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Twins Minor League Report (8/3): Felix Jorge Rules, Glen Perkins Pitches Clean Inning In Rehab

The big league team continues to disappoint, and while the first half of the season was pretty fun, the Twins are now just a pair of games ahead of the Tigers and have won just twice in their last 10 games. The stretch run could be pretty brutal, but that means we should see plenty of September call-ups. In the minors, we had some strong performances from Felix Jorge, a rehabbing Glen Perkins, and a big day at the plate from J.B. Shuck.
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Find out everything that happened in the Twins minor league system on Thursday.


RED WINGS REPORT
Lehigh Valley 2 @ Rochester 5
Box Score

Hector Santiago struck out 9 over 5.2 innings. He gave up a run on five hits, the damage coming via a solo home run. He walked just one. Big league cast-off Michael Tonkin gave the Red Wings 1.2 innings of relief. He gave up a couple of hits and a run, but pitched well enough to earn a hold. John Curtiss came in for a five-out save, gave up a hit, and walked two to earn his sixth save of the season.

J.B. Shuck led the way for the Red Wings with the bat, he was 3-4 with a double and a run scored. Daniel Palka was 2-4 with a home run, his 10th of the year. ByungHo Park was 2-5 with a run scored and has 13 hits in his last nine games, including a pair of home runs. He’s also struck out 15 times over that same span, so maybe he isn’t hitting his way back to the Twin Cities any time soon.

CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Chattanooga 4 @ Montgomery 0
Box Score

What a nice day from Felix Jorge. The little stud-muffin gave up just four hits over 7.2 innings, and kept the Montgomery Biscuits off the board. He walked two, and struck out five. After back to back starts in the middle of July when he gave up six earned runs, he’s turned in two great performances, including a complete game one-run game less than a week ago. Nick Anderson came in to help Jorge finish the eighth, and grabbed himself his fifth save of the year by making quick work of Montgomery over 1.1 innings, lowering his ERA to 1.19.

Ryan Walker did most of the work for the Lookouts, with a run scoring single in the second, and a two-run double in the top of the ninth to extend the lead. Centerfielder Levi Michael added the other RBI for the Lookouts, going 1-4 with a K. He’s hitting well lately and has tallied 17 hits in his last 9 games, raising his average 25 points.

MIRACLE MATTERS
Jupiter 3 @ Fort Myers 4
Box Score

The Miracle won on Thursday in a back and forth game that saw the Miracle take the lead in the fifth, again in the seventh after the game was tied, lose the lead in the top of the eighth, and then walked-off with a Nelson Molina home run to start the ninth! Molina was 2-4 with that home run and a pair of runs scored.

Following the walk-off, Nelson Molina told Twins Daily, "It's a unique feeling. It's so great really. I just thank God for that great feeling."

Recent draftee Brent Rooker was 1-4 with two strikeouts.

On the bump, Glen Perkins pitched a clean first inning in his rehab start. He was replaced by Brady Anderson who gave the Miracle 5.0 innings of one-run baseball, giving up four hits, and he struck out two. Then it was an inning each from Tom Hackimer (one hit, no runs scored), Andrew Vasquez (one hit, two runs scored, a walk, and a blown save), and Alex Muren (a hit, two strikeouts, and the all-important W, thanks to Molina). In giving up a pair of runs, Vasquez broke a 24-inning scoreless streak to start his Miracle career.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Kane County 6 @ Cedar Rapids 1
Box Score

The Kernels gave up 15 (FIFTEEN!) hits to Kane County and fell just 6-1 only because the Cougars were just 2-13 with men in scoring position. Tyler Watson was tagged with the loss after 5.1 innings of seven-hit, four-run baseball. He walked one and struck out four. He was replaced by Patrick McGuff who gave up a pair of runs over 1.2 innings. And Ryan Mason finished the game off with, 2.0 innings, four hits, and three strikeouts.

Like the Cougars, the Kernels squandered some scoring chances. They were just 2-12 with RISP and stranded 11 runners. The Cedar Rapids 3-4-5 hitters were a combined 1-11 with no walks and three strikeouts. Jimmy Kerrigan was 2-5 at the top of the order, and Travis Blankenhorn was 2-4 with a walk, really the only bright spots on the night.

E-Twins E-Notes
Burlington 4 @ Elizabethton 1
Box Score

The E-Town Twins were down 4-0 before they pushed a run across in the bottom of the seventh, but ultimately squandered too many chances on Thursday night, going 0-8 with runners in scoring position and stranding six runners. All eight of the Twins’ hits were singles, and they lost another out on the basepaths when Akil Baddoo was caught stealing in the bottom of the sixth. Baddoo, however, led the team offensively, going 2-4 with a walk, reaching three times.

Starter Edwar Colina turned in a quality start, giving up three runs over 6.0 innings. HE gave up four hits, walked 3three and struck out six. He was replaced by Jared Finkel (or was it Einkorn?*), who gave up a run and two hits in 2.0 innings, also giving up a walk and striking out a pair. Jovani Moran pitched the ninth, giving up no hits, but he walked a pair and struck out a pair.

