MiLB Recaps: 'Caps Win Opener in Slugfest

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: After three straight postponed games, the Whitecaps finally played their opener and won in a slugfest.

April 10th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - Louisville 5, Toledo 1
1-3, 3rd in West Division

AA Erie Seawolves - ALTOONA 10, ERIE 7
2-2, t-2nd in Western Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 5, TAMPA 2
2-2, t-3rd in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST Michigan 13, LANSING 12
1-0, 1st in Eastern division

The Mud Hens fell again to Louisville on Sunday, ironically to former Tiger pitcher Dontrelle Willis. Duane Below got the start and took the loss as he struggled, giving up four runs on seven hits in four innings of work before exiting. Ramon Garcia tossed two innings of relief, yielding on unearned run, while Zach Simons tossed two scoreless innings, but the offense never came around as the club managed just four hits, all singles. Argenis Diaz drove in Ryan Strieby for the club's only run. Defense was also a problem on this day, as Cale Iorg committed a pair of errors and John Murrian committed one as well.

It wasn't a pretty Double-A debut for lefty Casey Crosby, as the SeaWolves fell to Altoona 10-7. Crosby made it just 2 2/3 innings of work, giving up six runs (five earned) on six hits with three walks. Jared Gayhart, Cory Hamilton and Lester Oliveros all combined to slow the bleeding, but were unable to completely stop at, as each allowed at least one run in relief, with Gayhart turning in the strongest outing of the three, allowing a run in 3 1/3 innings. The offense actually out-hit the Curve, 14-13, but went just 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position. Bryan Holaday and Jamie Johnson each belted home runs in the losing effort as each went 2-for-5, while Michael Bertram went 4-for-5 with a double and a run scored.

The Flying Tigers returned to .500 on Sunday with a 5-2 win over Tampa. Jared Wesson got the start but took a no-decision, making it just three innings while battling his control. Wesson allowed two runs on just one hit, but walked four. Shawn Teufel came on in relief however and was outstanding, tossing four shutout innings, scattering just two hits and striking out three to pick up the win. Ryan Robowski got the save, allowing two hits and a walk over the final two innings but not allowing a run to cross the plate. Tony Plagman and Daniel Fields were the stars on offense, with Plagman going 2-for-4 with a two run homer and two runs scored, while Fields drove in a pair of runs for the club.

It took four days, but the 'Caps finally got a game in on Sunday when they returned home. And to top it off they won in highlight filled style, with a 13-12 walk-off win. With the game knotted at 12 going into the bottom of the ninth, Dixon Machado reached first on a fielder's choice, swiped second base, and was then driven home for the game winner by Rob Brantly. It earned the win for Bruce Rondon, who tossed a scoreless ninth prior to the game winner. Kyle Ryan struggled as the starter, giving up seven runs (five earned) on six hits in 3 2/3 innings before exiting. He did however walk just one and struck out six. Machado and Brantly were the stars at the plate, with Machado going 4-for-5 and scoring three runs, while Brantly had two hits, two walks and drove in three. James Robbins also had a big game, with a double, a home run and three RBI. Luis Castillo also added a two run homer.

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