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July 19th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 13, PAWTUCKET 5
56-45, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – AKRON 7, ERIE 2
41-59, 5th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – GM1: ST. LUCIE 9, LAKELAND 1

14-12, 2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – WEST MICHIGAN 10, BURLINGTON 4
14-15, 4th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – PPD: RAIN
16-14, 1st in Stedler Division

12-15, 6th in North Division

14-29, 4th in Santo Domingo West

R VSL Tigers – TIGERS 6, METS 4
18-38, 8th in VSL

Toledo used a couple of big innings early to create a big nine run cushion, and cruised from that point forward. Chris Lambert was the beneficiary on the mound, earning his 10th win of the year. Lambert allowed four runs (two earned) in six innings of work. Clete Thomas and Erick Almonte were the story for the offense; they combined for five hits, four runs, two home runs and eight RBI. Freddy Guzman and Timo Perez also combined for two hits and a run apiece.

The Erie SeaWolves went up against quite a challenge, facing Indians' stud pitcher Fausto Carmona. The 'Wolves got plenty of hits off him, nine in five innings, but could only turn those hits into one run. Meanwhile, Denny Christensen made it through just four innings before being chased, allowing five runs (three earned). Will Rhymes paced the offense with three hits and an RBI.

The Flying Tigers split their doubleheader with St. Lucie on Saturday, but the story of the day came in the nightnap, with Rick Porcello and the Flying Tigers' bullpen combining to toss a seven-inning no-hitter, the first one for Lakeland since 1984. Porcello did allow a run but never yielded a hit in his five innings - the run came around via a walk, a fielder's choice, a stolen base and a sacrifice fly. Robbie Weinhardt and Cody Satterwhite each pitched a hitless inning to finish things off. Ryan Strieby was the source of the offense, driving in three runs, with James Skelton getting two hits and scoring twice from the leadoff slot. Matt O'Brien took the loss in the opener, giving up eight runs (five earned) on ten hits in four innings. The lone run came via a Strieby solo blast.

Alfredo Figaro followed Chris Lambert's lead, getting plenty of run support en route to his 12th victory of the season. Figaro gave up two runs in 5 1/3 innings, striking out five. Two newcomers to the organization helped lead the offense, with Brandon Douglas and Alex Avila combining for six hits and five runs scored. Douglas also had two RBI. Joe Tucker also added three hits, two runs and two RBI.

The GCL Tigers scored a run in the bottom of the eighth in the most bazarre fashion to pull out a 3-2 victory over the GCL Indians on Saturday. Alden Carrithers walked with one out, and then proceeded to advance all the way to home on three separate balks, two with Jordan Lennerton at the plate, and the final with Alexis Espinoza hitting. The run helped earn Jade Todd the win in relief, after he allowed the tying run to score. Darlin Duran exited without a decision, giving up a run in five innings.

A strong outing from Rayni Guichardo was wasted on Saturday due to some poor defense. Guichardo gave up a run in five innings, including seven strikeouts. But Emmaneul Del Orbe couldn't keep the Nationals in check, giving up three unearned runs to take the loss. The team committed four errors in the game, two of which in the seventh when the Nationals did their damage. Luis Castillo and Samuel Ortiz each had two hits in the loss.

The VSL Tigers couldn't get much going against Mets starter Ramiro Peralta, but scored five runs in the seventh off the Mets' bullpen to pull out ahead and pick up a win. Avisail Garcia had a solo home run in the second inning to get the Tigers on the board, while Hernan Perez had a three run blast as part of the team's five run seventh. The production earned Jose Ortega his first win of the season, with Wilsen Palacios earning the save, tossing two perfect innings, with five strikeouts.

Posted by: Wez, 7/20

July 18th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – PAWTUCKET 6, TOLEDO 1
55-45, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 3, AKRON 1
41-58, 5th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – POSTPONED: RAIN
13-11, 2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – WEST MICHIGAN 4, BELOIT 3
13-15, 4th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 7, BROOKLYN 5
16-14, 1st in Stedler Division

11-15, 6th in North Division

12-27, 4th in Santo Domingo West

17-38, 8th in VSL

Toledo continued to struggle with Pawtucket, this time in a rain shortened, seven inning game. Paw Sox starter Devern Hansack was superb, giving up just two hits and striking out eight in the complete game effort. Toledo's only two hits both went for extra bases, as Clete Thomas doubled and Mike Hollimon homered for all the offense the 'Hens could muster. Anastacio Martinez yielded all of the Sox runs, giving up six in just 4 1/3 innings, while Ian Ostlund and Zach Miner combined to spin two innings of solid relief.

