MiLB Recaps: Dirks Homers Twice in Toledo Win

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: Andy Dirks belted a pair of home runs as Toledo cruised to a 13-5 win.

April 18th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 13, COLUMBUS 5
4-8, 3rd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 5, READING 1
6-5, 1st in Western Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – DUNEDIN 4, LAKELAND 0
8-4, t-1st in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST Michigan 7, FORT WAYNE 3
5-3, 3rd in Eastern division

In need of a win, Toledo had their ace on the mound and the offense came to play as the Mud Hens cruised to a 13-5 victory. Andrew Oliver got the start and the win even though it wasn't his best performance of the year - he gave up four runs on six hits with three walks in six innings of work, striking out eight. Ryan Perry also tossed a scoreless inning of relief as he prepares to return to Detroit from his rehab assignment. The story though came at the plate, where Toledo piled on 16 hits, including multi-hit days from seven players. Andy Dirks and Clete Thomas led the way, with Dirks belting a pair of home runs, driving in three total, and managing three hits and scoring three times as well as swiping two bases. Thomas went 2-for-4, adding a three run blast, and driving in six runs total. Ryan Strieby also chipped in with a two run homer.

Despite being just .500 entering the game, Erie's 5-1 win gave them sole possession of first place in EL's Western division. Jacob Turner was again on the hill and again outstanding, though he didn't pick up the win. Turner gave up a run on four hits in 6 2/3 innings of work, walking one and striking out seven. Jared Gayhart got the win in relief for being the pitcher when the 'Wolves offense turned it on in the ninth inning. Chance Ruffin then came on to close the door, though he didn't earn a save for his efforts. The 'Wolves surged ahead in the ninth with four runs, though it wasn't necessarily the offense that got it done. Reading committed four errors in the inning and even had their shortstop ejected from the game. Brandon Douglas finished the game going 2-for-4 with a double, while Audy Ciriaco had two hits and scored via a bases loaded walk for the game winning run.

The Flying Tigers fell to Dunedin on Monday, 4-0. Drew Smyly took the loss, giving up four runs (three earned) on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings of work, walking two and striking out three. Tyler Stohr and Zach Samuels combined to toss 3 1/3 innings of shutout baseball, but the Lakeland offense never woke up as they managed just four hits, three from Gustavo Nunez, including a pair of doubles from the leadoff man.

Thanks to some early offense and a solid start from Jeff Ferrell, the Whitecaps cruised to a 5-3 victory. Ferrell got the win, giving up three runs over five innings of work. He also walked one and struck out three. Patrick Cooper then tossed three innings of shutout relief, with Clemente Mendoza recording the final three outs. At the plate, Billy Nowlin went 3-for-4, belting a two run homer and driving in four runs total. Rob Brantly also went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI, and Hernan Perez added three hits and scored three times.

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