MiLB Recap Blog: Lambert Strong Again

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July 12th Games

55-42, t-1st in West Division

38-56, 6th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – PALM BEACH 7, LAKELAND 6
11-9, t-2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – PEORIA 2, WEST MICHIGAN 0
11-12, 4th in Eastern Division

A- Oneonta Tigers – WILLIAMSPORT 4, ONEONTA 2
13-12, 2nd in Stedler Division

8-13, 6th in North Division

11-25, 4th in Santo Domingo West

13-37, 8th in VSL

Even when games are completed early, the Toledo Mud Hens manage to keep on winning. With one run in the first, that was all Chris Lambert would need to preserve the six-inning victory. Doubles by Mike Hollimon and Mike Hessman in the first led to the team's only run, and with Lambert only allowing three hits and two walks in five innings of work, that was more than enough. Lambert's performance gives him his ninth win of the season, and keeps him rolling along as he looks for an opportunity in Detroit.

Rain also hampered the Erie-Altoona game, as it was suspended in the third inning; to be completed as part of a partial double header on Sunday. Danny Christensen wasn't on his game, giving up six hits and four runs in just three full innings of work; a performance very unlike his starts from June. Fortunately, the Erie offense was up to the task early, touching the Altoona staff for five runs in just 2 1/3 innings at the plate. Ryan Roberson and Deik Scram each had two hits early, including Scram's sixth home run of the campaign. Dusty Ryan remained hot early in this game, ripping his 14th double and scoring a run.

Despite a 6-3 lead after five innings, the Flying Tigers were forced to extras, where they eventually lost to Palm Beach. Brennan Boesch's resurrgence continued with two hits including a double, in three trips to the batter's box. Also picking up two hits was outfielder Brandon Timm, along with a triple from Justin Justice. Starter Matt O'Brien yielded six runs in 7 1/3 innings of work, and Jay Sborz took the loss with just one out in the tenth, after two hits and a walk.

Mauricio Robles was outstanding in six innings of work for the 'Caps, giving up only four hits and three walks to go along with five punch outs. His fine performance kept the game scoreless until Wilton Garcia was touched for two runs in the on two hits in the seventh. New catcher Alex Avila led the way offensively, going 2-for-3 with a walk, raising his average to .265 in his brief career.

The O-Tigers tried a two-run eighth inning rally to pull out the win against Williamsport on Saturday, but the early deficit was too much to overcome. Mark Sorensen gave up three runs in the first inning, before he and Dan DeLucia settled in to hold the opposing offense at bay until Mark Brackman gave up one in the eighth to extend the Williamsport lead to 4-2. Brandon Douglas and Carlos Ramirez each doubled as Bryan Pounds picked up two singles in the loss.

Two runs in the first two innings for the GCL squad wasn't enough to keep the Braves from picking up the win. It appeared it may be more than enough for Luis Sanz, until he and Santo Mieses combined to give up five runs in the eighth inning. Sanz had been brilliant through seven, spinning a perfect game to that point, before unraveling in the in the eighth frame. Jodran Lennerton and Alexis Espinoza led the offense with three and two hits, respectively, each with a double.

Rookies Carlos Melo, Emmanuel Del Orbe, and Yinio Calderon held the Nats to just one run through the first nine innings, but fellow rookie Kelvin Medina was touched for three in the tenth; dropping his record to 0-5 in his debut campaign. First baseman Juaner Aguasvivas continued to hit at a torrid pace, picking up three hits in three at-bats to raise his average above the .300 mark. Also with multiple hits was Third baseman Elvin Soto, who had two hits including his ninth double of the year.

Posted by: Mark, 7/13

July 11th Games

54-42, t-1st in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ALTOONA 10, ERIE 8
38-56, 6th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – PALM BEACH 7, LAKELAND 5
11-8, 2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – CLINTON 4, WEST MICHIGAN 1
11-11, t-3rd in Eastern Division

A- Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 3, STATEN ISLAND 1
13-11, 2nd in Stedler Division

8-12, 6th in North Division

11-24, 4th in Santo Domingo West

13-37, 8th in VSL

Two big innings and a solid pitching performance from Yorman Bazardo and the bullpen, led to a fine Toledo victory. Four players picked up multiple hits, and six players managed to drive in a run as the Hens gave more than they ever needed. The win moved Bazardo to 3-5 on the season, and each reliever struck out at least two in their inning of work.