Erie snuck out win against Akron for the second night in a row, taking the game 3-1 behind a great start from Lauren Gagnier. In six innings, Gagnier allowed just one run on four hits and two walks. Juan Cedeno and Casey Fien combined to allow just one hit over the final three innings to preserve the win. Three 'Wolves doubled in the game, led by a two-hit effort from Dusty Ryan, with doubles sprinkled in from Shawn Roof and Jeff Frazier as well.

West Michigan also managed their own close win on Friday, pulling past Beloit with a three-run eighth inning. Shortstop Brandon Douglas led the offense with three hits in four trips to the plate, while Joe Tucker doubled as part of his two hits, and scored twice. Mauricio Robles gave up all three Beloit runs in his four innings on the hill, despite allowing just two hits. Brett Jacobson, Rudy Darrow, and Scott Green combined to pitch five innings of outstanding relief, allowing just three hits and a walk, while striking out seven.

Oneonta raced out to a 7-0 lead with a five-run first and a two-run second, and then held on to take another game from Brooklyn. Luis Arlet and Brent Wyatt were the only O-Tigers to go hitless on the night, as the offense was led by a double and a home run from Ben Guez, and a three-run triple from Josh Workman. Mark Sorensen was solid through five innings of work, and the bullpen held on until Tyler Stohr locked it down for his ninth save of the year.

The GCL squad probably wishes their game was rained out like their Lakeland counterparts, as the Blue Jays pummelled them to the tune of 17-1 on Friday. Only three this were mustered off the Tiger bats, one each from Luis Palacios, Jordan Lennerton, and a double from Londell Taylor. Victor Larez, Richard Zumaya, and Dario Carvajal were each touched for five earned runs, with Zumaya only lasting 2/3 of an inning.

The DSL Nats managed a ten inning win against the Tigers, pulling out in the bottom half of the inning for the walk off win. Alexander Nunez collected three singles and two walks, while Luis Castillo picked up two hits and two RBI. Samuel Ortiz had the Tigers only extra-base hit, doubling for the third time this season. Carlos Melo gave up four runs in five innings, but he didn't walk a batter and struck out six. Vladimir Ortiz was saddled with the loss in the tenth, despite not allowing a hit in his 1 2/3 innings of relief.

Posted by: Mark, 7/19

July 17th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – PAWTUCKET 15, TOLEDO 6
55-44, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 7, AKRON 5
40-58, t-5th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – GAME 1: ST. LUCIE 5, LAKELAND 2, GAME 2: LAKELAND 6, ST. LUCIE 3
13-11, 2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – BELOIT 11, WEST MICHIGAN 7
12-15, 4th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 5, BROOKLYN 4
15-14, t-1st in Stedler Division

11-14, t-4th in North Division

12-26, 4th in Santo Domingo West

17-38, 8th in VSL

In the first game of a double-header, St. Lucie took advantage of the shortened game to knock out Lakeland, 5-2. Justince Justice and Santo De Leon both managed 1-for-2 performances with a double, while Ryan Strieby hit his seventeenth home run of the season; a solo shot in the fourth inning. In his first action since being activated from the disabled list, Dontrelle Willis tossed three innings of four-hit, one-run ball, striking out one. The most promising component of Willis' start was the fact that he avoided walks and wild pitches. Duane Below served as the dual starter with Willis, but was roughed up in three innings of relief, and the recently promoted Cody Satterwhite tossed a scoreless seventh with two strikeouts.

In the second game of the twin bill, LFT pulled out the 6-3 victory. Santo De Leon doubled again, while Justin Justice added a base to his extra-base knock, tripling and scoring a run. Seven of the nine LFT position players picked up a hit in the contest, with only Ryan Strieby and Brennan Boesch missing out on the fun. Jonah Nickerson continued his nice run of good pitching, working five innings while giving up just three scores. Jay Sborz struggled with his command, but Robbie Weinhardt picked up the slack and continued his scoreless streak to start his career.

Playing on the back fields in Lakeland, the GCL Tigers pulled off a 4-2 win against the Blue Jays. Brandon Hamilton started to get things back on track, tossing 5 2/3 innings while allowing just two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Baylor product Nick Cassavechia was again stellar in 2 1/3 hitless innings with five strikeouts of his own. Alexis Espinoza continues to appear as though he's waking up, driving his first home run since coming stateside, while Alden Carrithers also poked his first. Londell Taylor also collected an extra-base hit, with an RBI double.

