Minor League Notebook: 8/22

Sunday's in August are quiet days for the minors, as both Florida teams have Sundays off - so only 4 clubs were in action. Of the 4, the clubs combined for a 2-3 record, with Erie and the Whitecaps winning, and Toledo and Oneonta (doubleheader) coming up short. The Seawolves continue to get great run support at the plate, while an unexpected team has made it all the way to the top of their division.

AAA Toledo 62-67, 2nd place in West division
The Mudhens winning streak ended at 1, as they fell on Sunday 8-4 to Louisville. Pat Ahearne started and took a no decision, giving up 3 runs (just 1 earned) in 7 innings, with 4 strikeouts and 2 walks. Lino Urdaneta ended up taking the loss, his first as a Mudhen, allowing 5 runs in 2/3 of an inning. At the plate, Guillermo Rodriguez went 2-for-5 with a solo Home Run, and Warren Morris went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple. Andy Barkett, Jorge Toca and Chad Alexander also each had 2 hits for the losing cause.

AA Erie 70-55, 2nd place in Southern division
The Whitecaps continue to roll, as they topped Reading 8-5. Jorge Cordova took a no decision, pitching 5 innings with 5 earned runs on 10 hits. Pedro Diaz got the win as he pitched 4 innings of shutout baseball to close it out. Curtis Granderson led the way again at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a Home Run and 2 RBI. Juan Tejada also had a solo Home Run, while Derek Nicholson went 3-for-3 with 2 runs, a Home Run and 2 RBI. Ryan Raburn also scored a run and had an RBI double.

High-A Lakeland 18-36, 6th place in West division
Lakeland was off on Sunday, but return to action on Monday night against Fort Myers.

Low-A West Michigan 32-24, tied 1st place in Eastern division
Make it 5-in-a-row for the Whitecaps, as they got a win in 10 innings over South Bend, 4-3. The win also put them in a tie with Lansing for 1st place in the Eastern division, a remarkable turnaround for a team that found themselves in or near the cellar of the division for most of the year. Chris Steinborn, like most of the other starters for the day, pitched well but got a no decision, going 6 innings with 2 unearned runs. Anthony Tomey got the win in relief, pitching 3 scoreless innings, with just 1 hit and 3 strikeouts. Kelly Hunt had a big 2-run Home Run, while Garth McKinney chipped in 2 hits for West Michigan. Danilo Sanchez singled in Jason Knoedler in the 10th for the winning run.

SS-A Oneonta 30-30, 2nd place in Stedler division
Oneonta had a doubleheader, but lost both games to Vermont. The first, a 4-0 loss, saw Jair Jurrjens struggle some on his way to his 3rd loss with the O-Tigers, giving up all 4 runs in 5 innings. He did strike out 7 though. Brooks Colvin did have 2 hits for Oneonta. In the 2nd game, Josh Rainwater took the loss to fall to 0-4 for Oneonta as the O-Tigers lost the game 3-1. Despite the loss, Rainwater pitched well, giving up 2 runs in 5 innings, with a season high 11 strikeouts. At the plate, Bo Flowers went 2-for-3 and drove in the team's lone run.

Rookie GCL Tigers 24-29, 3rd place in Northern division
The GCL Tigers, like Lakeland, were off on Sunday. They return to action on Monday facing off against the GCL Phillies.

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