TMLN: Bonser Solid Once Again

Bonser now leads the IL in strikeouts.

In this edition of Twins Minor League Notebook, the Wings topple Buffalo behind another solid performance by Boof Bonser, the Rock Cats see their tilt against Connecticut get postponed, Fort Myers picks up a rare loss against Daytona 3-1, and Ryan Mullins gets roughed up in an 8-1 Beloit loss. (FREE PREVIEW OF PREMIUM CONTENT).

Rochester Red Wings: Boof Bonser (3-2) picked up his third win of the season on Friday, pitching the Wings to a 6-2 victory over Buffalo. In the game, Bonser matched his season high with eight strikeouts, as he won his first game since April 16. For the season, the right-hander has been devastating to left-handed batters, holding them to a .160 batting average, while posting a 0.84 earned run average. Ricky Barrett was next in line for the Wings, as he pitched shutout ball for the second straight outing. Kevin Cameron relieved Barrett and struck out the only batter he faced. The strikeout now gives him at least one K in his last eight appearances, and he has yet to let up an earned run in his last four. The final pitcher of the night was Patrick Neshek, who threw two shutout innings to earn his fifth save of the season. Although he relinquished his International League strikeout lead to Bonser, Neshek has not allowed an earned run in his last five appearances. In May, Neshek is holding batters to a .184 batting average, and has struck out 14 against only one walk.

Offensively, Jason Kubel led the way in this one, driving in three runs in five plate appearances. He also picked up his second multi-hit game in his last three starts, as he has pushed his average from .270 to .291 in that span. Jason Bartlett, who is all over the International League leaderboard, had his third multi-hit game in his last four appearances, and now has 15 hits in ten May games. In his last four games, the shortstop is 8-18, and has laced three doubles. Jason Tyner ran his hitting streak to five games, going 3-4 at the plate on Friday. The leadoff man also scored four times, giving him six runs in his last three starts. After hitting .236 in April, Tyner is batting .333 in eight May games, and his hit streak has lifted his average from .228 to .265.

New Britain Rock Cats: The Cats were rained out on Friday, as they continue their series against Connecticut on the road. Connecticut is currently ranked first in the Eastern League North, which is the same division that New Britain is in second to last place. The Rock Cats' record sits at 12-18, which leaves them seven games back of Connecticut as of May 12.

Fort Myers Miracle: The Miracle dropped a 3-1 decision against Daytona on Friday, as Jose Mijares (0-2) picked up his second loss of the season. Since joining the starting rotation, Mijares has lost his first two starts of the season, and has pitched a combined 6.2 innings of work. While he posted a 1.80 earned run average as a reliever, he now has a 9.45 mark as a starter, though he did strike out seven through only 4.1 innings of work on Friday. Colby Miller made his 2006 debut in relief for the Miracle in this one, and looked impressive, tossing 2.2 innings of shutout ball. Facing 11 batters, Miller allowed only one hit, while striking out one as well. The last pitcher of the night for Fort Myers was Chris Schutt, who was making his fourth appearance since being demoted from Double-A New Britain. Schutt pitched no-hit ball through the last two innings of the game, as he bounced back nicely from his last outing in which he allowed two earned in only 0.2 innings of relief.

Garrett Guzman blasted his fourth home run of the season, which was his second in his last four starts. In that span, Guzman has driven in eight runs, though he has only gone 4-14. Trevor Plouffe was back at shortstop after playing the last two games as a third baseman and a designated hitter, and picked up a double. It was his first hit since May 7, when he stroked two knocks against St. Lucie. May has been a struggle for the big-time prospect, as he is batting only .125 in ten games. Kyle Geiger had another hit on Friday, as he ran his hitting streak to five games. He also smacked his second double in his last three starts, as he upped his May batting average to .321.

Beloit Snappers: Being rained out on Thursday did not do the Snappers any good, as the Twins' Low-A affiliate fell to Kane County 8-1. Ryan Mullins (1-1) looked bad in this one, allowing six earned in only 3.1 innings of work. May has not been kind to the left-hander, as he now has an 8.64 earned run average in his two starts. In his seven starts this season, he has allowed at least three runs in four of them, and currently has a 5.71 earned run average. Danny Vais picked up his second straight scoreless effort, pitching 1.2 innings of relief. In his last four outing, the reliever has posted a 1.50 earned run average, and he has allowed earned runs in only three of his 11 appearances this season. Alexander Smit allowed two earned runs in three innings of relief, giving him two consecutive appearances with two earned. In his 11 appearances this season, Smit has allowed earned runs in six of them, and is the owner of a 6.48 earned run average. Frank Mata was the last pitcher of the night for the Snappers, and he joined Vais as the only pitchers to go unblemished in this one.

Erik Lis drove in the only run of the night for Beloit, as he now has three runs batted in in his last two games. He went 1-4 in the contest, running his hitting streak to five games, while continuing his role as the most consistent bat in the Snappers' lineup. Edward Ovalle stroked two base hits, making him the only Snapper to post a multi-hit game on Friday. The two knocks ran his personal hitting streak to four games, and was his second multi-hit game in his last three appearances. After batting only .211 in April, Henry Sanchez is looking better at the dish in May, and with his base hit on Friday, is now batting .296 this month. He also has been a better run-producer, knocking in five runs in eight games this month, as opposed to only seven runs batted in in 20 games in April.

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