MiLB Recap Blog: Winless Day on the Farm

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June 21st Games

44-32, 1st in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – HARRISBURG 4, ERIE 3
31-43, 5th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – PPD: RAIN
1-1, t-3rd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – SOUTH BEND 5, WEST MICHIGAN 4
1-2, 4th in Eastern Division

A- Oneonta Tigers – TRI-CITY 10, ONEONTA 0
3-2, t-1st in Stedler Division

1-1, 4th in North Division

4-15, 4th in Santo Domingo West

8-26, 8th in VSL

Up at the full season level, not a single team was able to pull out a victory. Toledo was hammered with Scranton W/B getting to Yorman Bazardo early and often - he made it through just 1 1/3 innings.

At Erie and West Michigan, Denny Christensen and Alfredo Figaro both turned in very average starts. Figaro (6 IP, 4 R) got a no decision, while Christensen (7 IP, 4 R) took the loss. The 'Caps ended up falling in the bottom of the ninth due to a pair of throwing errors that allowed the winning run to score all the way from first. Danny Worth had a pair of RBI for the SeaWolves in their loss.

Down at the short season level, the Oneonta Tigers were no-hit by a trio of Tri-City pitchers, while giving up double digit runs - not the best game for the club. Mark Sorensen allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings.

And outside the United States, the DSL Tigers continued their slide, with Rayni Guichardo falling to 0-3, giving up four runs in three innings of work. Samir Rijo led the offense with a two run home run, while Victor Dionisio had three hits and a run scored.

And the VSL Tigers were shut out by the VSL Mariners, with the club managing six hits (compared to the Mariners' three). Bruce Rondon took the loss despite pitching a complete game, giving up two unearned runs on three hits over eight innings. Avisail Garcia and Francisco Martinez each had a pair of hits.

Posted by: Wez, 6/22

June 20th Games

44-31, 1st in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – HARRISBURG 9, ERIE 6
31-42, 5th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – TAMPA 3, LAKELAND 2
1-1, t-2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – WEST MICHIGAN 8, SOUTH BEND 5
1-1, t-3rd in Eastern Division

A- Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 9, TRY-CITY 1
3-1, t-1st in Stedler Division

1-1, t-3rd in North Division

4-13, 4th in Santo Domingo West

8-25, 8th in VSL

In what has turned into an extended run in Triple-A, right-hander Lauren Gagnier picked up his second win a the level. Giving up four runs (three earned) in five innings of work, Gagnier was solid, if unspectacular. Brian Rogers, Clay Rapada, and Francis Beltran combined to strike out five as they closed it down for the win. The offense was led by two doubles from Matt Joyce, as part of a three hit night. Freddy Guzman, Brent Clevlen and Fernando Seguignol each knocked a home run in the victory.

Danny Worth led Erie with his fifth home run of the season, as Caonabo Cosme and Casper Wells each managed solo shots. None of the Erie pitchers could get things rolling, as starter Ben Fritz gave up four run and ten hits in seven frames, while Danny Zell and Marcelo Perez blew the lead; giving up five runs in just one inning of work.

Matt O'Brien was again solid in the start for Lakeland, despite taking the loss with three runs in seven innings. O'Brien's stuff has not wowed scouts this spring, but he continue to get results. The LFT only managed four hits, with singles from Shawn Roof, Louis Ott, and Cale Iorg, and a double from recently activated third baseman Santo De Leon.

A big night from left fielder Jordan Newton ensured the 'Caps would get the win, as he ripped a double, a triple, and four runs driven in. Designated hitter Kody Kaiser also managed two hits with a steak. Making his first start of the year, Mauricio Robles walked five and struck out four in just three innings on the hill. Andrew Hess picked up the win with 3 1/3 innings where he allowed just three runs. Side-armer Rudy Darrow ensured the win with 2 2/3 scoreless innings.

The Oneonta offense continued to roll after a breakout Thursday performance; registering two hits from Joaguin Guzman, Hayden Parrott, Keith Stein, Bryan Pounds, and Joe Bowen. The latter three all collected their first doubles of the season. Starting pitcher David Stokes didn't give up an earned run, and worked six innings of solid baseball. His performance was followed by three no-hit innings with five strikeouts, from Anthony Shawler.

Led by a surprising triple from first baseman Jordan Lennerton, the GCL squad piled on ten hits and eleven walks. Making his GCL debut, Luis Sanz was outstanding; allowing just one run and six strikeouts in over five innings of work. Two new pitcher managed to give up four runs (two earned), holding court until Dario Carvajal picked up the one-out save.

Despite the presence of toolsy players, the DSL team has yet to show the results many would hope. The bottom three hitters in the lineup worked for all four organizational hits, as Dionicio and Figuerora each picked up their first home runs.

