May 31st Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 3, INDIANAPOLIS 4
34-23, t-1st in West division
AA Erie SeaWolves – GM1: ALTOONA 3, ERIE 8
GM2: ALTOONA 6, ERIE 5
23-33, 4th in West division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 10, DUNEDIN 7
30-25, 4th in West division
A West Michigan Whitecaps – SOUTH BEND 5, WEST MICH. 1
27-26, 2nd in Eastern division
R VSL Tigers – TIGERS 2, PIRATES 4
2-14, 8th in VSL
Toledo once again fell a run short to Indianapolis. Matt Joyce blasted a two run home run in the ninth to bring the team within a run, but they couldn't generate any more offense. Chris Lambert took the loss, allowing three runs, two earned, in five innings of work. Brent Clevlen also added two hits, two walks and an RBI.
The SeaWolves split a doubleheader with Altoona, with the win they pulled off jumping them up to fourth in the division. Josh Rainwater earned the win, allowing three runs over five innings, striking out and walking one apiece. Max St. Pierre led the way at the plate with a pair of solo home runs, while Wilkin Ramirez also drove in a pair of runs. In the nightcap, extra innings were forced by Erie with two game-tying runs, but Altoona won it in the first extra frame, scoring a run off reliever Anthony Tomey. Danny Worth was the SeaWolves offense, with half of the team's hits (three of six) and two RBI.
The Flying Tigers offense reached double digits for the second straight night, punishing Dunedin pitching once again. Jeramy Laster had a three run home run, while Cale Iorg, Brennan Boesch and Pedro Cotto each had two RBI. Despite an incredibly slow start, over his last nine games Boesch is hitting .333 with 10 RBI, a promising sign that he is breaking out of his early season slumber.
Brandon Hamilton battled control problems once again and lasted just four innings as he fell to 0-3. Hamilton walked four in four innings, but allowed only two runs. The 'Caps offense though was no match for Christian Beltre, who pitched a complete game two-hitter, the lone run coming via a solo blast from Chris Carlson.
The VSL Tigers weren't able to put together two in a row, falling to the Pirates. The offense managed only one hit, a single from Alexander Moreno. Jose Diaz took the loss, giving up four runs in six innings. He also walked more (four) than he struck out (three).
Posted by: Wez, 6/1
May 30th Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 2, INDIANAPOLIS 3
34-22, 1st in West division
AA Erie SeaWolves – ALTOONA 8, ERIE 6
22-32, 5th in West division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 11, DUNEDIN 5
29-25, 4th in West division
A West Michigan Whitecaps – SOUTH BEND 6, WEST MICH. 1
27-25, 1st in Eastern division
R VSL Tigers – METS 4, TIGERS 14
2-13, 8th in VSL
Despite a strong start from Yorman Bazardo, the Mud Hens fell in a tight 3-2 contest on Friday evening, with Denny Bautista working on his rehab assignment taking the loss. Bautista though allowed an unearned run, leaving him with a 0.00 ERA through three appearances. Brent Clevlen and Dane Sardinha led the charge at the plate, each with a solo home run. Clevlen is certainly making a case for a big league shot; his .957 OPS is good for sixth in the International League, and with his flexibility of being able to play all three outfield spots, Clevlen could be the next called upon.
Luke French was hit hard for the SeaWolves, giving up all eight runs on 12 hits in 6 2/3 innings. Ryan Roberson had three hits and two RBI, while Jeff Frazier also had three hits.
The top of the Flying Tigers order (Scott Sizemore, Louis Ott and Cale Iorg) led the way, with eight hits, six runs and four RBI. Matt O'Brien didn't have his best outing of the year (gave up four runs in five innings) but got plenty of cushion to pick up the win. Brennan Boesch also had a monster game, with two hits, including a solo blast, and four total RBI.
The Whitecaps fell out of first place on Friday evening, falling again to South Bend. Casper Wells produced the team's lone run via a solo blast. Jon Kibler took the loss, giving up four runs in 7 1/3 innings, just his second loss of the season. Roger Tomas also added two hits in the losing effort.
The VSL Tigers picked up just their second win of the season with a 14-4 domination of the Mets. Alexander Moreno led the way with three hits, three runs and three RBI, including a home run. Gilbert Gomez also had three hits, three runs scored and two RBI, with Luis Sanz also have three hits and runs each.
