MiLB Recap Blog: Hessman on Unreal Tear

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May 10th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 1, CHARLOTTE 4, and CHARLOTTE 3, TOLEDO 5
25-12, 1st in West division

AA Erie Saewolves – HARRISBURG 9, ERIE 0
15-20, 5th in West division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – VERO BEACH 2, LAKELAND 6
19-17, t-4th in West division

A West Mich. Whitecaps – WEST MICH. 4, LANSING 2
19-13, 2nd in Eastern division

A busy day in Toledo saw a Mud Hens split with the Charlotte Knights. The 'Hens lost the first matchup by a 4-1 score, with all the runs coming in the first two innings. Virgil Vasquez was roughed up for four runs in five innings, as Charlotte starter Lance Broadway continued his dominance by moving to 5-1 on the young season. Mike Hessman's unbelievable run continued and was the only offense for Toledo, as he homered yet again, his 15th of the season.

In the second game of the double header, Toledo managed a 5-3 victory behind a strong spot-start from lefty Casey Fossum. Fossum went six in the shortened seven inning game, allowing just one run and striking out four. In an amazing feat, Hessman homered again, logging his league leading (by a long shot) sixth home run of the year. Also homering for Toledo was Clete Thomas, with his second since being sent down from Detroit. Rounding out the bulk of the 'Hens' offense was right-fielder Brent Clevlen who went 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.

In an afternoon tilt, the West Michigan Whitecaps managed a 4-2 win against Lansing; redeeming yesterday's defeat. The top two hitters in the lineup, Kyle Peter and Justin Henry, each went 2-for-4, while Casper Wells slugged his fifth home run of the season. Manny Miguelez picked up his first win of the season with a dominating seven innings, including eight strikeouts. A night removed from a disastrous outing, closer Noah Krol pitched a scoreless ninth for his fourth save of the year.

A rough night in Erie culminated in a 9-0 shutout at the hands of Harrisburg. Only four players collected hits on the evning, with Will Rhymes (2-4) collecting two of those. Ben Fritz was roughed up in six innings of work, while Marcelo Perez and Matt Righter managed three innings of one-run work to finish out the loss.

On a night where stud right-hander Rick Porcello finally received some run support, James Skelton was also able to put a halt to a dubious streak. Skelton managed his first extra-base hit of the season, ripping a two-run home run in the first inning. Skelton's night didn't end there as he went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Also collecting multiple hits were Scott Sizemore (2-5) and Ryan Strieby (2-4). Porcello gave up two unearned runs early, but managed five innings of solid work while striking out only one. Hard-throwing Jay Sborz may finally be figuring things out, tossing 2 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and striking out four.

Posted by: Mark, 5/10


May 9th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 8, LEHIGH VALLEY 1
24-11, 1st in West division

AA Erie Saewolves – HARRISBURG 4, ERIE 3
15-19, t-4TH in West division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – VERO BEACH 5, LAKELAND 2
18-17, 5th in West division

A West Mich. Whitecaps – WEST MICH. 3, LANSING 7
18-13, 2nd in Eastern division

The Toledo Mud Hens offense continued to roll, as Eddie Bonine tossed a gem against Lehigh. Bonine's complete game moves himi to 7-0 on the young season, and dropped his ERA to an impressive 2.98. At the plate, Mike Hessman (3-5) and Jeff Larish (2-3) both continued to rake; blasting home runs on the night. Hessman's two bombs stretched his league leading total to 14, and cemented the fact that he's officially on fire. Freddy Guzman also collected two hits on the night, going 2-for-5 with his second triple since joining the 'Hens.

Erie appeared on its way to another win and a climb back towards .500, until Casey Fien blew his third save of the year giving up three runs on two hits and two walks in the ninth inning; giving away a gem by starter Luke French. French worked eight innings, giving up only one run on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two and inducing two double plays. Wilkin Ramirez led the way at the plate with a 2-for-5 performance, including his team leading seventh home run of the season.

After giving up one run in the top of the fifth inning, the LFT fought back with two of their own in the bottom half, but couldn't muster any more runs as Vero Beach ran away for the 5-2 victory. Luis Marte wasn't his usual dominant self, giving up three runs in six innings of work, but still managed to strike out six in that time. Zach Simons tossed his second scoreless frame since joining the team, and Derek Witt and Nick Martin both gave up a run in one inning on the hill. Offensively, the Tigers couldn't manage much, with doubles by Shawn Roof (1-4), Ryan Strieby (1-4), and Brennan Boesch (1-3) as the highlights.

