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Farm Report: Kernels score four runs to cap walk-off win

A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from August 13th, 2017.

Triple-A: Rochester Red Wings 4, Norfolk Tides 3

3B Niko Goodrum was the hero in this game, as he hit a two run dinger in the 6th inning to put the Red Wings ahead. It was his 10th Triple-A home run of the year.

SP Tim Melville started on the mound for the Red Wings, and was pretty meh. He gave up all three of the Tides’ runs, but he lasted 6.2 innings at least. Somewhat surprisingly, Melville was relieved by RP Nik Turley who is normally a starter. He threw 1.1 scoreless innings, striking out two.

RP Alex Wimmers got the save, throwing a perfect 9th inning.

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Double-A: Birmingham Barons 7, Chattanooga Lookouts 4

Yesterday was a bit rough for Lookouts SP Felix Jorge. Though he struck out six batters, Jorge only lasted 4.2 innings and gave up four runs. One of the runs was unearned, thanks to a bad throw by C Carlos Paulino.

Speaking of bad days, RP Glen Perkins pitched in this game. It did not go well. Though he did not give up a hit, he managed to walk in two batters and failed to complete a full inning.

At least it was a good day at the plate for top prospect SS Nick Gordon, who went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, and a run scored. Gordon is not hitting .280 through 103 games at Double-A this year.

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High-A: Ft. Myers Miracle 11, Dunedin Blue Jays 7

The Miracle bats were hot yesterday, pulling off 11 runs on 14 hits—and none of them were home runs even! CF Tanner English went 4-for-4 with two doubles, however, and 1B Zander Wiel ended up just a home run shy of the cycle.

All that run support was welcomed by SP Brady Anderson, who gave up only one run over 5.0 innings. So I guess he didn’t really need that much run support, but I’m sure it didn’t hurt.

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Low-A: Cedar Rapids Kernels 7, Quad Cities River Bandits 6

Here’s the game you’ve been waiting for! The Kernels pulled off an amazing comeback, scoring four runs in the bottom of the ninth to capture the win over the River Bandits. 3B Joe Cronin had the walk-off honors, hitting the final two-run single.

After SP Charlie Barnes gave up a run in the top of the first, the Kernels answered right back, scoring three runs in the bottom of the inning to jump out to an early 3-1 lead. Two of the three runs were scored on a dinger by DH Aaron Whitefield. And why was it a two-run dinger? Because top prospect and number one overall pick in the 2017 MLB draft—Royce Lewis—led off the inning with a single! Unfortunately, it was the only hit he got in the game, but 1-for-4 isn’t that bad.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t a good overall start for Barnes, who lasted all of 3.0 innings and gave up six freakin’ runs. Luckily, RP Evan Sanders came in and threw 3.0 scoreless innings, followed by another 3.0 scoreless innings by RP Patrick McGuff.

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Rookie League: Elizabethton Twins 12, Johnson City Cardinals 1

Tip o’ the hat to LF Mark Contreras in this one, who drove in a team-leading four runs thanks to an RBI double and a 9th inning, three-run homer. 1B Kolton Kendrick also had a good day, hitting both an RBI single and RBI double, while 3B Andrew Bechtold had two doubles on the day.

The funny thing is the Cardinals scored first, tagging Twins SP Melvi Acosta for a run in the bottom of the 1st inning. But Acosta totally turned the tables on the baby Cardinals, pulling a Radke by going on to pitch 6.0 more scoreless innings in the game.

RP Jovani Moran pitched the final two scoreless innings for the baby Twins, striking out FIVE batters. Impressive.

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