MiLB Recap Blog: O-Tigers Back to .500

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July 2nd Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – COLUMBUS 5, TOLEDO 3
49-38, 1st in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – AKRON 10, ERIE 6
36-49, 5th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – SSPD: RAIN
6-4, 2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – PPD: RAIN
6-7, t-3rd in Eastern Division

A- Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 5, AUBURN 2
8-8, t-2nd in Stedler Division

5-7 5th in North Division

8-20, 4th in Santo Domingo West

R VSL Tigers – RAYS 1, TIGERS 0
9-32, 8th in VSL

Toledo jumped out to an early lead, but Chris Lambert couldn't hold Columbus in check. Lambert held them scoreless through the first four innings, but allowed five runs over the next two, exiting after one out in the fifth, but being responsible for all the runs scored. Freddy Guzman had three hits, while Timo Perez had two hits and an RBI.

In what has been a very up-and-down season for Luke French, Wednesday evening was a down night for the lefty - French allowed six runs on 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings. Jeff Kunkel and Ryan Roberson were responsible for bringing home most of the runs, each had a home run and combined for five RBI, but it wasn't enough to keep up with Akron.

Oneonta used a four-run eighth inning to jump over Auburn, and get back to the .500 mark. Trevor Feeney started for the O-Tigers, giving up two runs in 4 2/3 innings, before handing the game over to the bullpen. Three relievers (Anthony Shawler, Lester Oliveros and Tyler Stohr) combined to close the game out without allowing another run to cross the plate, including Stohr picking up his fifth save. Brandon Douglas led the way with three hits and a run scored. Christopher White added two hits and two RBI for the O-Tigers, while Bryan Pounds also drove in a pair.

Jade Todd got the start for the GCL Tigers, but didn't get very deep into the game, pitching three innings, allowing two runs. Darlin Duran came on in relief but couldn't slow things, allowing three more runs in four innings of work. Jordan Lennerton drove the offense with three hits, including a pair of doubles.

Rayni Guichardo took the loss for the DSL Tigers, but didn't get much help from his defense; all four of the runs he allowed were unearned. Domingo Gonzales had a pair of hits but also committed one of the team's four errors, while Juaner Aguasvivas had the team's only RBI (and also had one of the errors).

And the VSL Tigers lost a close battle, falling by allowing just one run while being held scoreless. Josue Carreno pitched five shutout innings, but didn't factor into the decision. Fernando Celis took the loss, giving up a solo home run that proved to be the difference. The offense managed just two singles for the game, one each from Avisail Garcia and Ivan Espinoza.

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Posted by: Wez, 7/3

July 1st Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – COLUMBUS 9, TOLEDO 7
49-37, 1st in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – AKRON 9, ERIE 1
36-48, 4th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – CLEARWATER 6, LAKELAND 5
6-4, 2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – WEST MICHIGAN 9, FORT WAYNE 4
6-7, t-3rd in Eastern Division

A- Oneonta Tigers – LOWELL 3, ONEONTA 0
7-8, 3rd in Stedler Division

4-6 5th in North Division

8-19, 3rd in Santo Domingo West

9-31, 8th in VSL

One night after being shutout 1-0, the VSL Tigers bounced back with a nice 9-1 victory on Tuesday against the Mariners. Six Tigers picked up two hits, including doubles from Ivan Espinoza, Ronald Torrealba, Francisco Martinez, and Wondy De Los Santos. Starter Jose Diaz was brilliant in a complete game effort; one in which he allowed only four hits and one run, while striking out seven against no walks.

After running off three straight wins, the DSL Tigers were held in check by the Nats tonight, falling while giving up at least one run in each of the last six innings of the game. Samuel Ortiz led the offensive effort with two hits and a double, while also stealing his third bag of the season. Carlos Melo turned around what's been an up-and-down season thus far, by flipping a solid start with only two earned runs in five innings. Kelvin Medina took the loss by surrendering two runs while recording just two outs.

