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From MinnCentric

Twins Minor League Report (6/9): One Runned

The big news today was that the Twins reached an agreement on a contract with Nick Gordon, the 5th overall pick in last week's draft. His career will shortly begin in Elizabethton.

The other news was that Kendrys Morales has had enough watching and started the game at DH before getting pinch run for late in the game. If you missed the action in that game (the beginning and end), make sure you catch it.

Rochester 1, Gwinnett 2
Box Score

Brad Nelson's home run to dead-center field in the 4th inning cut Gwinnett's lead in half. Unfortunately, the Gwinnett pitchers were able to minimize the Red Wings' bats. Eric Fryer was the only batter to record multiple hits with two.

Kris Johnson took the loss - a complete-game loss - pitching all eight innings. He gave up eight hits (NO WALKS) and struck out five. He threw 71 of his 116 pitches for strikes.

The Red Wings fall to 36-28 and a half of a game behind Syracuse in the IL North.

New Britain - CAR! Game off! The Rock Cats had a day off today, but will be back on tomorrow.

Ft. Myers 7, Jupiter 8
Box Score

Fort Myers took a three to one lead in the top of the 8th and the duo of Brian Gilbert and Madison Boer, usually so reliable, promptly combined to give up seven earned runs on seven hits and three walks. They recorded two outs. B.J. Hermsen (remember him?) stranded three runners while recording the final out. Starter D.J. Baxendale gave up a run in five innings; Mason Melotakis pitched two scoreless frames.

So allowing seven runs while up two means the Miracle still scored four in the ninth inning? Yep. That happened. The team was able to string together a number of singles and scored four runs before Adam Brett Walker flew out to deep right field to end the game. Attached Image: Grimes_640x360_dr7yyg6z_h1gh9mro.jpg
Tyler Grimes was the offensive star: 4-for-4, a triple, two runs scored and two RBI, all while playing center field. Aderling Mejia, Stephen Wickens and Michael Gonzales added doubles. Walker went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.

The Miracle fall to 36-27. Fort Myers still has a 1.5 game lead on St. Lucie as the first half is drawing to a close.

Cedar Rapids 1, Kane County 2
Box Score

When Chad Christensen drove in Ryan Walker on a 1st inning fielder's choice, it represented the one and only run the Kernels would score on Monday. Only singles by Joel Licon and Jon Murphy were added to the box score. Additionally, the Kernels struck out 14 times.

Kohl Stewart pitched six innings and allowed only one earned run. He walked two and struck out two. He hit one batter and got 11 outs by groundball, compared to four by air. Reports had Stewart throwing an easy 95, with an 86-88 slider and a 77 mph curveball. The command of his pitches needs to come, but everything else is there. Yes, the lack of strikeouts is enough to cause an eyebrow to raise, but nothing to get alarmed over. Can you imagine when people start swinging and missing? No one's hitting him hard though they are actually hitting him.

Jared Wilson finished the game off with two scoreless innings.

The Kernels drop to 28-36 this year.

Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Kris Johnson, Rochester
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Tyler Grimes, Ft. Myers.

Rochester @ Gwinnett (5:35 CST) – Trevor May (Listen)
New Britain @ Reading – TBD (Listen)
Ft. Myers vs Charlotte (6:05 CST) – Tim Shibuya (Listen)
Cedar Rapids vs Quad Cities (6:35 CST) – Aaron Slegers (Listen)

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