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RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester @ Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Kind of a forgettable night for the Red Wings, except for Trevor Plouffe, who played first base and hit third. He was 2-4 with a home run, a double, and a pair of RBIs. Unfortunately the rest of the Red Wings went a combined 1-26 with 12 strike outs. Byung Ho Park was 0-4 with a pair of strike outs.
Starter Andrew Albers was tagged with his fifth loss of the year to fall to 9-5 after 4.0 innings of five-run ball. He gave up eight hits, walked three, and didn't bother to strike anyone out. He also gave up a pair of home runs. D.J. Baxendale pitched great in relief, giving up just a pair of hits over 3.0 scoreless innings. J.T.Chargois gave up two runs (one earned) in the eighth inning to finish things up for the Red Wings staff.
Final: Red Wings 2, IronPigs 7
Jacksonville Suns @ Chattanooga
Chattanooga scored all of their runs in one inning, putting a 3-spot on the board in the bottom of the sixth. That sixth inning included a Levi Michael triple, a hit battsman, a sacrifice bunt that left the bunter on second base, a single, a pitching change, a stolen base, a strike out, a ground out, a walk, another stolen base, and finally ended with a strikeout of the eighth man in the inning to bat.
Starter Kohl Stewart picked up the win to move to 6-5 with eight innings of solid work. Stewart struck out just two and walked four, and gave up seven hits, including a home run but gave up just two runs. Jake Reed came on for the ninth and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his third save of the year.
Final: Jacksonville 2, Lookouts 3
Fort Myers @ Charlotte Stone Crabs
The Miracle used a 3-run first to get out in front of the Stone Crabs, but then did not score again. Their pitching staff gave up a pair of runs in the bottom half of the first, another run in the second, and fell behind after giving up another run in the third. They would give up one more run in the eighth, to give Charlotte some insurance.
No Miracle hitter had more than one hit, But DH Tanner English (hitting leadoff) picked up three walks as part of an 0-2 night, and T.J. White hit a two run home run as part of that three-run first inning. Starting pitcher Fernando Romero only pitched three innings, giving up five hits, four runs, three earned, with two walks, one strike out and zero home runs (if only he managed to pitch 6 innings we'd have a lovely 6/5/4/3/2/1/0 line). Todd Van Steensel gave the Miracle 2.1 scoreless innings, Randy Rosario did the same over 1.2, and then Luke Bard gave up a run in the eighth to end the night.
Final: Miracle 3, Stone Crabs 5
Peoria Chiefs @ Cedar Rapids
Christian Ibarra (2-4 with a home run, a walk, and two runs scored) led the way for the Kernels in defeat, and Nelson Moline (3-4 with an RBI) helped out, but otherwise the Kernels bats were quiet, garnering just one more hit from the rest of the team.
Starter Lachlan Wells earned a no-decision despite leaving down three runs when the Kernels rallied to tie the game in the eighth. Unfortunately the Chiefs got to reliever Anthony McIver in the tenth inning, giving up three runs on three hits, and a pair of hits. He struck out one.
Final: Chiefs 7, Kernels 4
Elizabethton @ Johnson City Cardinals
Not much doing in Elizabethton as the Twins lost by three runs (and committed three errors), despite out hitting the Cardinals 9-6. The Twins didn't manage any extra base hits, just 9 singles. Lewin Diaz was 2-4 and Roberto Gonzalez was also 2-4, the only hitters must multiple hits. Twins starter Sean Poppen fell to 2-3 with the loss, pitching 5.0 innings giving up six hits, five runs, four earned. He struck out four, walked two, and gave up a home run. He was replaced by Austin Tribby and eventually Tribby gave way to Quin Grogan. The two relievers combined to throw 3.0 innings of no-hit baseball, but the game was already out of hand.
Final: E-Twins 2, Cardinals 5
GCL TWINS TALK
GCL Red Sox @ GCL Twins
10 hits for the GCL Twins, including a 3-4 night from Justin Hazard (great name), which included a double. Heiker Meneses had a nice night as well, 2-4 with a walk. Bo Hellquist had a nice start, giving up one run over 6.0 innings. He gave up five hits, walked no one, and struck out a pair. Callan Pearce was tagged with the loss giving up a run in 2.1 innings or relief. Garrett Kelly recorded the final two outs of the night, and gave up a run as well.
Final: GCL Red Sox 3, GCL Twins 2
DSL TWINS TAKES
DSL Twins @ DSL D-backs2
The DSL Twins pitched a one-hitter, giving up a double to the leadoff batter in the bottom of the ninth inning. I'm not sure what happened, and sometimes weird things happen in the DSL, but despite not recording any outs in the bottom half of the ninth inning, the game ended after the double. Juan Mojica pitched six innings of no hit ball, walked one, and struck out six to start the night for the Twins. Frandy Torres pitched two more hitless innings, and then Amilcar Cruz gave up the only hit of the game, that leadoff double in the bottom of the ninth.
Four DSL Twins had 2-4 nights, as the Twins racked up 11 hits and two walks against just four strike outs. Darling Cuesto and Antonio Tovar each had identical 2-4 nights with a run scored, a double, and an RBI. Jore Parra was 1-3 with a double and three RBIs.
Final: DSL Twins 6, DSL D-backs2 0
TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Hitter of the Day - Trevor Plouffe, Rochester Red Wings
Pitchers of the Day - DSL Twins Staff
Rochester - Jason Wheeler (9-2, 2.81)
Chattanooga - Omar Bencomo (3-6, 4.41)
Fort Myers - Dereck Rodriguez (Fort Myers Debut)
Cedar Rapids - Tyler Beardsley (Cedar Rapids Debut)
E-Twins - TBD
GCL Twins - OFF
DSL Twins - OFF
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