Triple-A: Pawtucket Red Sox 7, Rochester Red Wings 2
Welp... SP Hector Santiago made a rehab start for the Red Wings yesterday and it did not go well, to say the least. Santiago gave up six runs (five earned) over 4.0 innings of work, and reportedly was only pitching around 84-85 mph. That’s... not good. Though he was moved to the 60-day DL to make space on the 40-man roster for Niko Goodrum, Santiago was still, according to Brandon Warne, supposed to make it back to the big leagues this season—but that’s now looking much more uncertain.
3B Matt Hague managed to go 2-for-3 with two doubles, a run scored, and a hit-by-pitch. LF Byung Ho PArk played in the outfield again, though was defensively replaced by LF Levi Michael after a couple innings. That was fun, I guess?
Double-A: Chattanooga Lookouts 5, Montgomery Biscuits 1
Quite the game for Lookouts SP Randy LeBlanc! Facing off against former Twins minor leaguer SP Logan Darnell, LeBlanc almost went the distance, pitching 8.0 innings while giving up only one earned run. He also struck out seven, which is not bad at all.
Meanwhile, at the plate, LF Edgar Corcino turned things up, hitting a three-run home run off Darnell in the 5th inning. That was actually what got the Lookouts on the board, and then they continued to drive in a run in their next two innings thanks to RBIs by RF Max Murphy and 2B Alex Perez.
High-A: Jupiter Hammerheads 7, Ft. Myers Miracle 2
SP Brady Anderson kept this one tied 2-2 going into the 5th inning, but that’s when RP Eduardo Del Rosario took over on the mound, and he probably shouldn’t have. Rosario made it through the inning, but not without giving up five runs to make it 7-2. The Miracle batters just weren’t able to crawl out of that hole.
The Miracle scored their only two runs in the bottom of the 4th. SS Jermaine Palacios hit an RBI double, and later scored on a single by C Kevin Garcia. Palacios also hit a triple in the game.
This was the last regular season game for the Miracle, who’ll start the 2017 FSL South Division Championship series against the Palm Beach Cardinals on Tuesday.
Low-A: Beloit Snappers 3, Cedar Rapids Kernels 2
The Kernels fell just short in this one, as RP Ryan Mason gave up the go-ahead run to the Snappers in the bottom of the 8th inning. It spoiled what had been a great start for Kernels SP Randy Dobnak. Dobnak gave up only two earned runs on six hits and a walk over his 7.0 innings of work
The Kernels didn’t give up without a fight, however. In the top of the 9th, Kernels DH Ben Rortvedt reached second base on a really terrible throwing error by he Snappers. LF Shane Kennedy then walked, and both runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Alas, 1B Amaurys Minier then popped up to snappers 1B Miguel Mercedes, who caught the ball and threw home to get Rortvedt to end the game.
Rookie League: Greeneville Astros 3, Elizabethton Twins 2
Baby Twin 1B J.J. Robinson hit a home run in this one, which the box score would have you believe was his first of the year, but it very much was not. According to the box score, it was also SS Wander Javier also hit his first double of the year, even though it was actually like his thirteenth. Apparently rookie league baseball also has rookie league box score people. Maybe I can get a job there?
Anyway, Twins SP Bailey Ober lasted 6.0 innings and struck out eight. That was pretty good!
The baby Twins also clinched their rookie league division, so they’ll be playing some rookie league playoff stuff. Stay tuned!
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