The O-Tigers could build on the momentum of a seven innings no-hitter, and were shutout on just five hits by Lowell on Tuesday. The team's only extra-base hit came off the bat of second baseman Mike Gosse, his third double of the year. OSU product Dan DeLucia only lasted 1 1/3 innings while giving up two runs, only to be relieved by Matt Hoffman who was excellent in 4 2/3 innings of relief work. Tyler Conn and Luis Gil combined to close it out with two scoreless frames.

Alfredo Figaro picked up another quality start en route to his tenth win of the season, against only two defeats. Figaro allowed two earned runs and struck out five in six innings of work. Three releivers, including former starter Manny Miguelez, worked an inning apiece to keep Fort Wayne at bay. At the top of the lineup, catcher Angel Flores drove in two with a single, while Audy Ciriaco scored three and drove in two with his fifth home run. Hayden Parrott also chipped in at the plate with three hits, including a triple and a home run. The 'Caps were also motoring around the bases, as Kody Kaiser stole his 19th base of the season, and Kyle Peter swiped two to give him 31 for the year.

A trip down to Clearwater and a home run from Ryan Strieby wasn't enough, as the Threshers were able to squeak out a ninth inning walk-off win. Aside from Strieby's bomb, Cale Iorg and Santo DeLeon each chipped in with two hits. An error by Carmelo Jaime put a quick end to Jonah Nickerson's night, as he gave up four unearned runs on three walks and one hit in just 2/3 of an inning. Nick Martin walked three in just 1 2/3 innings, and Jay Sborz gave up the game winning hit without recording an out in the ninth.

Danny Christensen put together a brilliant month of June, but when the calendar turned to July, Danny may have turned to a pumpkin. In only 4 1/3 innings, he gave up nine hits and eight runs. Will Rhymes recorded his 16th double of the year, and Dusty Ryan cracked his 13th home run to contribute to the offense.

A four-run surge in the ninth just wasn't enough for Toledo to overcome another very poor outing from Yorman Bazardo. Bazardo yielded seven runs and five walks in less than five innings. The two players to record multiple hits, Freddy Guzman and Brent Clevlen, both knocked a triple in the effort. Jeff Larish bombed his 17th homer of the year, driving in three of the four ninth inning runs.

Posted by: Mark, 7/1

June 30th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 6, COLUMBUS 4
49-36, 1st in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – AKRON 6, ERIE 5
36-47, 4th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – OFF DAY
6-3, 2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – LANSING 4, WEST MICHIGAN 0
5-7, t-3rd in Eastern Division

A- Oneonta Tigers – LOWELL 13, ONEONTA 2; ONEONTA 2, LOWELL 1
7-7, 3rd in Stedler Division

4-6 5th in North Division

8-18, 3rd in Santo Domingo West

8-31, 8th in VSL

After what was originally a spot start by Lauren Gagnier, he made yet another trip to the mound for Toledo, Monday night. With six quality innings and six strikeouts, Gagnier moved to 3-2 with the team. Brian Rogers, Francisco Cruceta, and Francis Beltran combined to work the final three innings to perserve the win. Erick Almonte led the offense with three hits, including two doubles and two driven in. Also ripping a double and driving in two was Jeff Larish, and the offense was capped by a solo shot from Timo Perez.

Will Rhymes knocked just his second home run of the season among his two hits, while Jeff Frazier and Kody Kirkland also collected a pair of hits. Ben Fritz was worked over for six runs in just six innings, falling to 2-4 in an injury-plagued year.

The pitching was stellar in Grand Rapids on Monday, as the 'Caps and 'Nuts went to extra innings tied at zero; then Lansing put up four runs in the top of the tenth to take the victory. Jordan Newton, seeing increased time in the outfield of late, was the only West Michigan player to collect two hits, while Alex Avila and Cory Middleton each collected one. Mauricio Robles was outstanding in seven innings of work, giving up just three hits and three walks, while striking out three.

In the completion of Sunday's game in Lowell, Oneonta was torched to the tune of a 14-2 drubbing. The Tigers didn't manage an extra-base hit in the affair, picking up only five singles and four walks. Aaron Fuhrman was lit up for seven runs in less than two innings, followed by tough outings from Sean Finefrock, Mark Brackman, and Steve Gilman.

