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Glen Perkins hadn't pitched in a baseball game in almost 13 months. On Saturday, he was able to step back on the mound in a rookie league game and feel like he was getting closer to his goal. He still might be a ways off from regaining his All-Star form but it was a step in the right direction.
Read on to see how he fared in his return to the mound...
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 4, Toledo 3
David Hurlbut twirled a gem and the bullpen was able to barely hold off the charging Mud Hens for the victory. Hurlbut tossed seven innings and allowed one run on six hits He struck out four and didn't surrender a walk. He's won five of his last six decisions and he hasn't allowed more than three earned runs since the middle of June. Alex Wimmers and John Curtiss each allowed a run in relief but they kept the Red Wings on top.
Matt Hague didn't need much help to create the team's first run. A one-out double put him in scoring position. He'd move to third on a wild pitch and a Kennys Vargas ground out brought him in. Niko Goodrum lead off the fifth with his 20th double before advancing to third on a fielding error by the right fielder. Leonardo Reginatto wasted little time bringing him in with a run-scoring single to put Rochester up 2-0.
After Toledo scored in the top of the seventh, Rochester answered back. Goodrum notched his second double of the game with two outs. Reginatto, JR Murphy, and Edgar Corcino strung together three straight singles to push across a pair of runs. Rochester needed all the breathing room they could get and it paid off to put the team at 15 games over .500 on the season.
Chattanooga 7, Mobile 0
Fernando Romero was provided from early run support in this one and Lookouts bullpen held on to the victory. Romero pitched five shutout frames and struck out six while walking three. He lowered his season ERA to 2.68 but he hasn't pitched more than five innings since the end of June. Randy LeBlanc tossed two scoreless frames including three strikeouts. Raul Fernandez finished off the final two frames to complete the shutout. He struck out two and walked one.
With one out in the first, LaMonte Wade was hit by a pitch. Jonathan Rodriguez, Andy Wilkins, and Max Murphy all followed with singles before TJ White was hit by a pitch to score the third run of the inning. Rodriguez created a run in the third. He walked, stole second, and advanced to third on a fly out. White doubled to score Rodriguez. One batter later, White would score on a Perez single. Rodriguez had another big hit in the six, a two-run homer, that capped a big night at the plate.
With the victory, the Lookouts move to 64-34 on the season. They lead the Southern League North division by six games in the second half but they already won the first half title.
Fort Myers 2, Tampa 3
Fort Myers fell one big hit short of a big comeback. The Miracle left the bases loaded in the ninth but fell a run short. David Fischer took his seventh loss as he allowed one run over two innings. He struck out four and walked four. Keaton Steele only allowed one hit over three innings to go along with a strikeout. Williams Ramirez put together two shutout innings with three strikeouts. Alex Muren gave up the two biggest runs in his two innings of work.
Miracle catcher Brian Navarreto and manager Doug Mientkiewicz were both ejected in the seventh inning after Navarreto was called out on a check swing. Mitchell Kranson collected three hits and an RBI. Jermaine Palacios had the team's only extra-base hit, a double, as part of a multi-hit night. Kevin Garcia reached base three times and came around to score a run.
Cedar Rapids 12, Lansing 4
The Kernels used an all-out offensive assault to catapult the club to their 52nd victory. Ben Rortvedt launched a three run home run and Trey Cabbage added a home run of his own. Travis Blankenhorn, Lewin Diaz, and Christian Cavaness all finished with multi-hit nights. Cabbage reached base four times in five plate appearances and scored two runs. Diaz drove in three runs and scored twice. Every batter in the Kernels' line-up had a hit with the exception of Joe Cronin but he walked twice.
Griffen Jax was able to coast to his second victory. He pitched into the seventh inning for the third time in his last four appearances. Overall, he allowed two earned runs on five hits with three strikeouts and three walks. Logan Lombana ran into a little trouble as he allowed two runs on three hits in an inning of relief. Patrick McGuff finished off the final four outs without allowing a hit and striking out three.
Elizabethton 1, Bluefield 4
For the fourth time in his last five starts, Edwar Colina pitched at least five innings. However, five team errors meant he saw four runs cross the plate and he only allowed two earned runs. He struck out five and walked two. Jared Finkel didn't allow a run over the final 3.2 frames. Only two men reached base and he struck out two.
Jose Miranda and Shane Carrier each went 2-for-4 at the dish. Robert Molina had the team's lone extra-base hit, a double. Akil Baddoo reached base twice and scored the team's only run. Overall, the team went 2-for-6 with runners in scoring position and they left seven men on base.
GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins 7, GCL Red Sox 0 (Game 1- 7 Innings)
Royce Lewis was part of two big scoring innings and Glen Perkins made his return trip to the mound after missing 13 months. Perkins started the game and was asked to get three outs. He struck out the first two batters he faced and fielded a come-backer that ended his clean 1-2-3 inning. It had to be a relief for the former All-Star to get back into game action. There is still a chance he could impact the 2017 Twins but that remains to be seen.
Lewis and Ricky De La Torre helped singled to start the first before an Alex Robles ground out brought Lewis in from third. Benjamin Rodriguez cracked his fifth double of the season to plate another run. A Brian Olson ground out and a Victor Tademo single capped off a four-run frame. With one out in the second, Lewis singled and would come around to score on a Robles single. Rehabbing outfielder Daniel Palka singled to score De La Torre and the Twins were up 6-0.
Brusdar Graterol pitched five shutout innings after Perkins left the game. He scattered three hits and tallied five strikeouts to improve to 2-0 on the season. Jose Bermudez closed out the final frame with a perfect inning including a strikeout.
GCL Twins 2, GCL Red Sox 4 (Game 2- 7 Innings)
For all the offense in the day's first game, the second game didn't go so hot for the GCL Twins. The club only mustered up three hits and went 0-for-11 with runs in scoring position. Alex Robles finished 1-for-2 with a double and a run. Kerby Camacho didn't record an at-bat as he was walked three times. Ricky De La Torre reached base twice.
Taylor Clemensia struggled as he walked two batters, had a balk, allowed a steal, and didn't record an out. Carlos Suniaga took over and pitched 4.1 scoreless innings with five strikeouts and four walks. Zach Featherstone and Vadim Balan finished the final two frames with each allowing two free passes.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day – David Hurlbut, Rochester Red Wings (7 IP, 1 ER, 4 K, 0 BB)
Hitter of the Day – Jonathan Rodriguez, Chattanooga Lookouts (2-for-4, HR, 3 R, 2 RBI, BB)
SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester vs. Toledo (12:35 CST) - RHP Aaron Slegers (10-4, 3.50 ERA_
Chattanooga @ Mobile (5:05 CST) - RHP Felix Jorge (8-1, 3.56 ERA)
Fort Myers vs. Tampa (3:05 CST) - RHP Brady Anderson (4-5, 4.30 ERA)
Cedar Rapids vs. Lansing (2:05 CST) - LHP Anthony Marzi (3-0, 1.37 ERA)
Elizabethton vs. Bluefield (5:00 CST) - RHP Huascar Ynoa (0-1, 3.68 ERA)
GCL Twins - Scheduled Off-Day
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