TMLN: Oeltjen Swinging Hot May Bat

In this edition of Twins Minor League Notebook, the organization allows only two runs combined, as Rochester and Fort Myers both win 5-0. Terry Tiffee continued his hot hitting in the Red Wings 5-0 victory, Trent Oeltjen ripped three hits in New Britain's 10-2 win, Alexi Casilla sets a season high with four hits for the Miracle, and the Snappers get washed out.

Rochester Red Wings: The Wings blanked Toledo on Tuesday behind the strength of another solid outing by J.D. Durbin. Durbin has been one of the best pitchers in the International League this month, and is really filling the void left by Boof Bonser's promotion. He threw eight shutout innings on Tuesday, giving him two consecutive scoreless outings, and he now has a 1.83 earned run average in eight May appearances. Patrick Neshek (4-1) picked up the win in relief, as he tossed two scoreless innings of his own. Neshek's statistics are almost ridiculous this month, as he has posted a 1.61 ERA in 12 appearances. In his last six appearances, he has allowed only one earned run, and he has not lost a game since April 27. Ricky Barrett was the final pitcher of the night for Rochester, as he joined in the fun with a scoreless inning of his own. It was his second scoreless outing in a row, and his sixth scoreless outing in his last seven appearances.

Terry Tiffee was big with the bat once again for Rochester, as he posted his third multi-hit game in his last four starts. In 28 May games, Tiffee is batting .312, and has hit safely in 12 of his last 16 games, which includes nine multi-hit efforts. Jason Tyner picked up his first multi-hit game since May 21, as he stroked two hits in five at-bats. He has been one of the hottest hitters in Minor League Baseball this month, as he has batted .379 in 24 games. Glenn Williams continues to inch his way back above the Mendoza Line, as he posted his first multi-hit game since May 25. He has now hit safely in two straight games, and his double on Tuesday was his first since May 10. Andres Torres hit his first double since May 4, as he continues to labor through a tough month. Although he has hit safely in six of his last seven games, Torres is batting only .241 this month, and has seen his average drop from .279 to .254.

New Britain Rock Cats: The Rock Cats defeated Harrisburg on Tuesday, as Nick Blackburn (4-5) picked up a win for the third time in his last four decisions. In 5.2 innings of work, Blackburn allowed only one earned run, as he led the Cats to a 10-2 drubbing of the Senators. It was the first time he has allowed less than two earned runs since May 2, although he tied a season-high with four walks. After posting a 0-4 record to go along with a 7.71 ERA in April, Blackburn has gone 4-1 in May, and has posted a 3.41 ERA in six starts. Julio DePaula went the rest of the way for New Britain, as he picked up his second save of the season. He allowed one run, which was unearned, and struck out a season-high three batters. It was his fourth consecutive outing without allowing an earned run, and he has now posted a 3.63 earned run average since being promoted from High-A Fort Myers.

The Cats brought out the lumber on Tuesday, as they posted their second straight game with great offensive numbers. Trent Oeltjen led the way with three knocks in the contest, as he continues to mash in his second month in the Eastern League. He is batting .333 in the month of May, and with his three hits on Tuesday, has now hit safely in seven of his last eight games. Denard Span smacked a triple in the first inning, the first of two hits on the night, as he posted his second consecutive multi-hit effort. May has not been kind to Denard, but he seems to be ending the month in style. Jose Morales posted his second consecutive multi-hit game, and he posted some ribbies for the second game in a row as well. He now has three ribbies in the last two games, and he has raised his average from .119 to .148 in the process. Though he did not get a hit in the contest, Alexander Romero scored three times, as he set a season-high with four walks.

Fort Myers Miracle: The Miracle defeated Sarasota 5-0 on Tuesday, as they got a nice performance from Colby Miller (1-1). Miller threw six scoreless innings in what was definitely his best start of the season, as he is starting to get back into the swing of things. In four appearances this season, Miller has held the opposition to a .226 batting average, and is handcuffing righties to a .200 clip specifically. Chris Schutt was next in line for the Miracle, and he was also good on this night, as he continues to dominate at home. In six home appearances, Schutt has posted a perfect 0.00 earned run average, and batters are hitting only .111 against him. He has also posted four consecutive scoreless outings. Timothy Lahey was the final pitcher of the night, and he picked up his first save since May 1. This has not been a good month for Lahey, who has posted a 7.36 ERA during his ten appearances. However, he is trying to right the ship, and has thrown scoreless ball in two of his last three outings.

Alexi Casilla had his first four-hit night of the season on Tuesday, as he bumped his batting average back up over .300. In his last five games, Casilla has posted three multi-hit games, and has hit safely in four of the contests. Matt Tolbert ran his hitting streak to five games, and with his two hits, has posted back-to-back multi-hit efforts. Since his demotion from Double-A, Tolbert is batting .291 in 22 contests. Jeremy Pickrel ran his hitting streak to three games, stroking his second double in his last three contests. In his last three games, he has raised his average from .236 to .262, and has driven in six runs. Garrett Guzman also scored a run in this one, as he has now scored at least one run in three of his last four starts. He also picked up a base hit in this one, running his hitting streak to three games.

Beloit Snappers: The Snappers were rained out on Tuesday, and will play a doubleheader against Quad Cities on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 5pm.

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