Catchers Luis Sanz and Raul Leiva each picked up two hits, as third baseman Francisco Martinez managed the team's lone RBI. Eduardo Gonzalez has improved, but is still not considered a pitcher with Major League talent. Michael Torrealba and Jose Ortega each worked innings that helped the squad, though Torrealba manaed three innings while allowing just one unearned run.

Posted by: Mark, 6/20

June 19th Games

43-31, 1st in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – BINGHAMTON 3, ERIE 2
31-41, t-4th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 6, TAMPA 3
1-0, t-1st in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – SOUTH BEND 6, WEST MICHIGAN 1
0-1, t-4th in Eastern Division

A- Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 13, VERMONT 8
2-1, t-1st in Stedler Division

0-1, t-5th in North Division

4-13, 4th in Santo Domingo West

8-24, 8th in VSL

A four-run fifth was all the Toledo offense needed en route to a 4-3 win against the Yankees. Only Mike Hessman was able to manage an extra-base hit, with a double; while Max Leon drove in two in the win. While he wasn't stellar, Virgil Vasquez again turned in a solid start that may give the Tigers options behind Eddie Bonine. With five innings allowing just three runs, Vasquez picked up the win while Aquilino Lopez, Preston Larrison and Blaine Neal combined to shut the door.

Despite scoring the tying run in the ninth, the Seawolves couldn't pull out a Thursday win. Andrew Kown, trying for the complete game, allowed his third run with one out in the ninth, while striking out two. Kown moved to 4-8 on the season. All of Erie's runs came on solo shots from Kody Kirkland and the red-hot Dusty Ryan.

On another night where Rick Porcello allowed more hits than innings pitched, Shawn Roof picked things up with four hits in five at-bats. Both Cale Iorg and Brennan Boesch picked up two hits, with Boesch driving in three behind his sixth triple of the season. Porcello's night ended too early to pick up the win, but Nick Martin was solid and Jay Sborz was exceptional to pick up his third save with three strikeouts in two innings.

Despite debuts from two 2008 draftees, the Whitecaps couldn't come out with the win. Andy Dirks didn't pick up a hit in his first game, but Ronnie Bourquin -- filling in a first for the injured Chris Carlson -- had two hits and a double on the night. Paul Nardozzi had a rough night, but not as rough as Noah Krol, who gave up two runs in the final inning of play. Rookie Brett Jacobson worked a scoreless seventh with one strikeout for his debut.

A night after winning their first game of the season, the O-Tigers turned up the offense with 13 runs in the season finale against Vermont. The offensive stars were plentiful in Burlington, as Joaquin Guzman, Carlos Ramirez, and Wade Lamont each collected three hits, while Ben Guez, Hayden Parrott, and Keith Stein each collected two base knocks. The night belonged to Parrot and Ramirez, who collected a double and home run, and two doubles and a triple, respectively. On the mound, making his stateside debut, Darwin De Leon gave up four in just four innings of work, while Steve Gilman, Aaron Fuhrman, and Tyler Conn combined to walk seven and strikeout seven in just five innings.

In the season opener for the GCL Tigers, Victor Larez was lit up for six runs in just three innings on the hill. Joel Zumaya's little brother made his season debut, giving up one run and striking out five in three innings on the mound. The offense stayed asleep, picking up just four hits, led by doubles from Jordan Lennerton, Adam Frost, and Luis Salas.

In 13 innings, the DSL squad lost a 3-2 decision to the Nats. Raynolds Guzman managed three singles, while Juaner Aguasvivas homered for the first time on the season. Carlos Melo was solid with seven strikeouts and just a walk and four hits in four innings in his season debut. Gabriel Herrera was excpetional in relief with seven strikeouts in three innings behind the starting staff.

Rounding out the night, the VSL Tigers picked up just their eigthth win of the season behind several multi-hit nights. Wondy De Los Santos led the way with three hits in five at-bats. Ivan Espinoza, Avisail Garcia (four RBI), Adolfo Reina, and Francicso Martinez all picked up two hits on the day. A four pitcher combo worked to fill the nine innings, led by shutout innings from relievers Wilsen Palacios, Clemente Mendoza, and Juan Lozano.

Posted by: Mark, 6/19

June 18th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – OFF DAY
42-31, t-1st in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 5, BINGHAMTON 4
31-40, t-4th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – SARASOTA 8, LAKELAND 2
35-34, 4th in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – ALL-STAR BREAK
37-31, 2nd in Eastern Division

A- Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 8, VERMONT 1
1-1, t-1st in Stedler Division

4-12, 4th in Santo Domingo West

7-24, 8th in VSL

After falling ten games below .500, Erie came back with a late win against the B-Mets on Wednesday, scoring two in the top of the ninth to snatch the one-run victory. Dusty Ryan ripped his 11th home run of the season as part of his two hit night, and he was joined by Will Rhymes and Deik Scram on the two-hit brigade. Josh Rainwater gave up only two earned runs, but two more scored behind four team errors. Brendan Wise and Casey Fien were outstanding over the final two innings, picking up the win and the save, respectively.

