TMLN- Harben Throws A Gem

Harben threw six shutout innings on Friday.

In this edition of Twins' Minor League Notebook, Boof Bonser continues to impress for Rochester in the Wings' 6-2 win, Adam Harben tosses a gem in the Rock Cats' 1-0 victory over Reading, Fort Myers loses an extra innings affair against Lakeland 6-5, and Beloit cruises to a 6-1 victory over Lansing.

Rochester Red Wings: The Wings improved to 11-4 on Friday, as they beat the Norfolk Tides 6-2. The game was their last home contest before heading off to play ten road games in 11 days. Boof Bonser got the start for Rochester, and he continued to be more than impressive this season. He pitched six shutout innings, allowed only four hits, and struck out four. He dropped his earned run average to a tiny 0.75 mark, and has now pitched six innings in all four of his 2006 starts. He also has not let up an earned run in three of his four starts, and is now holding the opposition to a .143 batting average. Kevin Cameron (2-0) allowed two earned runs in his inning of relief, as he picked up his second win in his last three outings. The runs were the first he has allowed this season, and he now has a 1.74 ERA. Ricky Barrett came on in the eighth inning and struck out both batters he faced, making it six straight appearances with at least one strikeout. Patrick Neshek picked up his third International League save, tossing 1.1 innings of relief, while striking out three. He has yet to allow an earned run this season, and has struck out better than two batters per inning.

Josh Rabe pushed his batting average back above .400 on Friday, going a perfect 3-3 at the plate, while driving in one and scoring twice. He has been a pleasant surprise this season, and has now hit safely in ten of his first 15 games. In nine of those contests, Rabe has posted multiple hits. Jason Kubel had two hits in the game, giving him two multi-hit games in his first three appearances for the Wings, and drove in a run for the third straight game. Jason Bartlett also picked up two hits, and has now hit safely in 12 of his first 15 games. It was his seventh multi-hit game of the year, and also the ninth time he has scored at least one run this season. Garrett Jones picked up an RBI for third straight game, and he is currently riding a three-game hitting streak.

New Britain Rock Cats: Adam Harben was amazing on Friday, as he tossed six innings of one-hit ball in the Rock Cats' 1-0 victory over the Reading Phillies. Although he did not pick up the win because the Cats did not put their run across until the seventh inning, Harben was definitely the story on this night, as he lowered his ERA to 0.64. In his last two starts, Harben has gone 11 innings without allowing a run, and has struck out seven along the way. However, he is still looking for his first Eastern League win. Chris Schutt (1-0) continued to round into form, as he has been great since beginning the year by allowing at least one run in his first three appearances. Since then, he has gone three appearances without allowing a run, and has allowed only one hit along the way. Justin Olson picked up his first save of the season, as he struck out one in the ninth. It was the first game he has finished for the Rock Cats.

The Cats scored only one run in this one, as Steve Lomasney drove it in during the bottom of the seventh. It was only the third RBI of the year for Lomasney, who had not driven one in since April 14. Alexander Romero was the one who scored the run that turned out to be the game-winner, giving him his first run since being optioned from Rochester this past week. Denard Span had one hit in the game, giving him at least one in 12 of his first 15 games this season.

Fort Myers Miracle: The Miracle lost an extra inning affair to the Lakeland Tigers 6-5 on Friday, as they have now dropped the first two games of a three-game set. John Thomas got the start for Fort Myers, and did not pitch badly, giving up three earned in five innings while striking out six. The three earned were the most he has allowed in any of his three starts this season, as he has struck out at least five in all three games. Joshua Hill picked up his first blown save in his three innings of relief, as he allowed an unearned run while striking out three. He has now struck out five batters in his last 5.1 innings of relief, and Friday was the first time in three games that he did not allow an earned run. Jonathan Martinez picked up his second straight shutout appearances, as he tossed two innings of two-hit ball. The final pitcher of the night was Alexander Farfan (0-1), who with his three walks on Friday, has now walked ten batters over his past three appearances. He also allowed an earned run for the fourth straight appearance, and now has an ERA of 13.00.

Trevor Plouffe and Garrett Guzman were the only Miracle batters to post multi-hit games in this one, as they also walked three times combined. It was the first multi-hit game for Plouffe since April 15. Multi-hit games are beginning to be old news for Guzman, who now has seven of them through his first 13 games. He has also hit safely in ten of those games, and now has five RBI in his last five games. Jeremy Pickrel smacked his first home run of the season, as the extra-base hit machine bumped his slugging percentage up a little bit higher. He has registered at least one extra-base hit in five of his last six games, with all of the hits being either a triple or a home run. With his base hit, Alexi Casilla has now run his hitting streak to five games.

Beloit Snappers: Beloit made easy work of Lansing on Friday, cruising to a nice 6-1 victory. They jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the sixth and never looked back. Oswaldo Sosa (1-2) picked up his first victory of the season, as he threw 5.2 innings of shutout ball. Friday was the first time this season that he did not allow an earned run in an appearance, as he also set a season-high with five strikeouts. Eduardo Morlan continues to be dominant out of the bullpen this season, as he threw his third consecutive scoreless outing. He has pitched scoreless ball in five of his first six appearances this year, and has struck out at least two batters in every one of them. David Shinskie finished the game off, as he allowed the only run of the night to Lansing. It was the fifth game he has finished for the Snappers, and although batters are hitting .326 against him, he has only allowed an earned run in two of his seven outing this year.

Five Snappers recorded multiple-hit games in this one, with Eli Tintor leading the way with two hits and three runs batted in. He also doubled for the first time since April 6, and his RBI were his first in his last seven games. Henry Sanchez continued to wield a hot bat, and with his two hits on Friday, has now posted eight hits in the last four games. He has raised his batting average from .194 to .267 in that span, and he has now driven in four runs in the past two contests. Tarrence Patterson's two hits gave him his fifth multi-hit game of the season, and Steven Tolleson also picked up a pair for the second straight game. Caleb Moore had his fourth multi-hit game in his past six contests, and is now hitting a blistering .383 on the young season. He has batted in nearly every spot in the lineup, and is hitting .429 with runners in scoring position.

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