Following the GCL team's lead, the VSL Tigers managed a win of their own, topping the Mariners by a 5-3 margin. Four players collected doubles in the game, led by a two-run job off the bat of Francisco Martinez. Martinez also collected two walks, scored a run, and swiped two bases. Bruce Rondon led the pitching staff with a solid start, allowing just two earned runs. Jose Siso and Michael Torrealba combined to throw four hitless innings of relief with just one walk and five strikeouts, to preserve the win.

Erie came out of their All-Star break with a nice win against Akron. Behind a monster night from Casper Wells, a night that included three doubles and a home run, Erie won 7-5. Both Deik Scram and Dusty Ryan picked up three hits, with Scram launching his seventh home run of the season in the third inning. Josh Rainwater struggled through 4 2/3 innings, but the offense was enough to make up for his efforts. Brendan Wise picked up the win, as he combined with Matt Rusch and Casey Fien to work the final 4 1/3 innings without allowing a run.

Toledo didn't share Erie's same fate coming out of the All-Star break, getting pounded by the Paw Sox to the tune of a 15-6 beating. Five Sox went yard, including the rehabbing David Ortiz, and two Hens went yard, including two from Brent Clevlen. Brent's two solo shots came in the seventh and eighth innings, while Derek Wathan blasted a grand slam in the seventh. Both Virgil Vasquez and Jeremy Johnson were bombarded with hits and runs in their combined 5 1/3 innings, totaling 14 runs allowed on twelve hits and four walks.

Oneonta moved above the vaunted .500 mark with a tight 5-4 win against the Brooklyn Cyclones. As part of his three hits, Chris White picked up his second double of the year, and Eric Harryman did the same for his only hit of the game. Third baseman Bryan Pounds also managed multiple bases on one of his two hits, his second triple of the season. David Stokes gave up four runs in four innings, and Mark Brackman, Steve Gillman, and Lester Oliveros combined to shut down the Cyclones on just two hits over the final five innings.

Paul Nardozzi was smacked around for seven runs on six hits in just 3 1/3 innings on the hill, despite the offense giving him what would normally be enough support to win. Andrew Hess gave up two more, as did Noah Krol. Wilton Garcia, sandwiched between the aforementioned relievers, managed 2 1/3 innings of one-hit relief with three strikeouts. The double-play combo of Brandon Douglas and Justin Henry both had four-hit nights, with Douglas knocking two doubles and a home run, and Henry knocking a double. Also picking up two-baggers were Ronnie Bourquin and Jordan Newton.

Posted by: Mark, 7/17

July 16th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – ALL STAR BREAK
55-43, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ALL STAR BREAK
39-58, 6th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – PPD: RAIN
12-10, t-2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – BELOIT 5, WEST MICHIGAN 3
12-14, 4th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 4, BROOKLYN 1
14-14, 2nd in Stedler Division


10-14, 6th in North Division

12-26, 4th in Santo Domingo West

16-38, 8th in VSL

Three Toledo Mud Hens appeared for International League in the Triple-A All Star game, and it wasn't a banner day for any of them, especially Mike Hessman and Blaine Neal. Hessman went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts, while Neal was credited with the loss, being credited with all six PCL runs. Brent Clevlen had a single in four at-bats to wrap up the 'Hens.

Things went a bit better for the Erie SeaWolves in the Eastern League All Star game, especially for Ryan Roberson. Roberson blasted a two run homer. Dusty Ryan went 0-for-2, while Denny Christensen, who was a late addition to the team, gave up a run in an inning of work.

The Whitecaps fell to Beloit on Wednesday evening, with a couple of bad innings doing the team in. Thad Weber took the loss, yielding all five runs (four earned) before exiting after 3 2/3 innings of work. Kody Kaiser had two hits and two RBI including a solo home run, while three other 'Caps had multi-hit games.

Oneonta gave up a run in the top of the first, took the lead in the bottom half, and never gave it up, holding Brooklyn scoreless for the rest of the game. Darwin De Leon picked up the win, giving up a run in five innings for his second win. Tyler Stohr pitched a scoreless ninth for his eighth save. Every member of the O-Tigers lineup had at least one hit, with four players also driving in one run apiece.

