MiLB Recaps: Rodriguez Blast Lifts Lakeland

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: Julio Rodriguez belted a solo home run in the 11th inning to give the Flying Tigers a 4-3 win.

June 9th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - Gwinnett 2, Toledo 0
27-35, 4th in West Division

The Mud Hens downward spiral continued on Thursday as they were shut out 2-0 by Gwinnett. Brayan Villarreal got the start and pitched well but took the loss, giving up a run on four hits in 5 2/3 innings of work. He also walked three and struck out three. Matt Hoffman pitched 2/3 of an inning, while Ryan Perry went the final 2 2/3 innings, giving up the final run. The offense meanwhile managed just three hits; two singles from Will Rhymes and a double from Omir Santos.

AA Erie Seawolves - Altoona 5, Erie 4
28-30, 5th in Western Division

Erie fell again to Altoona, losing 5-4 on Thursday. The 'Wolves tied the game up in the top half of the eighth on an RBI groundout by Adam Calderone, but in the bottom half of the eighth, Ramon Garcia gave up a solo home run as Altoona took the lead back and wouldn't relinquish it. Garcia took the loss, giving up that one run in two innings of work. Jacob Turner got the start, allowing four runs in six innings on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts. At the plate, Francisco Martinez belted a two run homer, while Brandon Douglas went 2-for-3 and added a solo shot.

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – Lakeland 4, Daytona 3 (11)
32-28, t-3rd in North Division

The Flying Tigers continue to pick up wins as they topped Daytona 4-3 on Thursday in 11 innings after their shutout victory on Wednesday. Lakeland trailed 3-1 entering the ninth inning, but after a couple men reached base, Tony Plagman brought them both home with a two-run double. Then in the 11th with the game tied at three, Julio Rodriguez led off the inning with a solo blast to left field to give Lakeland a 4-3 edge, which is all Kenny Faulk needed as he tossed a perfect 11th to get the save and secure the win. Luke Putkonen initially got the start and pitched well, giving up three runs on eight hits in seven innings of work. Ryan Robowski, Dan Gentzler and Shawn Teufel combined to toss three scoreless innings, with Teufel earning the win. Rodriguez finished 4-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored, including the solo homer. Gustavo Nunez also added two hits.

A West Michigan Whitecaps - West Michigan 3, Peoria 1
27-33, t-6th in Eastern division

West Michigan officially climbed its way out of the cellar with a 3-1 win over Peoria on Thursday. Alex Burgos got the start and the win, giving up one run on five hits in five innings of work. Nate Newman, Patrick Cooper and Bruce Rondon then combined to toss four scoreless innings, yielding just one hit, with Rondon picking up his ninth save. Hernan Perez went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, which happened to be the only two hits of the day for West Michigan. The team did however manage eight walks to generate the necessary baserunners to get the win.

R DSL Tigers - Angels 11, Tigers 0
1-5, 4th in DSL SPM Division

Finally returning to action, the DSL Tigers were hammered by the DSL Angels, losing 11-0. Adrian Paniagua got the start and took the loss, giving up three runs in three innings of work. Ricardo Ciriaco then mirrored that performance, giving up three more runs in his three innings. Gregory Morillo allowed an unearned run in an inning, and then Yinio Calderon allowed the final four runs. The offense managed just one hit all game, a single from Samuel Crafort.

R VSL Tigers - Postponed: Rain
6-12, 6th in VSL

The VSL Tigers were rained out on Thursday, but attempt to return to action on Friday against the VSL Mariners.

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