TMLN: Valencia's Homer Leads Beloit To Win

In this edition of Twins Minor League Notebook, the Rochester Red Wings get blown out by Norfolk, the New Britain Rock Cats ride the bottom of their order to a 8-6 win, the Fort Myers Miracle continue to stay out of the win column, and Danny Valencia's two-run home run wins the game for Beloit.

Rochester Red Wings: The Wings lost a blowout on Monday, falling at the hands of Norfolk 8-1. Glen Perkins got his first start of the 2007 season, and pitched beautifully, tossing six innings of one-run ball. During the outing, Perkins struck out two while walking one, and allowed only two hits. The Wings bullpen would falter however, beginning with Tristan Crawford, who got the loss for Rochester. Crawford allowed two earned runs in his only inning of relief, walking a batter and allowing two hits. Julio DePaula allowed a run in his only inning of work, and Brian Bass made his Rochester debut by allowing four runs (two earned), in one inning of relief. Bass allowed three hits, including a home run.

The Wings were led offensively once again by Matthew LeCroy, who joined Denard Span as the only Red Wings with a multi-hit game. LeCroy, who is batting .429 on the young season, also doubled in the game. Span went 2-3, drawing a walk. Outfielder Josh Rabe drove in the only run for the Red Wings, smacking a sixth inning home run with nobody on. Garrett Jones and Glenn Williams had the only other hits for Rochester on the nite.

Editor's Note: Former Rochester Red Wings third baseman Terry Tiffee was in the starting lineup for Norfolk, going 2-4, with a two-run home run and two runs scored.

New Britain Rock Cats:The Rock Cats beat the Portland Sea Dogs on Monday, as they led the whole way en-route to an 8-6 victory. Left-hander Brian Duensing made his first start of the season, pitching decently in only 2.2 innings of work. Battling cold conditions, Duensing pitched scoreless baseball, allowing four hits. He also struck out three. Jesse Floyd picked up the win in relief, though he pitched poorly. Floyd allowed three earned runs in three innings of work, allowing five hits. Jay Sawatski got his first hold of the season, giving up an earned run in 0.2 innings of relief. Daniel Powers got touched for two earned runs in his 1.1 innings of relief, and Tim Lahey picked up his first save of the season by pitching 1.1 innings of scoreless ball.

The Rock Cats were led offensively by the bottom of their order, as Kyle Geiger and Luke Hughes combined for four hits, and four runs batted in. Both players stroked doubles in the game, and Hughes scored twice for the Cats. Brian Buscher also had two hits on the night for New Britain, scoring once, and also driving in a run. In all, the Rock Cats had six doubles in the game, as they pounded out ten hits. Right fielder Matt Allegra drove in two runs in the game, scoring twice, as the 5-9 batters in the lineup drove in all of the Rock Cats runs.

Fort Myers Miracle: Different day, same result, as the Fort Myers Miracle once again lost to the Sarasota Reds on Monday. The Miracle got good work out of the bullpen after starter Jay Rainville faltered, but the bats did not come alive in time to secure a victory. Rainville pitched 3.1 innings of sub-par ball, as he continues to battle back from an injury that ruined his 2006 season. Rainville allowed four runs (two earned), while striking out none. Kyle Aselton was good in relief of Rainville, pitching 1.2 innings of scoreless ball. Aselton struck out two and walked one before handing the ball to David Shinskie. Shinskie had the best night of any Miracle pitcher, tossing three innings of one-hit ball. Shinskie did not allow a run, and walked one in the process. The final pitcher of the night for Fort Myers was Angel Garcia, who struck out two in his only inning of work.

For the Miracle, Toby Gardenhire continues to turn heads, after recording another multi-hit game on Monday. Gardenhire went 2-4 at the dish, scoring once, and picked up his first stolen base of the season. Eli Tintor also had a multi-hit effort, smacking his second double of the season, while walking once. Javier Sanchez and Steven Tolleson both scored in the game, as Juan Portes, Whitney Robbins, and Dwayne White all picked up RBI.

Beloit Snappers: Two game, two wins, as the Beloit Snappers edged by Kane County 5-4 on Monday. Alex Burnett got the start for the Snappers, and he was solid, striking out five through four innings of work. The young righty allowed two earned runs on three hits, while walking two. Cole DeVries had a decent start to his Twins career, allowing an unearned run in his only inning of relief. Danny Vais picked up the win for the Snappers, tossing one-run ball through 2.1 innings of relief. Sean Land notched his first save of the season, as he pitched scoreless ball through the final 1.2 innings of the game.

The Snappers got only five base hits on Monday, but showed tremendous pop, as three of them went for extra-bases. Top prospect Chris Parmelee blasted his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the fourth inning, and former Appalachian League All-Star Danny Valencia also got his first dinger of the season. Valencia's shot was a two-run job in the seventh inning, giving the Snappers the lead for good. Parmelee scored three times in the game, walking twice, and Garrett Olson doubled and had two hits. Danny Santiesteban made his 2007 debut as the Snappers leadoff hitter, and joined Daniel Berg, and William Luque in picking up their first stolen bases of the young season.

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