MiLB Recaps: Erie Stays Perfect

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: LJ Gagnier was outstanding in his first start of 2011, leading Erie to their second win of the season.

April 8th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - Louisville 5, Toledo 3
1-1, t-2nd in West Division

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

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – TAMPA 7, LAKELAND 6
1-1, t-3rd in North Division

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

Despite an offensive explosion from second baseman Scott Sizemore, the Mud Hens fell in their second game of the 2011 season. Sizemore was perfect on the night with four hits in four at-bats, including a double and a solo home run. He scored twice and drove in two. Clete Thomas also picked up two hits in the loss, doubling and singling in four plate appearances. Toledo starter Thad Weber was solid, allowing just two runs on four hits in five innings of work, but he was left with a no decision when right-hander Chris Oxspring yielded three runs on six hits in three innings of relief.

Erie ran out to a 2-0 start to the year behind a great start from LJ Gagnier and three solid relief performances. Gagnier allowed Altoona's only run in five innings of work. He yielded only two hits while walking four and striking out four. Jared Gayhart, Austin Wood, and Chance Ruffin combined for four one-hit innings with five strikeouts; all by Gayhart. The 'Wolves didn't must much offense in support of Gagnier's great start, but they did manage just enough to pull out the win. Rawley Bishop led the way with two singles. Bryan Pounds singled and walked twice, and Brandon Douglas doubled.

A four run ninth gave the Flying Tigers a two run lead over the Yankees before reliever Tyler Stohr was touched for two runs as he tried to close things out; sending the game to extra innings. Dan Gentzler allowed an unearned run in the tenth to send Lakeland to their first loss of the year. Drew Smyly started and went 5 2/3 innings. He gave up one run on six hits with six strikeouts. Four Lakeland hitters picked up at least two hits, led by Anthony Plagman's three singles. Brent Wyatt doubled twice, while Corey Jones doubled and singled. Catcher Julio Rodriguez rounded out the multi-hit parade with an improbably triple and a single.

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