Normally, four hits from your DH would be enough to earn a victory, but Jeff Frazier's four knocks couldn't get the job done. A home run from Wilkin Ramirez -- his 14th -- and doubles from Frazier, Ryan Roberson, and Deik Scram weren't quite enough to get a win. Unfortunately, every pitcher Erie threw out there, gave up runs, and the offense couldn't keep up. Ben Fritz took the loss to fall to 2-5 on the season.

Eleven innings couldn't get the LFT to a win on Friday, as Palm Beach scored two in the bottom of the eleventh to claim the winn. Both Santo De Leon and Ryan Strieby went yard in the game, in their effort to support starter Jonah Nickerson. Nickerson gave up five in just seven innings, while Ramon Garcia tossed two scoreless despite giving up four hits.

The 'Caps saw two recent draftees hold the opposing offense at bay, in an effort to get a win. Both Brett Jacobson and Scott Green worked scoreless time on Friday, as Rudy Darrow nailed down the loss. Paul Nardozzi was solid as the offense let him down. Only Kody Kaiser, working as the designated hitter, picked up multiple hits, managing two knocks with a triple in four at-bats.

Two runs in the first were more than enough to help David Stokes to his second professional win. Despite four walks, Stokes worked out of jams and kept the O-Tigers in the game. With help from Steve Gillman, Tyler Conn, and Lester Oliveros, the O-Tigers managed to hold Staten Island to just one run. The offense was led by three hits from shortstop Brandon Douglas, and two apiece from Ben Guez and Luis Arlet. Aside from Douglas, the only extra-base hit came from first baseman Carlos Ramirez.

After a rough start to his stateside debut, Victor Larez managed to wipe out nine Phillies by strike out, while allowing just two runs in five innings. The bullpen was more than enough to keep the lead, and both Adam Frost and Luis Grullon managed three hits; all doubles from Grullon.

Contrary to another Tigers disaster, the DSL squad pulled out the win in extra innings. Victor Dionisio and Robinson Figueroa picked up two hits each, including a triple from Figueroa. Robert Diaz was again excellent with five strikeouts in six innings, and only one run allowed. Zuriel Stephenson and Melvin Mercedes each struck out three in multiple innings to preserve the tight game for the Tigers.

A solid start from Bruce Rondon wasn't quite enough to get the win in Venezuela. Rondon's three runs in five innings was solid, as was Jose Siso's three innings of one-run relief. Top Venezeulan prospect Francisco Martinez managed two hits and and an RBI, while the VSL offense was held without and extra-base hit.

Posted by: Mark, 7/12

July 10th Games

53-42, t-1st in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – READING 14, ERIE 10
38-55, 6th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 7, BREVARD COUNTY 5
11-7, 2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – CLINTON 6, WEST MICHIGAN 1
11-10, 3rd in Eastern Division

A- Oneonta Tigers – STATEN ISLAND 5, ONEONTA 3
12-11, 2nd in Stedler Division

7-12, 6th in North Division

10-24, 4th in Santo Domingo West

R VSL Tigers – TIGERS 4, RAYS 2
13-36, 8th in VSL

The Mud Hens moved into a three way tie for first in the division with a win on Thursday; a win that was brought about by two runs in the top half of the ninth. Anastacio Martinez yielded just one run as the starter over eight innings, but when he exited the game the final time, it was still knotted at one. The 'Hens were able to get a pair of runs home via an error by Franklyn German that helped advance the runners - Mike Hessman and Brent Clevlen ended up scoring via an Erick Almonte single and a Derek Wathan sacrifice fly. Blaine Neal picked up his 23rd save.

After pitching well in his interim stint in Toledo, Lauren Gagnier was essentially promoted from West Michigan up to Erie. Unfortunately, his Erie debut didn't go quite as planned. Gagnier gave up nine runs in just 2/3 of an inning before exiting. Wilkin Ramirez and Ryan Roberson tried to lead the offense back, but the gap was just too big. Ramirez had two hits, including a home run, to go with five RBI. While Roberson had a pair of long balls.

Much like the Mud Hens, the Flying Tigers broke a tie game in the top of the ninth to pull out a two-run victory. Duane Below allowed just two unearned runs as the starter over 5 1/3 innings, but wouldn't factor into the decision. Zach Simons was credited with both the blown save and the win, his first and fifth, respectively. Robbie Weinhardt pitched a perfect ninth for his first save. The back half of the order provided the run support, with Brennan Boesch, Santo De Leon and Michael Bertram each driving in two runs apiece.

