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Twins Minor League Report (7/1): Kernels Still Poppin'

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The story on the farm today was... RAIN. Rainouts, specifically.

ROCHESTER RED WINGS, NEW BRITAIN ROCK CATS, FORT MYERS MIRACLE and GCL TWINS were all postponed.

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CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS 6, PEORIA CHIEFS 3
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Mike Pelfrey packed his family up in the Cities yesterday and made the trek down to Cedar Rapids for a rehab start today. In six frames, he allowed two runs (one home run) and struck out six. He reportedly feels better and should be back in the Twins rotation on Saturday.

Mason Melotakis, who would have started today, picked up a three-inning save. Melotakis allowed four hits and a run. He struck out two.

Even with the absence of Byron Buxton reaching eight games (and counting), the Kernels have continued their dominance in the second half. Today marked consecutive victory number eleven.

The bats were led by Max Kepler, who tripled and homered, who drove in two and scored twice. Niko Goodrum also tripled. Jonathan Murphy, who joined the Kernels when Jeremias Pineda was placed on the DL, was 0-for-2, but contributed an outfield assist.

Jose Berrios will stand atop the mound at Pohlman Field tomorrow in Beloit at 7:00 pm.

ELIZABETHTON TWINS 8, KINGSPORT METS 4
Box Score

E-Town improved to 10-2 with their victory tonight. Zach Granite, batting leadoff, drew four walks, resulting in three runs scored and two stolen bases.

Mitch Garver, who was a cheap senior-sign this year, has hit the ball extremely well (a question coming into the draft) and added two more tonight (his fourth multi-hit game out of seven).

Dereck Rodriguez doubled. The team as a whole combined to draw 11 walks.

Tanner Mendonca made his second start for the defending Appy League Champs. Mendonca struck out six in three innings. He allowed four hits and two runs, but didn't walk anyone.

Tim Shibuya came in as a reliever again and pitched three strong innings to pick up his third win. When there is a need in Cedar Rapids, you have to believe Shibuya will move up.

Brian Gilbert struck out the side in his inning of relief.

E-Town takes on Johnson City tomorrow at 7 pm ET.

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The International signing period opens tomorrow... check the site for updates.

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