TMLN: Lis Homers Off Clemens In Loss

In this edition of Twins Minor League Notebook, the Red Wings get a good outing from newly promoted Nick Blackburn in a 4-0 loss, the Rock Cats fall to Connecticut despite a great first start from Kyle Waldrop, the Miracle lose a close one to the Roger Clemens-led Tampa Yankees, and Beloit gets a power surge from their big hitters in a 4-2 win.

Rochester Red Wings: The Red Wings were blanked on Friday, as the Richmond Braves took a 4-0 decision at home. The Wings got an excellent start from recently promoted Nick Blackburn, who pitched 7.1 innings of four-run ball in his 2007 Triple-A debut. The young right-hander allowed two runs in the fourth and sixth innings, but pitched well overall. The only other pitcher in the game for the Red Wings was Carmen Cali, who has really only pitched badly in one of his ten appearances this season. On Friday, Cali pitched perfect ball for two-thirds of an inning.

Not much to speak of regarding the bats on Friday, but help is on the way, as Garrett Jones is expected to join the team on Saturday. Matthew Moses continues his hot hitting in this one, wrapping two hits in four chances. Moved up to third in the batting order, Moses has turned his season around, and is now batting over .260 after a horrible start. Jose Morales picked up three hits in the game, boosting his batting average to .336. He trails only Matt Tolbert for the organizational lead in batting. Trent Oeltjen nabbed his fifth stolen base of the season, as the Wings left seven runners on base.

New Britain Rock Cats: The Rock Cats were in a pitcher's duel on Friday, falling to the Connecticut Defenders 2-1. Both teams mustered only six hits a piece, with the Rock Cats committing three errors. The day, however, marked the first Double-A start for top prospect Kyle Waldrop, who pitched incredibly well. The young right-hander scattered five hits over seven innings of work, striking out two. He did not allow a walk in the contest, and one of his two runs were unearned. It was a great start to what should be a very good stint with the Cats for Waldrop. Jose Mijares was excellent in relief, as he pitched the final two innings for New Britain. In his two innings, Mijares struck out four batters, while allowing only one hit.

Rashad Eldridge had two of the Cats six hits in the game, as he picked up his second multi-hit game in his last three starts. The outfielder has finally bumped his average above the Mendoza Line. Kyle Geiger drove in the only run of the game for New Britain, and the catcher is now batting .360. In the game, the Rock Cats did not have a single extra-base hit. Brian Buscher, Garrett Guzman, and David Winfree also had hits for the Cats.

Fort Myers Miracle: The Miracle pitching staff went toe-to-toe with future Hall of Famer Roger Clemens, but wound up on the losing end of a 2-1 contest. Yohan Pino (0-2) got the start for Fort Myers, and pitched well in his five innings of work, allowing two earned runs. He struck out five, walked one, and scattered four hits. Kyle Aselton was stellar out of the bullpen, tossing three no-hit innings. He did walk two, but he also struck two batters out, as he had one of his better outing of the young season.

With all the Roger Clemens hoopla surrounding the game, it was Erik Lis who stole the show on this night. The Evansville product hit the biggest home run of his career, a solo shot off Clemens in the first inning, on a national stage. Toby Gardenhire doubled off Clemens, drawing praise from the Minnesota Twins, who were watching the game from the clubhouse. Infielder Juan Portes continued his hot hitting, as he was the only Miracle player to post a multi-hit game. Portes also doubled in the contest.

Beloit Snappers: The Snappers scored three times in the third inning and never looked back, as they hung on to win 4-2 over Peoria on Friday. Danny Vais got the start for the Snappers, and he went five innings to pick up his third win of the season. Vais allowed only one earned run on eight hits, striking out five. Jesus Carnevale went two perfect innings of relief, striking out two before handing off to Aaron Craig, who picked up his second save of the season. Craig allowed an earned run in his two innings of relief.

The middle of the Snappers lineup had a big day, as the three-four-five hitters combined to go 6-10, with four runs and two runs batted in. Danny Valencia, Johnny Woodard, and Joe Benson all had two hits in the game, with Woodard and Valencia homering. Valencia's home run was his organizational best seventh. Joe Benson, who has really come on as of late, swiped two bags in the game, bringing his total to seven on the season. Danny Santiesteban and Yancarlos Ortiz also had ribbies in the game.

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