MiLB Recap Blog: Bonine Leads 'Hens

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July 26th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 1, PAWTUCKET 0
59-49, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 6, BOWIE 5
46-62, 5th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 5, SARASOTA 4
18-15, 2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - CEDAR RAPIDS 2, WEST MICHIGAN 1
17-17, 4th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – TRI-CITY 5, ONEONTA 2
18-18, t-1st in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - YANKEES 3, TIGERS 2
14-18, 6th in North Division

R DSL Tigers - OFF DAY
15-32, 4th in Santo Domingo West

R VSL Tigers – GM1: TIGERS 4, RAYS 1
GM2: TIGERS 3, RAYS 3

22-40, 8th in VSL

On the 500th game to take place at Fifth Third Field, Timo Perez and Eddie Bonine made sure it would be a good one for the 'Hens, who had more than 11,000 on hand to take in the game. Bonine pitched seven innings of one-hit baseball, then handed things over to the bullpen, which carried the game home. Bonine didn't get much run support, but he got enough, via a solo blast by Timo Perez.

It was another walk-off night in Erie, with Wilkin Ramirez returning to the lineup and making his presence felt in a big way, with the game winning two-run single. It was Ramirez's only hit of the game, but it was a big one. Luis Marte struggled though once again on the mound, giving up five runs in 5 2/3 innings of work. Ben Fritz got the victory, holding Bowie in check in the ninth inning. Will Rhymes, who scored the game winning run, went 4-for-5 on the night, with Casper Wells adding a two run blast.

The Flying Tigers pulled out yet another one run victory, downing Sarasota 5-4. The Flying Tigers didn't have the dramatic walk-off hit that Erie did, instead they scored two runs in the eighth to break a 3-3 tie, then held on in the ninth, despite giving up a run to Sarasota. Guillermo Moscoso got the win in relief, tossing four innings of two-hit, one-run baseball. Dontrelle Willis got the start, with his control problems re-emerging a bit - Willis walked three and gave up three runs in 4 1/3 innings. Justin Justice and Brandon Timm each drove in two runs.

In following suit with the rest of the organization, the Whitecaps also took part in a one run game, unfortunately much like the big league club, they came out on the wrong side of it, falling 2-1. Thad Weber gave up one unearned run in five innings of work, but Brett Jacobson is the one that took the loss, giving up the go-ahead run in the ninth. Justin Henry had three hits and scored the 'Caps lone run.

The O-Tigers now find themselves in a three way tie for first place in the Stedler on a night when they had a chance to claim sole possession. Trevor Feeney took the loss, giving up three runs in five innings, before handing the game over to the 'pen. Brent Wyatt had two hits for Oneonta.

The GCL Tigers battled back after surrendering an early lead to the GCL Yankees, only to see the Yanks reclaim the lead in the eighth and hold on for the win. Jordan Tata, still with the GCL club, gave up two runs (one earned) in five innings of work. Brayan Villareal took the loss, allowing the game winning run on base. Villareal never recorded an out before being removed from the game. The offense managed just three hits, with Brandon Harrigan recording a double and a run.

In a rather bizarre occurrence, in the second game of a doubleheader, the VSL Tigers and VSL Rays concluded with a tie, after the Tigers took the opening game. Clemente Mendoza got the win in the first game, tossing six shutout innings of relief. Hernan Perez added a pair of triples for the cause. In the second game, after playing 18 innings of baseball in one day, with the score knotted at three, the two teams called a draw. Jose Siso toruned in a quality start, with Wondy De Los Santos adding two hits and two RBI.

