There aren't many players who could miss an entire season and return without missing a beat. Alex Kirilloff appears to be one of the few who can.
Minnesota's No. 6 prospect finished a double shy of the cycle and drove in two runs as Class A Cedar Rapids defeated Quad Cities, 6-5, on Tuesday night at Perfect Game Field. Kirilloff extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games and he's collected at least one extra-base hit in 13 straight contests.
Video: Alex Kirilloff crushes homer
Hall of Famers Paul Waner (1927) and Chipper Jones (2012) share the Major League record of 14 consecutive games with an extra-base hit.
Kirilloff wasted little time extending both streaks, launching a two-run homer to left field in the bottom of the first inning. The 20-year-old singled to center and scored on a groundout by Jean Carlos Arias in the third and was retired for the only time on a diving catch by left fielder Corey Julks to end the fourth. He got back into the hit column with a triple to left in the seventh and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ben Rodriguez.
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The three-hit night marked Kirilloff's seventh multi-hit effort over the course of his hitting streak, during which he's batted .386 with 14 extra-base hits, 12 RBIs and 12 runs scored. The Pittsburgh native has raised his average 59 points since the run began on April 29.
Kirilloff is hitting .317/.356/.618 in 30 games with the Kernels. His hot start is a welcome development for the Twins, whose first-round pick in the 2016 Draft underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow on March 8, 2017. The procedure cost Kirilloff all of last year after he debuted with a .306/.341/.454 slash line with 17 extra-base hits and 33 RBIs in 55 games with Rookie-level Elizabethton in 2016. That performance earned him Appalachian League MVP honors.
Twins' 28th-ranked prospect Jose Miranda homered and Rodriguez chipped in two hits for the Kernels.
Miguelangel Sierra homered and doubled while Jonathan Lacroix went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs for Quad Cities.