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St. Paul 5, Rochester 1
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Going into a series against former Triple-A affiliate Rochester, the St. Paul Saints sat with a dismal 24-29 record. Still, after five straight wins over the Red Wings, the Saints cleaned things up on Sunday with a 5-1 victory and a series sweep over Rochester.

Alex Kiriloff led the Saints with two hits, including a first-inning home run to take the Saints to 30-29 on the year. On a full count in the first, Kirilloff smashed a ball into the field wall to center right to give the Saints a 1-0 lead.

St. Paul added two more runs in the second set on an RBI double from David Banuelos (4) and an RBI single from Kirilloff. Banuelos double Elliot Soto, who has served as the rock at the Saints’ clubhouse this season. Twins Daily’s Theo Tollefson recently wrote about Soto’s valuable role, check it out!

The Saints would strike again in the fifth inning. With two runners, Jermaine Palacios scored a two-run RBI single to score Jake’s Cave and Marc Contreras to give St. Paul a 5-1 lead that held until the last pitch.

starting pitcher Jake Faria (W, 1-2) was great for St. Paul, allowing just one run on five hits in five innings while striking out two. After he left, the Hunter Wood bullpen crew, JC Ramirez, Drew Strotmanand Yennier Cano were stellar, pitching four scoreless innings with five combined strikeouts and just one hit.

Arkansas 6, Wichita 1
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Scheduled against a Texas League foe, Wichita fell short in the series finale against Arkansas on Sunday afternoon.

Despite tying the game up early, the Surge left seven runners on base and succumbed to two breakout runs from the Travelers.

Wichita scored its only run in the second inning on an RBI single from Denis Ortega. The Valencia, Venezuela native now has 23 RBI on the year and four hits in his last two games.

starting pitcher Blayne Enlow (G, 0-1) didn’t have his best day at the office, allowing three runs (1 earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out two in 3 1/3 innings. Enlow battled an elbow injury and Sunday was his first start since May 31. Although the results weren’t there, expect Enlow to become dominant himself again in the coming weeks.

The Wind Surge are still in great shape despite the loss. Wichita sits 32-23 and atop the Texas League North Division with a game and a half lead over Tulsa. Arkansas (31-26) is only half a game behind Tulsa. The Wind Surge travel to Tulsa to face the Drillers in a six-game series starting Tuesday.

Cedar Rapids 9 South Elbow 3
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Like Tom Cruise in a fighter jet, the Cedar Rapids Kernels struck early, often and everywhere Sunday afternoon in a dominating victory over South Bend.

Combined with an off performance of Cade Povich on the bump, the Kernels used four extra hits, three singles and eight walks to batter the Cubs to 37-20 in the 2022 season.

Cedar Rapids got the party started with a pair of deuces in the first two frames. With Aaron Sabato first of all, Seth Gray threw a 1-1 pitch off the left-field wall to give the Kernels a 2-0 lead in the first. Gray’s home run was his sixth of the season and second of the series against the Cubs.

Just an inning later, the Kernels staged a two-out rally to double their lead. will holland kicked off the campaign by scoring his seventh double of the year in left field. In the next at-bat, Dylan Neuse hit a single to the left side of the infield that allowed Holland to score on a field error.

The Cubbies would pay for the mistake.

On the very next ground, Alerick Soularie doubled to right field and scored Neuse from first base. The former Tennessee volunteer now has four doubles on the season and three in June.

The burning cores weren’t finished yet. With the bases loaded and an exit, Christian Encarnacion-Strand put the nail in the coffin with a grand slam on the left field wall to give Cedar Rapids an 8-1 lead. Amazing would be an understatement to describe Encarnacion-Strand’s 2022 campaign. The Twins Daily Top 20 Prospect now has 13 homers in the young season and reduced 0.298/0.389/0.769 in the month of June. It wouldn’t be shocking to see the 22-year-old make the call to Wichita sooner rather than later!

And while the Bats will certainly have the storyline, Kernels starting pitcher Cade Povich was stellar on the afternoon, earning his fourth win of the season. Povich allowed just one run on four hits in six innings while striking out five batters. Walking just two batters, Sunday’s morning masterpiece was the Nebraska Cornhusker’s longest outing of the season.


First game
Daytona 11, Fort Myers 4
The score of the box

Despite a pair of second innings, the Moules lost the first of two games against the Tortugas on Sunday afternoon at the Sunshine State.

Led 2-0 in second with a runner in first, Nelson Robert threw his first homer of the year off the left center field wall to put Fort Myers on the board and tie the game at two.

Les Moules will score again on the long ball in the fourth thanks to a solo shot from Carlos Aguiar (1) which would bring Fort Myers in one pass.

The Tortugas opened it up late in the fourth, scoring three runs followed by two more in the fifth and one more in the sixth.

After a long weather delay, Moules hoped to reduce the deficit but were only able to score one more run thanks to an RBI walk of Rubel Cespedes at the top of the seventh.

Fort Myers Starter Pierson Ohl (L, 2-3) allowed five runs (three earned runs) on five hits while striking out four in three innings. Anthony Escobar and Samuel Perez were the only two Fort Myers pitchers not to give up a run, each pitching 2/3 of an inning.

second game
Daytona 3, Fort Myers 1
The score of the box

After a blistering defeat in the first match, the Moules played against the Tortugas in the second match of the doubles on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, Fort Myers’ sticks went dry and a solid pitching outing from mike paredes was not enough to propel the Moules to victory.

Starting pitcher Mike Paredes went 3 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out two. Paredes is now 2-2 with a 2.57 ERA on the year. relievers jackson hicks and Malik Barrington pitched well enough to keep Fort Myers in the game, but the mussels offense failed to win.

Despite just four hits in the game, Fort Myers left 12 runners on base and was 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position. The team’s only run came on an RBI single in the fifth inning of Laron Smith which marked Rubel Cespedes.

Hitter of the Day: Christian Encarnacion Strand (Cedar Rapids) – 1 for 4, HR (Grand Slam), 4 RBI
Pitcher of the Day: Cade Povich (Cedar Rapids) – W, ​​6 IP, 4 H, R, ER, 2 BB, 5 K


Check Lead tracking to learn more about the Twins’ top 20 prospects after seeing how they fared on Sunday.

#ten – Noah Miller (Fort Myers) – 0 for 5, 2 BB, K
#15 – Matt Waller (Wichita) – 0 for 3, K

#16 – Edouard Julien (Wichita) – 1 for 3, BB, 2K

#18 – Christian Encarnacion-Strand (Cedar Rapids) – 1 for 4, Grand Slam, 4 RBIs