After ending their 10 game losing streak on Saturday, the Twins couldn't make it two wins in a row. The Tigers offense pounced on Mike Pelfrey for five runs on five hits in less than six innings of work. The offense didn't help him out much with three hits and a single run.
There were a few different story lines to follow in the minors so let's see what went down!
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Rochester Red Wings 2, Charlotte Knights 3
Rochester collected only four hits in the game but the team was able to keep it close against Charlotte. The Knights got on the scoreboard first with three singles in the top of the fourth. This lead didn't last long as the Red Wings scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to regain the lead.
The first three Wings' batters in the fifth inning reached on a pair of walks and a single, loading the bases for Oswaldo Arcia. He struck out for the first out in the frame before Deibinson Romero singled to plate a couple of runs.
The Red Wings held the lead until the top of the eighth inning when Aaron Thompson came in, making his second appearance since being called up to Rochester. He gave up a couple singles and a double in the frame as the Knights grabbed back the lead. Thompson saw his 17.1-inning scoreless streak in New Britain and Rochester snapped.
Romero was the lone Red Wings hitter with a multi-hit game. He went 2-for-4 with his first two hits of the season at Triple-A. He had gone 0-11 since being called up from New Britain. Clete Thomas and Eric Farris had a hit apiece.
Virgil Vasquez started the game and pitched five strong innings. He allowed one run on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Shairon Martis earned his first hold of the year, throwing two scoreless innings. Anthony Slama made his first appearance since April 22nd and worked a 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts.
Arcia left Sunday's game with an injury to his right (throwing) shoulder. He made a strong throw to the plate and was removed at the end of the inning. According to some reports
, he has been bothered by a shoulder injury since spring training.
Rochester is 10 games under .500 but the club has gone 5-5 in their last ten games. Tomorrow the Red Wings continue their homestand with the first of four games against Lehigh Valley.
New Britain Rock Cats 11, New Hampshire Fisher Cats 4
For the first time since May 6th, the Rock Cats scored double digit runs. The win also helped to ensure at least a split of their series with New Hampshire. New Britain will try to earn a series win when the teams meet Monday afternoon.
Trevor May got the nod on the mound and pitched five innings. He allowed two earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts and three walks. May has won three of his last four starts and has lowered his ERA to 3.88. Bobby Lanigan tossed two scoreless innings of relief to close out the game.
Dan Rohlfing went 3-for-3 with two walks, two RBI and two runs scored. He hit his seventh double of the year. Nate Hanson had a couple RBI of his own and his first triple. Danny Santana, James Beresford, and Josmil Pinto all had two hits.
With the win, New Britain is only two games under .500. The club will finish their series with New Hampshire on Monday before heading home for a six game homestand.
Fort Myers Miracle 2, Charlotte Stone Crabs 4
The Stone Crabs jumped out to an early lead a with run in the top of the first inning. They added to their lead with another couple runs in the third. Miguel Sano had his 11th error of the year at third base. His error allowed an extra run to score in the third.
It took until the bottom of the fifth for the Miracle to get on the board. Jonathan Murphy hit his first home run this season. Kennys Vargas had two hits including his 13th double. Stephen Wickens tried to get a rally started in the eighth with a double but the rest of the team didn't follow suit.
Tom Stuifbergen took the loss but he did a decent job on the mound. He gave the bullpen a break by throwing eight innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits. He didn't record a strikeout, nor did he walk anyone. It was the first time this season that he made it through eight innings.
Fort Myers will enjoy an off-day on Memorial Day before starting a three-game series with the Bradenton Marauders.
Cedar Rapids Kernels --, Burlington Bees -- (Postponed)
The Kernels game against the Bees was rained out. The game will be made up as a special Memorial Day doubleheader beginning at 2:00 pm. Both games are scheduled to be seven innings.
Cedar Rapids is in the midst of a four game losing streak and is in danger of falling out of first place in the Western Division of the Midwest League. The Beloit Snappers are sneaking up behind the Kernels in the standings.
Following tomorrow's doubleheader, the club continues their homestand with a three game series versus the Clinton LumberKings.