TMLN- Gassner Wins Second Straight

In our latest Twins Minor League Notebook, all organizational teams won on Monday. Dave Gassner stays hot for Rochester, New Britain takes a day off, Joshua Gray won for the first time in his last 12 decisions, Beloit blew out Kane County behind David Winfree's five RBI, Elizabethton bested Johnson City behind two home runs by Caleb Moore, and the GCL Twins capitalized on four GCL Red Sox errors to come away with a victory.

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Rochester Red Wings: The Red Wings won 7-3 over Louisville on Monday night on the road. Dave Gassner (6-5, 3.86 ERA), who made two starts for the big club earlier in the year, worked seven innings of one-run ball to get the win. Gassner, who picked up his second straight win, has given up only two earned runs in his last 15.1 innings. The win put him at .500 for the month of June at 3-3. His two strikeouts were his lowest total since May 15th against the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre Red Barons. Willie Erye and Ricky Barrett combined for the last two innings to close out the game. With his two strikeouts, Erye has registered at least one K in his last five appearances.

Offensively, mostly all the Red Wings brought their bats with them to the park on Monday. Catcher Chris Heintz, who came into the game with only two home runs all season, hit a two-run homer in the first inning to jumpstart the Wings. Luis Maza, who was called up from AA New Britain on June 3rd, hit his first home run of the year for the Red Wings, a solo shot in the sixth. He has hit safely in 13 of his last 16 games, with a solid .281 average since the call-up. Augie Ojeda picked up three hits, ending his four-game hitless streak and Terry Tiffee went 2-3 giving him three multi-hit games in the last seven. On Tuesday, Rochester heads home to face these same Louisville Bats, the start of a 10-game home stand.

New Britain Rock Cats: The Rock Cats had the day off on Monday before they open up a three-game set at Binghamton. New Britain is currently in the cellar of the Eastern League, with a record of 32-44. They are a whopping 9.5 games out of first place behind the Trenton Thunder. Binghamton is currently at the .500 mark and sit 3.5 games out of first. In their last meeting, the Rock Cats beat the Mets 10-2 as Kevin Cameron got his third win of the season on June 23rd.

Fort Myers Miracle: The Miracle got back on the winning track on Monday, beating the Dunedin Blue Jays 13-9. Joshua Gray got the win in relief, throwing three innings of two-hit ball while striking out four. It was his first win of the season, and was his second straight appearances throwing scoreless frames. Gray, who had not won since April 16, 2004, had lost 12 straight decisions before last night. Julio DePaula worked the last 1.1 innings, recording his first save since April 12th. He has not given up a run in his last six appearances and he has a perfect 0.00 ERA in the month of June.

The Miracle pounded out 13 runs on 14 hits, with most of the production coming from the one and two slots. Middle-infielders Jose Leger and Matt Tolbert each hit home runs while driving in four runs apiece. Tolbert, the light-hitting shortstop, led off the game with a solo shot, his second of the year. Leger, whose blast was his first of the year, waited until the eight inning to uncork his three-run homer. Outfielders Brock Peterson and Justin Arneson each collected two hits, with Arneson driving in a pair himself. It was a good sign for Arneson, who was hitting .091 in June and had not driven in a run since May 24th. The finale of this three-game set is Tuesday night, with Adam Harben (5-4, 2.80) going up against Blue Jays RHP Casey Janssen (5-0, 2.64).

Beloit Snappers: The Snappers blew out the Kane County Cougars 14-5 Monday night at home. Jonathan Martinez got the win for Beloit in relief, throwing two innings, letting up one unearned run, and striking out two. It was his third win to go along with seven saves this season and his ERA is at a minuscule 1.98. It was the 12th time in his last 13 appearances that he has let up one earned run or less. Jay Rainville started the game but let up four runs in six innings, leaving the game in the seventh after facing two batters. He hasn't lost since May 10th, and his ERA is a sparkling 2.33 in June.

David Winfree had an absolute day at the dish against Kane County. He went 4-5, with a double, a run, and five RBI. The five RBI were a season-high for Winfree, who now has nine RBI in the last four games. Shortstop Trevor Plouffe, who is still reeling from an April where he hit .099, ripped two base hits including his sixth home run of the year. He now has three home runs in the last four games. Deacon Burns had three hits, including two runs and two RBI, and is in the middle of a fine June where he is batting .294 with ten extra-base hits. Every batter had at least one base hit and five players had multi-hit games. On Tuesday, Beloit takes on Kane County in the second game of a three-game set.

Elizabethton Twins:Elizabethton defeated the Johnson City Cardinals 11-4 on Monday in a rain-shortened game, behind a gutsy performance by Oswaldo Sosa. In his second start of the year, Sosa went six innings, allowing one run on five hits while striking out five. It was a complete turnaround from his last outing, where he only lasted 1.2 innings in taking the loss in his first home start. Kevin Slowey, the Twins' 2nd round pick at #73, worked a scoreless inning in his third appearance of the year. He has now gone his last 3.2 innings without allowing a run and has struck out ten batters in that span. Adam Hawes worked the ninth for the Twins, striking out two batters to close out the game. He now has seven strikeouts in his 3.0 innings of work this season.

Caleb Moore had by far the best game of his young professional career. The catcher hit two home runs, a solo shot in the second and a two-run blast in the eighth, the first two home runs of his professional career. His five RBI were the first RBIs of the year for him and it raised his batting average from .250 to .385. Shortstop Yancarlos Ortiz drove in his first two runs of the year and centerfielder Edward Ovalle hit the first home run of his professional career. Elizabethton takes on Johnson City again on Tuesday, the second game of a three-game set.

GCL Twins:The Twins beat the GCL Red Sox on Monday 5-3 thanks to a two-run seventh that broke the 3-3 tie. Kyle Edlich got his first start of the season, working four innings, allowing two runs and striking out three in a non-decision effort. After Alex Burnett threw two innings allowing only an unearned run, Matthew Williams picked up his second win of the year in relief. It was the second time this week that Williams picked up a win by throwing scoreless frames allowing only one hit. He has absolutely handcuffed right-handed batters to the tune of a .000 batting average in 11 batters faced.

The Twins took advantage of four Red Sox errors, scoring only two earned runs. Centerfielder Danny Santiesteban drove in one of the runs and now has at least one RBI in all three games this year. Simon Fletcher drove in the other run, his first of the season. Fletcher and Santiesteban both stole bases in the game as the Twins swiped four bags on Monday. The Twins play the Red Sox again on Tuesday.

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