Chris Carlson went 3-for-4 with his second home run of the season, as well as his sixth double of the campaign. Casper Wells (1-4) also went yard in the game. Alfredo Figaro gave up two early runs in the first, but settled in to fire five scoreless frames from that point forward, fanning five and surrendering just one walk. Wilton Garcia was able to hold the Lansing offense in check with another scoreless inning to lower his ERA to 3.78. Despite his brilliance this year, closer Noah Krol was not able to keep the Lugnuts down, as he gave up four runs without recording an out in the eighth inning; leaving the 'Caps with virtually no chance for a comeback.

Posted by: Mark, 5/10


May 8th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 7, LEHIGH VALLEY 3
23-11, 1st in West division

AA Erie Saewolves – TRENTON 7, ERIE 2
15-18, t-3rd in West division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 4, VERO BEACH 3
18-16, t-4th in West division

A West Mich. Whitecaps – WEST MICH. 2, LANSING 0
18-13, t-1st in Eastern division

Toledo, despite losing player after player to the big league club, continues to cruise with yet another win. Chris Lambert led the way on the mound, earning his fifth victory by giving up just one run in eight innings of work. At the plate, Mike Hessman had his 12th homer of the year, while Erick Almonte drove in four runs.

Trenton completed their sweep of Erie on Thursday afternoon, getting to Josh Rainwater early and then cruising to hold on. Rainwater recorded just one inning of work, allowing five runs before Erie could even get on the board. The 'Wolves managed just six singles at the plate, with Dusty Ryan and Deik Scram each driving in a run apiece.

The Flying Tigers squeaked out a 4-3 victory over Vero Beach, coming back from a 3-1 deficit with runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Matt O'Brien gave the team the definition of a quality start, allowing three runs in six innings of work. Michael Bertram had three hits, including two RBI, while Brennan Boesch ripped a double that proved to be the game winning RBI.

And the Whitecaps moved back into first place, shutting out the Lugnuts 2-0. Ramon Garcia was the star, tossing a complete game shutout, allowing just three hits by Lansing. The 'Caps didn't manage much as far as run support was concerned, but Justin Henry's two-run single was plenty for Garcia.

Posted by: Wez, 5/8


May 7th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 7, LEHIGH VALLEY 6
22-11, 1st in West division

AA Erie Saewolves – TRENTON 6, ERIE 0
15-17, t-3rd in West division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 8, VERO BEACH 4
17-16, 5th in West division

A West Mich. Whitecaps – CCLD: RAIN
17-13, 2nd in Eastern division

Unlike the Tigers, the Mud Hens needed extra innings to pull out a victory after coming from behind to tie the game in the eighth inning. Mike Hollimon had the hit to end, a solo, walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning. Mike Hessman and Brent Clevlen led the charge the rest of the game; Hessman with three hits and two runs, Clevlen with three RBI. Preston Larrison earned the win, pitching three shutout innings of relief.

The SeaWolves fell behind early and weren't given a full game to come back, as the game was called after six innings due to rain. Denny Christensen took the loss, allowing all six Trenton runs, falling to 0-4 on the year. The offense managed just four singles before the game was called.

Despite continuing to win, the Flying Tigers can't climb out of fifth place. They picked up their sixth win in their last seven games on Wednesday evening, getting a solid performance out of Jonah Nickerson, who gave up four runs in seven innings of work, including four strikeouts. Santo de Leon ripped two doubles with three RBI, while Brandon Timm had three hits, including a two run homer.

And finally, the 'Caps game against Kane County has been cancelled due to rain and wet field conditions, and the game will not be made up.

Posted by: Wez, 5/7


May 6th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – LEHIGH VALLEY 5, TOLDEO 1
21-11, 1st in West division

AA Erie Saewolves – TRENTON 5, ERIE 2
15-16, t-3rd in West division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – ST. LUCIE 6, LAKELAND 3
16-16, 5th in West division

A West Mich. Whitecaps – KANE COUNTY 10, WEST MICHIGAN 3
17-13, 2nd in Eastern division

As rough as a day it was for the Tigers, the rest of the farm system followed suit, with no one picking up a win, despite on the whole receiving solid pitching. Yorman Bazardo and Andrew Kown both took losses despite both turning in respectable outings, Bazardo gave up four runs in five innings; Kown gave up three in six. Duane Below was the only starter that didn't take a loss, seeing Lakeland take a 3-2 lead immediately after he exited, only to see Derek Witt give the lead right back.

There wasn't too much to talk about offensively either; Jackson Melian had three hits, including a solo home run, as did Santo de Leon. Dusty Ryan had two hits for 'the Wolves, including a solo shot. But as the four clubs combined for just nine runs, there weren't too many highlights to speak of.

