MiLB Recaps: Offense Falters as Teams Lose

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: Furbush, Putkonen, and Nelson all pitch well, but get no support on offense.

April 9th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - Louisville 2, Toledo 1
1-2, 3rd in West Division

AA Erie Seawolves - ALTOONA 6, ERIE 2
2-1, t-1st in Western Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – TAMPA 2, LAKELAND 1
1-1, 4th in North Division

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

Four singles and two doubles were all the Mud Hens could muster on Saturday, and it led to only one RBI all game by outfielder Clay Timpner. Cale Iorg and Andy Dirks had the team's two extra-base hits. Charlie Furbush continued the 'Hens hot starting pitching with 5 2/3 innings of solid ball. He allowed just two runs on five hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out six. Al Alburquerque worked his first inning in the Tigers organization this year with a scoreless frame, allowing one hit and striking out two.

With just three hits on Saturday, Erie fell for the first time in 2011. Center fielder Jamie Johnson had two of the teams hits with two singles and a run scored. Brandon Douglas notched the Seawolves other hit, raising his early season average to .273. Luke Putkonen allowed just one run on three hits in five innings in his first start of the season, but the bullpen let him down. The combination of Rob Waite and Matt Little yielded eleven hits in just four innings of relief, giving up five runs in the process.

Julio Rodriguez picked up two hits for the second straight day as he led a Flying Tiger offense that scored just one run. Brent Wyatt also helped lead the offense with his first home run of the year, while Jordan Lennerton and Daniel Fields both picked up base hits. Starter Cole Nelson was the victim of the lack of offense as he gave up just two runs on seven hits in six innings, while striking out six. Jordan Pratt, just promoted from West Michigan, tossed two hitless innings with one strikeout, and he was followed by an outstanding inning from Kenny Faulk, who struck out three.

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