TMLN: Morlan Tosses Complete Game

In this edition of Twins Minor League Notebook, the Red Wings defeat Indianapolis 7-3 in International League action, the Rock Cats forget their bats in a 3-0 blanking at the hands of Akron, the Fort Myers Miracle are off for FSL All-Star Game festivities, and Eduardo Morlan tosses a complete game victory for Beloit.

Rochester Red Wings: The Red Wings defeated Indianapolis on Friday, as Mike Smith (4-3) continues to pitch well this month. He has made three starts for the Wings in June, compiling a 2-0 record, while posting a 1.89 earned run average. In 19 innings of work, Smith has struck out 13 batters, and is holding the opposition to a .223 batting average. Henry Bonilla came on to relieve Smith, and has really been impressive since moving to the bullpen. After posting a 7.06 ERA as a starter, Bonilla has a 1.59 mark as a reliever, and has seemed much more comfortable in that role. As a reliever, he has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his appearances. Patrick Neshek came on to nail his 13th save, as the All-Star hopeful continues his great season. He has not lost a game since April 27, and of his 13 saves, this was the tenth time he has gone more than one inning.

Jason Tyner led the way offensively, ripping three hits in the winning effort. He is now batting .339 in the month of June, and is starting to put together another hitting streak. He has hit safely in five straight games, and is batting .325 for the season. Gil Velazquez picked up two hits in the game, running his currently hitting streak to six. In his past three games, he has scored five times, and seems comfortable with the switch to shortstop. Josh Rabe ran his batting average back over .300, as he picked up his third multi-hit game in a row. Since seeing his average dip to .294, Rabe has 6-13, and is looking like the hitter from earlier in the season. Chris Heintz posted two hits as well in the game, running his hitting streak to three games. After batting .194 in May, Heintz is batting .357 in June, and has driven in 10 of his 15 RBI.

New Britain Rock Cats: The Cats were blanked by Akron on Friday, as their woes continue this month. Glen Perkins (2-7) pitched well in the losing effort, tossing six innings of two-run ball. Perkins was coming off his worst start of the season, a four inning, eight run performance on June 10. In his last five starts, he has taken four losses, though he has not pitched badly. Jay Sawatski came in to relieve Perkins, and allowed an earned run for only the second time in his last seven outings. In two innings, he allowed one earned run, and struck out two batters. The last pitcher of the night for the Rock Cats was Tristan Crawford, who would go on to throw a perfect inning, striking out two. Crawford has not allowed an earned run in his last three appearances, after really struggling to start the month.

Steve Lomasney picked up his first multi-hit game since May 27, as he stroked a team-high three hits in this one. May 27 was also the last time that Lomasney did not strike out in a game until Friday, and he has boosted his average from .195 to .227 in his past two games. Denard Span picked up two hits in the game, giving him at least one hit in five of his last six games. He is still only batting .250 during the month of June, but scouts have told me he has looked better over the past week or so. Trent Oeltjen has been the best hitter on the Rock Cats team for a while now, and he picked up another hit in this one. In his last five games, he has posted four multi-hit games, and has boosted his batting average from .294 to .324. He is batting .464 during the month of June.

Fort Myers Miracle: The Miracle were off on Friday, as the Florida State League has their All-Star festivities this weekend. Kevin Slowey, Kyle Geiger, and Alexi Casilla will all be representing the Miracle in the All-Star Game on Saturday at Joker Marchant Stadium, the home of the Lakeland Tigers. The Miracle return to regular season games on Monday, when they play those same Lakeland Tigers.

Beloit Snappers: The Snappers rode a complete game effort from Eduardo Morlan in their 5-2 win against Cedar Rapids on Friday. Morlan (3-3) tied his season-high with 11 strikeouts in the win, as he picked up his first "W" since May 19. Since moving to the rotation, Morlan has made 11 starts for the Snappers, and has posted a nice 2.77 earned run average. Rated one of the top prospects in the Minor League by many publications lately, Morlan is holding the opposition to a .207 batting average this season, and has struck out 73 batters in 63 innings of work.

The offense was led by Tarrence Patterson, who is batting at a .341 clip during the month of June. Patterson ripped three hits in the game, giving him four multi-hit games in his last seven starts. In that span, Patterson has raised his average from .241 to .267. Paul Kelly stroked two hits in the win, and is starting to put together a nice hitting streak. Kelly has hit safely in nine straight contests, putting up five multi-hit games, and raising his batting average from .250 to .268. Dwayne White picked up his first two hits in his last five games, as he is only batting .192 during the month of June. For the year, he is batting .212 in 40 games, and has driven in nine runs.

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