TMLN- Matienzo Heating Up

In this edition of Twins' Minor League Notebook, the Wings ride Pete Munro's arm to an 8-1 victory over Norfolk, the Rock Cats score two in the bottom of the 11th to defeat Harrisburg, the Miracle sneak past Dunedin 4-3, and Beloit finishes off Saturday's suspended game with an 8-5 win.

Rochester Red Wings: The Wings opened up their May slate in grand fashion on Monday, as they topple the Norfolk Tide 8-1 on the road. Pete Munro (3-0) got the start for the Wings and pitched great, holding the Tide to one run in six innings of work. Munro, who has won three of his first five starts, had his longest outing of the year, as he tried to erase the thought of the nine earned runs he had allowed in his previous two starts combined. He has struggled this season despite owning a 3-0 record, and Monday was his best effort since throwing five shutout innings in his first start of the season on April 9 against Syracuse. Beau Kemp picked up his first save of the season, as he threw three innings of shutout relief. He has been great out of the bullpen all season for the Wings, and has now allowed an earned run in only three of his ten appearances this season. The three innings were the most he has gone since April 19 win against Norfolk. The right-hander has been dominant against lefties this season, posting a 0.00 ERA, and handcuffing them to the tune of a .208 batting average.

Terry Tiffee led the way for the Wings offense on this night, as he drove in two runs during a 2-3 effort at the plate. He also walked twice, scored a run, and had his fifth double of the season. His two hits ran his hitting streak to four games, and he has now driven in five runs during his last three starts. Andres Torres went 3-3 on the night, and now has a five game hitting streak. During the last two games, the centerfielder has posted five hits, and has ran his batting average from .222 to .326 during his current hitting streak. Jason Bartlett posted his second multi-hit game in as many days, and has now driven in four runs in the last five contests. Chris Heintz has been absolutely raking during his own five game hitting streak, posting four multi-hit games, and running his batting average to .370.

New Britain Rock Cats: The New Britain Rock Cats scored two runs in the bottom of the 11th inning on Monday, as they defeated Harrisburg 7-6. Glen Perkins got the start for the Cats and was roughed up pretty good, allowing a season-high five earned runs in six innings of work. He did strike out eight batters, but once again failed to pick up his first victory of the 2006 season. Justin Olson was pretty impressive in his 2.2 innings of scoreless relief, as he broke a two game slide in which he allowed two earned runs in each outing. Jay Sawatski took the ball from Olson and proceeded to allow an earned run in his 1.2 innings of work. He has now allowed at least one earned run in four of his last five outings, as the lefty continues to struggle against left-handed batters. Against Sawatski, lefties are batting at a .333 clip, as opposed to righties, who are only batting .200. Robert Korecky (1-1) got the win for the Cats in this one, as he recorded the final two outs in the top of the 11th inning. He has been doing a good job in his closer role this season, and has now allowed an earned run in only three of his nine outings this season.

Danny Matienzo continues to put up better numbers as the season wears on, and on Monday, drove in Denard Span for the game-winning RBI. His three hits boosted his batting average to .240 on the young season, and he now has four runs batted in during the last three games. His two RBI on Monday gave him five multi-RBI games this season. Trent Oeltjen picked up his third hit in the last two games, as he also drove in two runs on the night. He is now five for his last 14, as he also picked up his fifth stolen base of the season. The swiped bag was his first since April 10. Matthew Moses also picked up a ribbie in this one, as he smacked his first double since April 18. In the last three games, the slugging third baseman has rapped five hits, as he brought his batting average to .324. Aside from scoring the game-winning run, Denard Span also picked up his second straight multi-hit game, and is now five for his last ten. The run was his first since April 26, as he is now batting .426 at home this season.

Fort Myers Miracle: The Miracle defeated Dunedin 4-3 on Monday, and they can win the four-game series if they pick up the W on Tuesday. Kyle Aselton got the start for Fort Myers, and did not last very long, as he only went 4.1 innings in what was his second shortest outing of the season. He did not pick badly, allowing two earned runs, but he did walk a season-high four batters. In his last 9.1 innings of work, he has allowed six earned runs, mostly because he has an 8.10 ERA with runners in scoring position. Joshua Hill (1-1) picked up his first win of the season, as he picked 3.2 innings without allowing an earned run. It was his third straight appearance without allowing an earned run, and he is now holding batters to a .190 batting average. He is definitely turning his season around after allowing earned runs in three of his first five appearances. Timothy Lahey picked up his first save of the season, and has now gone three straight appearances without allowing an earned run as well. He has done much better at home than on the road this season, as he has a 1.80 home ERA as opposed to a 5.40 on the road.

Offensively, Jeremy Pickrel led the way in this one, as he posted his second multi-hit game in his last four contests. He also swiped two bases, giving him three in the last four games. He has now hit safely in four of his last six games, with three of them being multi-hit efforts. Alexi Casilla broke out of a 2-19 slump, as he posted his first multi-hit game since April 24. In 23 games this season, Casilla has been held hitless in only three of them, with two being the two games before Tuesday's tilt. Brock Peterson hit his second home run in the last three games, as he ran his personal hitting streak to four games. During the streak, he has bumped his batting average from .200 to .241, and is really hitting the ball hard. With his one hit, Erold Andrus has now hit safely in three of his last four games, as he tries to break free of the Mendoza Line. His batting average currently sits at .208, which seems like .300 compared to the .155 he was hitting on April 26.

Beloit Snappers: The Snappers were supposed to play a doubleheader on Monday, but they were only able to get the first game in due to inclement weather and bad field conditions. The game they did get in was the continuation of the April 29 tilt against Fort Wayne, and the Snappers won the game 8-5. Eduardo Morlan was the first pitcher for the Snappers, and he threw 1.1 innings of scoreless ball before Ryan Mullins took over on Monday. Mullins pitched well, tossing 4.2 innings while allowing one earned run. The one earned run was his lowest total allowed in a game this season, and his six strikeouts were his second highest total. Yohan Pino (3-1) picked up his second blown save of the season while also earning his third victory. He allowed two earned in two innings of relief, and has now allowed four earned runs in his last 5.2 innings of relief. David Shinskie picked up his first save of the season, as he allowed one hit in pitching the ninth inning. Shinskie has been great out of the bullpen for the Snappers this season, and has now allowed an earned run in only four of his first 11 outings.

The Snappers erased an 5-4 deficit in the bottom of the eighth on Monday, as they rallied for four runs in the inning. Edward Ovalle led the way for the Snappers, as he drove in a season-high three runs in the contest. They were his first RBI since April 23, and his home run was his first since April 20. Caleb Moore also went deep for Beloit, as he continues to mash the ball this season. The home run was his first of the season, as he has now hit safely in 16 of his first 20 appearances this season. Dwayne White knocked in two runs in the game, which were his first RBI since April 18. He has been struggling lately though, as he is currently two for his last 19. Slugger Erik Lis posted his second consecutive multi-hit game, as he boosted his average to .308. In the last two games, Lis is a combined 7-8, as he has raised his batting average from .243 to .308. Just-promoted Juan Portes picked up a hit in his 2006 season debut, as he looked good at the plate from his number five slot. He scored twice, walked, and drove in a run as well.

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