Lakeland couldn't keep their momentum going in the day's early game, losing an 8-2 decision to Sarasota. No Tigers managed more than one hit, with Michael Bertram knocking a double, and Shawn Roof driving in both of the LFT runs. Ramon Garcia was solid in nearly seven innings, giving up just two earned runs and no walks, with five punch outs. Santo Mieses had a very rough day giving up four total runs while recording just two outs.

A night after losing their season opener, the O-Tigers came back with a big win over Vermont. Luke Putkonen was masterful in his return from minor shoulder surgery, flipping five innings of shutout ball with just four base runners allowed and five strikeouts. Fifth-round pick Tyler Stohr made a spectacular debut with two strikeouts in one inning of work, to close out the win. The Tiger offense was led by homers from Carlos Ramirez and Keith Stein, along with a triple and two steaks from Hayden Parrott.

Robert Diaz had one of those nights in the DSL; one of those nights where he had no clue where the ball was going, with six walks in just three innings of work. On the flip side, Marcos Nunez gave up six hits in just two innings, as the two combined to yield the bulk of the Padres six runs. At the plate, Marcos Nunez, Samir Rijo, and Raynolds Guzman each collected two hits in four trips to the plate.

In what we can only hope are signs of life in the VSL Tigers' win column, they managed another win on Wednesday. Wondy De Los Santos stayed hot with a double, while Luis Sanz and Avisail Garcia each collected a hit to continue their fine rookie campaigns. Josue Carreno was absolutely stellar on the mound, tossing six innings of one-hit ball with seven strikeouts, followed by solid outings from Jose Siso, Frank Penalver, and a save from Clemente Mendoza.

Posted by: Mark, 6/18

June 17th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 5, SYRACUSE 4
42-31, t-1st in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – BINGHAMTON 10, ERIE 1
30-40, 5th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 5, SARASOTA 2
35-33, 4th in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – ALL-STAR BREAK
37-31, 2nd in Eastern Division

A- Oneonta Tigers – VERMOND 6, ONEONTA 4
0-1, t-3rd in Stedler Division

4-11, t-3rd in Santo Domingo West

6-24, 8th in VSL

Toledo scored early to take the lead, and tacked on an insurance run in the seventh, which proved to be the game winner. Fernando Seguignol picked a good time to hit his first home run as a Mud Hen, poking the seventh inning run that Toledo needed for the win. Freddy Guzman and Jackson Melian both picked up two hits in the game, while Guzman stole three bases as well. Anastacio Martinez was solid in five innings, followed by two superb innings from Ian Ostlund. Blaine Neal picked up his twentieth save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

Erie was roughed up in a bad way at Binghamton, getting nothing going against one of the Mets best prospects in Jon Niese. Niese struck out nine in just six innings, and Erie starter Luke French was roughed up for six in just four innings. Anthony Tomey also had a difficult night, giving up four in just an inning of work. Erie's offense managed only five singles, coming off the bats of Will Rhymes, Danny Worth, Ryan Roberson, Deik Scram, and Casper Wells.

The fans in Sarasota were witness to a show by Jonah Nickerson and a home run from the rehabbing Gary Sheffield. Nickerson spun seven scoreless innings, to continue making solid starts for the LFT. Cale Iorg picked up two singles, and Brennan Boesch remained very hot with a 2-for-4 night that included a triple and two driven home. Derek Witt gave up two runs in the ninth, but the game was never in jeopardy for the now above .500 Tigers.

While the majority of the Whitecaps squad had the night off, a few prospects were trying to strut their stuff in the Midwest League All-Star Game. Chris Carlson started the game at first base, and picked up a hit in three trips to the plate, driving in a run for the East team. Alfredo Figaro and Jon Kibler both saw action, with Figaro working a scoreless third inning followed by Kibler giving up a run in 2/3 of a frame. 'Caps center fielder Kyle Peter came in mid-way through the game, going 0-for-1 at the top of the order.

Oneonta didn't get the pleasure of opening the season at home, and lost 6-4 at Vermont. Several O-Tigers players picked up their first hits of the season, led by a pinch hit home run from from rookie Ben Guez. Bryan Pounds, Keith Stein, and Michael Gosse all picked up their first professional hits. Mark Brackman's struggles didn't stop with a demotion from Lakeland to Oneonta, as he gave up six earned in just four innings. Making their pro debuts, Tyler Feeney and Anthony Shawler combined to work four one-hit innings with five strikeouts.