Posted by: Wez, 5/31
May 29th Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – BUFFALO 2, TOLEDO 10
34-21, 1st in West division
AA Erie SeaWolves – READING 7, ERIE 9
22-31, 5th in West division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – TAMPA 5, LAKELAND 4
28-25, 4th in West division
A West Michigan Whitecaps – SOUTH BEND 7, WEST MICH. 3
27-24, 1st in Eastern division
R VSL Tigers – MARINERS 7, TIGERS 3
1-13, 8th in VSL
Brent Clevlen had a monster night, with six RBI, including a grand slam, to put the game out of reach in the first inning. Casey Fossum didn't have six RBI, but had a nice showing nonetheless, earning his third win, allowing just one earned run over 6 2/3 innings, including 10 strikeouts. Erick Almonte and Freddy Guzman each added two hits and an RBI.
The SeaWolves once again allowed seven runs, but also once again out-hit Reading and put up nine of their own. Kody Kirkland had three hits, two runs scored, including a solo home run, while Max St. Pierre blasted a three run homer. Jeff Frazier, Ryan Roberson and Will Rhymes combined for three runs, seven hits, and three RBI. All of which helped give plenty of cushion to starter Danny Christensen, who gave up five runs (though just two earned - wait to see the pattern) in six innings of work.
Despite a late Flying Tigers surge via a Cale Iorg blast, Tampa scored a run in the top of the ninth to reclaim the lead, and the game. Nick Martin allowed the game winning run, taking his first loss of the season. Jonah Nickerson allowed the other four Tampa runs to score, though three of them came unearned. Iorg had the three run home run that tied the game in the eighth, but the rest of the Flying Tigers didn't muster much at the plate. James Skelton had two hits and the club's other RBI.
Lauren Gagnier and the 'Caps fell once again to South Bend, with Gagnier falling to 1-5 on the year. Gagnier allowed four runs (two earned) in six innings of work. Casper Wells attempted to break out of his slump with two hits including a solo home run. Kyle Peter and Joseph Tucker each had an RBI, though neither had a hit.
The VSL Tigers forced extra innings, but got hammered in the tenth as they fell once again. Clemente Mendoza was again the victim of unearned runs - he allowed five total, just one being earned. Wondy de los Santos had two hits including a run scored while Luis Sanz, Adolfo Reina and Alexander Moreno (the VSL Tigers' heart of the order) managed four hits and three RBI.
Posted by: Wez, 5/30
May 28th Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – BUFFALO 5, TOLEDO 3
33-21, 1st in West division
AA Erie SeaWolves – READING 7, ERIE 8
21-31, 5th in West division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – TAMPA 0, LAKELAND 4
28-24, 4th in West division
A West Michigan Whitecaps – SOUTH BEND 8, WEST MICH. 3
27-23, 1st in Eastern division
R VSL Tigers – RAYS 6, TIGERS 2
1-12, 8th in VSL
Virgil Vasquez struggled once again as the Mud Hens dropped another close game. Despite receiving a pair of home runs from Mike Hessman and Timo Perez, the 'Hens couldn't make up the difference from Vasquez, who gave up all five runs on 11 hits over five innings of work. The Mud Hens should receive a bit of a power bump in the swap they'll make, sending Clete Thomas back to Detroit and getting Matt Joyce back.
The SeaWolves defense struggled a bit, allowing four unearned runs to cross the plate, but made up for it late in the game at the plate. Anthony Tomey got the win for pitching two scoreless innings of relief which coincided with the 'Wolves offensive surge. Kody Kirkland drove in a pair of runs, while Ryan Roberson had two hits, one RBI and scored twice. Jon Connolly allowed six runs, but only two earned, in six innings of work.
Duane Below turned in seven shutout innings to lead Lakeland to victory. Below allowed just two hits and struck out seven as he earned his third win of the year. Jeff Kunkel was the only Flying Tiger to manage a multiple hit game, but given the way Below pitched, the production they put up was plenty to get the team a 'W'.
After a day of rest, the 'Caps were beat soundly by South Bend. Manny Miguelez took the loss, giving up five runs in 5 1/3 innings of work. West Michigan got out to an early lead in the fourth inning, but quickly gave that back, and was never able to get close once again. Chris Carlson had two hits, including a solo home run, in the losing effort.
The VSL Tigers' bullpen let them down once again, with Michael Torrealba struggling this time, taking the loss and giving up four runs in relief. Josue Carreno was the starter but made it just two innings, allowing two runs, before turning things over to the relief corp. Wondy de los Santos had two hits and a walk from the top of the order, while Adolfo Reina and Dick Guanipa had a pair of hits each as well.
