TMLN- Lis Homers In New Britain Loss

Here is a look at the Twins minor league action for Wednesday, May 14. The Rochester Red Wings got a subpar effort from Brian Duensing in a loss, New Britain gets blown out by Connecticut, and the Snappers cruise to a 6-2 victory.

Rochester Red Wings
The Red Wings dropped a 6-3 decision against Indianapolis on Wednesday, as starter Brian Duensing (2-2) struggled a bit on the mound. Duensing saw his earned run average rise to 6.26 on the season, as he allowed four earned runs in five innings of work. It was his fourth straight start that he went five innings, and he has now allowed at least three earned runs in four of his last five starts. Mike Gosling was just as ineffective in relief, allowing two earned in two innings, while striking out one. The long bright spot on the bump for Rochester was fireballer Juan Morillo, who struck out four in two shutout innings. It was the fourth time in his last five outings that he failed to allow an earned run.

The men up the middle led the way offensively for the Red Wings, as SS Trevor Plouffe (2-4), and 2B Alexi Casilla (2-4) were the only Wings with multi-hit games. Casilla has been tearing the cover off the ball since being demoted to Rochester, and Plouffe is hitting .324 during the past ten games. Dustin Martin drove in his 13th run of the season, while Plouffe knocked in his 20th. Martin also stole his tenth base of the season.

New Britain Rock Cats
The Cats were blown out by Connecticut on Wednesday, as they fell to the Defenders 15-7. Jeff Manship, who recently was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week, got pasted, allowing six earned runs in only 3.1 innings of work. Since tossing a shutout on May 1, Manship has allowed 11 earned runs in his last 9.2 innings. Yohan Pino was just as ineffective in relief, allowing four earned run only 1.2 innings. Pino has been very inconsistent this season, and it is becoming a concern. After Frank Mata and Zach Ward combined to allow three earned in three innings of relief, Jose Lugo was the last of the Rock Cats to take the ball. He was also the only Cat to not allow a run, as he tossed a scoreless inning.

The bats were certainly out on Wednesday, as four New Britain batters had multi-hit efforts. Erik Lis, Danny Valencia, Whit Robbins, and Matt Moses all had two hits in the game, and Brian Dinkelman scored twice. Valencia, Robbins, and Moses all doubled in the game, and Lis hit a very long home run for his second of the season. The Rock Cats also swiped two bags, as Steven Tolleson and Brandon Roberts each had stolen bases. If the Rock Cats can get 11 hits every game, they should be just fine.

Beloit Snappers
The Snappers were the only Twins affiliate to win on Wednesday, as they toppled Clinton 6-2. Bobby Lanigan continued his hot start to the season, notching his fourth win on the new campaign. The right-hander went five innings, allowed two earned runs, and struck out five. Bruce Pugh and Matt  Williams combined to go the rest of the way, as they both threw two innings of shutout ball. Williams worked the ninth to pick up his fourth save of the season. Williams has not allowed an earned run in his last six games.

Ozzie Lewis and Nathan Hanson both had multi-hit games for Beloit on Wednesday, leading the way offensively. With his two hits, Lewis extended his hit streak to six games, and he has driven in six runs in his last ten games. Hanson also homered in the game, and has now picked up multi-hit games in three of his last four appearances. The home run was his first of the season. Alexander Soto drove in his 11th run of the season, and James Beresford ran his hit streak to five games.

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