Minor League Minutes: 6/28/2021

Make sure to catch up on the most recent edition of our podcast before a new episode comes out tonight. On this episode, we talk about seeing Kumar Rocker in Omaha and have Grant Gavin join the show.

AAA Omaha (32-15): L 1-6

Jackson Kowar made his return to the Storm Chasers rotation on Sunday and Emmanuel Rivera hit his 14th HR of the season. That’s about all you can say about this one. Final line on Kowar: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 6 K, 3 ER.

AA Northwest Arkansas (22-23): L 10-11

This was a hell of a game to watch from start to finish. A ton of offense paired with some stellar individual performances and a robbed HR to end the game. Angel Zerpa struck out 4 in 3 innings in his second AA start, and that’s about all the good that came from that. He didn’t have the same command of his offspeed stuff that he had in his start on Tuesday, but he’ll be fine. Clay Dungan finished 2-5 with a triple. Nick Pratto finished 1-2 with a pair of walks. MJ Melendez finished 2-5 with his 13th HR. Bobby Witt Jr. was hitless, but he walked once, did not strikeout, and made a fantastic play defensively. The Naturals will be in Springfield starting Tuesday.

A+ Quad Cities (31-15): W 10-7

This was the craziest game I had seen all year. Asa Lacy and Will Klein combined to strike out 15 and allow just one hit and one run in the first 7 innings of the game. Meanwhile, the Beloit Snappers had a perfect game bid alive after 8 innings. Yohanse Morel got tagged for 5 innings with two outs in the 8th. So, top 9, there’s one out, it’s 6-0, and the Snappers are still throwing a perfect game against the River Bandits. Quad Cities would go on to score 7 runs with one out and 3 more in the 10th to win the game. I’m not entirely sure I have ever seen anything like that in my entire life.

Box Score:
– Nick Loftin: 2-5
– Eric Cole: 1-4, GS
– Tucker Bradley: 2-4
– Asa Lacy: 4 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 9 K, 1 R
– Will Klein: 3 IP, 0 H, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 R

A- Columbia (25-19): L 6-10

Columbia continues to struggle to get everything clicking all at once. They split the series this week but just haven’t been as dominant as they were early on. Darryl Collins went 3-4 with a walk on Sunday, following up a walkoff grand slam that he hit on Saturday. Herard Gonzalez finished 2-3 with a double and a walk. Rylan Kaufman started Sunday and threw 2.2 innings of 2-run ball, striking out 2. Anderson Paulino threw 4.1 scoreless innings of relief, also striking out 2.

Photo Credits: Tim Campbell

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