Posted by: Wez, 5/7


May 5th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – LEHIGH VALLEY 7, TOLDEO 11
21-10, 1st in West division

AA Erie Saewolves – TRENTON 9, ERIE 5
15-15, t-3rd in West division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 9, ST. LUCIE 2
15-15, t-3rd in West division

A West Mich. Whitecaps – KANE COUNTY 2, WEST MICHIGAN 1
17-12, t-1st in Eastern division

With five runs in the third and three runs in the eighth, the Toledo Mud Hens maintained first place in the Division with an 11-7 victory. Timo Perez made it known that he didn't like Matt Joyce getting promoted ahead of him, by going 4-for-4 with a triple, a home run and three RBI. Mike Hessman (2-for-5) and Jeff Larish (2-for-5) both ripped home runs driving in four combined. In his first start back from the DL, right-hander Virgil Vasquez gave up three runs and struck out six in jusy five innings of work. Despite four hits surrendered, Matt Rusch tossed a scoreless 1 2/3 to gain a hold, and Francis Beltran picked up his first save of the year.

After being rained out yesterday, the Erie Seawolves lost to Trenton 9-5. A red-hot Deik Scram finish 2-for-5 with two singles, and second baseman Will Rhymes also collected two hits, including a double. Despite three strikeous, Wilkin Ramirez managed three RBI with a base-hit, to remain hot. In his first start back with the 'Wolves, Jon Connolly surrendered six runs in just six innings of work, giving way to Matt Righter.

Although it was late in the game, Rick Porcello finally received some runs as the Flying Tigers scored nine runs in the last three innings to secure the win. Cale Iorg drove in three runs with his fifth home run of the season in the seventh, and four other players recorded an RBI to help the LFT to a win. Porcello was scoreless through six, giving up just three hits and three walks, while striking out two. Brendan Wise didn't give up a run in one inning of work, possibly turning around his rough season. Angel Castro picked up his second save of the season with 1 1/3 scoreless.

In a pitcher's duel led by Manny Miguelez, the West Michigan Whitecaps lost 2-1 as Noah Krol blew his first save of the season. Miguelez struck out two as he gave up eight hits, and Wilton Garcia and Rudy Darrow both managed scoreless appearances to keep the game tight. Krol's final inning entailed two walks to give the game away. Kyle Peter was 2-for-4 with two steals, and Joe Bowen finished 2-for-3 in the loss.

Posted by: Mark, 5/6


May 4th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 8, ROCHESTER 4
20-10, 1st in West division

AA Erie SeaWolves – GM1: ALTOONA 4, ERIE 3
GM2: GM2: ERIE 9, ALTOONA 2

15-14, 3rd in West division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 8, ST. LUCIE 3
15-15, t-4th in West division

A West Mich. Whitecaps – WEST MICH. 4, QUAD CITIES 0
17-11, 1st in Eastern division

Eddie Bonine improved to 6-0 while Nick Trzesniak and Brent Clevlen each drove in three runs to pace the 'Hens to an 8-4 victory. Bonine wasn't perfect, allowing a pair of home runs en route to giving up four runs over seven innings, but the offense provided him a large cushion. Preston Larrison struggled a bit in relief, allowing the tying run to get on deck, before Blaine Neal came on to get the final out, earning his 11th save of the season.

The SeaWolves split their doubleheader after their game on Saturday was postponed. Ben Fritz allowed 11 hits in the first game but gave up just three runs. The offense had plenty of baserunners, but just couldn't score enough runs as extra innings were forced, and a walk off homer by Melvin Dorta ended the game. The 'Wolves got revenge in the nightcap though, with Luke French pitching the whole seven innings, earning his second win of the year. Dusty Ryan went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI, while Freddy Guzman and Deik Scram combined for five hits at the top of the order.

Luis Marte turned in yet another strong outing as the Flying Tigers got to .500 to end the week. Marte gave up three runs (two earned) over six innings of work. He was helped by Scott Sizemore, who had a home run and four RBI, and Ryan Strieby had two hits and two RBI. One notable; Jay Sborz pitched a shutout ninth inning to end the game.

Alfredo Figaro though was the story of the day, pitching a complete game shutout, allowing just three hits and striking out 11. Figaro earned his fourth win, and lowered his ERA for the year to a miniscule 0.46. Jorge Tomas and Mark McBratney each had a pair of hits for the 'Caps, while five other members of the lineup each had one RBI.

Posted by: Wez, 5/5



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