Monday, September 14, 2015

Twins Minor League Report (9/14): Lookouts Moving On, Hurlbut Dominant

The Cedar Rapids Kernels already moved on to the Championship Series of the Midwest League and the Chattanooga Lookouts were looking to join Kernels by qualifying for the Championship Series in the Southern League.

It was going to take a strong performance from some of the Twins top prospects to push the Lookouts further into the playoffs. Which players would step up under the pressure of a postseason run?

Photo Credit: Craig Gordon
Chattanooga 4, Montgomery 1
Box Score
David Hurlbut was on the mound for the Lookouts in this pivotal contest and he found himself in trouble early. He gave up a very long home run in the second inning and this was followed by two more hits to leave runners on the corners with two outs. Hulbut got out of the inning and he was locked in for the rest of the game.

From the third into the seventh inning, Hulbut retired 11 straight batters. He'd finish the night by scattering six hits, striking out four, and walking two. The lone run surrendered against him was the solo home run in the second where the batter used an unnecessary bat flip that might have turned a switch on for Hulbut.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Lookouts turned a four double plays with Stephen Wickens and Heiker Meneses being part of two plays each. Both men also helped out at the plate with Wicken finishing with a double and a run scored while Meneses reached base three times.

It seems like no Lookouts game is complete without a longball from Adam Brett Walker and he helped cement the lead with a solo home run in the top of the eighth. It was his second home run in as many nights. Max Kepler used a walk, a double, and a stolen base to score two of the team's four runs.

Nick Burdi and JT Chargois each pitched scoreless frames in relief of Hurlbut to close out the win. Burdi struck out one and picked up his first hold of the postseason. Chargois earned the save even though he allowed one runner to reach on a walk.

With the win, the Lookouts move on to the Southern League Championship Series against the Biloxi Schuckers, an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. The first game of the series will be played on Wednesday night in Biloxi with the first two games of the series scheduled to be on the road for the Lookouts.

Pitcher of the Day - David Hurlbut, Chattanooga Lookouts
Hitter of the Day - Max Kepler, Chattanooga Lookouts

Midwest League Championship Series Game 1 - Wednesday, September 16
Cedar Rapids Kernels @ West Michigan (5:35 CST) - TBA

Southern League Championship Series Game 1 - Wednesday, September 16
Chattanooga Lookouts @ Biloxi Shuckers (TBA) - TBA

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