Following the completion of Sunday's game, Oneonta managed a 2-1 win over the Spinners in a shortened seven inning game. Despite giving up a run, the Tigers pitching no-hit the Lowell offense. David Stokes pitched five hitless innings, yielding one unearned run and striking out seven. Fellow newcomers Anthony Shawler and Tyler Stohr finished the game with two perfect innings apiece. The no-hitter is the second in two seasons for Oneonta, as Guillermo Moscoso managed one last summer. Center fielder Ben Guez was the key cog in the offense, ripping two doubles in three trips from the top spot in the lineup, and driving in both O-Tiger runs.

With a lone run in the top of the eighth, the Phillies pulled out a tight 1-0 game in Lakeland. Alexis Espinoza picked up a single, as did Derek Lehrman and Jordan Lennerton, for the only Tiger hits of the day. Making his return to the hill, Jordan Tata worked 2 2/3 scoreless from the start, and was relieved by Victor Larez who gave up the lone run in 6 1/3 frames. The run allowed by Larez was unearned on an error by outfielder Londell Taylor, as Victor lowered his ERA to 4.20 on the season.

Picking up their third straight victory, the DSL Tigers managed a 9-7 with against the Nationals. With a combined nine hits from Victor Dionicio, Julio Rodriguez, Domingo Gonzales, and Robinson Figueroa, the offense was clicking on Monday. Amazingly, with all the runs and hits, none of them resulted in more than a single. Robert Diaz gave up four runs in four innings as the starter, and the win went to Zuriel Stephenson with two no-hit innings of relief; his first professional win after two years as an outfielder in the VSL.

It wasn't enough for the Phillies to win a 1-0 decision against the Tigers GCL affiliate, so they managed to do it to the VSL squad as well. Bruce Rondon allowed an unearned run in the second inning on an error by Wilfredo Hoyer, and that was it as he and Michael Torrealba combined to spin a gem. The only hits on the day were singles from Luis Sanz and Wondy De Los Santos.

Posted by: Mark, 6/30

June 29th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – LOUISVILLE 4, TOLEDO 2
48-36, 1st in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 11, HARRISBURG 5
36-46, 4th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 3, DAYTONA 2
6-3, 2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – WEST MICHIGAN 6, LANSING 5
5-6, t-3rd in Eastern Division

A- Oneonta Tigers – SSPD: RAIN
6-6, t-2nd in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - OFF DAY
4-5 t-4th in North Division

R DSL Tigers - OFF DAY
7-18, t-3rd in Santo Domingo West

R VSL Tigers – OFF DAY
8-30, 8th in VSL

The Mud Hens dropped a close game with the Louisville bats on Sunday, with Virgil Vasquez taking the loss. Vasquez had a mediocre outing - giving up four runs in 7 1/3 innings, the most earned runs he's allowed since May. Vasquez didn't receive much run support though, with the offense managing just three hits, including a solo home run by Timo Perez.

The SeaWolves offense cruised to a sweep, with the help of the bat of Wilkin Ramirez once again. Ramirez had a pair of hits, pair of RBI and a pair of runs, including a solo home run. Deik Scram also had two hits and three RBI, while Will Rhymes reversed that, with three hits and two RBI. All that run production was plenty for Andrew Kown to get a win - Kown struggled with his control, walking six and in turn allowing five runs in 5 1/3 innings, but the 'Wolves still easily pulled out a win.

The Flying Tigers ended up playing more than two full games before they could finally pull out a 3-2 win over Daytona on Sunday afternoon. After six shutout innings of one-hit baseball from Duane Below, Dontrelle Willis gave up a run (while walking three) in his two innings of work, and then Jay Sborz gave up a run in the ninth to force extras. From that point forward, the two teams would be held scoreless for the next ten innings before a fielding error allowed Jeramy Laster to score.

The Whitecaps also needed extra innings, but were able to pull off the win in just 13 innings. Paul Nardozzi got the start, striking out nine but allowing four runs in five innings. From the mound, credit goes to Rudy Darrow and Noah Krol, who combined for six no-hit innings; Krol ended up picking up the win from Kody Kaiser's game winning single that scored Audy Ciriaco. Ciriaco had three hits for the game.

Posted by: Wez, 6/30

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