TMLN: Gibson Notches 1st Pro Victory

In this edition of Twins Minor League Notebook, the Red Wings lose a heart-breaker in Scranton, New Britain drops their fifth straight, Fort Myers gets a great start from ace Kyle Gibson in a 2-0 victory, and the Snappers lose 1-0.

Rochester Red Wings
The Wings dropped a heart-breaker in Scranton on Tuesday, grabbing an eighth inning lead in the top of the frame, before allowing the Yankees to take it back in the bottom. The Wings got a much better start from ace Anthony Swarzak in the game, as the young right-hander showed the same form that allowed him to win four games for the team last season. In six innings of work, Swarzak allowed two earned runs on five hits, and struck out two. Jose Lugo took the loss in the game, tossing two innings of two-run ball, the first runs he has allowed through three appearances this season.

Shortstop Trevor Plouffe gave the Red Wings the lead in the top of the eighth inning, as the former top pick blasted his first home run of the season, a two-run shot. Plouffe has had a good start to the 2010 season, and is currently batting .280. He has also driven in six runs. Catcher Wilson Ramos was the only Red Wing with multiple hits on Tuesday, notching two hits for the second straight contest. After a 1-10 start to the season, Ramos has lifted his batting average to .263. Danny Valencia drove in his second run of the season, but the Wings struggled with runners on during the contest, and left seven on base.

New Britain Rock Cats
It was another rough contest for the Rock Cats on Tuesday, as the Twins' Double-A affiliate dropped their fifth straight to open the season. On this night, New Britain dropped an 8-0 decision to Portland, as they continue their struggles in front of the home crowd. David Bromberg, the Twins' 2009 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, pitched very well in his first appearance of the season. The young right-hander allowed three hits during his five shutout innings, striking out two. Left-hander Joe Testa was blasted in relief, allowing four earned runs in his only inning of work. Testa picked up his first loss of the season, and saw his earned run average jump over ten points. Steven Hirschfield took the ball from Testa, and he was also ineffective, allowing two earned in only 1.2 innings of relief. Santos Arias was the only Rock Cats' reliever to have success in the contest, as he threw shutout ball for the final 1.1 innings of the game.

The Rock Cats managed only six hits in the game, with four of those hits coming from two of their players. Catcher Danny Lehmann and outfielder Mark Dolenc each wrapped two hits in the game, but their teammates could not follow suit. In total, New Britain went 0-7 with runners in scoring position, while leaving nine on base. Estarlin de Los Santos picked up his first double of the season, but is only batting .067 through the young season. Chris Parmelee also picked up a hit in the game, stretching his hitting streak to three games.

Fort Myers Miracle
The Miracle were on the right side of a shutout on Tuesday, as top prospect Kyle Gibson showed why the Twins made him their first round selection in 2009. The young right-hander picked up the first win of his professional career, tossing six shutout innings. Gibson struck out six in the game, allowed four hits, and did not issue a walk. Former Major Leaguer Ron Mahay picked up his first hold of the season, tossing a shutout inning, before giving the ball to closer Billy Bullock, who was lights out. Bullock notched his first save of the season, striking out four batters in only two innings, while extending his scoreless streak to four innings.

The top of the Miracle lineup did some great work on Tuesday, as Yangervis Solarte and Andrew Thompson combined for four hits. Solarte's two hits moved his batting average to a robust .545, while driving in two runs. The young infielder smacked his first double of the season, and now has two hits in each of his last three games. Thompson's two hits moved his batting average to .333, and he is now batting .500 over his last three games. Nicholas Romero and Jair Fernandez each had a run in the game.

Beloit Snappers
The Snappers' pitchers did not allow an earned run on Tuesday, but still fell to Peoria 1-0. Starter Liam Hendriks was once again unhittable, tossing six innings of one-hit ball. The young right-hander struck out five, walked one, and kept his earned run average at a perfect 0.00. Kane Holbrooks was the hard-luck loser in the contest, allowing an unearned run in his two innings of relief. He has yet to allow an earned run in three appearances this season. Matthew Tone finished off the game for the Snappers, striking out the side.

The Snappers managed only six hits in the contest, led by Steven Liddle, who picked up two hits in the game.The budding slugger now has two hits in three of his last four games. It won't be long until he is in the lineup in Fort Myers. James Beresford picked up a hit in the contest, as he continues to try to break out of an early season slump. He also stole his first base of the season. Shortstop Brian Dozier was 1-2 in the contest, and is now batting .500 through his last three games.

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