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Farm Report: Kernels score seven runs in the 1st inning

A recap of the Twins' minor league affiliates' results from August 30th, 2017.

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Triple-A: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 8, Rochester Red Wings 4

So here’s the good news: SP Adalberto Mejia made a rehab start for the Red Wings yesterday and did pretty well! He pitched 3.0 scoreless innings and struck out four.

Bad news: After Mejia came out of the game, RP Stephen Gonsalves came in, and he couldn’t even make it an inning. He gave up four runs and was pulled after just two outs. His Triple-A ERA is up to 5.56 now. Yikes!

RP Alex Wimmers gave up the other four RailRiders runs, three of which came on a dong by RF Tyler Austin. That doesn’t seem as bad.

The Red Wings batters weren’t able to dig themselves out of the hole the pitchers got them into. 2B Niko Goodrum tried, though, getting the biggest hit of the game: a two-run triple.

[Box Score]

Double-A: Jackson Generals 4, Chattanooga Lookouts 0

This was an ugly one for the Lookouts. While the Lookouts were down just 1-0 in the 5th inning, SS Nick Gordon and C Brian Navarreto committed errors that led to two unearned runs for poor RP Keaton Steele.

Of course, SP Ryan Eades gave up a run in his 4.0 innings of work and RP Randy Rosario gave up another run in his 2.0 innings, so the Lookouts would have lost anyway because they couldn’t score any darn runs.

But there is good news! Jake Mauer won the Southern League Manager of the Year award. Yay!

[Box Score]

High-A: Ft. Myers Miracle 4, St. Lucie Mets 3

TRIPLE PLAY! TRIPLE PLAY! The Miracle managed to turn their first triple play in team history yesterday, which is the big news here. The play came with the game tied 3-3 in the 7th inning, making it ultra dramatic. With runners on first and second, Mets 2B Michael Paez chopped a ball to third base, where Miracle 3B Brandon Lopez caught it, threw it to 2B Sean Miller, who then relayed it to 1B Chris Paul. Woo!

But that wasn’t all those guys did! Paul also socked a three-run dinger in the 3rd inning, and Lopez hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th to score Miller for the go-ahead run.

Starting for the Miracle was SP Clark Beeker, who was responsible for all three Mets runs in his 5.0 innings of work. RP Tyler Jay also appeared in the game, throwing 2.0 perfect innings with two strikeouts.

[Box Scores]

Low-A: Cedar Rapids Kernels 11, Burlington Bees 1

The Bees jumped out to a quick lead in this one, getting one run off of Kernels SP Tyler Watson in the top of the 1st inning.

Then the bottom of the 1st came—and the Kernels batted around and scored seven runs.

Top prospect SS Royce Lewis lead off with a single for the Kernels. He later also walked—still in the 1st inning. It was really a good day for Lewis overall, who went 3-for-4 with a triple, a walk, and three runs scored.

But really, it was a really good day for all the Kernels. LF Trey Cabbage hit a bases-clearing double as part of that big 1st inning. Later in the 4th, 2B Travis Blankenhorn hit a two run dong to make the game 9-1. 3B Caleb Hamilton had an RBI double in the 8th inning that capped the scoring at 11-1.

Just a fun game overall.

[Box Score]

Rookie League: Elizabethton Twins 7, Kingsport Mets 3

The baby Twins jumped out to a quick lead in this one, scoring one run in the top of the 1st, but luckily SP Ryley Widell did not give up seven runs in the bottom of the inning. The team just continued to chip away at the baby Mets, who couldn’t hold themselves together.

There were several stand-out offensive performances: SS Gorge Munoz hit a home run; CF Akil Baddoo hit a lead-off triple and an RBI double; while C Rainis Silva went 4-for-4 with a walk.

[Box Score]

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