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April 19th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 0, LOUISVILLE 5
10-6, 3rd in West division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 2, ALTOONA 3
8-8, t-2nd in West division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 0, TAMPA 3
8-7, t-3rd in West division

A West Mich. Whitecaps – BURLINGTON 7, WEST MICH. 8
8-7, 4th in Eastern division

A rough day for most of the minor league clubs, included two shutouts at the High-A and Triple-A levels, where Toledo and Lakeland just couldn't get things going. Despite a 2-for-4 performance by the rehabbing Curtis Granderson, the 'Hens offense was handled by top pitching prospect Homer Bailey, as he tossed 7-1/3 scoreless innings in his effort to climb back to the big league rotation. Jeff Larish continued his recent hot run, adding another hit in four at-bats, moving his average to .333 over the last ten games. A struggling Virgil Vasquez fell to 1-2 on the season and saw his ERA rise to 6.33, while Detroit-hopeful Casey Fossum tossed 2-2/3 scoreless innings of relief with three strikeouts.

While the Lakeland offense was being shutout, stud prospect Rick Porcello continued to pitch well. While not dominating this time out, he still allowed only four hits and two earned runs in six innings of work, while striking out four. The hitting 'star' for the Tigers was outfielder Brandon Timm, as he went 2-for-3 on the day.

Also on the losing end, the Erie SeaWolves fell to an even .500 on the season with a 3-2 loss at the hands of the Altoona Curve. Despite a strong start from Ryan Christensen, reliever Casey Fien allowed a two-run homer to the first batter he faced in the seventh inning, surrendering the lead and eventually the game. Outfielder Freddy Guzman continued to tear apart Eastern League pitching, notching a 2-for-5 day with a triple, two runs scored, and his eighth stolen base of the season.

The lone winner on the farm yesterday was West Michigan, as they managed an 8-7 win against Burlington in twelve innings. Lauren Gagnier had a rough outing surrendering six earned in just 5-1/3 innings of work, but he was helped out by a dominating bullpen performance. Santos Mieses, Wilton Garcia, Noah Krol, and Rudy Darrow (earning the win) combined for six-plus innings of scoreless baseball with six strikeouts. In the bottom of the twelfth inning the days hitting stars, Adrian Casanova (3-5) and Roger Tomas (3-5), got things going with two-out singles, followed by a walk to leadoff man Kyle Peter. With the bases loaded and two outs, Burlington reliever Yensi Lopez uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Casanova to cross home plate with the winning run. Ronnie Bourquin also had a solid day, finishing 2-for-6 with his first home run of the season.

Posted by: Mark, 4/20

April 18th Games

10-5, 3rd in West division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 13, ALTOONA 4
8-7, t-2nd in West division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 4, TAMPA 1
8-7, t-3rd in West division

A West Mich. Whitecaps – BURLINGTON 3, WEST MICH. 0
7-4, 4th in Eastern division

The highlight down on the farm was of course Curtis Granderson's appearance at West Michigan, where he went 2-for-4 with a triple, playing center field and hitting leadoff for the 'Caps. Unfortunately his presence over-shadowed the game, as the Whitecaps were shut out 3-0.

Manny Miguelez had a strong start for West Michigan, but not as strong as Luis Marte for Lakeland. Marte pitched seven shutout innings of no-hit baseball, including seven strikeouts. Marte picked up his first win of the year in the process. And while it's hard to measure up to Marte's start, Eddie Bonine got his third win for the 'Hens, pitching eight strong innings, allowing two runs.

At the plate, Matt Joyce helped lead the way for Toledo, going 2-for-4 including his 5th home run. The Toledo offense though couldn't measure up to Erie, who had yet another double digit run game. Ryan Roberson had two home runs and drove in four, while Deik Scram had a solo blast, and Dusty Ryan had three hits and two RBI.

As a heads up for those contemplating a minor league game tonight, Rick Porcello will be taking the mound for Lakeland, and Granderson will be playing centerfield for the Mud Hens.

Posted by: Wez, 4/19

April 17th Games

9-5, 3rd in West division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ALTOONA 6, ERIE 1
7-7, 3rd in West division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – OFF DAY
7-7, t-3rd in West division

A West Mich. Whitecaps – OFF DAY
7-6, t-3rd in Eastern division

With the 'Caps and Flying Tigers getting a rest, there were only a couple of games going on down on the farm. Chris Lambert put together a solid start for Toledo, giving up a run over five innings of work as he picked up his first win. Jeff Larish helped drive the offense, with two hits, two walks, and two RBI. Caonabo Cosme also had a big game, going 3-for-3 including a solo home run.

Things didn't go so well for Erie, as Luke French struggled again as he fell to 0-2 on the year. French gave up five runs, though only three earned, in 5 1/3 innings of work. While his ERA dropped a bit, it's still at 8.80. Jeff Frazier blasted a solo home run, but that was the only offense the 'Wolves managed.

