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

    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.

    CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS 6, PEORIA CHIEFS 3
    Box Score

    Mike Pelfrey packed up his family 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, 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 singles more tonight (his fourth multi-hit game out of seven), raising his average to .357.

    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.

    Leave your questions and/or comment below.

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    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (7/1): Kernels Still Poppin' started by Jeremy Nygaard
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      You have to wonder why Tim Shibuya and Burris are in E-town. There are a few lots of pitchers in AA & AAA who could be released. It would be good for the Twins to open a few spots up in the low minors.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      I believe Shibuya was rehabbing an injury...
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Shibuya had not pitched since about mid-season last year and was rehabbing all spring. He's likely just getting into some games and will sometime soon get to Cedar Rapids for some time.

      Burris was very solid last year out of the E-Town bullpen. He started this year at EST and was moved up to Cedar Rapids about a month into the season. It didn't go well. So, he's back in E-Town getting a chance to start. Hasn't been terrific (yet) in that role.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Why did Melotakis get his start sniped by Pelfrey? Why didn't they just push him back a day?
    1. pab's Avatar
      pab -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
      Why did Melotakis get his start sniped by Pelfrey? Why didn't they just push him back a day?
      He's up to 73+ innings now. As a reliever last year and in college he's probably at the most he's thrown in several years. I'm guessing they were fine with him getting just 3-4 innings last night.
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
      Why did Melotakis get his start sniped by Pelfrey? Why didn't they just push him back a day?
      Pushing Melotakis back would have also meant pushing all of the other starting pitchers back. Better to just affect one guy a little bit.
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