The GCL Tigers split a doubleheader with the GCL Yankees, dropping the first game but picking up the win in the second. Luis Marte took the loss in his rehab return to the mound, giving up two runs in five innings of work. Luis Palacios provided the run support, with a home run and two RBI. In the second game, another rehabber made an appearance, with Jordan Tata getting the win this time, giving up a run in six innings. Jared Gayhart also made his Tigers' debut, getting the save.

And finally, the VSL Tigers are closing in on moving out of the cellar, picking up another win on Wednesday evening. Clemente Mendoza tossed 3 2/3 innings of shutout baseball to get the win - he also struck out four. Raul Leiva and Gilbert Gomez each had a pair of RBI, with Gomez having a home run.

Posted by: Wez, 7/16

July 15th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – OFF DAY
55-43, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – OFF DAY
39-58, 6th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – OFF DAY
12-10, t-2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – OFF DAY
12-13, 4th in Eastern Division

A- Oneonta Tigers – OFF DAY
13-14, 2nd in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - PPD: RAIN
9-13, 6th in North Division

12-26, 4th in Santo Domingo West

14-38, 8th in VSL

As has nearly become routine, the VSL Tigers had a rough day on Tuesday, and unfortunately for them, there wasn't much additional action on the farm to steer the focus in another direction. Ivan Espinoza and Hernan Perez each had a single at the top of the lineup, while Raul Leiva and Luis Sanz each doubled; the double being one of Leiva's two hits on the day. Gilbert Gomez managed his second home run of the year, a solo shot in the third inning. All four Tiger pitchers were beat around by the Astros, with Carlos Alvarez having the best showing while giving up two runs on four hits and a walk in just three innings. Gino Aguirre took his third loss of the season, giving up four runs on three hits and three walks in just two innings of work.

Following the lead set by the VSL crew, the DSL guys decided to get thumped by a 12-3. Three Tigers picked up a pair of hits, as Alexander Nunez, Luis Castillo, and Ricardo Olivo all chipped in with base knocks. Julio Rodriguez and Juaner Aguasvivas both contributed a single as well. Three Tiger pitchers yielded four runs apiece, led by the losing pitcher, Marcos Nunez. Nunez gave up four runs in six innings, while Zuriel Stephenson and Yinio Calderon gave up four runs in two and one innings, respectively.

Posted by: Mark, 7/15

July 14th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – OFF DAY
55-43, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ALTOONA 2, ERIE 1
39-58, 6th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – PALM BEACH 1, LAKELAND 0
12-10, t-2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – WEST MICHIGAN 10, PEORIA 2
12-13, 4th in Eastern Division

13-14, 2nd in Stedler Division

9-13, 6th in North Division

12-25, 4th in Santo Domingo West

14-37, 8th in VSL

Altoona starter Kyle Bloom stifled the Erie offense Monday night, working with three relievers to hold the 'Wolves to one run on just three hits. Erie starter Eddie Bonine was solid in his first minor league start since coming down from Detroit, and it may be his only one if the Tigers decide to bring him back to the big club. Marcelo Perez was excellent in relief, flipping 3 1/3 innings of one-hit baseball and four strikeouts. Erie's offense came off the bats Casper Wells, Dusty Ryan, and Deik Scram. Scram and Ryan both ripped doubles in the game.

Lakeland was bit by another low scoring game, falling 1-0 to Palm Beach. Guillermo Moscoso was again very good giving up just one run in six innings, though he did yield five hits and four walks. Zach Simons pitched very well in relief, tossing two hitless innings with three punch outs. Left fielder Justin Justice broke up the Palm Beach no-hitter with a single in the seventh, and that was the only hit the LFT would collect on the evening.

The Whitecaps broke up the string of low scoring affairs with a 10-2 thumping of Peoria. Both Jordan Newton and Cory Middleton doubled and homered in the game, combining to drive in four runs. Also collecting multiple hits were Alex Avila, Joe Tucker, and Ronnie Bourquin, as they combined to drive in another four runs. Left-hander Jon Kibler continued to lower his already impressive ERA by allowing one run in seven innings. 2008 draft pick Scott Green threw the final two innings allowing just one run, while striking out one and walking none.

In a double-header against Williamsport, the Oneonta Tigers were swept away by 4-3 and 3-0 scores. In the first game, a four-run fourth off starter Tyler Feeney put the O-Tigers in a big whole that they could not dig out of. Brandon Douglas and the struggling Wade Lamont picked up two hits apiece, while Bryan Pounds and Luis Arlet both ripped doubles in the cause.

