings of work. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Meanwhile, the offense was able to knock in enough guys for the win. RF Daniel Palka had the biggest hit of the night—an RBI triple in the 4th inning that scored. C Anthony Recker and 2B Leonardo Reginatto also had RBI doubles in the game.

RP Michael Tonkin tossed a perfect 9th inning, and somehow has a 1.73 ERA in Triple-A now.

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Double-A: Chattanooga Lookouts 11, Montgomery Biscuits 2

Look who burnt the biscuits! Haha! Ahem... please clap.

Anyway, yeah, it was a great offensive day for the Lookouts—especially the 7th inning, when the Lookouts scored five runs. That was thanks to a three-run dinger by SS Nick Gordon followed up with another two-run dinger by 3B T.J. White.

In fact, what was White’s third hit of the game—he had already hit a double and a triple. So yes, he pulled a Byron Buxton, ending just a single short of the cycle.

SP Zack Littell was stellar on the mound once again for the Lookouts. Making his seventh start since coming over to the Twins from the Yankees organization, Littell lasted 6.0 innings and gave up only one earned run. There was an unearned run in there, though, thanks to a fielding error by 2B Alex Perez. Luckily, one little unearned run doesn’t matter when you score eleven runs of your own!

With the win, the Lookouts clinched their second half of the season.

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High-A: Jupiter Hammerheads 3, Ft. Myers Miracle 2

Rough one for the Miracle. Though SP Lewis Thorpe had a brilliant start, striking out a career high eleven batters over 7.0 innings, a throwing error by LF Zander Wiel allowed the winning, walk-off run to score in the bottom of the 11th inning. It was Wiel’s second error of the inning, too.

A real pity, since Wiel was the one who tied the game up with a sac fly in the top of the 9th inning. Alas, the lord giveth and the lord taketh away.

The only other Miracle run of the game came on and RBI single in the 6th inning by 3B Brandon Lopez.

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Low-A: Cedar Rapids Kernels 9, Burlington Bees 8

The Kernels won this one in the bottom of the 10th inning thanks to a walk-off double by CF Aaron Whitefield. It was a dramatic end to a WILD game.

Going into the bottom of the 3rd inning, the Kernels were actually trailing 8-0. Kernels SP Tyler Wells was responsible for all eight of those runs, by the way. Though he started the top of the 3rd innings, he couldn’t get a single out and gave up six earned runs before being yanked.

The Kernels got one back in the bottom of the 3rd, but it wasn’t until the bottom of the 5th inning when things really got cooking. That’s when the Kernels exploded for seven runs to tie the game. 2B Travis Blankenhorn led off the inning with a double, and the Kernels proceeded to smash six singles in the inning. Oh, and another double by Whitefield. OH, and a two-run home run by RF Shane Carrier!


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Rookie League: Kingsport Mets 8, Elizabethton Twins 0

Last regular season game of the year for the baby Twins, and it was... a klunker. The lineup only managed four hits in the game and didn’t walk once. And ouch, look at all those runs! RP Blair Lakso has responsible for four of them and RP Rickey Ramirez was responsible for the other four.

Luckily, the baby Twins already clinched their division.

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