Twins MLN: Rock Cats Pound 17 Hits

In this edition of Twins Minor League Notebook, the Rock Cats win an extra-inning affair against New Hampshire, the Miracle get a strong effort from Carlos Gutierrez in a 2-1 loss, and the Snappers beat Dayton 6-4.

New Britain Rock Cats
The Rock Cats won a ten-inning affair on Thursday, downing New Hampshire on the road, 3-2. Cole Devries was stellar as the team's starter, tossing six innings of shutout ball. He struck out seven, walked one, and allowed only two hits. It was his longest outing of the season, and he has now allowed two or fewer earned runs in three of his first four starts. Jose Lugo and Rob Delaney each worked a scoreless inning, and although he blew the save, Anthony Slama notched his second win of the season. Frank Mata worked an innings for his first save of the season. The earned run allowed by Slama was his first of the season, as his ERA went from 0.00 to 0.84.

Despite only scoring three runs, the Rock Cats stroked 17 hits in the contest, including three hit efforts from Brian Dinkelman and Erik Lis. Dinkelman drove in his ten run of the season, and the Cats got a solo shot from Whitney Robbins in the top of the tenth. Brandon Roberts, Steven Tolleson, Robbins, Wilson Ramos, and Matthew Moses all had two hits in the game, with Moses driving in a run. In total, the team left 15 runners on base, and went 3-12 with runners in scoring position. With his three hits, Lis moved into third in the organization in batting, as his average is now .333.

Fort Myers Miracle
The Miracle scored it's only run in the ninth inning, as Charlotte held them off for a 2-1 victory. Though he picked up the loss, Carlos Gutierrez was once again tough on the hill, tossing five innings of one-run ball. He walked three, struck out four, and allowed only two hits. For the season, he leads the system with a 0.78 earned run average. Spencer Steedley and Kyle Waldrop combined to toss the final four innings, with Waldrop throwing shutout ball in his two innings. He has been great for the Miracle this season, and has posted a 1.35 earned run average thus far.

Three Miracle had three-hit games on Thursday, with Chris Parmelee, Steven Singleton, and Danny Lehmann doing most of the damage offensively. Lehmann and Parmelee both doubled, and Joe Benson had his first triple of the season. Singleton drove in the only run in the game for Fort Myers, as the team went only 1-11 with runners in scoring position. In all, they left ten men on base.

Beloit Snappers
The Snappers made the Twins affiliates 2-1 on Thursday, as they picked up a 6-4 home win against Dayton. Michael Allen got the start for Beloit, but lasted only three innings, allowing three earned runs. He struggled with his command, walking four, while allowing five hits. Steve Blevins was great in relief, tossing three innings of one-hit baseball. It was his best appearance of the year thus far. He picked up his second win of the season. Matt  Williams picked up his second save of the season, striking out two in the ninth to nail down the victory.

Angel Morales smacked his first home run of the season, as he tries to battle back from early season woes. With his two hits in the game, Morales picked up his second multi-hit game of the season, and he drove in three. Evan Bigley had two hits in the game, including his fourth double, and he drove in two. Jonathan Waltenbury had an RBI in the contest, his seventh of the season, and Dominic De La Osa had two hits from his leadoff spot. With his two hits, De La Osa now has two multi-hit games in his last three contests.

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