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The Twins shift to the road part of their home-and-home series against the Brewers on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, Kennys Vargas was recalled from Rochester to take the roster spot opened up by placing Adalberto Mejia on the disabled list.

Including the DSL, the Twins affiliates went 5-0.

Read up below the jump.
Image courtesy of Linwood Ferguson / Captive Photons (photo of Brent Rooker)
Rochester 12, Columbus 3
Box Score

After allowing the game’s first run, the Red Wings scored the next five and even after Columbus scored two more to narrow the lead to two, Rochester put up four runs in the next half inning to push the game out of reach.

The offensive assault was led by Daniel Palka (3-4, HR, 2 RBI), Niko Goordum (3-5, 2 RBI) and Matt Hague (1-2, 2B, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 4 R). ByungHo Park and Tommy Field also contributed two-hit, two-RBI games. Eight different batters got hits and all 10 players who made a plate appearance reached base safely at least once.

Hitting 8-18 with runners in scoring position typically helps you in the win column.

Hector Santiago didn’t exactly “WOW!” in his rehab start. Throwing 98 pitches, but only 52 strikes and only lasting 4.1 innings, Santiago walked six, hit a batter and allowed three runs on two hits, including a home run. He struck out four. At this point, you have to figure that if he’s going to help the Twins in the short term, it’s out of the bullpen (and that’s even with Mejia going down).

Dietrich Enns was tomorrow's scheduled starter, as this broke during the game.

At 67-50, the Red Wings are a half game behind Lehigh Valley in the wild card race. Lehigh Valley was still playing at press time.
Chattanooga - OFF DAY

The Lookouts are 32-13 in the second half and 74-41 overall. They have clinched a playoff spot and will host the season-long runner-up (which is a tight 3-team race). Judging from their website (which is selling playoff tickets), it looks like the Lookouts have opted to host Games 1 and 2, which will be played on September 6 and 7.

Fort Myers 5, Palm Beach 2
Box Score

The middle of the order provided the thump and enough offense to push the Miracle to victory on Wednesday evening.

The 3-6 batters (Jermaine Palacios, Mitchell Kranson, Brent Rooker and Zander Wiel) went a combined 10-17, driving in two and scoring four runs. Rooker and Wiel both had three hits. The rest of the lineup was 2-19.

Starter Lewis Thorpe avoided big damage despite allowing eight hits in five innings. He walked two, struck out five and allowed two runs. The win went to Tom Hackimer who struck out four in two one-hit innings. (Move him up!) Alex Muren collected the save.

At 28-18, the Miracle have a two-game lead in the FSL South.
Cedar Rapids - OFF DAY

The Kernels are 20-25 in the second half, but have already clinched a playoff spot by way of finishing as division runners-up in the first half.

Elizabethton 6, Greeneville 1
Box Score

Edwar Colina pitched six shutout innings, allowing three hits and walking three. He struck out five and picked up his second win of the season. Blair Lasko gave up a run in his lone inning. Jose Martinez struck out two in two innings.

Carson Crites had three hits, including a double. He scored a run and drove in a run as well. J.J. Robinson was 2-4 with a home run and 4 RBI. Kolton Kendrick and Rainis Silva each added doubles.

The E-Twins have a four-game lead in their division with a record of 29-18.

GCL Twins 6, GCL Orioles 1
Box Score

A balanced offensive attack led the GCL Twins to victory.

No batter went hitless and five different guys scored the six runs. Royce Lewis had the lone multi-hit game, going 2-4 with a triple. Jean Carlos Arias had a three-run triple in the seventh inning. Colton Burns, Ricky De La Torre and Taylor Grzelakowski added doubles.

Pedro Garcia struck out five in 5.2 scoreless, three-hit innings. His record improved to 6-1. Derek Molina picked up the save striking out six in 3.1 innings. He allowed a run on four hits.

The GCL Twins are 23-16.
Pitcher of the Day – Edward Colina, Elizabethton
Hitter of the Day – Daniel Palka, Rochester

Rochester vs Norfolk (6:05 CST) - LHP Stephen Gonsalves (0-0, -.-- ERA)
Chattanooga at Birmingham (7:05 CST) - RHP Kohl Stewart (5-5, 3.65 ERA)
Fort Myers vs Dunedin (6:05 CST) - RHP Randy LeBlanc (2-1, 1.80 ERA)
Cedar Rapids vs Quad Cities (6:35 CST) - LHP Tyler Watson (0-1, 6.75 ERA)
Elizabethton vs Greeneville (6:00 CST) - RHP Brusdar Graterol (1-0, 4.00 ERA)
GCL Twins vs GCL Orioles (11:00 AM CST) - TBA

Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Wednesday’s games.

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Great writeup.  Thanks, Jeremy.

Aug 10 2017 05:31 AM
Your 2019 starting first baseman for the Minnesota Twins: Brent Rooker
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Aug 10 2017 07:49 AM

good to see Rooker heating up at the plate in FTM. Didn't like the fact that all he was doing was hit home runs or nothing. Nice to see him collecting some hits as he gets used to facing more advanced pitching. Hopefully, that continues throughout the year so we can see him in AA to start next year.

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Your 2019 starting first baseman for the Minnesota Twins: Brent Rooker

It's nice to see him taking off for a bit here. Seems like it takes him a little bit to get adjusted to a higher level, then he gets rolling. I guess that'll be something to keep an eye on as he gets further up the chain.

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According to the "Playoff Procedures" on the website, if the Lookouts win both the 1st half and the 2nd half (which it looks like they will), they will host games 1, 2, 4, and 5 which is probably why they are already selling games 1 and 2.

Aug 10 2017 09:52 AM
Ok so I saw a tweet this morning that Tyler Wells has the 6th highest strikeout percentage in ALL of minor league baseball. And today he is activated and sent to the GCL? Why would they do that?


Ok so I saw a tweet this morning that Tyler Wells has the 6th highest strikeout percentage in ALL of minor league baseball. And today he is activated and sent to the GCL? Why would they do that?

Seems like something they'd do if he needed more rehab, but ran out of time, or he's going to the Miracle from the GCL.

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Seems like something they'd do if he needed more rehab, but ran out of time, or he's going to the Miracle from the GCL.


I have to believe this is the case.

Wimmers should have been pitcher of the day.He did his specific job better than any other pitcher.

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