Williamsport picked up a run in the second inning of game two, and that was all they would need as Michael Stutes struck out nine in just five innigns of work. Matt Hoffman was stellar at the start, working five innings allowing just one run and striking out four. The only Tiger hits in the game came off the bat of Ben Guez, Bryan Pounds, and Chris White, who each picked up one hit.

With a two-run seventh inning, the GCL Tigers pulled out a nice win against the Braves. Three players led the way with doubles, as Jordan Lennerton knocked his seventh, while Luis Salas and Brandon Harrigan each popped their third. Alden Carrithers also contributed with two singles and two runs scored. Despite going 0-for-3, left fielder Londell Taylor scored three times in the game. Rookie Jade Todd was roughed up for six hits and four runs in just 3 2/3 innings of work, while Darlin Duran picked up the win with four shutout innings on the back of one hit allowed and two strikeouts.

Unlike the GCL squad, the DSL Tigers didn't wait for a late rally to win their game, scoring five times in the first en route to a 7-4 victory. Only one Tiger picked up more than one hit, as seven guys collected base knocks. Elvin Soto led the way with a 2-for-3 night that included a two-run home run in the fifth. Rayni Guichardo gave up three runs in just four innings, but struck out six. He was upstaged the winning pitcher with Vladimir Ortiz fanning five in three innings with just two hits allowed.

The VSL boys continued the winning tradition in the low minors Monday night, as leadoff hitter Ivan Espinoza punched two doubles, and Avisail Garcia and Francisco Martinez collected two and three base hits, respectively. Martinez also swiped his fourteenth base of the year in the win. Josue Carreno was the starter and winning pitcher for the Tigers, tossing five shutout innings with two hits and three whiffs.

Posted by: Mark, 7/14

July 13th Games

55-43, 2nd in West Division

39-57, 6th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 6, PALM BEACH 5
12-9, t-2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – PEORIA 4, WEST MICHIGAN 3
11-13, 4th in Eastern Division

A- Oneonta Tigers – POSTPONED RAIN
13-12, 2nd in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - OFF DAY
8-13, 6th in North Division

R DSL Tigers - OFF DAY
11-25, 4th in Santo Domingo West

R VSL Tigers – OFF DAY
13-37, 8th in VSL

Alfredo Figaro turned in another strong outing, striking out five and allowing just one earned run in 6 2/3 innings, but the game still went to extras before Peoria prevailed. Keith Stein led the way at the plate with a home run and a single. Hayden Parrott, Kody Kaiser, and Justin Henry each picked up a base knock in the loss. Rudy Darrow and Noah Krol each turned in scoreless outings, and Brett Jacobson yielded two hits and two runs in the tenth inning to take the loss.

Completing yesterday's game that was suspended by rain, Erie narrowly escaped with a 12-11 win then lost the night cap by a 4-2 score. Ryan Roberson finished with three hits including a double and two RBI, while Deik Scram, Pedro Cotto, and Shawn Roof each collected two knocks. Juan Cedeno picked up the game today, but yielded five runs in just four innings before giving way to Brendan Wise, Danny Zell, and Matt Rusch to close out the victory.

Facing former Tiger farmhand Corey Hamman in the second game of the day, Erie got to him for two runs in five innings but it wasn't enough. Lefty Luke French tossed a complete game giving up four runs and striking out three to collect his tenth loss of the season. Roberson remained hot with two doubles in three at-bats, while center fielder Casper Wells also collected a two-bagger.

Mike Hessman's 30th bomb of the season couldn't pull the 'Hens to a win on Sunday. A double and two hits from Timo Perez also contributed to the offense. Zach Miner was touched up for four runs in 4 1/3 innings in his second start for Toledo this year. Ian Ostlund, Brian Rogers, and Francisco Cruceta combined for 3 2/3 excellent innings with just one hit allowed and seven strikeouts.

The LFT received two triples from big first baseman Ryan Strieby, a triple from Jeramy Laster, and a double each from James Skelton and Santo De Leon. Michael Bertram also collected two hits including a double as a pinch hitter for Gustavo Nunez; pushing Santo De Leon to shortstop. Rick Porcello proved he is actually human, getting touched for five runs on six hits in four innings on the hill. He walked two and struck out four en route to the loss. Nick Martin and Kyle Pearson kept the Palm Beach offense at length long enough for the offense to get going in the eighth and ninth innings, and after a run in the tenth, Robbie Weinhardt picked up the win with two scoreless frames and three strikeouts.

Posted by: Mark, 7/13

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