TMLN- Garza Masterful Once Again

In this edition of Twins' Minor League Notebook, the Red Wings lost a 5-3 contest against the Ottawa Lynx, the New Britain Rock Cats get their showdown with Harrisburg postponed, Matt Garza improves to 4-0 on the season with his latest gem, and Beloit gets the night off.

Rochester Red Wings: The Red Wings lost a 5-3 contest against the Ottawa Lynx on Wednesday, as starter Henry Bonilla (1-3) picked up his third loss of the season. After failing to allow a run in his first four outings of the season while coming out of the bullpen, Bonilla has picked up three straight losing decisions since joining the rotation, although he really only pitched poorly in his first start. In fact, on the season Bonilla is holding batters to a .195 batting average, while includes a .182 mark with runners on base. Ricky Barrett took the ball next for the Wings, and allowed one run in 2.0 innings of work, giving him two straight outings in which he has allowed a run. Still, the young left-hander has been devastating to lefty batters this season, holding them to a .105 batting average. Kevin Cameron was the last Wings pitcher of the night, and he too allowed an earned run, although he only pitched one inning. He faced six batters in the inning, walked two, and struck out two. He has now struck out at least one batter in each of his last four appearances, and he has not allowed more than two earned runs in an outing so far this season.

Offensively, Andres Torres had the biggest blow of the night for the Red Wings, blasting a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. The dinger was his first of the season, and the outfielder has now driven in five runs during his last four appearances. The hit also ran his hitting streak to seven games, as he has boosted his batting average from .222 to .321 in the process. Josh Rabe, who recently won the Twins' Minor League Player of the Month honors, stroked two hits in this one, as he was the only Wings batter with multiple hits. He now has back-to-back multi-hit games, as he continues to mash the ball at home. In 11 home games, Rabe is batting .439, and has scored nine times. Luis Maza picked up a base hit in this one as well, as he lifted his current hitting streak to six games. His batting average has been on a steady climb since April 25, going from .150 to .207 over that time span.

New Britain Rock Cats: Wednesday's tilt against the Harrisburg Senators was postponed due to rain, and the two teams will hit the field again on Thursday morning for the final game of their series. Nick Blackburn (1-4, 6.46) was scheduled to take the hill for the Cats on Wednesday, and now Justin Jones (2-1, 2.61) will take the ball instead on Thursday. On Friday, the Cats open up a weekend series against the Portland Sea Dogs, as they continue their home swing.

Fort Myers Miracle: Matt Garza (4-0) was incredible once again for the Miracle, as he picked up his fourth win of the season during Fort Myers' 3-1 victory over Lakeland. In the game, Garza went a season-high seven innings, striking out six while walking none. In 31.1 innings of work this season, Garza has allowed only three earned runs, and he has 40 strikeouts compared to six walks. The reigning Twins' Minor League Pitcher of the Month, Garza picked up right where he left off in his first May start, and looks to have easily mastered the Florida State League hitters. Another big time pitcher on the Miracle roster, Daniel Powers, continues to have a good season. He threw the final two innings of the game for the Miracle, as he made his first appearance since being called up from Beloit this past week. The Twins' 2005 eight round draft pick, Powers fills the spot vacated by Julio DePaula, who was promoted to New Britain on Tuesday.

Four Miracle batters posted multi-hit games on Wednesday, with Alexi Casilla leading the charge. The leadoff hitter has now registered three straight multi-hit games, and has stolen four bases in the last three contests. Deacon Burns went 2-3 on the night, as he continues to fight through a season long slump that has his batting average below the Mendoza Line at .192. However, in two May games he is hitting .400, and this may be a sign that things are looking up for the slugger. Jeremy Pickrel posted his fourth multi-hit game in his last eight tries, as he ran his current hitting streak to four games. The young outfielder is now batting over .300 on the season, as he is showing a much better batting eye at the plate. Korey Feiner's two hit game gives him five hits in his last three starts, and his second multi-hit effort in that span. During his current three-game hitting streak, he has raised his average from .174 to .236. Justin Arneson smacked his first triple of the season on Wednesday, and has now hit safely in the last four games.

Beloit Snappers: The Snappers had Wednesday night off, as they get ready for a four-game set against Southwest Michigan beginning on Thursday. Beloit is currently 14-11 on the young season, and they have sole possession of second place in the Midwest League Western.

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