Kyle Gibson takes a loss despite only giving up one run. A solid outing for Randy LeBlanc. Cody Stashak and Chris Paul keep it going. The Kernels blow a big lead, then come back to win a bullpen game.
LEHIGH VALLEY 1, ROCHESTER 0 IN ROCHESTER
The game's lone run came in the fourth on a leadoff homer by J. P. Crawford. The Red Wings had only two hits, a single by Zack Granite and a double Tommy Field. Ex-Twin Pedro Florimon was 2-for-3 for the IronPigs and is batting .257. Ex-Twin Casey Fien made his Lehigh Valley debut by retiring both men he faced, one by strikeout.
The shutout wasted good pitching by Kyle Gibson, who struck out ten in 6.1 innings while giving up one run on six hits and four walks. Kevin Chapman retired all five men he faced, striking out three. Drew Rucinski struck out two in a scoreless inning to drop his ERA to 2.84. He has 16 strikeouts and just 2 walks in 12.2 innings. Granite was 1-for-4 and is batting .303. Engelb Vielma made his major league debut and went 0-for-3.
CHATTANOOGA 6, BIRMINGHAM 0 IN CHATTANOOGA
The Lookouts scored one in the first and one in the fourth but did not take control until the eighth, when they scored four runs. They had only two hits in the inning, both infield singles. They also drew four walks and had a hit batsman. The Barons out-hit Chattanooga 7-6. Twins Baseball!
Randy LeBlanc had his third consecutive good start after a disastrous AA debut. He pitched six innings, giving up seven hits and a walk with no strikeouts. Randy Rosario struck out four in three shutout innings of relief, lowering his ERA to 2.21. T. J. White led the offense by going 2-for-4 in his AA debut. Nick Gordon was 1-for-4 with a triple and is batting .317. Edgar Corcino was 1-for-2 with a walk and is batting .300. LaMonte Wade was 1-for-4 and is batting .330.
FORT MYERS 7, CLEARWATER 3 IN CLEARWATER
With the scored tied 2-2, the Miracle opened the bottom of the third with four extra-base hits to take a 5-2 lead. Bradley Strong homered, Alex Perez and Chris Paul doubled, and Zander Weil tripled. There was no more scoring until the eighth. The Threshers cut the lead to 5-3, but Brian Navaretto hit a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth to put the game out of reach.
Cody Stashak had his third consecutive solid outing, going six innings and giving up two runs on five hits and four walks and three strikeouts. He has taken nearly a run off his ERA in those three starts. Williams Ramirez struck out two in a scoreless inning to drop his ERA to 1.89. He has struck out 23 and walked 11 in 19 innings. Max Murphy was 2-for-4 with a home run, his third. Chris Paul was 2-for-4 with a double and is batting .322. Tanner English made his season debut at Class A and went 1-for-3.
PEORIA 12, CEDAR RAPIDS 8 IN CEDAR RAPIDS (GAME 1--7 INNINGS)
The Kernels scored seven runs in the third to take an 8-3 lead, but it wasn't enough. The Chiefs got three in the fourth, one in the fifth, and one in the sixth to tie it 8-8. In the seventh, Dylan Carlson singled in the go-ahead run and Vincent Jackson (not Bo) hit a three-run homer to put the game out of reach.
Eduardo Del Rosario had his fourth consecutive poor outing, going five innings and allowing seven runs on five hits and three walks with one strikeout. In that span, his ERA has gone from 2.75 to 5.29. Travis Blankenhorn was 2-for-3 with a walk to lead the offense. Jermaine Palacios was 0-for-2 with a walk and is now batting .317 after being over .400 a couple of weeks ago. The Kernels had only five hits but drew six walks.
CEDAR RAPIDS 2, PEORIA 0 IN CEDAR RAPIDS (GAME 2--7 INNINGS)
Caleb Hamilton singled in a run in the fourth and Jermaine Palacios homered in the fifth. Three pitchers combined to shut out the Chiefs in what appears to have been a bullpen game. They combined to strike out nine in the seven innings.
Max Cordy struck out three in three innings, giving up three hits an a walk. Colton Davis struck out three in two innings, giving up one hit. Tom Hackimer struck out three in two innings, giving up a hit and a walk. His ERA is 1.89, striking out 21 with just 2 walks in 19 innings. Palacios was 2-for-3 with his third home run. It was his first multi-hit game in two weeks and raised his average to .324.