Thad Weber took his first loss as a Whitecap but didn't pitch poorly. Weber gave up a pair of runs in 5 1/3 innings. But Wilton Garcia let Clinton get a nice cushion, being tagged with four runs to put the game out of reach. Justin Henry had a pair of doubles, but no one else generated any offense beyond a single.

Aaron Fuhrman took the loss for Oneonta, as they continue to remain just a game out of first place in the Stedler division. Fuhrman allowed just one run over four innings in relief of Darwin De Leon, but it turned out to be the difference. Ben Guez and Bryan Pounds each had three hits for the O-Tigers in the loss.

The GCL Tigers were hammered late to make a close game appear to be a blowout. A pair of well known pitchers made appearances for the team; Jordan Tata took the loss as the starter, giving up three runs (two earned) in five innings, while Brandon Hamilton gave up a run on one hit in three innings. Brent Dlugach, beginning to make his comeback, drove in a pair of runs for the team.

A pair of unearned runs charged to Ariel Medina was the difference for the DSL Tigers, who were shut out by the DSL Padres. Alvin Acosta tossed five shutout innings, allowing just three hits to go with four strikeouts. Alexander Nunez had a pair of hits, including a double, but the team couldn't muster any runs from his hits.

The VSL Tigers picked up a win on Thursday, in a game where errors resulted in all but one run. Eduardo Gonzalez earned the victory, pitching five shutout innings of one-hit baseball. Hernan Perez had a pair of hits, while Adolfo Reina brought home a pair of runs via a two run blast.

Posted by: Wez, 7/11

July 9th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 2, SCRANTON W/B 1
52-42, t-2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 6, READING 1
38-54, 6th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 5, BREVARD COUNTY 1
10-7, 2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – WEST MICHIGAN 5, CLINTON 3
11-9, 3rd in Eastern Division

A- Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 4, STATE COLLEGE 1
12-10, 2nd in Stedler Division


7-11, 6th in North Division

R DSL Tigers - PPD: RAIN
10-23, 4th in Santo Domingo West

12-36, 8th in VSL

Virgil Vasquez's outstanding outing wasn't wasted, though he couldn't pick up the win. Vasquez allowed one run in 7 1/3 innings of work, including five strikeouts. But the Mud Hens didn't take the game until the bottom of the ninth when Max St. Pierre singled home Brent Clevlen for the game winner. Francisco Cruceta earned the win in relief, tossing 1 2/3 innings of perfect baseball. Timo Perez also added a solo blast.

Juan Cedeno was another starter that turned in a strong outing, but didn't get the win. Cedeno, working in a starter's role for just the second time this season, pitched 4 2/3 innings of shutout baseball before giving way - but because he didn't make it five, he didn't pick up the win. Dusty Ryan had a solo home run, while Will Rhymes and Wilkin Ramirez each had two hits and an RBI.

In continuing with the trend, Guillermo Moscoso also had a strong outing helping Lakeland to a victory, but didn't take home the win himself. Moscoso surrendered one unearned run in five innings, striking out an impressive nine batters. Ramon Garcia and Jay Sborz each pitched two scoreless innings of relief to close it out. The Flying Tigers offense didn't arrive until the eighth inning, when they scored all five of their runs. Brennan Boesch had a bases clearing double that scored three, while Cale Iorg had three hits.

West Michigan also used a five run inning to pick up a victory, but this time starter Jon Kibler still got the win, as Kibler went eight innings, giving up a run while striking out seven. Noah Krol faced some heat in the ninth, and allowed two runs, but was able to pull out the victory. Not a single 'Cap had a multi-hit game, and the difference in the game ended up being a pair of unearned runs.

A strong outing from Trevor Feeney also went without a win for Feeney, but a win for the O-Tigers. Feeney gave up a run in five innings, but it was Anthony Shawler that picked up the win for his three shutout innings of relief. Eric Harryman had a pair of hits and a pair of runs scored. Wade Lamont and Carlos Ramirez also each had a hit and a run, with Lamont also driving one in.

The GCL Tigers split their doubleheader with the Indians after being rained out on Tuesday. Darlin Duran struggled in the first game, surrendering four runs in 3 1/3 innings. Brett Anderson did have a pair of hits. But the GCL Tigers got the game back in the second game, out-scoring the Indians on a night when the big league club did the same. Josh Workman had four hits and three runs, while Jordan Lennerton added two hits and three RBI.

And finally, the VSL Tigers suffered their second straight one-run loss, with the Mariners taking the lead in the bottom half of the eighth. Fernando Celis gave up the go-ahead run and took the loss. Francisco Martinez, who started at first, had two hits in the loss.

