TMLN: Burns Drives In Five In Win

In this edition of Twins' Minor League Notebook, the Rochester Red Wings lost again to Pawtucket as Henry Bonilla continues to get lit up in August, the New Britain Rock Cats ran their winning streak to six games behind Daniel Matienzo's third three-hit game in a row, the Fort Myers Miracle beat Dunedin 4-1 behind another great start by Justin Jones, and Deacon Burns led the Beloit Snappers to a 13-3 drubbing of Dayton.

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Rochester Red Wings: The Wings fell to three games back of the Buffalo Bison, with a 8-5 loss at home against Pawtucket. Henry Bonilla got the start but didn't last long,tossing 3.1 innings, and allowing five runs (four earned). It was the fourth straight losing decision for Bonilla, who has not won a game since July 22. In his six August starts, Bonilla is 0-3, and has an ERA of 7.52. Jason Miller looked good in relief, tossing 2.1 innings of shutout ball. He has yet to allow an earned run in his last three appearances, a span of 7.1 innings. Travis Bowyer struggled in his one inning of work, allowing two earned runs, his first runs in his last four appearances. He has been uncharacteristically bad in August, posting a 7.62 ERA in 14 appearances.

Offensively, Luis Maza hit his tenth home run of the season, while driving in his fourth run in the last three games. He continues to post great home numbers, batting .321 in 31 home games. He is hitting a blistering .352 in August. Corky Miller drove in two runs, his first ribbies since August 12, and hit his first double since August 9. Augie Ojeda also drove in a pair of runs, and now has three in the last two games. He also hit his first double since July 28. The Wings play Pawtucket again on Sunday, before heading for two huge games at Buffalo.

New Britain Rock Cats: The Cats ran their winning streak to six games, thanks to some great efforts in relief during their 8-5 win against Norwich. James Abbott got the start for New Britain, but gave up five earned runs in only 3.1 innings. He has had a rough August, posting a 10.80 ERA in his four starts. Daylan Childress would play the role of hero on this night, tossing shutout ball for 4.1 innings, and earning his third victory. He has been a completely different pitcher in August, posting a 2.92 ERA in ten appearances, and earning all three of his Double-A wins. Kevin Cameron would earn his second save in his last three appearances, tossing a scoreless ninth. He also has been great this month, with a 1.19 ERA in ten appearances.

Five Rock Cats hitters posted multi-hit games in this one, led by Daniel Matienzo's 3-4 night. He drove in two more runs, and now has four RBI in his last three games. During that time, the slugger has been a base hit machine, stroking nine hits in 12 at-bats. Luis Jimenez also had a big day at the dish, collecting two hits for the second straight night, and driving in three runs. He now has eight RBI in the last four games. Gil Velazquez picked up three hits on the night, and now has five in the last three games. Douglas Deeds also picked up a multi-hit night, going 2-5, and running his hitting streak to five games. He continues to be hot with the weather, batting .33 in the month of August. The Cats take on Norwich again on Sunday looking for the sweep.

Fort Myers Miracle: The Miracle beat Dunedin 4-1 on Saturday, behind a nice effort by Justin Jones. Jones, who is 6-3 on the year, tossed 7.2 innings and allowed only one earned run. Jones has now allowed only two earned runs in his last 13.1 innings of work, and has posted a 2.43 ERA in August. He is now looking like a legitimate pitching prospect. Jay Sawatski was all the relief that was needed in this one, as he threw shutout ball for 1.1 innings. It was his second straight scoreless relief outing, and he now has a 1.64 ERA in nine August appearances. After struggling through July, Sawatski has batters hitting at a .195 clip against him this month.

Luke Hughes had a nice game at the plate on Saturday, going 2-4, and driving in a run. The infielder has struggled this month though, and the two hits broke an 0-9 skid. Ronald Perodin also picked up two hits in the game, as he also broke out of a recent skid. Perodin has been great this month however, batting .310 in 22 August games. The Miracle start a three-game set against Tampa on Monday, as they try to make up ground in the playoff hunt.

Beloit Snappers: The Snappers blew out Dayton on Saturday, gliding to a 13-3 win. Kyle Aselton picked up the win, as he went five inning, and allowed two earned runs. The righty has now won his last three decisions, and has a 1.84 ERA in five August starts. Since becoming a starter, Aselton is 3-1, and has a 2.02 ERA. Joshua Hill pitched three good innings of relief, allowing only one earned run on three hits. He has a 2.60 ERA in eight August appearances. Jose Cordero finished the game for Beloit, tossing a scoreless ninth. He has now let up only two earned runs since making his Midwest League debut on August 15.

The Snappers were again led offensively by Deacon Burns, as the right-fielder went 3-6, and drove in five runs. He hit a triple, a home run, and scored three times in the game. Burns has now driven in eight runs in his last three games, and has 23 in 21 August games. For the month, the slugger is batting .326, and has blasted six dingers. Midwest League All-Star David Winfree drove in two runs on the night, as he went 2-6 with a double. The slugger now has a three-game hitting streak, and has driven in 94 runs on the year. Johnny Woodard also drove in a pair, giving him three in the last three games. The Snappers play Dayton again on Sunday in the season finale.


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