Twins Minor League Report (9/8): Do or Die
Image courtesy of Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Trevor Larnach, Royce Lewis, Alex Kirilloff))TRANSACTIONS
IF Ryan Costello placed on 7-day IL with Pensacola.
RHP Bailey Ober placed on 7-day IL with Pensacola.
IF Joe Cronin transferred to Pensacola from Rochester.
LHP Bryan Sammons promoted to Pensacola from Fort Myers.
BLUE WAHOO BITES
Pensacola 4, Biloxi 8
If this was a best of three series like in Cedar Rapids, Pensacola would have already been eliminated, but the club managed a comeback in the series, and they would need a dramatic comeback in this game. Bryan Sammons started on the mound and put the club in position to have the lead. He pitched 4 2/3 innings by scattering two runs (both home runs) and adding in five strikeouts.
Anthony Vizcaya took over for Sammons and he allowed the game-tying run. Over 2 1/3 innings, he allowed one run on two hits with three strikeouts. Former top pitching prospect Stephen Gonsalves struggled on the mound as he didn’t record an out and allowed three earned runs. Alex Phillips tried to stop the bleeding.
Offensively, Mark Contreras tripled with two outs in the second and scampered home after a throwing error by the shortstop. This briefly gave Pensacola the lead at 1-0. In the fourth frame, Ryan Jeffers led off with a double and came in on a Contreras ground out. Jose Miranda walked in the inning and eventually scored on a Caleb Hamilton double that took back the lead for Pensacola at 3-2. Jeffers had another big hit in the eighth as he took the lead back with a solo home run.
Pensacola wouldn’t have their season end quietly in the ninth. Jimmy Kerrigan coaxed a six-pitch walk with two outs in the inning that saw the Blue Wahoos down to their last strike. Alex Kirilloff followed with a single, but he too had been down to his last strike. Royce Lewis stepped to the plate with two runners aboard and he already had three hits on the night. Unfortunately, he struck out swinging.
Congrats to the Blue Wahoos on a terrific season.
Cedar Rapids 3, Clinton 2
Kody Funderburk started for Cedar Rapids, but in a do-or-die game, pitchers can have a short leash. He made it into the fourth inning (3 1/3 innings) by allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits with five strikeouts and three walks. From there the Kernels’ bullpen was unreal. Dylan Thomas and Rickey Ramirez combined for 5 2/3 shutout innings with each pitcher limiting Clinton to one hit.
Cedar Rapids got on the board in the second inning after back-to-back one-out hits. Tyler Webb got into scoring position with a double before DaShawn Keirsey drove him in with a single. Keirsey was left stranded at second after a wild pitch, but the Kernels had tied the game at 1-1.
The Kernels found themselves down a run in the bottom of the ninth with the season on the line. Matt Wallner reached base on a throwing error by the shortstop and was replaced by pinch runner Daniel Ozoria. Seth Gray moved the runner to third with a single before Webb drove in the tying run. Cedar Rapids still had yet to make an out in the inning. Keirsey came up with his second big hit of the night to keep Cedar Rapids alive.
The last five home wins at home for Cedar Rapids have ended with a walk-off single in the ninth. They will need to win a decisive game on Monday to advance the Midwest League Championship Series.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
TD Pitcher of the Day- Rickey Ramirez, Cedar Rapids (3.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 4 K, 0 BB)
TD Hitter of the Day- Ryan Jeffers, Pensacola (3-4, 2B, HR, RBI, 2 R)
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Pensacola) – 3-5, K
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) – 1-4, BB
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Minnesota) – Did not pitch
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Pensacola) – 0-4, 2 K
#5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) – 0-3, BB, 2 K
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Pensacola) – 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI
#14 - Luis Arraez (Minnesota) – 1-4, R
#15 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – 0-4, K
#20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) – 0-3, BB, 2 K
MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Cedar Rapids vs. Clinton (6:35 CST) – RHP Tyler Palm (4-11, 4.06 ERA)
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