Twins Minor League Report (4/11): Kirilloff Crushes for the Kernels
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Alex Kirilloff)RED WINGS REPORT
Syracuse 7, Rochester 1
Dietrich Enns got his first action of the season for the Red Wings, and was unfortunately chased after just 3.2 IP. Leaving with a three run deficit, it was up to Rochester to mount a comeback, and the bats simply didn’t cooperate.
Recently acquired Jake Cave clobbered his first homer as a member of the Twins organization, but that would be the only Red Wings tally of the night. In relief, D.J. Baxendale gave up an unearned run over 2.1 innings, Mason Melotakis surrendered a pair of runs over two frames but also struck out four batters and Jake Reed pitched a scoreless ninth inning.
Pensacola 6, Chattanooga 5
There was a little bit of everything tonight from the Lookouts. Starter Zack Littell racked up an impressive 10 strikeouts over just four innings pitched, but he also ave up three runs on seven hits and a walk.
Both Todd Van Steensel (one earned run over 2.0 innings) and Zack Jones (two earned runs over 2.0 innings) allowed runs in relief, but the Lookouts pitching staff combined for 16 strikeouts on the night. The dormant offense awoke as the game wore on. A four-run rally in the ninth inning came up just one run short. Both Zander Wiel and Nick Gordon picked up multi-hit games on the night, and T.J. White launched his first homer of the season.
Fort Myers 9, Florida 0
Anthony Marzi got the nod for the Miracle tonight, and we has brilliant while getting plenty of support. Throwing 6.1 IP of efficient baseball, he scattered four hits while striking out five and walking none. Marzi threw 49 of his 74 pitches for strikes (66.2 percent). Logan Lombana threw the final 2.2 frames to complete the shutout.
Jimmy Kerrigan notched his second homer of the season, and also added a double in a two-hit, four-RBI effort on the evening. Mitchell Kranson (3 for 4) and Alex Perez (2 for 4) also recorded multi-hit efforts fort the Miracle tonight.
Cedar Rapids 12, Peoria 9
Seven out of the nine batters in the Kernels lineup picked up a base hit tonight, and five of them tallied multi-hit games. Alex Kirilloff was no doubt the star of the game as he launched a pair of long balls en route to a six RBI night, but he wasn't the only bat to bust loose.
Ben Rodriguez was 3-or-5 and hit his first Midwest League home run. David Banuelos also hit his first homer for the Kernels and had a single. Jordan Gore had a pair of hits and a walk and Ben Rortvedt was 2-for-5.
Despite getting a short start from Randy Dobnak (3.2 innings), Calvin Faucher and Ryan Mason came on to shut down the Peoria lineup. Faucher pitched 2.1 shutout innings with four strikeouts and Ryan Mason earned his second save of the year after allowing one run over the final three innings. The Kernels have now improved to 5-0 on the 2018 season.
STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Anthony Marzi, Fort Myers Miracle (6.1 IP 4 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 5 K)
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Alex Kirilloff, Cedar Rapid Kernels (3-4 2 R 6 RBI 2 HR)
TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY
Here's a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Prospects performed:
2. Nick Gordon 2-for-5, RBI
5. Alex Kirilloff 3-for-5, 2 R, 6 RBI, 2 HR
7. Brent Rooker 0-for-4, 3 K
10. Akil Baddoo 0-for-3, 2 R, BB
11. Zack Littell 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 10 K
14. LaMonte Wade 0-3, BB
16. Ben Rortvedt 2-for-5, 2B, R
17. Travis Blankenhorn 1-for-4, RBI
THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Red Wings @ Gwinnett (6:05pm CST) – RHP Myles Jaye (0-0 0.00 ERA)
Chattanooga @ Pensacola (6:35pm CST) – LHP Stephen Gonsalves (1-0 0.00 ERA)
Miracle vs Florida (6:00pm CST) – Tyler Wells (0-0 2.25 ERA)
Kernels @ Peoria (6:30pm CST) – Nick Brown (0-0 0.00 ERA)
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