Despite four wins from affiliates on Thursday, the games didn't produce a lot of stand-out performances. A couple key hits here and there, some solid relief work, and that's sort of how things worked out across the system.
Transaction Report:Alan Busenitz promoted to Rochester, Omar Bencomo demoted to Chattanooga, Todd Van Steensel promoted to Chattanooga, Mason Melotakis placed on 7-day disabled list (Chattanooga),
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RED WINGS REPORT
Buffalo Bisons @ Rochester
The Red Wings fell behind 3-0 in the top of the second inning but got a run back in the bottom half of the inning, and then used a 3-run Reynald Rodriguez home run to pull ahead in the third. Rodriguez was 1-3 and also walked. Mitch Garver was the only Red Wings player with multiple hits, 2-4 with an RBI and a pair of strike outs.
Despite giving up those three early runs, Jason Wheeler pitched well enough for the victory, moving to 10-4. He pitched 6.0 innings, gave up five hits, three runs, walked no one and struck out six. The bullpen locked things down the rest of the way, with 2.0 scoreless innings from D.J. Baxendale, and Alex Wimmers put the Bisons to bed with a scoreless ninth inning.
Final: Bisons 3, Red Wings 6
Montgomery Biscuits @ Chattanooga
The Lookouts gave up a run in the top of the first inning and were not able to come back the rest of the way. Starter Aaron Slegers dropped to 9-7 with the loss. He pitched 5.1 innings and gave up five hits, six runs (five earned), walked four and struck out just three. With Slegers out of the game, the bullpen held the Biscuits in place, with 2.2 innings of scoreless baseball from Brandon Peterson, and a clean 1-2-3 ninth for Todd Van Steensel, making his AAA debut.
The Lookouts combined for five hits, but struck out ten times on the evening, failing to really get things going except for a run here and there while already behind. No Lookouts hitter had more than one hit, and if I had to pick the top performer, I'd probably give it to Zach Granite, 1-3, but he had both RBIs.
Final: Biscuits 6, Lookouts 2
Fort Myers @ St. Lucie Mets
The Miracle were out hit 6-5, and committed a pair of errors, but still came away with a 1-0 shut out victory, thanks in large part to Fernando Romero. Romero pitched 6.1 innings of 3-hit baseball, walking two and striking out eight. Romero's bullpen buddies Randy Rosario and Nick Anderson finished out the final 2.1 innings, giving up three more hits, walked one, and striking out five combined. This was the 16th shutout on the season for the Miracle staff.
The Miracle's lone run was scored in a pretty unexciting fifth inning that started with a single, then a walk, a hit batsman, and another walk. Christian Ibarra and Daniel Kihle both led the way, each with a pair of hits, 2-3 with a double. Nick Gordon was 0-4 as the DH, with a strike out.
Final: Miracle 1, Mets 0
Cedar Rapids @ Peoria Chiefs
The Kernels were up 2-1 after the fourth inning and things held there until the Chiefs came up to bat in the bottom of the ninth. With Tom Hackimer on the mound, Peoria quickly put the first two men on via walks, and then a single tied the game and another single gave Peoria the victory.
Cedar Rapids starter Sean Poppen pitched 5.0 innings, gave up four hits, a run, walked three and struck out five. He was replaced by Andrew Vasquez who went 2.2 innings, gave up one hit and struck out six. Vasquez was lifted with two outs in the eight and Hackimer entered and produced a strike out to get the Kernels out of a jam, before giving the game away in the ninth.
Travis Blankenhorn was 1-4 but had both RBIs for the Kernels. Nelson Molina was 2-4 with a run scored and Casey Scoggins was 2-3 with a walk.
Final: Kernels 2, Chiefs 3
Elizabethton @ Burlington Royals
The E-Twins scored a run in the top of the first and pushed their lead to 4-1 after six innings. Each two put a two-spot on the board in the eighth to end the scoring. Twins hitters racked up eight hits, one walk, and struck out ten times. Amaurys Minier hit a 3-run homer in the sixth, his only hit of th enight. Alex Kirilloff was 2-4 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored.
The Twins used 5.2 innings from starter Alex Schick to get him the victory. He gave up just two hits, one run, walked two and struck out seven. Hector Lujan and Patrick McGuff did enough to keep the Twins ahead the rest of the way with 2.0 innings from Lujan and 1.1 from McGuff.
Final: E-Twins 6, Royals 3
GCL TWINS TALK
GCL Rays @ GCL Twins (Game 1)
In the first game of a double-header, the GCL Twins scored six runs on just four hits, enough to earn a victory. All four of the Twins' hits were single, and no batter had more than one. Starting pitcher Tyler Fox went just 4.0 innings, gave up five hits, three runs and struck out four. He was replaced by Moises Gomez who earned a win with 3.0 hitless innings. He walked one and struck out three.
Final: GCL Rays 3, GCL Twins 6
GCL Rays @ GCL Twins (Game 2)
Again, not much for production with the bats in game two, as the Twins managed just four more hits, again all singles, and again spread out to four different players. This time they could not find a way to score. The Twins did not walk at all, and struck out six times. Twins starting pitcher Bo Hellquist was tagged with the loss, giving up two runs in 4.2 innings. He gave up five hits, walked two and struck out three. He was replaced by Zach Strecker who pitched the final 2.1 innings, giving up a pair of hits and striking out three.
Final: GCL Rays 2, GCL Twins 0
DSL TWINS TAKES
DSL Twins @ DSL Rojos
Eight hits a piece for the Twins and the Rojos, but the Twins scored their only two runs in the top of the ninth, which was too few runs to earn a victory. The Twins were led by Darling Cuesto who was 2-3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored. Twins starter Juan Mojica left in the fifth with the score still 0-0, he walked two, struck out seven, and gave up just three hits. Luis Bellorin gave up four runs in an inning to take home the loss, and Andriu Marin finished things out, giving up another run to give the Rojos five.
Final: DSL Twins 2, DSL Rojos 5
TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Hitter of the Day - Alex Kirilloff - Elizabethton
Pitcher of the Day - Fernando Romero - Fort Myers
Rochester - David Hurlbut (0-1, 6.00)
Chattanooga - Kohl Stewart (6-6, 3.25)
Fort Myers - Dereck Rodriguez (1-1, 1.98)
Cedar Rapids - Lachlan Wells (4-3, 2.36)
E-Twins - TBD
GCL Twins - TBD
DSL Twins - TBD
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