TMLN: Sosa Continues Masterful May

In this edition of Twins Minor League Notebook, the Red Wings win behind Kevin Slowey, the Rock Cats pound out 17 hits in a loss, the Miracle get a nice start from Oswaldo Sosa in their 4-3 victory, and Danny Santiesteban hits his fifth home run in a 3-1 Beloit loss.

Rochester Red Wings: The Red Wings defeated the Richmond Braves 3-1 on Tuesday, as they got another strong outing from right-hander Kevin Slowey. Slowey won his fourth game of the season, but more importantly, set himself up for a potential Major League debut this week. In 7.2 innings, Slowey allowed one earned run on seven hits, and struck out six. He currently leads the organization in earned run average (1.46), and has walked only three all season long. Julio DePaula, who was recently promoted to the Twins, picked up his fourth hold of the season, pitching 0.1 innings. He will replace Jesse Crain for the Twins, who was placed on the 15-Day Disabled List. Bobby Korecky nailed down his eight save of the season, pitching a flawless inning.

Only seven hits in the game for the Wings, but a three-run sixth lead them to the victory. Seven of the team's nine starters had hits in the game, as Matthew Moses, Jose Morales, and Tommy Watkins all drove in runs. Moses batted in the three slot in the lineup, and went 1-3 with a run and a ribbie. Glenn Williams went 1-2 in the game, walking twice, and both Denard Span and Alexi Casilla stole bases. For Span, it was his organizational leading tenth bag of the season.

New Britain Rock Cats: The Rock Cats exploded for 17 hits in the game, but it was not enough, as Harrisburg topped New Britain 11-8. Starter Brian Duensing had his worst outing of the season, as he lasted only 2.2 innings. In that time, the left-hander allowed six runs (four earned) on seven hits, and walked one. Coming into the game, Duensing had allowed three earned runs total in his last three starts combined. Jonathan Martinez struggled with his command in relief of Duensing, walking four, but he still worked 2.1 scoreless innings. Daniel Powers, who has had a rough go in AA this season, allowed three earned in his two innings of relief, upping his ERA to 8.40 on the season. Jay Sawatski pitched a scoreless inning before handing off to Jose Mijares, who hurled the last inning for the Cats. Mijares was hit hard, allowed two earned on three hits, and did not strike out a batter.

Six Rock Cats posted multi-hit games in this one, as all but two picked up a knock in the game. Felix Molina and Trevor Plouffe, batting 1-2 in the order, combined to go 6-12, including three doubles, two RBI, and a run scored. Brock Peterson hit his second home run of the season, a solo shot in the sixth, and David Winfree smacked his second as well. Brandon Roberts finally ran his batting average above .200, going 3-4 in the contest. Roberts doubled in the game, and picked up an RBI. Matt Allegra continues his hot hitting, picking up three hits in the game, as the reigning Eastern League Player of the Week also drove in two. Only Brian Buscher and Korey Feiner did not have hits in the game.

Fort Myers Miracle: The Miracle scored three times in the bottom of the ninth inning, erasing a 3-1 deficit en-route to a 4-3 victory. Oswaldo Sosa was incredible on the mound in this one, tossing six shutout innings. In that span, he allowed only five hits, and struck out two. He has been great in May, posting a 0.46 earned run average in his three starts, and holding batters to a .179 average. Frank Mata picked up his second blown save of the season, as he allowed an earned run in his two innings of relief. He did not pitch badly, and has a very nice 1.33 ERA in 2007. He has allowed an earned run in only three of his 13 appearances this year. Eduardo Morlan picked up the win in the game, striking out five batters in two innings of work. Though he has an ERA over 5.00 in May, he has been showing some sick stuff, striking out 20 batters in 9.1 innings of work.

Erik Lis led three Miracle batters with multi-hit games, as he also had a huge three-run hit to win the game walk-off style. Lis went 2-5 in the game, with a double, and drove in three. Luis Ugueto had a nice day at the plate from the leadoff spot, going 3-4, while scoring twice. Whitney Robbins picked up two hits in the game as well, giving him his first hits in the last three games. Ugueto's three hits were his first knocks since May 10, and raised his average above .200. Steven Tolleson had a pinch hit, and scored a run.

Beloit Snappers: Again, the Snappers had no offense, leading to a 3-1 loss to Peoria. Adam Hawes was the hard luck loser on the night, as he pitched stellar ball for six innings. He allowed only one earned run on nine hits, and struck out one. The loss was the fourth of the season for Hawes, who has now lost three of his last four starts. Armando Gabino was the only other pitcher of the night for Beloit, and once again, the right-hander did not allow an earned run. In his two innings of work, Gabino did not allow a single hit, and struck out one. He has allowed an earned run in only two of his 11 appearances this season, leading to a 0.86 earned run average.

The hero on the offensive side of the game for the Snappers was outfielder Danny Santiesteban, who hit his fifth home run of the season. The solo shot would be all the Snappers could muster on this night, as Santiesteban moved into second among all Twins minor leaguers in home runs. The RBI was also his 12th of the season. Johnny Woodard had the only multi-hit effort of the night for Beloit, as the slugging first baseman had two hits in four trips. Brian Dinkelman and Danny Valencia also had hits in the game.


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