One final day off for the Minnesota Twins before they are back in action to begin the second half of the season. With no Major League Baseball, the Minor Leagues take center stage.
RED WINGS REPORT
Lehigh Valley IronPigs vs. Rochester Red Wings
Thanks to nine shutout innings from the Red Wings pitching staff, Rochester dealt Lehigh Valley's Aaron Nola his first AAA loss of the season. The Red Wings rode another strong Tyler Duffey (4-4) start to victory. Duffey went six innings giving up just two hits. He walked five but struck out six. His ERA now sits at a sparkly 2.24. Duffey was replaced by Alex Meyer who pitched a perfect seventh, including a pair a strike outs. Michael Tonkin and Aaron Thompson pitched an inning a piece to finish things out.
The Red Wings scored six runs despite striking out ten times and only picking up eight hits. Oswaldo Arcia hit his ninth AAA homer, a two run shot in the first inning, and Danny Ortiz hit his ninth as well, a solo shot in the fourth. Ortiz's homer was part of a 3-4 night that also include a double and a pair of RBIs. Arcia's home run was part of his 1-4 night that also included three strike outs.
Final: IronPigs 0, Red Wings 6
Chattanooga Lookouts vs. Biloki Shuckers
The Lookouts managed just four hits and three walks to go along with ten strikeouts of their own in a 3-0 shutout in Biloxi, Mississippi. Shannon Wilkerson, Niko Goodrum, and Max Kepler, batting first, second, and third, respectively, each had a hit. Jairo Rodriguez had the other hit on the evening for the Lookouts.
Brett Lee was tagged with the loss for Chattanooga, dropping to 0-4 on the year. Lee gave up just two hits, but issued five free passes and was victimized by a pair of unearned runs. Lee was lifted after the fourth inning. Time Shibuya thre three scoreless innings or relief, and Matt Summers pitched the eighth.
Final: Lookouts 0, Shuckers 3
Fort Myers Miracle vs. Brevard County Manatees
When the leadoff hitter is 2-3 with a walk, you hope the top of your order can produce a couple of runs, but the Miracle could only push Zach Granite across one time for their lone run of the evening. No other Miracle hitter had multiple hits, though Brett Doe was 1-2 with a pair of walks.
Ryan Eades, who had put up a number of nice starts in the last two months, was tagged for four runs in six and a third innings. He did, however, strike out seven, and he didn't walk anyone. He was lifted for Brian Gilbert who pitched the final inning and a third, giving up one hit, one walk, and he struck out a pair.
Final: Miracle 1, Manatees 4
Burlington Bees vs. Cedar Rapids Kernels
Down 5-2 headed to the bottom of the seventh, the Kernels scored a run in bottom of the inning and then another in the ninth but came up just short, losing 5-4 in front of the home crowd in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Kernels offense put together just seven hits, and like the Red Wings and the Lookouts, they also stuck out ten times. Brian Navarreto led the charge for the Kernels, their only hitter was multiple hits, 2-4 with an RBI single.
Ethan Mildren was lifted after just four innings, giving up seven hits, three earned runs, two walks and a single strike out. Jared Wilson pitched three innings but gave up two more runs. Chris Mazza and Cameron Booser each pitched a scoreless inning of relief, but the game was too far out of hand for the Kernels to come back.
Final: Bees 5, Kernels 4
Elizabethton Twins vs. Danville Braves
The E-Twins only struck out eight times, so I suppose that's pretty good news, but they still couldn't muster any offense, scoring just a single run. LaMonte Wade was 2-5 with an RBI and A.J. Murray was 2-4 with a double.
The Twins used four pitchers to get through eight innings even after they got six innings from their starter Miles Nordgren. Nordgren was tagged for one unearned run on five hits, no walks, and five strike outs. He was replaced in the seventh my Alex Robinson who gave up an earned run of his own, which saddled him with the loss. Josh Guyer pitched two-thirds of an inning and gave up the Twins' only earned run of the evening, and Onesimo Hernandez finished the eighth, putting down the only batter he faced.
Final: Twins 1, Braves 3
TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Hitter of the Day - Danny Ortiz, Rochester Red Wings
Pitcher of the Day - Tyler Duffey, Rochester Red Wings
Lehigh Valley @ Rochester - Jesse Biddle vs. Pat Dean (6-7, 3.39)
Chattanooga @ Biloxi - D.J. Baxendale (3-2, 3.99) vs. Johnny Hellweg
Fort Myers @ Brevard County - Mat Batts (3-2, 1.71) vs. Tristan Archer
Burlington @ Cedar Rapids - Michael Bolaski vs. Randy Rosario (1-0, 0.00)
Elizabethton @ Danville - Andro Cutura (1-1, 1.20) vs. Ryan Lawlor