Twins Minor League Report (7/31): E-town Rolls, Kernels Pitch Shutout, Gordon Saves Chattanooga
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Rochester - OFF DAY
The 62-45 Red Wings will host Lehigh Valley in a series that begins tomorrow.
Chattanooga 7, Montgomery 6
It was going to happen again. Despite having a two-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth inning, the Lookouts were going to play another extra-inning game. A triple followed by a single followed by a sacrifice bunt and it was one out with the tying run at second.
And then it happened, a rocket shot towards the hole that was definitely going to score the game-tying run. Only it didn't. A diving Nick Gordon fielded the ball to his right and quickly rifled the ball to first base where the runner was called out. (It was very close.) The next batter popped out and the game was over. In nine innings. Shortly after 10 pm central time.
T.J. White, Max Murphy and Carlos Paulino all had two hits. White hit his ninth home run. LaMonte Wade had only one hit, but it was a triple, and he drove in three runs. Nick Gordon, officially, was 0-1, but he drew three walks.
Kohl Stewart picked up the win, though it wasn't necessarily pretty. He worked six innings, striking out six, but allowed five runs on seven hits and four walks. He was effective in getting groundball outs (8:1) and improved his record to 5-5.
Randy LeBlanc struck out three in two scoreless frames before Nick Anderson picked up the one-inning save... which was an adventure.
At 70-37 overall and 27-9 in the second half, the Lookouts have a five-game lead in their division, and have consistently been the best team in the Southern League all season.
Let's see how much of this team remains together as the higher levels will surely come looking for help.
Fort Myers 3, Clearwater 6
All of the Miracle runs came by way of the home run. Brent Rooker hit his second high-A homer (and 9th overall) with a solo shot in the second inning. It gave Fort Myers a 1-0 lead. After allowing the game to be tied in the fourth inning, Mitch Kranson hit a two-run blast in the fifth inning to put the Miracle up 3-1.
The Fort Myers bullpen - Glen Perkins and David Fischer - allowed a combined five runs in two innings, negating a good rebound start by Sean Poppen. Poppen went six innings, striking out five, allowing only one run on six hits.
Brandon Lopez paced the offense with two hits.
At 22-16, the Miracle are two games back in their division.
Cedar Rapids 2, Clinton 0
Charlie Barnes struck out four over four innings in his full-season debut. Only five runners - four hits and a walk - reached base, but none scored. Unfortunately, Barnes exited the scoreless tie and took a no decision.
Patrick McGuff was credited with the win. He allowed two hits and struck out two in two innings. Ryan Mason struck out three in two innings. Hector Lujan picked up his 11th save of the season.
The bats were relatively quiet - only seven hits all game - but new Kernel Jimmy Kerrigan drove in all (two) of the game's runs with a home run in the sixth inning. Gorge Munez, who scored the other run, had two hits including a double.
Now 56-51, but only 17-20 in the second half the Kernels are 5.5 games back in their division.
Elizabethton 9, Kingsport 3
The E-Twins continue to swing very hot bats and that was apparent again on Monday.
Every member of the lineup recorded at least one hit. Andrew Bechtold led the offense going 2-4 with two doubles and three RBI. Shane Carrier, Kolton Kendrick, Carson Crites and Akil Baddoo all had two hits. Carrier and Baddoo added doubles as did Jordan Gore and Jose Miranda. Crites and Baddoo each stole a base.
Melvi Acosta picked up the win, tossing 5.2 innings. He gave up two runs on five hits. Acosta struck out three. Rickey Ramirez recored the final 10 outs. He gave up a run on two hits and also struck out three.
The E-Twins have a five-game winning streak and have pushed their division lead to three games at 25-14.
GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins vs GCL Rays
Postponed - Rain
The GCL Twins are 17-13.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day – Sean Poppen, Fort Myers
Hitter of the Day – Andrew Bechtold, Elizabethton
TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester vs Lehigh Valley (6:05 CST) - RHP Dillon Gee (3-1, 2.00 ERA)
Chattanooga at Montgomery (7:05 CST) - RHP Dereck Rodriguez (4-2, 4.04 ERA)
Fort Myers at Clearwater (6:00 CST) - RHP Eduardo Del Rosario (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Cedar Rapids vs Clinton (6:35 CST) - RHP Tyler Beardsley (3-4, 5.81 ERA)
Elizabethton vs Kingsport (6:00 CST) - RHP Nick Brown (0-1, 5.24 ERA)
GCL Twins at GCL Orioles (11:00 AM CST) - TBA
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Monday’s games.