Twins MLN- Moses Tries To Right Cats' Ship

Moses had two hits on Wednesday.

In this edition of Twins' Minor League Notebook, the Wings bullpen leads them to a 6-5 come from behind win, Matt Moses leads the Rock Cats to their first win April 15, the Miracle get another strong outing from Kevin Slowey, and Henry Sanchez continues to break out of an early season funk in the Snappers' 8-2 win.

Rochester Red Wings: The Red Wings played the role of cardiac kids on Wednesday, as they erased an early 5-0 deficit, to go on to win 6-5 in the bottom of the 12th against Norfolk. Pete Munro got the start for the Wings and he was ineffective, as he allowed five runs (four earned) in four innings of work. It was his first bad start of the season, as he had allowed only two earned runs in his last two starts combined, a span of ten innings. The righty has been tough on lefties this season, holding them to a .182 batting average in 26 at-bats. Mike Smith came on in relief and was brilliant once again, tossing three innings of shutout ball. His four strikeouts were a season high, and he has now allowed an earned run in one of his four appearances. After Jason Miller worked a third of an inning, closer Patrick Neshek came on to pitch 1.2 innings of scoreless relief. Neshek has been better than advertised this season, as he has yet to allow an earned run in five appearances, and has struck out two or more batters every time he has come out of the bullpen. The win went to Beau Kemp (2-0), who has been almost unhittable all season long. In seven appearances, the 25-year old right-hander has a 0.82 earned run average, and is holding lefties to a .176 batting average.

Jason Kubel made his 2006 Minor League debut in this one, and posted a multi-hit game. He pretty much did it all on Wednesday, smacking a double, scoring a run, drawing a walk, and stealing a base. Luis Maza had the big blow in this game, stroking a three-run triple, as he drove in a run for the first time since April 14. Josh Rabe picked up his first two hits in the last three games, and scored twice. One of his runs was the game-winner, and his two-hit game was his eighth in 13 games this season. Terry Tiffee also picked up two hits in this one, and has now hit safely in nine of his first 13 appearances. Since April 11, the third baseman has raised his batting average from .095 to .321. The Wings send J.D. Durbin (0-0, 6.35) to the hill on Thursday, as they battle Norfolk once again.

New Britain Rock Cats:The New Britain Rock Cats finally put some runs on the board on Wednesday, as they defeated the Portland Sea Dogs 7-3. Justin Jones was sharp once again, but failed to pitch the required five innings to pick up the win. In 4.1 innings of work, he allowed one earned run, and struck out five along the way. He has now struck out at least four in each of his three starts, and has yet to yield more than two earned runs. Tristan Crawford (1-0) made his six appearance of the year, and picked up the win in his 2.2 innings of shutout relief. Though he failed to strike a batter out for the second straight appearance, he has been effective from the pen, as batters are hitting only .214 against him. Chris Schutt, who has a miserable start to the season, pitched a scoreless inning, giving him two consecutive scoreless appearances. Jay Sawatski threw the final inning, and allowed an earned run for the second straight game. He has been devastating to righties this season, holding them to a .188 batting average.

Matthew Moses led a nine-hit attack for the Cats, as he drove in two with his two hits. He is now batting .405 after 11 games, and has six multi-hit games. His two-RBI were his first since April 15. Daniel Matienzo also picked up two RBI, and he now has five in the last five games. J.R. Taylor drove in his first two runs of the season, as the tries to break out of an early season funk. Gil Velazquez, making his second appearance of the season, picked up two hits and an RBI in this one. Denard Span went hitless for the second straight game, but did walk, and score twice from his leadoff spot. The Cats try to make it two in a row as they open up a seven-game homestand when they face Reading on Thursday.

Fort Myers Miracle: The Fort Myers Miracle defeated the Tampa Yankees 4-3 on Wednesday, as Kevin Slowey was impressive once again. The righty struck out seven Yankees in 5.1 innings of work, but did not pick up the win in this one. His numbers are eye-popping this season, as he has struck out 23 batters in 17.1 innings of work, and has walked only one! He is also holding batters to a .215 batting average, and specifically, is holding lefties to a .148 mark. He could be in New Britain very soon. Tim Lahey (2-0) picked up the win in relief, as he made his third straight scoreless appearances. Since allowing earned runs in his first two games, Lahey has been great out of the bullpen, and has yielded only three hits in his last six innings of work. Jonathan Martinez picked up his second save of the season, as he struck out the side to end the game. It was a good sign after he allowed four earned runs to these same Yankees in 0.1 innings of relief on Monday.

Deacon Burns played the role of hero in this one, as he smacked his first home run of the year, and then walked to plate the winning run in the eighth inning. He now has four hits in his last three games, as he tries to get back over the Mendoza Line. Justin Arneson doubled and drove home a run, as he has now hit safely in five of his first six starts. Kyle Geiger drove in the other run for the Miracle, his first of the season, and now has three hits in his last three starts. Alexi Casilla picked up a hit in this one, and has now hit safely in 12 of his first 13 games. He is batting .333 on the season, and is hitting .455 when leading off an inning. He has been a great tablesetter for the Miracle so far this season.

Beloit Snappers: Beloit dominated Peoria in this one, as they rode Adam Hawes (1-1) arm to a 8-2 victory. Hawes, who was coming off a horrible performance against Burlington on April 13 (five earned in four innings of work), pitched seven innings of two-run ball. He has now struck out at least four batters in each of his starts this season, and seems to be more comfortable at home. He has a home ERA of 1.82 this season, against a road ERA of 11.25. Jose Lugo struck out two in his one inning of relief, as he tries to turn around a bad start to the 2006 season. It was only the third time in six appearances that he has held the opposition scoreless, as he failed to even record an out against Peoria on Monday. Alexander Smit also pitched a scoreless inning, as he broke out of a slump that saw him allow five earned runs combined in his last two outings. He has now struck out at least one in all five of his appearances this season, and has allowed only one hit in four of the five.

Henry Sanchez was the main bat in the order on Wednesday, as the young slugger smacked three hits in four at-bats. He finally broke the Mendoza Line, and he looks like a new hitter at the plate. It was his second three-hit effort in the last three games, and his three-RBI were his first since April 7. In the last three games, he has lifted his batting average from .125 to .244. Erik Lis picked up two hits in the game, as he smashed his second home run of the year. He has now driven in three runs in the past two games, and has four multi-hit games this season. Paul Kelly scored three times in this one, as he had two hits, and has now hit safely in 12 of his 13 appearances this season. Caleb Moore continued to swing one of the hottest sticks in the Midwest League, as he ran his hitting streak to four games. In that span, the catcher has recorded three multi-hit games, and is now batting .400 on the season. Yancarlos Ortiz had three hits in the game, and has now hit safely in four of his last five starts.

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