Posted by: Wez, 5/29
May 27th Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – BUFFALO 6, TOLEDO 2
33-20, 1st in West division
AA Erie SeaWolves – READING 1, ERIE 3
20-31, 5th in West division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – TAMPA 4, LAKELAND 3
27-24, 4th in West division
A West Michigan Whitecaps – OFF DAY
27-22, 1st in Eastern division
R VSL Tigers – PPD: RAIN
1-11, 8th in VSL
Andrew Kown was very impressive as he helped lead Erie toward their turnaround. Kown pitched eight innings, giving up just one run with five strikeouts. And while he didn't get much as far as run support, he got enough to get Erie another mark in the win column.
One pitcher who had been getting his team in the win column time and time again was Eddie Bonine. Unfortuantely, he took his first loss of the season, falling to 8-1. Bonine made it through just two innings before being chased. Clete Thomas led the way for the offense that has now lost two of its best sluggers to Detroit, with three hits and two RBI.
And Rick Porcello had one of his shakiest outings of the year, giving up four runs on ten hits over six innings of work. Though it was still a quality start (one of the runs was unearned) and he didn't walk a batter, allowing ten hits wasn't going to help him avoid his fifth loss of the season. Scott Sizemore had a pair of hits and an RBI in the losing effort.
Posted by: Wez, 5/28
May 26th Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – BUFFALO 5, TOLEDO 3
33-19, 1st in West division
AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 3, AKRON 4
19-31, 5th in West division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – OFF DAY
27-23, 4th in West division
A West Michigan Whitecaps – DAYTON 6, WEST MICHIGAN 0
27-22, 1st in Eastern division
R VSL Tigers – TIGERS 2, PHILLIES 4
1-11, 8th in VSL
Chris Lambert struggled for the Mud Hens as he took just his second loss of the year for Toledo. Lambert gave up five runs in 4 2/3 innings, as Buffalo mounted a five run lead before Toledo could even get on the board. Brent Clevlen had an RBI each, but it wasn't enough to come back from the deficit.
It was a tough game for the SeaWolves, as they came from behind to tie the game in the ninth inning, only to see the lead evaporate in the bottom half of the ninth on a walkoff double off of Angel Castro. Jeff Frazier had two hits and an RBI in the losing effort, while Danny Worth had an RBI groundout that initially tied the game in the ninth.
Alfredo Figaro took the loss for West Michigan as the 'Caps got shut out. Figaro allowed four runs (three earned) over seven innings of work, but received no run support from the offense. On another down note, Audy Ciriaco continues to struggle in the field, committing two more errors, bringing his season total up to 20 already.
The VSL Tigers continue to stumble, dropping their game Monday 4-2. Gino Aguirre took the loss, giving up four runs in five innings of work. Wondy de los Santos had two hits including a solo shot from the leadoff slot, while Hernan Perez, Francisco Martinez and Luis Sanz had two hits each.
Posted by: Wez, 5/27
May 25th Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – LOUISVILLE 10, TOLEDO 4
33-18, 1st in West division
AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 8, AKRON 1
19-30, 5th in West division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – GM1: JUPITER 3, LAKELAND 2
GM2: JUPITER 6, LAKELAND 4
27-23, 4th in West division
A West Michigan Whitecaps – DAYTON 6, WEST MICHIGAN 4
27-21, 1st in Eastern division
R VSL Tigers – OFF DAY
1-10, 8th in VSL
With Jeremy Johnson on the mound, the Mud Hens got hammered by Louisville. Johnson recorded just six outs, getting chased from the game in the third inning, allowing eight runs. Mike Hollimon had three hits, while Jeff Larish had a two run homer in the losing effort.
Erie might be getting ready to go on a bit of a run with an 8-1 victory on Sunday - Luke French earned his third win of the year. French scattered ten hits over 7 1/3 innings, but gave up just one run. Max Leon and Wilkin Ramirez each had three hits, while Justin Justice and Max St. Pierre scored two runs apiece.
Lakeland took a pair of losses on the day, finishing up their game on Saturday with a 3-2 loss, then falling 6-4 in the second game. In the first game, Matt O'Brien gave up just one run over six innings in relief (picking up where the game left off), but Derek Witt would lose the lead at the end. In the second game, Ramon Garcia got chased early, giving up four runs with just two innings pitched recorded before being pulled in the third. James Skelton, Cale Iorg and Louis Ott each had a hit and a run.
Dayton got to Brandon Hamilton early, with the help of a costly error that allowed a three run first for Dayton. Hamilton gave up four runs, two earned, in four innings of work, struggling with his control once again, walking six. Three 'Caps had two hits, while Ronnie Bourquin had two RBI.
Posted by: Wez, 5/26