Twins Minor League Report (9/8): Kernels Complete First-Round Sweep
Image courtesy of Steve Buhr (photo of Eddie Del Rosario)Eduardo Del Rosario (1-0) worked six innings on Thursday for the win, giving up just one run while striking out five T-Rats. Del Rosario surrendered five hits, all singles. He also picked off two runners, one at second base and one at first.
Second baseman Luis Arraez, who was the MWL batting champion, notched four singles in a 4-for-4 night to lead the Kernels offense. Added to his 3-for-5 night on Wednesday in game one of the series, Arreaz finished the two-game series with a .778 batting average.
photo by Steve Buhr (Luis Arraez)
Casey Scoggins, who went 2-for-4 with one double on Thursday, was the only other Kernels batter with more than one hit on the night.
All of the Kernels’ meaningful offense came in the bottom half of the third inning.
After falling behind Wisconsin 1-0 in the top half of the third, Scoggins shot a double down the right field line and moved to third base on a groundout.
With two outs, Arraez dropped an RBI single into left field and then scored on a Zander Wiel triple to right-center.
Travis Blankenhorn’s single to right field scored Wiel for the final run of the game.
Tom Hackimer threw 2 scoreless innings of relief, striking out four in the process. Anthony McIver came on in the ninth to nail down the save.
The sweep means the Kernels have earned a day off on Friday before starting round two of the MWL playoffs with a home game against Clinton on Saturday. Clinton, a Mariners affiliate, swept Peoria in two games, as well.
Game time Saturday is set for 4:00 pm.
Game 2 and, if necessary, a deciding game 3, of the Western Division playoffs will be played Sunday and Monday at Clinton.
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