MiLB Recaps: Perfect Start to the Year

Each morning, check in for the Minor League Recap Blog. Get all of the results from the games, the latest standings and the daily blog recapping the previous day's action. Featured performance: Bryan Holaday ripped a walk-off winner for the SeaWolves as his single scored Justin Henry for the win.

April 7th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - Toledo 11, Louisville 6
1-0, t-1st in West Division

AA Erie Seawolves - ERIE 3, ALTOONA 2
1-0, t-1st in Western Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 7, TAMPA 5
1-0, t-1st in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps -PPD: UNPLAYABLE FIELD
0-0, t-4th in Eastern division

The Mud Hens got their season off on the right foot, with an 11-6 win over Louisville on Opening Day. Andrew Oliver got the start and a no decision but pitched well, giving up two runs on four hits in six innings of work. He also walked two and struck out six. Despite allowing a pair of runs in relief, Fu-Te Ni got the win. The story though was at the plate where the Hens ripped eight extra base hits, including home runs from Timo Perez, Andy Dirks and Ryan Strieby, and three doubles from Danny Worth. Perez and Strieby each drove in three runs, while Dirks scored twice as part of a four hit day. Toledo faces off with Louisville again on Friday night at 6:35pm.

The SeaWolves started 2011 off in a big way, picking up a 3-2 win via a walk-off single from Bryan Holaday that scored Justin Henry for the game winning run. Jacob Turner got the start for the 'Wolves and was outstanding, giving up just two hits and no runs in his six innings of work. He also struck out nine. Matt Hoffman and Lester Olivers however would allow a pair of runs in relief to prevent Turner from getting the win and requiring the last inning heroics from Holaday. Oliveros got the win for pitching the final two innings. Besides Holaday, Ben Guez provided the rest of the scoring, ripping a two run homer in the fifth. Michael Bertram also added two hits including a double.

The Flying Tigers completed the minor league sweep for the day, picking up a 7-5 win over Tampa. Trevor Feeney picked up the win, giving up a run on four hits in five innings of work. Lakeland used a five run fourth inning to build up a big lead that they wouldn't relinquish, though Matt Little had a rough relief outing and let the game get close by allowing four runs in just 2/3 of an inning. Kenny Faulk got the final out in the eighth and then pitched a scoreless ninth to secure the win and pick up his first save of the year. Tony Plagman ripped a three-run double as part of that five run inning, and then Daniel Fields ripped a triple that would score Plagman. Gustavo Nunez also added a solo home run for the club.

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