TMLN- Swarzak Off To Rough Start

Swarzak has an ERA over 4.00 this season.

In this edition of Twins' Minor League Notebook, the Rochester Red Wings and New Britain Rock Cats have their weekend games rained out, Anthony Swarzak gets roughed up in the Fort Myers Miracle loss, and Beloit loses a 17 inning affair to the Lansing Lugnuts.(FREE PREVIEW OF PREMIUM CONTENT)

Rochester Red Wings: The Saturday and Sunday games between Ottawa and Rochester were both postponed, and now Rochester hits the road to play ten road games in the next 11 days. The Wings have gotten off to a fast start to the 2006 season, led by right-hander Boof Bonser. In his four starts this season, Bonser has posted a 0.75 earned run average, and has won two games. As a team, the Wings are 11-4, and have posted a team-ERA of 2.25.

New Britain Rock Cats: The Rock Cats were also rained out this weekend, as a series of thunderstorms battered the northeast. Unlike the Wings, the Rock Cats are off to a slow start this season, despite having a couple of the biggest names in the Eastern League. The big-three of Denard Span, Matthew Moses, and Glen Perkins are all having great seasons, but the Cats need some of the other big-time players to turn their season around. It is still very early, and once the entire team hits their stride, it should make for an exciting season in Connecticut.

Fort Myers Miracle: The Miracle were one of two teams in the Twins organization to play on Sunday, and they would have been better off getting rained out. They were drilled by Dunedin 12-2 in the game, and surprisingly, got a sub-par effort from ace Anthony Swarzak (1-2). The righty was one of four Miracle pitchers to allow a run in this one, as he allowed five (four earned) in 4.2 innings of work. After winning his first start of the season, Swarzak has lost two of his last three, and has allowed four earned runs on two occasions. He has struck out five batters in three of his four starts, but has walked 12 in 17.1 innings of work this season. Timothy Lahey was next, and allowed three earned runs, which were the first runs he has allowed in his last four outings. Ryan Callahan allowed an earned run in his inning of relief, though it was only the second time all season he has allowed an earned run in a game. Alexander Farfan continues to have a miserable season, and he has now allowed at least an earned run in his last five outings. This time, the righty lasted only 0.1 innings, walking three, and allowing two earned runs. The final pitcher of the night was Jose Leger, who is normally a position player, but on this night was the best pitcher of the game. He was the only one to not allow a run, as he retired both batters he faced.

Despite owning a .176 batting average this season, Erold Andrus has driven in 14 runs in 13 games, and on Sunday, was the only Miracle to record an RBI. The ribbie was his fourth in the past two games, as he saw a modest two-game hitting streak come to a close. Garrett Guzman ran his hitting streak to four games, as his two hits gave him the only multi-hit game for the Miracle. The multi-hit game was his eighth of the season, as he also recorded his second double of the year. Alexi Casilla picked up another base hit, stretching his hitting streak to seven games, and he has now hit safely in all but one game this season. Shortstop Trevor Plouffe also had a nice day at the plate, walking twice, and picking up a hit in two official at-bats. He now has three hits, and three walks in the past two games.

Beloit Snappers: The Snappers dropped a marathon of a game against the Lansing Lugnuts on Sunday, losing 4-3 in 17 innings. Brian Duensing was more than impressive in this start, allowing an unearned run in six innings of work, while striking out six. In his last two starts, a span of 13.1 innings of work, Duensing has allowed only an unearned run, and has struck out eight. He did walk a season-high five batters on Sunday, but pitched well in the clutch. Daniel Powers continues to be one of the best relievers in the Midwest League this season, as he threw five innings of shutout ball to lower his ERA to 0.53 on the season. In seven appearances this season, Powers has allowed an earned run in only one, and has struck out three in four of them. David Shinskie picked up his second blown save of the year, as he allowed two runs in two innings of work, both times blowing a save when the Snappers scored a run in the top half of each inning. Danny Vais picked up the loss in this one, allowing an unearned run in the bottom of the 17th inning. He has pitched well this season, allowing runs in only two of his six appearances.

Two Snappers posted multi-hit games on Sunday, with Allen de San Miguel smacking two hits in three at-bats before being lifted for Caleb Moore. It was only the second game this season where he has recorded a hit, and he also walked for the first time all season. Tarrence Patterson posted the other multi-hit game, as he recorded two hits in eight at-bats. The two hits ran his hitting streak to four games, with the last three being multi-hit efforts. Paul Kelly drove in his four run in the last six games, while hits one base hit gave him at least one in the last six games. Caleb Moore, who came on for de San Miguel in the game, picked up his fourth hit in the last three games.

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