Posted by: Wez, 7/10

July 8th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 10, SCRANTON W/B 2
51-42, t-2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – READING 6, ERIE 3
37-54, 6th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 9, BREVARD COUNTY 0
9-7, 2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – OFF DAY
10-9, 3rd in Eastern Division

A- Oneonta Tigers – OFF DAY
11-10, 2nd in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - PPD: RAIN
6-10, 6th in North Division

R DSL Tigers - NATIONALS(1) 11, TIGERS 7
10-23, 4th in Santo Domingo West

12-35, 8th in VSL

For the second straight day, the Mud Hens offense came to play in a big way, this time making it to double digits in runs. Zach Miner, who the Tigers are working on possibly stretching back into a starter, tossed four shutout innings, allowing just two hits while striking out five. Because he only made it four, Ian Ostlund got the win in relief. The story of course was the offense once again though, as every member of the lineup got at least one hit - seven had at least two. Mike Hollimon fell a home run short of the cycle, while Brent Clevlen scored twice.

Another loss for the SeaWolves has now left them in the Southern division cellar. Josh Rainwater was the victim of some poor defense, surrendering four runs, but just one earned in 6 2/3 innings - Rainwater did battle his control however, walking four. With defense being a problem (three errors) the team didn't make up for it at the plate either, with just six hits. Dusty Ryan did have a pair of RBI.

Rick Porcello tossed six shutout, one-hit innings as the Flying Tigers shut down Brevard County. Porcello picked up his fifth win of the year, surrendering just one hit. Porcello also had a pair of strikeouts. Robbie Weinhardt came in and pitched two innings of no-hit baseball, with Kyle Pearson wrapping the game up with a final scoreless inning. Brennan Boesch blasted a pair of home runs as part of his three hit day, while Jeramy Laster had three hits working from the leadoff slot. Michael Bertram also had a home run.

The DSL Tigers had their bats in tow, but heading into the ninth with a slim one-run lead, Yinio Calderon gave up the lead and then some, surrendering four unearned runs due to a pair of quick errors, including one by Calderon. Rayni Guichardo was hit hard, giving up six runs in 4 2/3 innings. Elvin Soto had a two-run blast, with Julio Rodriguez managing three hits and driving in three runs.

The VSL Tigers dropped a close battle with the VSL Phillies, almost coming from behind in the bottom of the ninth, but stranding the tying run at first base. Avisail Garcia had a pair of hits, while Francisco Martinez scored the VSL Tigers' lone run. Josue Carreno pitched five shutout innings, but walks away with a no-decision. Wilsen Palacios took the loss in relief, giving up both VSL Phillies' runs.

Posted by: Wez, 7/9

July 7th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 8, SCRANTON W/B 1
50-42, t-2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – BOWIE 4, ERIE 3
37-53, 5th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – BREVARD COUNTY 9, LAKELAND 5
8-7, 2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – DAYTON 9, WEST MICHIGAN 1
10-9, 3rd in Eastern Division

A- Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 4, STATE COLLEGE 1
11-10, 2nd in Stedler Division

6-10, 6th in North Division

10-22, t-3rd in Santo Domingo West

R VSL Tigers – GM1: ASTROS 3, TIGERS 2

12-34, 8th in VSL

The Mud Hens offense gave plenty of support to starter Chris Lambert as he picked up his 8th win of the year - of course, he didn't need much of it. Lambert could have posted a complete game shutout if it weren't for one unearned run allowed. Lambert gave up just three hits, and struck out four. In his first game with the 'Hens, Brandon Inge blasted a three run homer. Another rehabber, Ramon Santiago was a perfect 4-for-4, while Brent Clevlen added two hits and two RBI. Max St. Pierre also had a two run blast.

Bowie took a one-run lead in the fifth inning, and put things on cruise control from there on in, keeping the 'Wolves at bay. Luke French took the loss but turned in a quality start, surrendering two earned runs (four total) in six innings of work. The 'Wolves offense managed three runs on just three hits and some timely hitting, including a solo home run from Casper Wells.

Brevard County hit Matt O'Brien hard - O'Brien yielded seven runs on 11 hits. The Lakeland offense attempted to close the gap, but each time they did, Brevard County put more distance between the two. After breaking out to a 4-0 lead, Lakeland cut the deficit in half, only to see Brevard County put up three in the bottom half of that inning. The same process repeated in the seventh, with Lakeland scoring three, but Brevard County countering with two more. Ryan Strieby had a two run homer for the Flying Tigers, with Jeramy Laster also bringing home a pair of runs.

