After ending their 11 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 on the board.
There were a few different story lines to follow in the minors so let's see what went down!
Rochester only collected four hits in the game but the team was still able to keep it close against Charlotte. The Knights got on the scoreboard first with three singles in the top of the fourth inning. This lead wouldn't last very long as the Red Wings scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to take back the lead.
The first three batters of the fifth inning reached on a pair of walks and a single. This meant the bases were loaded with Oswaldo Arcia coming to the plate. He struck out for the first out in the frame before Deibinson Romero singled to plate a couple of runs.
The Red Wings would hold the lead until the top of the eighth inning. Aaron Thompson came in to make his second appearance since being called up to Rochester. He gave up a couple of singles and a double in the frame and the Knights would grab back the lead. Thompson saw his 17.1-inning scoreless streak between 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. Before today's game, he had gone 0-for-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 by throwing two scoreless innings. Anthony Slama made his first appearance since April 22nd and he 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 from the game 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. The Red Wings continue their homestand with 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 digits in runs. The win also helped to ensure at least a split of their series with New Hampshire. New Britain will try and earn a series win when the teams meet on Monday afternoon.
Trevor May got the nod on the mound and pitched five innings. He allowed two earned runs on six hits with two strike outs and three walks. May has won three of his last four starts and he 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 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 with run in the top of the first inning. They would add to their lead with another couple of 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 inning for the Miracle to get on the board. Jonathan Murphy hit his first home run this season. Kennys Vargas added 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 still did a decent job on the mound. He gave the bullpen a break by throwing eight innings and allowing three earned runs on six hits. He didn't record a strikeout but he also didn't walk anyone. It was the first time all 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 on Sunday afternoon. 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 they are 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.