April 14th Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - GAME 1: COLUMBUS 1, Toledo 0; GAME 2: COLUMBUS 7, TOLEDO 3
2-6, 3rd in West Division
AA Erie Seawolves - BOWIE 2, ERIE 1
4-3, 2nd in Western Division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 4, DAYTONA 3
5-3, t-2nd in North Division
A West Michigan Whitecaps - GREAT LAKES 3, WEST Michigan 1
2-3, 6th in Eastern division
In what is believed to be the first ever scheduled Opening Day double-header, the Mud Hens fell twice to the visiting Columbus Clippers on Wednesday. Game one saw a solo shot from the rehabbing Grady Sizemore as the only blemish on a stellar pitching line from right-hander Thad Weber. He allowed just two hits and three walks while striking out six over six innings, giving way to Matt Hoffman for the seventh. The offense came up with precious little in the way of hits in the first game as they managed just eight singles in the game. Scott Sizemore, Scott Thorman, and Omir Santos all picked up two singles each.
Chris Oxspring started game two for the Mud Hens but left with an injury in the fourth inning. Over his three-plus innings, the Australian righty gave up three runs on two hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Zach Simons was saddled with the loss, giving up a lone run in 1 1/3 innings on the hill. In his return to Toledo, Robbie Weinhardt was touched for three runs -- only one earned -- on two hits and a walk in one inning. The offense again struggled in game two, though they did manage three runs. Of the team's eight hits, only one went for extra bases as John Murrian doubled as part of a two-hit night. Clay Timpner also picked up two hits in the contest.
Two singles from Ben Guez and a triple from shortstop Audy Ciriaco were the only significant offensive showings in a touch loss to Bowie on Wednesday. LJ Gagnier pitched well in his second start of the year, allowing only two runs in six innings of work. He struck out eight and walked only two. Jared Gayhart continued his strong start to the 2011 campaign with two strikeouts in two one-hit innings of relief.
Tony Plagman drew a walk-off walk to push Lakeland to their fifth win of the season over Daytona yesterday. Heading to the ninth knotted at three runs apiece, Daytona's Jeff Beliveau hit the first two batters of the inning in Daniel Fields and Corey Jones. After Jordan Lennerton sacrificed them to second and third, respectively, and Wade Gaynor was intentionally walked, Avisail Garcia grounded back to the pitcher for a force at home. With one out, new reliever Frank Batista lost control of the strike zone and walked Tony Plagman to force in the winning run. Plagman finished the game 3-for-4 with a walk. Cole Nelson was solid in four innings as the starter. Shawn Teufel's three innings of relief were masterful as he allowed just three htis and struck out four. Kenny Faulk picked up the win after pitching a scoreless top of the ninth despite giving up two hits.
Josue Carreno made his full-season debut on Wednesday for West Michigan and though he only allowed one earned run, the outing was far from smooth. The big right-hander walked five in 5 1/3 innings while only striking out one, and was tacked with the loss. Michael Torrealba and Bruce Rondon worked 3 2/3 innings of combined relief with just one hit and one run allowed. Rob Brantly again led the offense with a two-hit attack that included his third double of the young season. He is now hitting a robust .438 through five games.
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