Twins Minor League Report (9/6): Kernels Dominate Game 1
Image courtesy of Steve Buhr (photo of Ryan Jeffers)Keep reading to find out more on the one playoff game played on Thursday night in the Twins system. Please feel free to discuss and ask questions.
The Miracle begin the Florida State League championship series on Friday night.
Cedar Rapids 10, Beloit 1
The Kernels finished their regular season in Beloit. The Snappers won, which gave them a spot in the playoffs and a Game 1 home game. Cedar Rapids made the trip back for Game 1 in the Best of 3 series. The teams head to Cedar Rapids on Friday for either one game (if the Kernels win) or two games (if the Snappers win the first game).
The Kernels got another terrific start from Jhoan Duran and they powered their way at the plate for a big win.
Duran gave up just one run on three hits over six innings. He walked three and struck out ten. Johan Quezada gave up just one hit over the next two innings. He struck out four batters. Rickey Ramirez struck out one in a scoreless ninth.
Ryan Jeffers and Gabriel Maciel each hit solo home runs in the second inning to give the Kernels a 2-0 lead. Duran gave up one run in the bottom of the second. But in the third innings, Trevor Larnach singled in Michael Helman, who had doubled, to get that run back. After a Jeffers single, Ben Rodriguez walked to load the bases. Maciel picked up a second RBI with another walk.
The game stayed at 4-1 until the eighth inning when the Kernels broke it open. After three walks, Trey Cabbage came on to pinch hit for Victor Tademo and crushed a grand slam to push the lead to 8-1.
In the ninth inning, Ryan Jeffers added a two-run homer, his second of the game for the final 10-1 margin. Jeffers went 3-for-4 with a walk, two homers and three RBI.
The E-Twins won the Appalachian League championship on Wednesday night.
STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Ryan Jeffers, Cedar Rapids (3-4, BB, 2-HR, 3 RBI).
Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Jhoan Duran, Cedar Rapids Kernels (6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K)
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason Top 20 Twins Prospects performed.
#1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled
#5 - Stephen Gonsalves (Minnesota) - Did not pitch
#6 - Trevor Larnach (Cedar Rapids) - 1-4, BB, 2 R, RBI
#8 - Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) - 1-4, BB, 2 K
#10 - Zack Littell (Minnesota) - Did not pitch
#11 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Did not pitch
#13 - Travis Blankenhorn (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled
#15 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled
#18 - Ryan Jeffers (Cedar Rapids) - 3-4, BB, 2-HR, 3 R, 3 RBI
#19 - Jacob Pearson (Cedar Rapids) - Did not play
#21 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled
FRIDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester - Season Complete
Chattanooga - Season Complete
Daytona @ Ft. Myers (6:00 CST) - TBD
Beloit @ Cedar Rapids (6:00 CST) - RHP Randy Dobnak (Game 2). If Game 3 is necessary, LHP Bryan Sammons will start.
Elizabethton - Season Complete
GCL Twins - Season Complete
Please feel free to ask any questions about Thursday’s game, or ask any questions you may have.