19 hits carry Twins to 12-1 win over Royals

Published 10:18 am Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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A steady attack Monday lead the Twins to a 12-1 victory over the Royals in Burlington.
The Twins blasted 19 hits compared to the Royals’ three during Monday night’s win. The Twins’ Rainis Silva spearheaded Elizabethon’s attack from the plate, going 4 of 4 with a home run, a double and two RBIs. He also recorded three runs for the night. Chris Paul went 3 of 6, with one RBI and three runs. Travis Blankerhorn finished the night going 3 of 5, with one RBI and a run. Zander Wiel was 2 of 4 with a home run and three RBIs.
The Twins didn’t waste any time Monday. In the first inning, Elizabethton threw up three runs in the top of the frame. Kamran got the fun started when he came home off a single from Chris Paul, before Zander Wiel slammed one out of left field for a two-run homer
The Twins did it again in the top of the second, with Ariel Montesino and Daniel Kihle both making their ways home off singles.
In the third, Rainis Silva opened the inning by blasting a home run out of left field.
The Twins scored again in the fourth, before going through a two-inning scoring drought. However, they picked things back up in the seventh. The Royals’ pitching woes allowed the Twins to walk in three runs in the seventh frame.
Silva posted one in the eighth, before Paul wrapped up the Twins’ scoring in the ninth inning.
The Royals finally scored in the bottom of the ninth, with Jose Martinez scoring off a double by Austin Bailey.
Dereck Rodriguez (3-0) recorded the win, after throwing for seven innings, during which he recorded three strikeouts against zero walks. He allowed only two hits during his time on the mound.
Rodriguez handed the ball over to Alex Robinson, who closed things out. He finished the night with three strikeouts against two walks, while having three hits and one run against him.
With the win, the Twins moved to 12-13, while the Royals fell to 13-14.
With their series with the Royals wrapped up, the Twins will come home today to host the Princeton Rays at 7 p.m. Tonight will be Veterans Night/Library Heroes Night at Joe O’Brien field. Admission will be free to military and summer reading program participants.

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