TMLN: Gassner Solid For Rochester

In this edition of Twins Minor League Notebook, the Red Wings get a great pitching performance from Dave Gassner, the Rock Cats score three times in the bottom of the ninth to beat Connecticut, the Fort Myers Miracle get a rare day off, and Beloit trashes Lansing 13-6.

Rochester Red Wings: The Red Wings beat the Syracuse Chiefs on Sunday 4-1, behind strong pitching, and timely hitting. Starter Dave Gassner pitched five solid innings, allowing one earned run on three hits, before handing the ball over to the bullpen. Tristan Crawford and Julio DePaula each worked perfect frames in relief of Gassner, as they both struck out one. Mike Venafro, who was the winner in the game, allowed a hit and a walk in his only inning of relief, as he picked up his first win of the season. Closer Bobby Korecky slammed the door, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth to seal the victory of the Red Wings. With the save, Korecky is now tied for the farm system lead with two. The start was the second of the season for Gassner, who now owns a 1.80 earned run average.

The Wings were led offensively by the middle of their lineup, as Glenn Williams and Garrett Jones each knocked a home run in the game. Williams would end up going 2-3 in the game, driving in two, while Jones' home run was his lone hit of the night. Second baseman Matt Tolbert had a hit in the game, scoring a run, and is currently batting .370 on the young season. Third baseman Matthew Moses had a rather unforgettable night, going 0-3, while dropping his season batting average to .167. Denard Span looks better at the leadoff spot, and he picked up a hit in the game as well. Thomas Watkins drove in a run for the Wings.

New Britain Rock Cats: The Rock Cats scored three times in the bottom of the ninth on Sunday, earning a walk-off victory against Connecticut in the process. Jonathan Martinez got a rare start for the Rock Cats, and he did not last very long. Usually a reliever, Martinez went only two innings, allowing three earned runs, while giving up five hits. Jay Sawatski came in to relieve Martinez, and he did not fare much better, allowing three earned runs of his own. Sawatski went 2.1 innings, allowing two hits, while striking out one. Daniel Powers was the third Rock Cats pitcher of the night, and he actually had one of his better outings of the young season. Powers allowed only one earned run in 2.1 innings of relief, striking out one in the process. Closer Jose Mijares would end up getting his first win of the season, as the Rock Cats erased a 8-6 deficit in the bottom of the ninth. Mijares allowed a home run, though it would not matter in the end.

Trevor Plouffe has been swinging a hot bat lately, and he had another big day on Sunday. The young shortstop hit his second home run of the season, scored three times, and drove in three. He also walked. Brian Buscher was an extra-base hit machine in this game, picking up his fifth double of the season, and stroking his first triple. He scored once, and drove in three. Left fielder Garrett Guzman also scored in the game, driving in two, and catcher Korey Feiner saw his hitting streak come to an end, thanks to four walks on the night. Feiner also scored twice. Second baseman Felix Molina picked up a hit in the game, finally raising his batting average over .100.

Fort Myers Miracle: The Miracle did not play on Sunday, and will open up a series with the Clearwater Threshers on Monday. First pitch is slated for 7:05 pm ET.

Beloit Snappers:The Beloit Snappers thrashed the Lansing Lugnuts on Sunday, getting out to a 10-0 lead, before winning the game 13-6. Cole DeVries got the start for Beloit, and was once again brilliant, spinning five innings without allowing an earned run. The young lefty picked up his first win of the season, and struck out six while walking only one. Robert Delaney pitched 2.0 innings in relief of DeVries, striking out two along the way. He allowed three hits, giving up one earned run, and walked one. The final pitcher of the night for Beloit was Dan Leatherman, who had possibly his worst outing of the season. He allowed three earned runs in two innings of work, striking out one, while raising his earned run average to a still respectable 3.52.

The Snappers definitely brought the lumber to the yard on Sunday, as seven of their nine starters had multi-hit games. Brian Dinkelman and Garrett Olson led the way with three-hit nights, as they combined for five runs scored. In 12 total at-bats, the struck out only once, giving the Snappers great production from the top of the lineup. Centerfielder Danny Santiesteban had a two-hit night, stroking his first home run of the season, and top prospect Chris Parmelee hit his second of the young season. Parmelee drove in three runs in the game, giving his seven ribbies on the season. Danny Valencia continues to tear the cover off the ball, as he went 2-4 in the game. Valencia scored twice, drove in two runs, and walked twice. He also doubled. Daniel Berg, playing as the team's designated hitter, smacked his first home run of the season, driving in two runs in the game. As of April 23, the Snappers 1, 2, and 3 batters are all batting over .300.

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