Twins MLN: Simon (itsch) Says Shutout

In this edition of Twins' Minor League Notebook, all four full-season teams pick up wins on Wednesday. Glenn Williams led the Rochester attack in a 6-3 victory over Buffalo, Errol Simonitsch pitched a gem in the Rock Cats' 3-0 win over Bowie, Kevin Slowey failed to walk a batter again in the Fort Myers win, and Beloit struck for two in the top of the 16th inning to defeat West Michigan. (FREE PREVIEW OF PREMIUM CONTENT)

Rochester Red Wings: The Wings put together a 6-3 against Buffalo on Wednesday, as Mike Smith (2-2) picked up his second win of the season. The win followed his worst outing of the season, a six-run 6.1 inning outing against Ottawa on May 5. On Wednesday, Smith struck out a season-high ten batters, which were more strikeouts than his last three appearances combined. He also pitched a season-high seven innings, and now has two wins in his last three starts. Beau Kemp allowed two earned runs in his 1.1 innings of relief, which were the first runs he has allowed since April 29. In four May appearances, the right-hander has posted a 1.74 earned run average, although batters are hitting .326 against him. Kevin Cameron picked up his third save of the season, running his scoreless streak to three games. He also struck out a batter, giving him seven consecutive outings with at least one strikeout.

Glenn Williams led the way offensively in this one, as he ran his hitting streak to three games. He posted three hits, his first multi-hit game since April 16, and seems to be hitting the ball better. In April, Williams hit .154 in 14 games, and is now batting .300 during his first six games in May. Josh Rabe picked up his third multi-hit game this month, as he stroked two hits and scored once. In 30 games this season, the left-fielder is batting .351, which ranks him third in the International League. Jason Kubel picked up his second multi-hit game in his last three starts, and has now driven in at least one run in three straight games. Newly-promoted Gil Velazquez picked up three hits on the night, giving him his first International League hits of the season.

New Britain Rock Cats:Errol Simonitsch (2-2) had his best start of the season for the Rock Cats on Wednesday, as they shutout Bowie 3-0. In a season-high eight innings, Simonitsch struck out six batters, while handcuffing them to only four hits. It was the first start this season that Simonitsch did not let up an earned run, as he showed the form that made him a top prospect in the organization last season. Levale Speigner picked up his first save of the season, as he pitched the ninth inning for the Rock Cats. In his last two outings, Speigner has been much better, allowed no earned runs in three innings of work. His problem has been getting righties out, as they have batted .317 against him this season.

Felix Molina had two hits in game, as he continues to have a great month of May. After hitting .250 in 14 April games, Molina has batted .320 through his first eight May starts, and has hit safely in six of the eight games. Alexander Romero picked up his fourth multi-hit game this month, as he is now hitting a blistering .353 in the month of May. The sweet-swinging lefty has destroyed right-handed pitching this season, posting a .362 batting average through his first 47 at-bats. Doug Deeds picked up two hits in two at-bats, and is showing a great batting eye lately. He has walked in seven straight games, and currently has a three-game hitting streak. Denard Span picked up a hit in three at bats, and is now three of his last eight.

Fort Myers Miracle: Different day, same old story, as Kevin Slowey (2-1) continues to dominate the Florida State League with his 2-1 win over Daytona on Wednesday. He threw six shut-out innings, struck out nine, as he posted his second win of the season. In his last three starts, Slowey has registered two wins, while striking out 24 batters along the way. One of the best control pitchers in the organization, Slowey has now struck out 53 batters this season, and has walked only two! Daniel Powers allowed an earned run in his two innings of relief, and has now allowed at least one earned run in two of his three FSL appearances since his call-up. However, he has shown the ability to strike batters out, whiffing seven through his first six innings of relief. Jonathan Martinez picked up his sixth save of the season in this one, giving him two straight appearances with one. Though he allowed two hits, he was able to strike out three in the inning, and has now gone three straight appearances with at least one strikeout.

Matt Tolbert was one of only two Miracle batters to record a base hit on Wednesday, as he continues to rake since being demoted from Double-A New Britain earlier in the month. He smacked two hits, drove in a run, scored a run, and had his second triple in the last five games. In five games with the Miracle this season, Tolbert has posted three multi-hit games, and is now batting .450. Brock Peterson had the only other hit for the Miracle in this one, as he ran his personal hitting streak to five games. After batting .241 in April, Peterson has hit at a .300 clip during his first eight games in May, and has already driven in more runs (6) than he did in April (5).

Beloit Snappers: The Snappers scored two runs in the top of the 16th inning on Wednesday, as they won a marathon game against West Michigan 2-0. Brian Duensing got the start for the Snappers in this one and was great, pitching nine innings of shutout ball. In two May starts, the left-hander has posted a 0.56 earned run average, and has struck out 14 batters against two walks. Adam Hawes made his return from the disabled list from the bullpen, as he threw three innings of shutout ball. The starter struck out four, walked one, and allowed only one base hit in his comeback game. David Shinskie (2-2) picked up the win in this one, as he erased two straight outings in which he picked up losses. He struck out a season-high four batters in his three innings of relief, and failed to allow an earned run for the first time in his last three appearances. Yohan Pino picked up his first save of the season, as he remains perfect this month. In four May appearances, the hard-throwing righty has held batters to a .188 batting average, while posting a 0.00 earned run average.

Erik Lis led the way once again offensively, driving in the Snappers only runs in the top of the 16th innings. The sweet-swinging slugger has now hit safely in his last four games, and is hitting a red-hot .379 in the month of May. He also doubled, giving him four doubles in his last five starts. Juan Portes, who began the season in Extended Spring Training, may be breaking out of his slump. His two hits on Wednesday gave him his first multi-hit game of the season, though he is still batting only .185 through his first seven games this season. He also failed to strike out for the first time in his last six appearances. Caleb Moore went 1-6 in the game, as he broke a two-game hitless streak. However, the 1-6 effort dropped his average below .300 for the first time since he was batting .250 on April 8.

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