TMLN: Slowey Strikes Out Ten In No-Decision

In this edition of Twins Minor League Notebook, the Red Wings lose a key game against Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre 8-6, Errol Simonitsch pitches his second straight eight inning scoreless outing in New Britain's win, Kevin Slowey strikes out ten in a no-decision for Fort Myers, and Beloit's bat rack up 11 runs in their win.

Rochester Red Wings: The Wings lost to the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre Red Barons 8-6 on Tuesday, in what was the first game of an important four-game set. Mike Smith got the start for the Wings in this one and pitched well, allowing four runs (three earned) in six innings of work. Coming off an impressive outing in his last start, a ten-strikeout win against Buffalo on May 10, Smith only allowed four hits while striking out four. Kevin Cameron (3-1) picked up his first loss of the season in relief, as he also picked up his third blown save of the year. It was a rare outing for the right-hander, who had not allowed an earned run in his last five outings. In fact, it was the first time he allowed multiple runs in a game since April 21, which was the only other game he allowed more than one. Jason Miller was the final Red Wings pitcher of the night, as he lowered his May ERA to 1.80. Though he allowed an unearned run, Miller also picked up a strikeout in his 1.1 innings of work, giving him at least one whiff in his last three outings.

Terry Tiffee provided some lumber in this one, as he posted his second multi-hit game in his last three starts. He also hit his second home run of the year, which was his first dinger since April 30. Luis Maza went 1-3 in the game, as he continues to hit the ball better this month. He now has a five-game hitting streak, and has scored in two straight. Steve Lomasney hit his first home run as a member of the Wings, as he has now hit safely in both of his games since being promoted from Double-A New Britain. In those two games, he has driven in three runs, and has scored twice. Jason Bartlett continued his torrid hitting, and is hitting a robust .368 during the month of May. With his two hits on Tuesday, Bartlett has now put together four straight multi-hit games, and has at least one double in each of those contests.

New Britain Rock Cats: Errol Simonitsch (3-2) was excellent in the Cats' 8-6 win over New Hampshire on Tuesday, tossing eight innings of shutout ball to pick up his second straight victory. Since struggling to open the season, Simonitsch has really been on his game lately, and this last outing was his second straight appearance in which he has shutout a team in eight innings of work. In those 16 innings, Simonitsch has struck out 13 batters, and has walked only one. Jay Sawatski did not fare as well, as he was lit up in this one. He allowed five runs (four earned) in his 0.2 innings of relief, in what was definitely his worst outing of the year. He had gone his last three outings without allowing a run. Levale Speigner picked up his second save of the season, giving him a save in his last two outings. He has not allowed an earned run in his last three outings, as he is trying to salvage a month in which he allowed five earned runs through his first four innings of work.

Daniel Matienzo continues to rip the ball, and on Tuesday he blasted his fourth home run of the season. After batting .217 in April, Matienzo is batting .317 in May, and has already driven in more runs (14) this month as he did in five more games last month (12). Alexander Romero also hit a home run in this contest, running his current hitting streak to three games. It was also his second straight game with an RBI. Felix Molina picked up three hits in the game, as he is now four of his last eight. He also hit two doubles, and is now hitting .350 through 12 May games. Trent Oeltjen picked up his first hits since May 8, stroking two knocks in the game. Even with his current slump, Oeltjen is still batting .311 this month, as he tries to escape a .229 mark in April. Denard Span scored twice, and now has scored three times in the past two games.

Fort Myers Miracle: Kevin Slowey was absolutely ridiculous once again, as he tossed seven shutout innings while striking out ten. He also did not walk a batter again, and his May stats are almost unbelievable. In three starts, he has a 0.47 ERA, has struck out 29 batters in 19 innings, and has yet to yield a walk. There is not much left he can do before he inevitably joins Matt Garza in New Britain. For the year, Slowey has struck out 63 batters, while walking only two. Chris Schutt (0-1) picked up his first loss as a member of the Miracle, as he continues to struggle on the road this season. While posting a perfect 0.00 ERA at home, Schutt has an ERA of 10.12 in three road appearances, with batters hitting .333 against him.

Slowey could not get any defensive help from his lineup in this one, as the Miracle mustered only two hits the entire night. Alexi Casilla had one of the Miracle hits, as he picked up his first knock in his last three games. In May, he is batting .333, and has scored seven times. Garrett Guzman had the only other hit of the night for Fort Myers, as he ran his hitting streak to five games. He has fared far better on the road this season, posting a .313 mark, as opposed to a .206 clip at home. Trevor Plouffe did not have a terrible day at the dish, as he went 0-1 with two walks. He has labored for most of the season, and is only batting .122 during the month of May.

Beloit Snappers: The Snappers defeated Clinton 11-4 on Tuesday, as Brian Duensing (2-1) was impressive once again. The left-hander went six innings, allowing three runs (two earned), while picking up one strikeout. In his three May starts, Duensing is 1-0, and has posted a 1.23 earned run average. Danny Vais was the first Snapper reliever of the night, and he struck out one in a perfect inning of relief. In his last three outings, he has not allowed an earned run, and has not walked a batter since May 2. Frank Mata was next for Beloit, and he allowed an earned run for the first time in his last three outings. Jose Lugo was the final pitcher of the night, and he did not allow a run for the second straight outing. In his last six outing, Lugo has allowed a run in only one, and he has struck out at least one batter in his last seven appearances.

There was plenty of offense in this one for Beloit, with Erik Lis leading the way once again. The slugger picked up three hits, running his hitting streak to three games, and he is now five for his last nine. He also drove in two runs, and is now batting an outstanding .391 for the month. Edward Ovalle also picked up a multi-hit game, stroking two hits in the contest. He has overcome an April in which he batted only .209 to hit .306 in May, raising his batting average to .250. Paul Kelly picked up two hits as well, giving him five in his last two games. He currently has a three-game hitting streak, and has raised his average from .250 to .271 in the process. Josh Land picked up a hit for the second straight game, giving him a knock in his first two games with the Snappers. He also picked up a double, and drove in his first two runs of the season. Tarrence Patterson scored three times, giving him four in the last two games, and Juan Portes stroked two hits. Portes now has a three-game hitting streak, and the two knocks gave him two straight multi-hit games.


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