Offense Lacking on Monday (7/23 Recaps)

The bats went silent on Monday, with only Erie and Toledo picking up wins; and Toledo's win was just the conclusion of Monday's suspended game in which Toledo held a 6-0 lead. Matt Joyce helped pace the SeaWolves offense, while Jack Hannahan helped keep Toledo going despite their significant losses at the plate.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – GM1: TOLEDO 7, RICHMOND 4
GM2: RICHMOND 4, TOLEDO 3

58-45, 1st in West division
Toledo and Richmond split a double-header Monday, that was set up by a bomb threat which suspended Sunday's game in the fifth inning. The Mud Hens clung to a 7-4 lead in game one. They entered Monday with a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Anastacio Martinez earned the win based on Sunday's performance, but it was nearly for nothing. Corey Hamman began the restart by allowing nine hits and four earned runs across two innings. Preston Larrison and Aquilino Lopez each pitched an inning of scoreless baseball and Lopez earned his sixteenth save of the season.

The Mud Hens blew a one run ninth inning lead and Vic Darensbourg earned the loss in relief in a 4-3 loss to Richmond Monday. The Hens turned in four runs on ten hits, while the Braves had four runs on only four hits. Starter Yorman Bazardo had the no decision, after allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits across six and two thirds innings. Jack Hannahan went 3-for-4 with two RBI and Brent Clevlen had an RBI single. Henry Mateo had two runs and Chris Shelton had two singles for the 'Hens who will return to Fifth Third Field to face Pawtucket on Tuesday.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 4, TRENTON 2
55-45, 2nd in Southern division
Matt Joyce set the pace with a solo home run in the first inning of a 4-2 SeaWolves victory over the Trenton Thunder. Joyce was 1-for-2 with two walks in the win. The 'Wolves took advantage of their chances as they managed only five hits in the game. Mike Hollimon was 1-for-4 with a double and a RBI. Clete Thomas added a double and a RBI as well. Starting pitcher Jon Connolly improved to 5-4 on the season after allowing only five hits and one run in six innings of work. Alan Mills earned his 12th save of the season pitching a perfect ninth inning. The 'Wolves will face the Thunder in game two of a three-game series on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. Andrew Kown (3-6, 3.91 ERA) will start for Erie against Kevin Whelan (3-0, 2.90 ERA).
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – FT. MYERS 4, LAKELAND 1
12-17, 6th in West division
The Flying Tigers offense was stifled on Monday evening, falling to Fort Myers 4-1. Luke French took the loss, giving up all four Fort Myers runs in five innings of work. However, French didn't get much support at the plate, as the Lakeland offense was set down with relative ease, striking out 14 times. Rafael Mendez had two hits for Lakeland, while Mark Haske brought home the lone run. The Flying Tigers will try and get back in the win column against Fort Myers on Tuesday at 7:00pm.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – BURLINGTON 3, W. MICH. 1
20-10, 1st in Eastern division

A rough fourth inning and lack of offense spoiled an otherwise solid outing from Duane Below (8-5, 3.74 ERA) Monday as West Michigan fell to Burlington 3-1. Below went seven innings, striking out six and sending the lineup down in order in four separate innings. But in the fourth, he gave up hits to his first five batters faced, which combined with a fielding error from Brandon Timm led to three runs, two earned. Brennan Boesch singled in Joseph Tucker in the first, but the Whitecaps did not reach the scoreboard again as they could not muster a hit past the second inning. West Michigan will wrap up its series with the Bees Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – OFF DAY
19-14, 2nd in Stedler division

Oneonta had Monday off but will host Staten Island for a three game series, starting Tuesday evening at 7:00pm.

R GCL Tigers – BLUE JAYS 4, TIGERS 1
15-14, t-3rd in North division

The GCL Blue Jays never went on a big run, but rather just slowly extended their lead, one run at a time, as they gradually ran away from the Tigers, pulling out a 4-1 win. Brandon Johnson fell to 2-3 on the year after taking the loss, giving up three runs (two earned) over six innings of work. The team got its only run via a Luis Arlet solo home run. The GCL Tigers have now lost four of their last five, will try and shake out of their funk when they visit the GCL Phillies on Tuesday at noon.

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