Monday, June 1, 2015

Twins Minor League Report (6/1): Gonsalves Flirts with No-No

With a rain out in Boston and the Red Wings having a scheduled off-day, the Twins' two highest clubs didn't take the field on Monday night. There wasn't much to be excited about down on the farm with the teams that did take the field.

Two offenses struggled to score runs and it took a nearly perfect pitching performance for the other affiliate to come out victorious. Luckily, most of the team's affiliates are still holding on to division leads as the calendar turns to June.

Here's the action from down on the pond.

Rochester (Scheduled Off Day)
The Red Wings lost six of their last nine games and their last three series in the month of May to end the month on a sour note. Rochester still leads the International League North by one game with a 27-23 record. Rochester ends their road trip with a two-game series at Lehigh Valley starting on Wednesday before an important series versus second-place Pawtucket.

Chattanooga 3 Tennessee 13
Miguel Sano cracked his tenth home run of the season but it wasn't nearly enough to keep Chattanooga in this one. David Hurlbut was charged with the loss after allowing four runs on four hits in four innings. Jake Reed allowed nine runs (five earned runs) on five hits while only collecting three outs in the seventh and eighth inning.

A trio of fielding errors from Jorge Polanco, Jake Reed, and Adam Brett Walker didn't help stop the bleeding. On a brighter note, Byron Buxton picked up his fifteenth steal and reached base two times. Walker hit his twelfth double but the team was only 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

The loss dropped Chattanooga to 29-20 but the club has four more games against Tennessee in the next four days so there will be plenty of chances for redemption. The Lookouts still hold a two game lead over Tennessee for the top spot in the Southern League North.

Fort Myers 1, St. Lucie 5
The Miracle offense took awhile to wake up in this one as the team found themselves down five runs before they were able to push one across the plate. The team went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and they left eight runners on base. Marcus Knecht was the lone player with multiple hits. Mitch Garver reached base three times while Alex Swim and Bryan Haar each cracked a double.

Mat Batts started and allowed four runs (two earned) on eight hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. Brian Gilbert and Alex Muren combined to throw the last 2.1 frames while striking out six. Gilbert allowed the only other run of the game.

The Miracle have now lost a season-high five games in a row and they finished their road trip 2-5. Fort Myers returns home on Tuesday to face the first place Charlotte Stone Crabs as they look to get back to playing winning baseball.

Cedar Rapids 5, Clinton 0 
Stephen Gonsalves took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the Kernels were able to complete a four-game sweep of Clinton. Gonsalves continued his strong start to the season by tossing seven scoreless frames on the way to his sixth victory. He struck out 11 and walked four while lowering his season ERA to 1.15. Randy LeBlanc finished off the shutout with two scoreless frames.

Zack Larson drove in two runs and collected his eleventh double. Edgar Corcino knocked a triple and a double and reached base three time. Nick Gordon scored two runs and went 1-for-5 at the plate. Brett Doe drove in two runs. TJ White had an interesting line as he collected three walks and was officially 0-for-0 at the dish.

The Kernels have an off-day on Tuesday before beginning a six-game road trip on Wednesday. When Cedar Rapids takes the field at South Bend, Felix Jorge is scheduled to be on the mound to keep the win streaking going.

Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Stephen Gonsalves, Cedar Rapids Kernels
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Edgar Corcino, Cedar Rapids Kernels

Rochester vs. Durham (6:05 CST) – LHP Jason Wheeler
Chattanooga vs. Montgomery (6:15 CST)- RHP Alex Wimmers
Ft. Myers vs. Bradenton (6:05 CST) – RHP Ryan Eades
Cedar Rapids - Scheduled Off-Day

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