TMLN- Burns Hits His Third Home Run Of August

In this edition of the Twins' Minor League Notebook, Rochester gets spanked by Ottawa, New Britain's Glen Perkins suffers through another rocky start, Fort Myers wins in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dunedin, and Beloit shuts out West Michigan behind a Kevin Slowey complete game and Deacon Burns home run. All that and more in this edition:

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Rochester Red Wings: The Red Wings lost on Saturday, losing 10-4 to the Ottawa Lynx. The Wings jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but Ottawa was relentless in their comeback. Henry Bonilla got the start for Rochester, and went five innings, allowing three earned on nine hits. It was Bonilla's second July start, and the right hander is off to his best month ERA-wise with a 3.00 mark. Brent Schoening took the ball in relief, and would end up getting the loss. He threw 1.1 innings, allowing two earned on two hits. In July, Schoening has a 7.71 ERA in two appearances. Ricky Barrett, who has bounced from Double-A and Triple-A this year, was the third Red Wings pitcher of the ninth. He did not do well either, allowing two runs (one earned) in 0.2 innings of work. In was his first appearance since being shelled as the starter on July 31. Jason Miller would work the final inning, and was uncharacteristically hammered. He allowed three earned runs for the second straight appearance, and has seen his ERA balloon from 1.35 to 5.91 in his last two appearances.

Offensively, Augie Ojeda drove in two runs for the Wings. With his hit on Saturday, he has hit safely in five of his last six games, and has three RBI in his last four. Newly acquired Brian Buchanan also drove in a run, going 2-3 with a walk. The two hits were his first since coming back to the Twins on Thursday. Jason Tyner drove in the other run for Rochester, and now has a four-game hitting streak in which he has smacked eight hits. Garrett Jones has two hits and a run, and Kevin West doubled and scored as well. The Wings face Ottawa again on Sunday, and are currently 2.5 games out of first place.

New Britain Rock Cats: A late rally ended in defeat on Saturday, as the Rock Cats dropped one to Trenton 7-4. Down 7-0 after five innings, the Cats scored four over the last three but still came up short. Glen Perkins got the start for New Britain and was shelled. He worked four innings, allowing six runs (five earned), while giving up seven hits. It was his second straight loss as he continues to struggle through August. He is 0-2 in the month, with a 8.10 ERA in ten innings. Matt Yeatman threw three innings of relief, and was very effective. He allowed only one earned run, and struck out one. In his last four appearances, that is the only earned run he has allowed, and he hasn't lost since July 9. John Thomas threw a scoreless inning of relief, striking out one, for his second straight scoreless appearance. Newly promoted Jannio Gutierrez finished off the game, striking out two in his one inning of work.

Matt Moses had his best offensive game of his Double-A career on Saturday, going 3-4, with a triple, run, and two RBI. Moses has struggled a bit since his call-up, but has come on of late to drive in four runs in three games. James Tomlin had a pinch-hit RBI double, and Alexander Romero doubled and scored a run. Tomlin has now hit safely in seven straight games, and his hitting .556 in six August games. Romero's hit gave him at least one base hit in 12 straight, as his average is at .302 for the season. New Britain is now seven games out of first, and play the Trenton Thunder again on Sunday.

Fort Myers Miracle: The Miracle scored a game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, defeating Dunedin 4-3 on Saturday. Justin Jones got the start for Fort Myers, but was touched early and often, leaving after 4.2 innings of work. He allowed three earned runs on six hits, and walked and uncharacteristic four batters. For Jones, he has now let up eight earned runs in his last two appearances, a span of 10.2 innings. It is a rough start to the month for him, after going 4-1 in July. Joshua Gray was dynamite in relief on Saturday, tossing 2.1 scoreless innings without allowing a single hit. In two August appearances, he has a 2.25 ERA. Julio DePaula picked up the win, as he himself threw scoreless relief. He went the last two innings and struck out one. With the strikeout, he has struck out at least one batter in his last nine appearances.

Offensively, the day belonged to Trent Oeltjen. The left-fielder went 4-5 at the dish, with a double and three RBI. It was the second straight game that Trent drove in a run, and the fourth straight game he has registered a base hit. Joe Leger drove in a run for the third straight game, and ran his hitting streak to seven games. With his two hits on Saturday, Leger had back-to-back multi hit games. Ronald Perodin had three hits in three at-bats, giving him his first multi-hit game since July 28. The Miracle will play Dunedin again at home on Sunday.

Beloit Snappers: The Beloit Snappers blanked the West Michigan Whitecaps on Saturday, winning by a score of 7-0. Kevin Slowey was absolutely unstoppable on this night, tossing a complete game one-hitter. He would strikeout ten batters, and improve his record to 2-0 in the Midwest League. Slowey started the season at Elizabethton, and was used exclusively out of the bullpen. He was 0-0 there, with one save, and a 1.17 ERA. He was promoted to full-season Beloit in July, and has become a starter. He has now let up one earned run in his last 14.0 innings pitched, and is 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA in August.

Offensively, the team was led by Deacon Burns. The designated hitter went 2-4, with a home run, and three RBI. In six August games, Burns has three home runs, and has driven in eight RBI. He is breaking out of a July slump that saw him hit .234 over 27 games. Steven Tolleson drove in two runs, giving him three in the last two games, and ran his hitting streak to three games. Tarrence Patterson went 1-3, but scored twice, and hit his first double since June 30. He has hit safely in seven of his last eight games.


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