The top of the DSL lineup was exceptional on Tuesday night, combining to go 6-for-12 with two doubles, a triple, six RBI, and five runs scored. That type of performance from Luis Castillo, Alexander Nunez, and Julio Rodriguez will lead to wins just about every time. Domingo Gonzales also had a nice night, knocking the first home run of his young career. The pitching was a conglomeration of four guys who all pitched solidly for the DSL, as Kelvin Medina, Yinio Calderon, Alvin Acosta, and Melvin Merecedez all worked more than one innings while allowing a run each.

While the VSL Tigers can't manage to get a lot of wins, there are still positive signs from the roster. Francisco Martinez continues to get on base with a single and a walk against the Pirates. Ivan Espinoza and Alexander Moreno both finished with 2-for-4 days, and Wondy De Los Santos drove in two of the teams three runs. Six errors on the infield, including two each from Martinez and Oscar Gomez, led to seven unearned runs, give of which were scored agaisnt starter Jose Diaz who was saddled with the loss.

Posted by: Mark, 6/17

June 16th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 5, SYRACUSE 2
41-31, t-2nd in West division

AA Erie SeaWolves – OFF DAY
30-39, 5th in West division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – ALL LAKELAND 3, SARASOTA 2
34-33, 4th in West division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – OFF DAY
37-31, 2nd in Eastern division

3-10, 4th in Santo Domingo West

6-23, 8th in VSL

Chris Lambert did his part to tell everyone that he should have been the guy to get the weekend start in Los Angeles, spinning six innings of one-run ball. Through that, Lambert only allowed four hits while striking out six. Joel Zumaya -- continuing his rehab -- tossed the seventh inning, yielding one unearned run on two hits, while striking out two. Francisco Cruceta and Blaine Neal closed things down over the final two innings to preserve the win. Clete Thomas was the hitting star, posting a 3-for-4 night that included a double and a home run, with four RBI.

With Gary Sheffield in the lineup, the Lakeland squad was prepared to put on a show in Sarasota. While Sheff finished the night 0-for-2 with a walk, Brennan Boesch and Ryan Strieby carried the offense with a combined seven hits. Boesch's 4-for-6 night continues his recent hot streak, as he tries to resurrect a season that got off to a miserable start. While he sat at a .139 batting average to end the season's first month, Boesch is now up to .257 on the year. The Lakeland pitching staff was on full display Monday night, as Duane Below allowed just two runs -- only one earned -- in seven innings, and Jay Sborz and Zach Simons combined for four innings of one-hit ball to get the extra-inning vicory.

Despite out-hitting the Mets 10-to-5, the VSL Tigers came away on the wrong end of a 5-2 game. Avisail Garcia continued his find debut campaign with a 3-for-4 performance that included his seventh double of the season. Luis Sanz -- playing first base -- picked up two hits including his first triple of the year. Michael Torrealba was stellar in relief, tossing four innings, allowing no earned runs while striking out five Mets hitters.

Posted by: Mark, 6/16

June 15th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – SYRACUSE 5, TOLEDO 3
40-31, t-2nd in West division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 8, NEW HAMPSHIRE 6
30-39, 5th in West division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – ALL STAR BREAK
33-33, 4th in West division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – FORT WAYNE 8, WEST MICHIGAN 4
37-31, 2nd in Eastern division

R DSL Tigers - OFF DAY
3-10, 4th in Santo Domingo West

R VSL Tigers – OFF DAY
6-22, 8th in VSL

Matt Joyce led the Toledo offense with two doubles Sunday evening, along with another double from catcher Nick Trzesniak. Nick's double resulted in two runs driven in, nearly all of the Hens' runs. Four other players picked up singles in the game, as the Syracuse pitching staff held the Toledo offense in check all night. Yorman Bazardo continued his recent trend of solid starts, yielding only two runs in five innings, with five strikeouts. The newly signed Brian Rogers took the loss, allowing two runs (one earned) in one inning of relief.

Continuing their recent string of games against New Hampshire, Erie managed a win by scoring runs in the first four innings before holding on as the Fisher Cats scored four times in the final two frames. Ryan Roberson has decided he likes Double-A better than Triple-A, going 3-for-4 with a double and three driven in. Also notching doubles on the night were Wil Rhymes, Danny Worth, and Justin Justice, backed by Dusty Ryan's tenth home run of the season. Danny Christensen was very good through six innings, before giving way to a bullpen that yielded four runs in just 2 2/3 innings. Casey Fien came in to close the door with a one-out save, his fourth of the season.

Combining for 7 2/3 innings, prospects Matt Hoffman and Brandon Hamilton had a rough afternoon in Grand Rapids. Hoffman gave up four walks, three hits, and two runs in just over three innings, while Hamilton gave up six runs in 4 1/3. Since the West Michigan offense didn't get going until late, Hoffman was saddled with his second loss of the season, against no wins. The 'Caps offense only posted one extra base hit, Jordan Newton's second home run of the campaign; as Hayden Parrott and Justin Henry each collected two singles on the day.

Posted by: Mark, 6/15

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