Twins Minor League Report (9/8): Miracle Coast to Victory, Kernels Fall Late
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Travis Blankenhorn)MIRACLE MATTERS
Fort Myers 12, Daytona 2 (Game 2 of the FSL Championship Series)
W: Griffin Jax (6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K)
HR: Royce Lewis
Multi-hit games: Travis Blankenhorn (3-for-4, 2B, BB), Alex Kirilloff (2-for-5, 2B), Jose Miranda (2-for-5, 2B), Taylor Grzelakowski (2-for-5, 2B), Ryan Costello (2-for-4, BB)
The Miracle lineup took all the suspense out of this one. They hung an eight-spot on the board in the first inning, followed that up with two more runs in the second and cruised to victory in Game 2 of the Florida State League Championship Series.
Fort Myers had four runs and knocked out the opposing starting pitcher before they even recorded an out. Royce Lewis led things off by reaching on an error. He would come around to score. The Miracle batted around, and in his second at-bat of the inning Lewis hit a three-run homer.
Griffin Jax set the tone in the top of the first by striking out the side, but he switched over into cruise control from there. He gave the Miracle 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball, giving up six hits while issuing just one walk. He finished with six strikeouts.
Kevin Marnon took over from there and shut out the Tortugas over the final 2 1/3 innings. Marnon did exactly what you’d want from a pitcher in that situation. He threw 22 of his 29 pitches for strikes (75.9 percent).
Lewis had the big blow, but this blowout was a great team effort. Five Miracle hitters had multi-hit games and Travis Blankenhorn reached safely in four of his five plate appearances. Fort Myers also combined to go 6-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
Fort Myers now leads the series 2-0, meaning they’re just one victory away from winning the FSL title. Brusdar Graterol gets the start for the Miracle.
Peoria 5, Cedar Rapids 3 (Game 1 of the MWL Semifinals)
SP: Bryan Sammons (6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K)
Multi-hit games: David Banuelos (3-for-4, 2 2B), Michael Helman (2-for-5)
Bryan Sammons was outstanding and the Cedar Rapids lineup built an early lead, but Peoria just wouldn’t go away. Sammons held the Chiefs to two hits over six shutout innings and struck out six batters. He exited with the Kernels up 2-0.
Zach Neff took over in the seventh and pitched a clean inning. He went back out for the eighth but things didn’t go so well, as Peoria scored three runs in the top of the eighth to go up 3-2. Cedar Rapids managed to tie the game up in the bottom of the inning, but the Chiefs responded with two more runs off Jose Martinez in the ninth.
The Kernels had plenty of opportunities to score more runs, as they tallied 12 hits and drew five walks on the night. They left the bases loaded in both the first and third innings. The sixth ended with runners on second and third base. They got a lead-off walk from Gabriel Maciel in the eighth, but he made the first out of the inning at home plate, trying to score on a double. They left the bases loaded up again that inning.
Tough way to lose a ballgame, tough way to open up a series. The Kernels now face elimination tomorrow night at Peoria. If they survive, a decisive Game 3 will be played at Peoria Monday.
STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Bryan Sammons, Cedar Rapids
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Travis Blankenhorn, Fort Myers
TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed
1. Royce Lewis (FM): 1-for-5, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
2. Alex Kirilloff (FM): 2-for-5, 2B, 2 R
6. Trevor Larnach (CR): 1-for-5, K
8. Akil Baddoo (CR): 0-for-2, 3 BB
13. Travis Blankenhorn (FM): 3-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 RBI, 3 R
18. Ryan Jeffers (CR): 1-for-5, RBI, 2 K
19. Jacob Pearson (CR): 1-for-1, RBI (as a pinch hitter)
SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Fort Myers at Daytona, 4:35 pm CT: Brusdar Graterol
Cedar Rapids at Peoria, 4:00 pm CT: Blayne Enlow
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