TMLN: Delaney Nails Down Another Save

In this edition of Twins Minor League Notebook, all four Twins affiliates earn victories on Tuesday. The Red Wings ride Scott Baker's arm to a victory over Toledo, the Rock Cats blow out Harrisburg, the Miracle finally muster some offense in a 6-2 win, and the Snappers use the longball to defeat South Bend:

Rochester Red Wings: The Red Wings held on to a 6-5 victory over Toledo on Tuesday, as the Mud Hens scored twice in the top half of the ninth to make it close. Scott Baker (3-1) picked up the win in the game, tossing 6.2 innings of six-hit ball. He allowed three earned, struck out four, and walked one. Baker has won three of his last four starts, and has struck out four or more batters in his last five. Julio DePaula took the ball in relief, and picked up his third hold of the season. DePaula held the Hens hitless over 1.1 innings of work, and struck out two. With his shutout performance, DePaula has not allowed an earned run since April 14. Bobby Korecky was touch a bit in his 1.0 inning of relief, but settled in to nail down his seventh save of the season. Korecky allowed two runs (one earned), and struck out one. It was the first earned run he has allowed since April 20.

Denard Span showed what kind of table-setter he can be at the top of the order, scoring once, swiping two bases, and laying down two sacrifices. He has now hit safely in 14 of his last 17 games, and is batting .281 in May. Matthew LeCroy smacked his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the second inning. It was his only hit in the game, and he is batting a measly .183 this season. Lew Ford, on a rehab assignment, drove in two runs, and Jose Morales and Tommy Watkins each had two hits. Infielder Matt Tolbert scored twice, and Ken Harvey made his 2007 debut, getting robbed in one pinch-hit appearance.

New Britain Rock Cats: The Cats struck early, and often, getting out to a 4-0 lead in the first and scoring seven in the first four innings en-route to a 10-6 drubbing of Harrisburg. Tristan Crawford picked up his third win of the season, as he had by far his best start of the season. In 6.0 innings, he allowed four earned runs, and struck out four. He has allowed seven earned runs in his previous two starts combined, a span of seven innings. Brian Forystek worked three innings of relief, nailing down his first save of the season. In his previous two save opportunities, Forystek had a win, and a loss. Forystek struck out two batters along the way, giving him at least one strikeout in every appearance he has made in 2007.

Hopefully this is a sign of things to come from Garrett Guzman, who had three hits in the game, including a solo home run. Guzman is batting only .239 this season, after having a pretty successful stint in the EL last season. David Winfree, who continues to get healthy, had two hits in the game, scoring twice. Brandon Roberts is still trying to get his batting average over the Mendoza Line, and he had a hit in four tries, including his first double of the season. Brian Buscher hit a ninth inning home run, and SS Trevor Plouffe drove in two in the game. Matt Allegra had three ribbies for the Rock Cats, who pounded out 12 hits. Allegra now has three multi-hit games in his last four starts, as he has bumped his average from .210 to .233.

Fort Myers Miracle: The Miracle actually brought their bats to the yard on Tuesday, wrapping 13 hits in a 6-2 victory over St. Lucie. Ryan Mullins picked up his first win of the season, tossing five innings of five-hit ball. He allowed one earned run, struck out four, and walked one. With his four strikeouts, he moved to second in the FSL in strikeouts in 2007. Angel Garcia took the ball from Mullins in relief and really struggled, as he failed to record an out. He walked three, allowed a hit, and was charged with an earned run. Yohan Pino relieved Garcia and was terrific, picking up his second hold of the season. He threw two perfect innings, striking out one. It was Pino's second straight scoreless appearance. David Shinskie was the final Miracle pitcher of the game, and he also held the Mets hitless and scoreless. Shinskie did allow a walk, but he ran his scoreless innings streak to 6.1 frames.

Juan Portes had the big game at the plate in this one, as he continues his hot hitting in the month of May. He now has six hits in the past two games, and has three multi-hit efforts in his last four. After batting .233 in April, the young infielder is batting .400 in May, and his four-hit effort on Tuesday was his first of that variety this season. Dwayne White had a big game as well, hitting his first home run of the season, while driving in two. He had two hits in the game, and now has two multi-hit efforts in his last three starts. Caleb Moore also had two hits, and has now hit safely in five of his last six starts. With his run on Tuesday, Erik Lis has now scored in the last three games.

Beloit Snappers: The Snappers score twice in the top of the ninth inning in a see-saw battle on Tuesday, edging out the South Bend Silver Hawks 6-4. Cole Devries got the start for Beloit, and he had one of his tougher outings of the season. He lasted only 4.2 innings, giving up four runs (two earned), while striking out 1. He struggled with his command, walking three, and allowed four hits. Jesus Carnevale took the ball from Devries and only went 0.1 innings before handing off to Aaron Craig. Craig pitched two innings of scoreless ball, allowing two hits, while striking out one. He has made two appearances this season, going 2.0 innings or more scoreless. Dan Leatherman picked up his third win of the season in relief, as he allowed two hits in his only inning of work. Leatherman has been outstanding lately, winning two of his last three appearances without allowing an earned run. Robert Delaney did what seems so easy for him this season, and that is slamming the door, as he has now allowed an earned run in only one of his 11 appearances this season. He pitched a shutout inning for his eighth save of the year, which leads the Twins organization.

The Snappers made good use of the longball in this one, as Danny Valencia, Danny Santiesteban, and Johnny Woodard all homered in the game. Valencia's shot was his organizational leading sixth of the season, and Santiesteban's was his third. Woodard's first inning blast was his second on the season, and would be his only hit of the night. Garrett Olson had two knocks in the game, as did Valencia, and Santiesteban scored twice. Chris Parmelee hit his second triple of the season, as the Snappers pounded out ten hits in the game. These are the kinds of recaps this offense is capable of.

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