The 'Caps jumped out to an early 1-0 lead via an Audy Ciriaco solo home run, only to see Dayton score nine unanswered runs as they routed West Michigan. Andrew Hess took the loss but didn't pitch poorly, surrendering three runs in five innings. Noah Krol took the brunt of the rest, but got no help from the defense, surrendering four unearned runs.

The O-Tigers pitching staff held State College to one run again as they claimed sole possession of second place. Trevor Feeney got a no decision for his work, giving up State College's lone run in five innings of work. It was Anthony Shawler that picked up the win in relief, tossing three shutout innings. Eric Harryman had two hits and scored twice, while Wade Lamont also had a hit, a run and an RBI.

Luis Sanz got hit hard as the GCL Tigers fell to last place in the GCL North division. Sanz made it just 2 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs (though just three earned) before exiting. Nicholas Cassavechia made some noise in relief - giving up one run in four innings, with an impressive eight strikeouts. Josh Workman had a big game with a grand slam as part of his two hits and two two runs. Chao-Ting Tang also had a pair of each, highlighted by a solo home run.

The DSL Tigers' offense jumped out to an early lead, scoring five runs before the DSL Padres could get on the board. That was plenty of support for Carlos Melo, who got just his second win of the year, surrendering three runs in five innings including seven strikeouts. Julio Rodriguez had three hits, while Victor Dionisio had three RBI for the club.

And the VSL Tigers split a doubleheader with the VSL Astros, falling by a run in the first game, but taking the second. Jose Diaz went the distance in the opener but didn't get enough run support, falling to 1-5 for the year. The offense stormed back in the second game though, with the bullpen leading the way. Juan Lozano started but recorded just one out before exiting - from that point forward, Jose Siso and Clemente Mendoza combined for 6 2/3 shutout innings. Avisail Garcia led the way at the plate, with a pair of home runs and four RBI.

Posted by: Wez, 7/8

July 6th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – SCRANTON W/B 5, TOLEDO 4
49-42, 3rd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – BOWIE 7, ERIE 3
37-52, 5th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 7, FORT MYERS 6
8-6, 2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – WEST MICHIGAN 9, DAYTON 3
10-8, 3rd in Eastern Division

A- Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 6, STATE COLLEGE 1
10-10, t-2nd in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - OFF DAY
6-9, t-5th in North Division

R DSL Tigers - OFF DAY
9-22, t-3rd in Santo Domingo West

R VSL Tigers – OFF DAY
11-33, 8th in VSL

For those that were away for the Fourth weekend, they came back to a rude awakening for the Toledo Mud Hens - an extra inning loss to Scranton capped a six game losing streak that dropped the 'Hens to third in the division. Yorman Bazardo was solid as the starter, giving up four runs in six innings of work before handing things over to the bullpen, which kept things scoreless until Francis Beltran gave up the go-ahead home run in the 12th inning. Timo Perez had two hits and two runs scored in the losing effort, while Fernando Seguignol drove in three.

Denny Christensen couldn't keep Bowie in check as the 'Wolves fell to wrap up the holiday weekend. Christensen gave up five runs in six innings of work, but exited with a one run deficit, a deficit that would be compounded by Matt Rusch letting three runs cross the plate (one charged to Christensen). Pedro Cotto and Ryan Roberson each had two hits apiece, while Kody Kirkland drove in a pair of runs.

After losing the lead in the top half of the eighth, the Flying Tigers showed some resiliency, bringing home a run the hard way, via a couple of singles and a pair of sacrifices to get Jay Sborz the win. Jonah Nickerson walked away with a no-decision, allowing four runs (two earned) in five innings of work. James Skelton, who brought home the winning run, had three RBI for the game. Brennan Boesch also added a pair of RBI.

West Michigan was in place for a nailbiter, until a five run ninth inning gave the team a large cushion to work with. The effort earned Alfredo Figaro his 11th win of the season. Figaro surrendered two runs in six innings - he also struck out five. The bottom of the order was responsible for the majority of the run production; Jordan Newton, Ronnie Bourquin and Cory Middleton combined for seven RBI.

State College struck first, but their lead was short lived, as Oneonta countered with a four run second inning and never gave the lead back. Mark Sorensen allowed just one run but only made it four innings, leaving him an inning short of picking up the win - that went Daniel DeLucia, who pitched two scoreless innings of relief. Brandon Douglas had three hits and scored two runs to lead the way from the nine hole in the order, while Christopher White drove in a pair of runs.

Posted by: Wez, 7/7

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