Posted by: Wez, 4/18

April 16th Games

8-5, 3rd in West division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 11, BOWIE 10
7-6, t-2nd in West division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 6, SARASOTA 2
7-7, t-3rd in West division

A West Mich. Whitecaps – PEORIA 2, WEST MICH. 1 (11)
7-6, t-3rd in Eastern division

An extra innings loss for the Whitecaps kept it from being a perfect 5-0 for the organization. Erie had the highlight of the night with a game-winning walk-off single by Max St. Pierre that scored Dusty Ryan to give the 'Wolves the victory. Danny Zell picked up the win in relief after starter Ben Fritz was hit hard (4 2/3 innings pitched, eight runs allowed). Deik Scram and Freddy Guzman each had a home run to help lead the offense.

Jeremy Johnson, filling in for Armando Galarraga in Toledo, picked up his third win of the young season, giving up four runs in five innings of work. Johnson got support via a two run homer from Mike Hessman, as well as two hits and an RBI from Brent Clevlen, who has quietly had a strong start to the season.

And Lakeland got a strong start from Matt O'Brien, who got his first win of the year. They also got plenty of support from the top of the order. Cale Iorg and James Skelton combined for five runs scored, and Scott Sizemore and Michael Bertram had five RBI.

Posted by: Wez, 4/17

April 15th Games

7-5, 3rd in West division

AA Erie SeaWolves – BOWIE 6, ERIE 5
6-6, t-2nd in West division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 17, SARASOTA 3
6-7, 4th in West division

A West Mich. Whitecaps – PEORIA 4, WEST MICH. 0
7-5, t-2nd in Eastern division

Luckily, it wasn't a repeat of yesterday - the Tigers won again, but the farm teams managed a couple of wins, including a big showing from Lakeland, posting 17 runs.

The Flying Tigers got plenty of production out of the top of the order, as Cale Iorg and Scott Sizemore combined for four hits, four runs, two home runs, and eight RBI. Three other players (Michael Bertram, Brandon Timm and Jeff Kunkel) also managed three hits each, providing plenty of cushion for Jonah Nickerson (5 IP, 2 ER, 4 K) to pick up his first win of the season.

Erie mounted a strong comeback, but came up just a run short after Wilkin Ramirez crossed the plate in the ninth inning. Freddy Guzman added two hits and two RBI. Meanwhile, former SeaWolve Jon Connolly (called up to replace Armando Galarraga, who will start for Detroit tonight), gave up two runs in five innings of work.

Finally, the Whitecaps snapped their losing skid, with the help of Chris Carlson and Audy Ciriaco, who had two RBI each. Alfredo Figaro picked up the win, moving him to 2-0 on the year, giving up just one unearned run in seven innings of work.

Posted by: Wez, 4/16

April 14th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – BUFFALO 7, TOLEDO 2
7-4, 3rd in West division

AA Erie SeaWolves – BOWIE 10, ERIE 3
6-5, t-2nd in West division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – SARASOTA 9, LAKELAND 4
5-7, t-5th in West division

A West Mich. Whitecaps – PEORIA 4, WEST MICH. 0
6-5, 3rd in Eastern division

The big leaguers and the minor leaguers can't seem to get in sync, because on a night where the Tigers had an exciting come-from-behind victory, all four minor league clubs lost, and all of whom saw their starters struggle.

Virgil Vasquez, who was just skipped over for a chance to start in Detroit for Armando Galarraga, gave up seven runs in 5 1/3 innings. Denny Christensen fell to 0-2, giving up three runs in 5 2/3 innings, keeping it close, only to see the bullpen blow the game wide open against new bullpen additions Matt Righter and Marcelo Perez. In Lakeland, Duane Below gave up seven runs as well. And in West Michigan, Ramon Garcia gave up four runs in 6 1/3 innings.

There were bright spots at the plate, but they were few and far between. Cale Iorg raised his average to .300 including hitting his first home run of the year. Dusty Ryan prevented a shutout for Erie with a three run homer in the ninth. Henry Mateo brought home both Toledo runs with a two run blast from the leadoff slot. The Tigers will just have to hope that everyone can get in sync, and Tuesday will turn in wins at both the big league and minor league levels.

Posted by: Wez, 4/15

April 13th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 6, BUFFALO 4
7-3, t-2nd in West division

AA Erie SeaWolves – PPD: WEATHER
6-4, t-1st in West division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – CLEARWATER 5, LAKELAND 0
5-6, t-3rd in West division

A West Mich. Whitecaps – CLINTON 6, WEST MICH. 2
6-4, t-2nd in Eastern division

Eddie Bonine picked up his second win, aided by home runs from Matt Joyce and Brent Clevlen. Jeff Larish, who had two doubles, leads the International League with five home runs, but Joyce is now right behind him with four. Bonine meanwhile gave up two runs over six innings.

The Flying Tigers followed the Tigers lead on Sunday, getting blanked by Clearwater. Rick Porcello fell to 1-2, giving up two runs (one earned) in four innings of work before bowing out. Porcello also struck out five. Meanwhile at the plate, Cale Iorg managed two hits, but not much else was generated.

And finally, Clinton completed a sweep of the 'Caps on Sunday, getting the lead in the first inning and never letting go. Jon Kibler took the loss but pitched well, allowing two runs over six innings of work. Unfortunately, both runs came in the first, and the West Michigan offense never got going to get it back. Chris Carlson did have a pair of hits and a run scored in the losing effort.

Posted by: Wez, 4/14

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