Rock solid: Granite sparks rally with 1st RBIs

Rookie's 2-run single begins Twins' 6-run outburst in 2nd

July 19th, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS -- admitted the time since being called up to the Twins has been one of the craziest periods of his life.

On Wednesday, Granite culminated the chaos with a second-inning single to collect the first two RBIs of his Major League career. His two-out single sparked a six-run outburst, and the Twins never looked back in the eventual 6-1 victory over the Yankees at Target Field.

"It's been probably the craziest week of my life," Granite said. "But it's been awesome. This is every kid's dream, and I get to live it right now."

Granite was initially called up to the Twins a couple of days before the All-Star break for a then-injured Joe Mauer. He then spent the break back at home before rejoining the team in Houston, and he has been with the Twins for the six games since, now for , who is on the disabled list.

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But it hasn't been all smooth sailing for Granite as he enjoys his first taste of the big leagues.

Entering Wednesday's finale, Granite was 2-for-22 with one double and a pair of strikeouts. After leading the International League in batting average (.360), Granite was desperate to start hitting at the highest level.

"I told him this morning that I know the hits have been hard to come by, but it's just by a tick," Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said. "He's had an opportunity to play here, and I'm sure he's a little frustrated it hasn't gone well in terms of outcomes, but he's been handling it well so far."

Granite responded from Molitor's advice in his first at-bat. He watched the first curveball from New York lefty go by for a strike and then prepared for another bender.

Montgomery went back to the curveball, this time catching too much of the zone, and Granite ripped it through the middle to drive in the game's first runs.

To do it against the very team he grew up rooting for made it that much sweeter.

"Sometimes I just stand back and look up and go, 'I'm the luckiest guy in the world right now,'" Granite said. "Growing up from New York, huge Yankee fan, but it was good to go out and beat them today. It's exactly what we needed to do."

The two-out outburst by the Twins came one day after the team went 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position.

Naturally, it took the team's No. 9 hitter, who had been hitting as high as second recently, to break the slump -- even if it warranted some angry texts from his friends and family, who are Yankee fans.

"They are probably cursing at me," Granite said. "But it's good, everyone is rooting for me. I have a lot of fans back home. This has been a dream come true so far."