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Twins Minor League Report (6/18): Kernels Clinch

Happy Father's Day to all the dads, grandpas and great-grandpas across Twins Territory. Baseball can be quite the bonding experience for fathers and sons. This bond is passed down through the generations.

My dad worked many long days as a UPS driver for over 30 years. I still remember waiting up for him to get home so we could play catch. He'd schedule his breaks so he could show up in his brown work uniform to play in the father-son baseball game. He took me to my first Twins game where I got to watch Kirby Puckett, the man I thought was a hero.

It turns out the hero was the man who brought me to the game. The man who didn't have to play catch with me when he got home after a long work day. The man who didn't have to take his breaks so he could play in a kid's baseball game. These are the memories that stick with a person as other memories fade away.

Thank you, Dad!
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Rochester 3, Pawtucket 2 (Game 1- 8 Innings)
Box Score
Rochester scored in each of the first two frames to take an early 2-0 lead. After a Matt Hague walk, singles from Mitch Garver and ByungHo Park plated the first run. JB Shuck was hit by a pitch to start the second. Bengie Gonzalez and Engelb Vielma were walked to load the bases. Zach Granite singled to push the score to 2-0 with no outs. Unfortunately, the Red Wings would score only one with the bases loaded and no outs.

Chris Heston started and allowed two earned runs on seven hits with a strikeout. Drew Rucinski didn't allow a run in two innings. Michael Tonkin picked up his second win after striking out four of the six batters he faced to end the game.

Seven innings wasn't enough to decide the first game of the doubleheader. Lucky enough for Rochester fans, Matt Hague didn't wait long into extra-frames. He led off the top of the eighth inning with his fifth home run of the season which turned out to be the game-winning knock.

Rochester 2, Pawtucket 1 (Game 2- 7 Innings)
Box Score
Rochester found themselves in an early 1-0 hole but that's where the scoring would stop for the Red Sox. Tim Melville, in his second start with Rochester, pitched five innings and allowed one run. He danced around four walks and three hits but struck out four on the way to his first win. Trevor Hildenberger picked up save number five with two scoreless frames including three strikeouts.

JB Shuck started the third with a double, his 15th on the season. Bengie Gonzlez was the next batter and he reached on a throwing error which allowed Shuck to score. In the top of the fifth, Tommy Field singled and scored on a single from Shuck. The play included two errors from the Red Sox outfield so neither of the runs scored by Rochester were earned.

With two wins on Sunday, Rochester is now just one game under .500 at 32-33 on the season. They are 11 games out of first place in the International League North but they are only eight games back in the wild card race with plenty of baseball left to play.

Chattanooga 10, Tennessee 2
Box Score
Chattanooga pounded out 12 hits and 10 runs on their way to the club's 42nd win this season. With the game tied at 1-1 in the top of the fourth, the Lookouts plated four runs. Ryan Walker started the inning with a single and moved to third on Nick Gordon's second double of the game. Levi Michael drove in one with a ground-out before LaMonte Wade added a run-scoring single. Wade stole second in front of an Andy Wilkins double. Then Dan Gamache doubled to bring in Wilkins and cap the four-run inning.

TJ White broke the game open in the seventh inning with a three-run home run. It was his third homer of the season. Nick Gordon finished 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and three runs scored. Wade, Wilkins and Walker all had multi-hit games.

Paul Clemens was able to put the game on cruise control to improve to 2-0 with the Lookouts. He scattered five hits over five innings while adding a strikeout and a walk. Alex Muren struck out two in two innings but did allow a solo home run. Todd Van Steensel pitched two scoreless innings to finish the contest, lowereing his ERA to 1.93.

Cedar Rapids 16, Clinton 3
Box Score
With a chance to clinch a playoff spot on Sunday, the Kernels made quick work of the LumberKings. Cedar Rapids sent 13 men to the plate in the first inning on their way to scoring nine runs. Travis Blankenhorn scored twice in the frame including a two-run home run. Lewin Diaz added a two-run single and Christian Cavaness brought home two with a triple. The Kernels added to their lead in the second with an Aaron Whitefield two-run home run and a run scoring single from Blankenhorn. Their 12-0 lead was more than enough for the pitching staff.

Whitefield finished with a career-high five runs batted in. Ben Rortvedt connected for his first career home run as part of a three-hit game. Blankenhorn went 4-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored, and three RBI. Every batter in the Kernels' starting line-up reached base.

Max Cordy pitched into the fourth inning and allowed one run on three hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Alex Robinson was credited with the win. He tossed 2.1 scoreless innings with a strikeout and a walk. Logan Lombana allowed a pair of runs in one inning. Patrick McGuff finished off the game with two scoreless frames including two strikeouts.

The Kernels qualified for the Midwest League playoffs for the fifth year in a row and secured the longest playoff streak in Cedar Rapids professional baseball history.

Pitcher of the Day – Michael Tonkin, Rochester Red Wings (2 IP, 4 K, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB)
Hitter of the Day – Travis Blankenhorn, Cedar Rapids Kernels (4-for-5, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI)

Rochester vs. Buffalo (6:05 CST) - TBD
Chattanooga - Scheduled Off-Day
Fort Myers @ Jupiter (5:30 CST) - TBD
Cedar Rapids - Scheduled Off-Day
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Sunday’s games.

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Jun 18 2017 08:26 PM
Saving a weeks worth of runs for one game isn't usually a strategy I would recommend but it sure made for an exciting finish ;)
Jun 18 2017 10:38 PM

Palacios was pulled early from the Kernals game- anyone know why? 

Sounds like Rorvedt may be heating ip a bit.


Palacios was pulled early from the Kernals game- anyone know why? 


They were up by a dozen and he's playing in the All Star game. Most likely just giving Montesino some time.

    • glunn, bluechipper and jsteve96 like this
Jun 19 2017 08:27 AM

So the Kernals have clinched and the AS game is tomorrow, does that mean Palacios gets to head to Ft. Myers on Wednesday?

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So the Kernals have clinched and the AS game is tomorrow, does that mean Palacios gets to head to Ft. Meyers on Wednesday?


That would be my guess...

Wells and maybe Blankenhorn on the move too possibly?

Jun 19 2017 09:58 AM

Sounds like Rorvedt may be heating ip a bit.

He's had a good June so far, batting .324 with an OPS almost .900.

    • howieramone2 likes this
Jun 19 2017 10:12 AM


Wells and maybe Blankenhorn on the move too possibly?

I'm with you on Wells, but Blankenhorn could probably use some more time in CR. He's been great in June, but struggled before that.

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