Monday, June 12, 2017

Twins Minor League Report (6/12): Jorge Dominates, Turley Honored

Photo Credit: Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (Felix Jorge)
On a night when big league team's were changing the future of their franchise, three Twins affiliates were continuing to try and secure first half playoff spots. Chattanooga entered play on Monday with a slim half game lead over Tennessee. Montgomery, the Lookouts' opponent on Monday, sits two games behind Chattanooga.

Cedar Rapids is in a similar situation. They enter the final week of the first half with a one game lead over Kane County and a two game lead over Quad Cities. The Kernels start a series in Quad Cities on Tuesday but they can't look past their Monday match-up with Burlington.

Did either team get closer to clinching a playoff birth?

News and Notes: Nik Turley was named International League Pitcher of the Week. The left-handed pitcher struck out a career-high 15 batters over six scoreless innings. He was rewarded for his strong start as he made his MLB debut on Sunday.

CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Chattanooga 5, Montgomery 0

Box Score
Felix Jorge pitched into the seventh inning for the sixth straight start and he allowed two runs or fewer for the fourth straight appearance. In this game, he pitched seven scoreless frames and limited the Biscuits to three hits. Jorge struck out five and walked two as he lowered his season ERA to 3.00. The Lookouts improved to 11-1 in games started by Jorge this season.

Chattanooga took awhile to get their bats moving in this one. In the top of the fifth, Dan Rohlfing singled before Nick Gordon's 18th double of the season moved him to third. Edgar Corcino would drive in the first run of the game with a one-out single. However, Gordon would end up being stranded ninety feet from home.

When the seventh frame rolled around, the Lookouts scored without recording a hit. Edgar Corcino walked and moved around the bases on a passed ball and two wild pitches. Things opened up in the top of the ninth with two outs. Corcino singled and LaMonte Wade reached on a throwing error that saw both runners move up a base. Jonathan Rodriguez collected a two-run single  and came around to score on a Andy Wilkins double. Two more wild pitches would push across another run and make the score 6-0.

Mason Melotakis struck out the side during a perfect eighth inning. After watching a long top of the ninth, Melotakis allowed a double in the bottom half of the inning, He still managed a pair of strikeouts to end the night with five strikeouts in two innings of work. Tennesse lost for the second straight day so the Lookouts moved to a game and half up in their division.

MIRACLE MATTERS 
Fort Myers --, Charlotte -- (Postponed)
Fort Myers and Charlotte were postponed on Monday. The team's will play a doubleheader on Tuesday starting at 4:30 CST. Each game is scheduled to be seven innings. The Miracle have already been eliminated from first-half playoff contention.

KERNELS NUGGETS 
Cedar Rapids 0, Burlington 1
Box Score
The Kernels were nearly no-hit hit in this contest as an eighth inning single from Travis Blankenhorn was the lone hit. Blankenhorn reached base twice in four plate appearances. Mitchell Kranson drew a pair of walks. Christian Cavaness and Ben Rortvedt also reached base once. Cedar Rapids only had two opportunities to bat with a runner in scorning position.

Tyler wells did his best to keep the game close. He allowed one run on four hits over five innings of work. He struck out eight and walked two. It was his first loss since last August. Ryan Mason and Alex Robinson each pitched two shutout frames with neither walking a batter. Mason struck out one and Robinson struck out two.

Cedar Rapids avoided being no-hit for the first time since May 1, 2015.

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day – Felix Jorge, Chattanooga Lookouts (7 IP, 0 ER, 5 K, 2 BB, 3 H)

Hitter of the Day – Andy Wilkins, Chattanooa Lookouts (2-for-5, 2 2B, RBI, R)

TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Scranton/WB (5:35 CST) - TBD
Chattanooga @ Montgomery (7:05 CST) - TBD
Fort Myers vs. Charlotte (4:30 CST) - LHP Lewis Thorpe (0-2, 1.38 ERA)

Fort Myers vs. Charlotte (Game 2)- RHP Brady Anderson (2-2, 3.86 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Quad Cities (6:35 CST) - RHP Sean Poppen (4-1, 2.63 ERA)

Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Monday’s games.

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