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Twins Minor League Report (9/7) You Win One, You Lose One

Only two games in the minor league system as both the Kernels and Blue Wahoos fight through their playoffs. Each day now looks to possibly be the end of the season and winning is the only thing that will stop that. How their games went and more in this edition of the minor league report.
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Alex Kirilloff)

C Kyle Schmidt activated from the 7 day IL at A Cedar Rapids

LHP J.T. Perez activated from the 7 day IL at A Cedar Rapids

RHP Matt Cantinero assigned to Elizabethton from A Cedar Rapids

1B Chris Williams assigned to A+ Fort Myers from A Cedar Rapids

Pensacola 10, Biloxi 5
Box Score

Charlie Barnes: 1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
HR: Alex Kirilloff (4)
Multi-hit games: Alex Kirilloff (2-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI), Ryan Jeffers (2-for-5, HR, R, 3 RBI), Jose Miranda (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI), Mark Contreras (3-for-4, HR, 2 R, RBI)

The Blue Wahoos won a feisty game against the Shuckers and pushed the series to a decisive game 5 tomorrow.

The Blue Wahoos offense was popping all day and it got kicked off immediately with Alex Kirilloff’s fourth home run of the series. Did I mention that that’s four straight games with a homer for Kirilloff?

The home runs didn’t end there as Ryan Jeffers blasted his first homer of the series and Mark Contreras got in on the action with his first homer of the series as well. In total, the Blue Wahoos knocked out 11 hits in the game with every player except for one in the starting lineup reaching base safely at least once.

Ryan Costello left the game early when he was awkwardly tagged while diving back to 1st base. He walked back to the dugout holding his left arm and left the game early. Hopefully, he’ll be fine and back in the lineup tomorrow.

On the pitching side of things, Charlie Barnes only went one inning and gave up four earned runs. He didn’t reach the 35-pitches-in-one-inning rule that the Twins have in their minor league system but Pensacola still played it on the safe side. Marcos Diplan and Tom Hackimer combined for four scoreless innings in relief of Barnes to help stabilize the game for Pensacola. Jovani Moran and Jonathan Cheshire then came in and combined for just a single earned run over their four combined innings.

In total, that’s eight innings of just one-run ball from the Blue Wahoos’ bullpen to help win the game as the offense made quick work of almost every pitcher the Shuckers sent out there.

Cedar Rapids 0, Clinton 4
Box Score

Andrew Cabezas: 4 2/3 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
HR: None
Multi-hit games: Tyler Webb (2-for-3, 3B)

The Kernels lost the first game of the playoff series against the Clinton LumberKings.

Andrew Cabezas had a tough start with four earned runs given up over 4 2/3 innings pitched. Nate Hadley and Denny Bentley both pitched in relief for Cabezas and combined for no earned runs through the end of the game. In total, the Kernels’ pitchers struck out 11 batters over eight innings.

The Kernels offense was held at bay for the entire game as they struck out 14 times in the game with just four hits. The only extra-base hit was a triple from Tyler Webb who also was the only Kernels hitter who had a multi-hit game.

The Kernels will have to win two straight games in order to advance in the postseason and game two will be tomorrow.


Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Tom Hackimer (basically the entire Blue Wahoos bullpen)
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Ryan Jeffers

Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:

#1 - Royce Lewis (Pensacola) - 1-for-3, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB, K
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - 2-for-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, K
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Twins) - Did not pitch
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Pensacola) - 1-for-4, R, BB, 2 K
#5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - 1-for-4, 2 K
#6 - Jordan Balazovic (Pensacola) - Did not pitch
#7 - Keoni Cavaco (GCL Twins) - No game
#8 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - Injured list
#9 - Jhoan Duran (Pensacola) - Did not pitch
#10 - Blayne Enlow (Ft. Myers) - No game
#11 - Lewis Thorpe (Twins) - Did not pitch
#12 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Injured list
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Pensacola) - 2-for-5, HR, R, 3 RBI
#14 - Luis Arraez (Twins) - 1-for-3
#15 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 0-for-4, 2 K
#16 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - No game
#17 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Out for year with Tommy John surgery
#18 - Jorge Alcala (Rochester) - No game
#19 - Misael Urbina (DSL Twins) - No game
#20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) - 0-for-3, RBI, BB, 2 K

Pensacola @ Biloxi (5:05 P.M.) - TBD
Clinton @ Cedar Rapids (5:05 P.M.) - LHP Kody Funderburk

Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Saturday’s games.

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Alex Schieferdecker
Sep 08 2019 09:55 AM

I think I missed something, what hasn't Ober pitched for Pensacola this series?

Maybe he is on his way to the Twins Cities to replace Pineda. :lol:

Surprised Ober didn't start last night, so gotta believe he will start tonight for the Wahoos, right?


When you look at the Cedar Rapids roster, these kids have gone beyond anything I would have expected.Here's to their winning two straight and getting to the finals.


And can you believe what Kirilloff is doing?Four games, average something over .400 and a home run in each game.I know he doesn't have to be added to the 40-man until a year from now and it isn't likely he will get the call, but could he play a role for the Twins this year?



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If Kirilloff stays healthy.....we are going to have a nice trade chip for starting pitching in our current outfield

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