TMLN: Kelly An Extra-Base Hit Machine

In this edition of Twins Minor League Notebook, the Wings get another great outing from Kyle Lohse in a 3-1 loss to Toledo, the Rock Cats get pummeled by Portland despite having six players post multi-hit games, the Fort Myers Miracle get the night off, and Beloit wins their third straight behind some hot hitting. (FREE PREVIEW OF PREMIUM CONTENT)

Rochester Red Wings: The Wings lost a pitcher's duel on Monday, as they fell to Toledo 3-1. Kyle Lohse (1-1) went the distance for the Red Wings, although he picked up his first loss of the season. He has been great since joining the Rochester starting rotation, as his ERA now stands at 1.42. He has made three starts since being demoted from Minnesota, and has given the Wings a quality outing in every one of them. If he continues to pitch like this, he could find himself back in Minnesota, or even as possible trade bait.

Offensively, the Wings did not bring much firepower to the ball park, but Terry Tiffee had himself a nice day at the plate. One of the better hitters on the Wings team this season, Tiffee wrapped two hits in his four at-bats, as he drove his batting average back up to .300. Garrett Jones went one for three with a run, but more importantly, failed to strike out for the third straight game. In fact, he has struck out only once in his last six starts. Glenn Williams, who has been mired in a season-long slump, picked up his first hit in his last four starts. Jason Bartlett went 1-4, and has now hit safely in 18 of his last 22 contests. The Wings are currently in first place in the International League North division, having a 0.5 game lead over second place Scranton/Wilkes Barre.

New Britain Rock Cats: The Cats got pummeled by Portland on Monday, dropping their record to 22-25 with their 9-5 loss. Glen Perkins (1-5) got the start in this one, and he tied his season high with six runs allowed, although only one of them was earned. He struck out only four, allowed seven hits, and last five innings, which was his shortest outing since April 24. Justin Olson came on in relief and looked nothing like the pitcher who went 2.2 scoreless innings against this same Portland team on May 27 to pick up the win. He allowed three earned runs in his two innings of relief on Monday, and matched his season-high with three walks. Jay Sawatski was the final pitcher of the night for the Cats, and he was the only one to not allow an earned run, as he pitched his third consecutive scoreless outing.

The Rock Cats definitely brought the bats to the yard on Monday, as six members of the starting lineup posted multiple hit games. Denard Span led the way from his leadoff spot, wrapping two hits, and driving in two runs. He has now driven in a run in three consecutive games, as he has four ribbies in that span. Matthew Moses also got in on the action, as he went 2-5 with a double. It was his second multi-hit game in his last four contests. Douglas Deeds smacked two doubles on Monday, giving him three in the last two games. He also scored once, giving him three of those as well in that span. Felix Molina went 2-5, as he continues to see the ball better lately. He also drove in a run for the second straight game, and now has three hits in his last two starts. Jose Morales, who has been struggling all season at the plate, picked up his first two hits since May 20 in this one. He is batting only .130 in 22 games this month. Finally, Tommy Watkins was the sixth Cat to post a multi-hit game, as he collected his first multi-hit game since May 18. He also hit his first triple of the season. The Rock Cats are 5.0 games back of Portland for first place in the Eastern League North division.

Fort Myers Miracle: The Miracle had a day off on Monday, and will play a two-game home set against Sarasota starting on Tuesday. From there, it is off to Daytona, to start a series against the Cubs. In their last game, Justin Jones made his first start a memorable, tossing seven innings of shutout ball. Fort Myers is currently one game back of Dunedin for first place in the Florida State League West division.

Beloit Snappers: The Snappers were the only Twins farm team to win a game on Monday, as they defeated Quad Cities 8-6. Ryan Mullins got the start for Beloit, and he pitched alright, allowing six runs (three earned) in 6.2 innings of work. In his last 20.2 innings of work, the lefty has allowed only five earned runs, and appears to be more comfortable on the mound. Monday was also his second straight outing without walking a batter, as he has struck out nine hitters in that span. David Shinskie (4-3) got the win in relief, as he gave the Snappers 2.1 innings of scoreless relief. It was his first outing since May 17 that he did not allow an earned run, and he has now struck out at least one batter in his last three appearances. He has been solid for the Snappers this year, posting a 3.31 ERA in 20 appearances out of the bullpen so far.

Steven Tolleson stroked three hits in this one, as he led a very potent Beloit lineup. Playing third for the third straight game, Tolleson stroked his fourth, and fifth hits of his last two starts, and is now hitting at a nice .301 clip in the month of May. Paul Kelly, who was playing to Tolleson's left in this one, picked up his second straight multi-hit game, as he was an extra-base hit machine. He smacked a double and a triple in this contest, as he drove in a season-high three runs. Edward Ovalle has been one of the hottest hitters on the farm lately, and on Monday, he picked up his second straight multi-hit game. He has also hit safely in his last six games, picking up three multi-hit efforts in the process. Caleb Moore also had a multi-hit game, which was his first since May 17. After batting .347 in the month of April, Moore is only batting .213 in May, and has seen his batting average dip to .277. The Snappers are now 25-24 on the season, which leaves them 5.5 games back of Kane County for first place in the Midwest League West division. The win was their third straight.

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