Minnesota Twins Minor League Report - July 5th
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ROCHESTER RED WINGS - The Red Wings began last week with two straight defeats and ended up with a record of only 2-5 as a result, dropping two in a row to close out a three-game set with Ottawa at home over the holiday weekend. With the slide, Rochester is now third in the North Division of the International League with a record of 44-39, 6 1/2 games out of first. Red Wings' hitters struggled more than anyone in the league, batting a combined .215 over seven games. The pitching staff had the fourth highest ERA at 5.19, allowing the opposition to hit a robust .313 against them over the last week. Juan Diaz suited up for five games for the club, hitting .412 with a pair of home runs and four RBI. Josh Rabe hit only .238 over six contests, but he knocked in four, scored five runs, and accounted for two of the team's three stolen bases during the stretch. NEW BRITAIN ROCK CATS - With three straight losses to start last week, the Rock Cats ran their losing skid to four games, but the team did manage to bounce back with victories in four of the next five to break even at 4-4 on the week. New Britain is now 39-43, putting it in fifth place in the Northern Division of the Eastern League, 8 1/2 games out of first. The team batted only .253 over the last eight games, but the Rock Cats did lead the league in home runs with 13, translating into a .457 slugging percentage. While the squad was constantly swinging for the fences, they also fanned 55 times and earned only 14 walks, the fewest in the league. Garrett Jones was on top of his game as he hit .379 with four home runs, leading to nine RBI and eight runs scored, all of which paced the team. Kevin West was second with six RBI, but he batted only .200 and struck out 12 times in 30 at-bats. FORT MYERS MIRACLE - Fort Myers needed a miracle to halt what had become a seven-game losing streak. The last three games of the skid, stretching from June 27th-29th, had the team surrendering 43 runs. The team did win three in a row after the losing streak, but then fell right back into their old ways with defeats against Sarasota on both July 3rd and 4th. Overall the Miracle are now tied with both Clearwater and the Red Sox for last place in the West Division of the Florida State League with a record of 4-9. Fort Myers hit a respectable .275 as a group over the last seven games, but the squad had trouble tracking the ball in the field, tying for the league-high with 13 errors. It didn't help that the Miracle staff also allowed opponents to hit .302 and totaled 13 wild pitches on the week. Alex Romero was one of the top hitters for the group at .375, knocking in four and scoring seven runs, while Elvis Corporan (.167) struck out 10 times in 24 at-bats. SWING OF THE QUAD CITIES - The Swing lost three in a row to start the week, which snapped the team's three-game slide, but at least the squad bounced back with victories in each of their four games to start the month of July. On Independence Day, Quad Cities matched a season-high with 14 runs in its victory over Dayton, kicking off a four-game set on the road. The Swing, which finished last week 4-3, is now second in the Western Division of the Midwest League with a record of 7-4 to start the second half of the campaign. Although they both played just four of the team's seven games, both Kyle Geiger and Ryan Spataro hit .429 and accounted for two RBI, while much farther down on the average stat sheet Kyle Phillips (.190) had just four hits in 21 at-bats, including the only home run of the week for the team, yet led the group with six RBI and added five runs scored. Mark Zamojc (.310) posted all three triples for the Swing and tied for the team lead with six runs scored. ELIZABETHTON TWINS - As one of the hottest teams in the Appalachian League at the moment, the Twins should be proud of the fact that they have run off five straight wins after having such a tough start to the season last month. Elizabethton finished up last week with a record of 5-2 thanks to a 5-3 win over Johnson City on Independence Day. The victory over the Cardinals locked the two teams into a tie for first place in the West Division with a record of 8-6. The Twins had the highest team batting average in the league last week at .298, even though they had just 18 extra-base hits and struck out 48 times over the seven-game stretch. David Winfree appeared in five games for the squad and posted two home runs, leading to a team-best seven RBI and five runs scored as well. . He has however, come up with a 1.13 ERA over eight innings thanks to 12 strikeouts and just one walk.