Saturday, June 27, 2015

Twins Minor League Report (6/27): Ten-Straight for Fort Myers

Credit: Lindwood Ferguson, Captive Photons (Ryan Eades, Fort Myers Miracle)
Rain impact more than one contest across the Twins system on Saturday night. The Red Wings and the E-Twins weren't able to take the field as the conditions were unplayable. There was plenty of other action on Saturday evening as the rest of the farm system tries to get the second half of their season's off to the right start. 

Let's take a look down on the pond to find out who did well and who's starting the second half on a good note. 

RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester --, Charlotte -- (Postponed)
Rain snuffed out this contest between the Red Wings and the Knights. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday with two seven-inning contests beginning at 1:35 pm. Rochester has lost four of their last six game and the club will look to get back on the winning track with parts of four games in the next two days.

CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Chattanooga 2, Montgomery 7
Box Score
The Lookouts found themselves in an early hole as the Biscuits were up three runs by the end of the third frame. Chattanooga would claw their way back to tie the game in the sixth but it would be enough as Montgomery scored four in their last two plate appearances to win.

Adam Brett Walker accounted for most of Chattanooga's offense as he smacked his 21st home run, a two-run shot. He also struck out two times in the game so it was a fairly typical night for Mr. Walker. Miguel Sano reached in all four of his plate appearances with two walks, two singles, and two runs scored. Levi Michael had a rough night as he struck out four times out of the lead-off spot.

Brett Lee started and took a no decision after allowing three runs over five innings. He struck out one and walked three. Jake Reed was charged with the loss even though only one of the three runs he allowed was earned. Even JT Chargois, who has been very good this season, allowed a run in his inning of work.

MIRACLE MATTERS
Fort Myers 2, Dunedin 1
Box Score
Ryan Eades took no prisoners and left this game with his fifth victory on the mound. In seven inning pitched, he allowed one earned run and scattered five hits including six strikeouts and two walks. Corey Williams and D.J Johnson shut out the Blue Jays the rest of the way. It was the second hold of the season for Williams and the third save for Johnson.

On the offensive side of the ball, Marcus Knecht and Mitch Garver each went 2-for-4 with a double and Knecht drove in a pair of runs. Knecht used a two-out double, his 14th double, to drive in the winning runs. In nine chances, it was the club's only hit with runners in scoring position.

With the win, the Miracle stretched their winning streak to 10 games and they are a perfect 3-0 to start the second half of the season. Palm Beach is also 3-0 so the Miracle are tied for first place in the Florida State League South Division.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 4, Quad Cities 6 (10th Inning)
Box Score
The Kernels offense took awhile to wake up in this game as the club was shutout until the sixth inning. Cedar Rapids pushed across four runs in the sixth to find themselves with the lead. However, Quad Cities would end up tying the game in the ninth and winning it in extra innings.

Rafael Valera started things for the Kernels by reaching on an error in the sixth. Tanner English and Nick Gordon followed with singles to score the first run. The team executed a double steal in front of a double from Edgar Corcino to score two runs. Alex Real capped the scoring with a single.

Keaton Steele got the start and didn't make it through five innings. He allowed three runs on five hits with two strikeouts and four walks. Jared Wilson was very good in relief as he tossed 3.1 scoreless frames with four strikeouts. Cameron Booser was charged with a blow save, his third, and the loss after allowing three runs on four hits with four walks.

E-Twins E-Notes
E-Twins --, Pulaski -- (Postponed)
Like their counterparts at Triple-A, the E-Twins contest against the Pulaski Yankees was postponed due to rain. Elizabethton has started the season going 2-2 after winning the first game of their series with Pulaski on Friday evening. The teams will play a double header on Sunday to make-up for tonight's postponed game. 

GCL Twins Takes
GCL Twins 2, GCL Red Sox 3
Box Score
The GCL Twins met up with the juggernaut of the GCL so far this season. The GCL Red Sox are undefeated to start the season and that streak continued on Saturday. Williams Ramirez started the contest for the Twins and he allowed one hit in four innings while striking out seven. Rich Condeelis took the loss as he gave up two earned runs in less than an inning of work.

Roberto Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a double to lead the offensive charge for the GCL Twins. Luis Arraez hit his third double of the season. Lewin Diaz knocked in a run and hit his first double. Overall, the team left six men on base and went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Ryan Eades, Fort Myers Miracle
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Marcus Knecht, Fort Myers Miracle

SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester vs. Charlotte (12:35 CST) – RHP Tyler Duffey
Rochester vs. Charlotte (Game 2)- RHP Greg Peavey
Chattanooga @ Montgomery (5:35 CST)- RHP Jose Berrios
Ft. Myers @ Dunedin (4:00 CST) – LHP Mat Batts
Cedar Rapids vs. Quad Cities (3:05 CST)- RHP Zach Tillery
Elizabethton vs. Pulaski (5:00 CST) - RHP Cody Stashak
Elizabethton vs. Pulaski (Game 2)- TBA

Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Saturday games.

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