GCL Twins Takes
GCL Rays 2 @ GCL Twins 3
Box Score

Tyler Wells started for the Twins and faced just nine batters over 3.0 perfect innings. He struck out three batters as a bonus. He was replaced by Matt Jones, who gave up an unearned run over 3.1 innings of two-hit baseball and collected the win. He walked three and struck out two. Amilcar Cruiz earned a hold and gave up an earned run without giving up a hit when one of his runners scored after he (Cruiz) was lifted from the game after walking the first two batters in the ninth. Zach Featherstone earned his second save of the year coming in for Cruiz in the ninth. He struck out the first batter he faced, then gave up a double that scored two runs to make it a 3-2 game with a man on second and one out. Featherstone promptly struck out the next two batters to preserve the save, and the victory, for the Twins.

The Twins had just six hits on the night, and no one had more than a pair of hits. Luckily for the Twins, Jean Carlos Arias scored a pair of runs with a two-run home run in the sixth, and Colton Burns accounted for the third run on a solo shot in the seventh.

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Felix Jorge, Chattanooga Lookouts
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – J.B. Shuck, Rochester Red Wings


FRIDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

Rochester @ Syracuse (4:05pm, Double header) – Game 1: TBD, Game 2: Dietrich Enns (1-1, 2.29
Jackson @ Chattanooga (6:15pm) - Stephen Gonsalves (7-3, 2.90)
Jupiter @ Fort Myers (6:05pm) – Lewis Thorpe (2-4, 3.06)
Kane County @ Cedar Rapids (6:35pm) – Clark Beeker (10-3, 2.31)
Elizabethton (6:00pm) – Brusdar Graterol (0-0, 4.50)
GCL Twins (11:00am) - TBD

Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Thursday's games.


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Tommygun921
Aug 04 2017 05:45 AM
Enns, Gonsalves, and Thorpe pitching today. Should be an interesting day in the minor leagues!
    • glunn, Mike Sixel, bluechipper and 3 others like this

And Graterol pitches as well, could be the most interesting of the bunch.

 

Wells looks healthy.  That's good...Good start for Felix.  

 

That Finkel link was funny.  There was an ad for a video game called Dreadnought that came up.  Looked like they'd taken the CG from Battlestar Galactica and made it into a game. 

 

I got nothing.

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Rochester @ Syracuse (4:05pm, Double header) – Game 1: Kyle Gibson (1-2, 2.08

Gibson is being recalled for Saturday's start in Minnesota, so they'll need someone else. Hurlbut or Turley would each be on 5 days rest.

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Hector Santiago struck out 9 over 5.2 innings. He gave up a run on five hits, the damage coming via a solo home run. He walked just one.

It was previously reported that Santiago would make 3 rehab starts, and this was the 3rd one and he threw 92 pitches.  I suspect we could see him back in Minnesota pretty soon, maybe based on Colon's results tonight?

Stud-muffin has a sexual context that I think you're not intending. Kind of jarring, especially with the qualifier "the little".

 

That's not to say he's not a very attractive man. It just feels weird in a description of the game.

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What is the scoop on Jovani Moran?  He has pitched well this year but I was surprised that he appears to a pen arm.  I thought he was starter material when they drafted him.  Is this just a blip or is he a long term bullpen arm?

 

What is the scoop on Jovani Moran?  He has pitched well this year but I was surprised that he appears to a pen arm.  I thought he was starter material when they drafted him.  Is this just a blip or is he a long term bullpen arm?

 

That's a good question. He's got really good stuff. Unfortunately, he missed last year due to bone chips being removed from his elbow. Maybe it's a way of transitioning him back?

 

Stud-muffin has a sexual context that I think you're not intending. Kind of jarring, especially with the qualifier "the little".

 

That's not to say he's not a very attractive man. It just feels weird in a description of the game.

 

Muffin against the Biscuits

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ashburyjohn
Aug 05 2017 05:34 PM

Stud-muffin has a sexual context that I think you're not intending. Kind of jarring, especially with the qualifier "the little".

 

That's not to say he's not a very attractive man. It just feels weird in a description of the game.

150 years ago "muffin" had a specific baseball meaning, and not a complimentary one. It meant the player just wasn't very good.

 

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150 years ago "muffin" had a specific baseball meaning, and not a complimentary one. It meant the player just wasn't very good.

 

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Awful's original meaning was something that filled you with awe. But now it means terrible. Words have context in the locale they take place in. If I were reading an 1870s newspaper about a game, I'd assume stud muffin might mean something else. In 2017 on a blog, it has a sexual meaning that's kind of weird.

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ashburyjohn
Aug 06 2017 06:13 PM

Awful's original meaning was something that filled you with awe. But now it means terrible. Words have context in the locale they take place in. If I were reading an 1870s newspaper about a game, I'd assume stud muffin might mean something else. In 2017 on a blog, it has a sexual meaning that's kind of weird.

I wasn't contradicting your meaning, merely offering a possibly-interesting meaning from baseball's distant past.


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