Posted by: Wez, 7/27


July 25th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – PAWTUCKET 3, TOLEDO 2
58-49, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 7, BOWIE 6
45-62, 5th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – SARASOTA 6, LAKELAND 1
17-15, 2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 9, WISCONSIN 4
17-16, 4th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 1, TRI-CITY 0
18-17, t-1st in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - BRAVES 9, TIGERS 8
14-17, 5th in North Division

R DSL Tigers - PPD: RAIN
15-32, 4th in Santo Domingo West

R VSL Tigers – TIGERS 3, MARINERS 2
21-40, 8th in VSL

The Mud Hens continued to struggle on Friday night, despite a strong outing from Yorman Bazardo. Bazardo, who took the loss, gave up three runs in seven innings of work, but didn't get much help from the offense. Clete Thomas had a pair of hits, but the vaulted Toledo lineup wasn't able to consistently produce the pressure (and runs) expected of them. The Mud Hens finally got on the board in the eighth, and scored one more in the ninth, but the game ended with Thomas on first.

While the Mud Hens were trying to force extra innings, a five run eighth inning by Bowie tied up what looked to be an easy win, only to have Erie come back to win it in the 10th via a Deik Scram solo walk-off blast. Luke French gave the club seven strong innings, yielding just one run, but Matt Rusch couldn't hold the lead, giving up five while recording just two outs. Casey Fien would get the win. Pedro Cotto had a big game with two hits, two runs and two RBI, including a home run, and Santo De Leon also drove in three.

Rick Porcello turned in six strong innings, but as soon as he exited the Flying Tigers saw the game get away quickly, with Derek Witt giving up five runs. Porcello took a no decision, allowing a run with six strikeouts. After Witt, Robbie Weinhardt pitched 2 1/3 innings of perfect baseball, but the offense couldn't get the team back in the game. Ryan Strieby had a pair of hits while Michael Bertram brought home the lone run.

Jon Kibler was excellent as he led West Michigan to another victory on Friday. Kibler didn't allow a run in seven innings of work, as he reached double digits in wins. Wisconsin didn't get on the board until after the 'Caps had built up a 9-0 lead. Ronnie Bourquin had a two run homer, with Justin Henry having a 3-for-3 day with two RBI. Kyle Peter also added two hits and two runs.

With a 1-0 victory over Tri-City, the O-Tigers moved into a first place tie in the Stedler division. The team got their lone run via a Bryan Pounds triple that scored Hayden Parrott - Pounds tried to stretch the hit into an inside-the-park home run, but was thrown out at the plate. Daniel DeLucia got the win in relief, taking over for Mark Sorensen who tossed six shutout innings. Tyler Stohr pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save.

Another one-run game, but in this one, the Tigers' club came up on the short end. The Braves scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the lead, and then held on in the ninth, despite the GCL Tigers loading up the bases. Robert Waite took the loss, allowing the go-ahead runs on in the eighth. Jordan Lennerton and Chao-Ting Tang each drove in three runs for the club.

The VSL Tigers have now won two in a row, taking a game from the VSL Mariners on Friday. Jose Diaz got the victory pitching five innings and allowing just one unearned run. The team got plenty of hits from the heart of its order, with Adolfo Reina, Avisail Garcia and Francisco Martinez combining for seven hits, three runs scored and an RBI.

Posted by: Wez, 7/26


July 24th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – ROCHESTER 6, TOLEDO 1 (F-5)
58-48, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – GM1: BINGHAMTON 11, ERIE 0
GM2: ERIE 1, BINGHAMTON 0

44-62, 5th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – SARASOTA 17, LAKELAND 11
17-14, 3rd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 8, WISCONSIN 5
16-16, 4th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – PPD: RAIN
17-17, 2nd in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - TIGERS 6, BRAVES 4
14-16, 5th in North Division

R DSL Tigers - TIGERS 4, PADRES 1
15-32, 4th in Santo Domingo West

R VSL Tigers – TIGERS 3, PHILLIES 0
20-40, 8th in VSL

While the game ended early due to rain, the Mud Hens struggles on the mound continued, as on Thursday it was Chris Lambert that was roughed up. The game lasted only five innings before rain forced the umpires to call it, however in that stretch, Lambert allowed all six Rochester runs. Mike Hollimon provided the only offense, with a solo shot.

The Erie SeaWolves split their doubleheader with Binghamton on Thursday, with a shutout in each direction. In the opener, the 'Wolves got shut out big, falling 11-0. Lauren Gagnier didn't last long, making it through just 2 2/3 innings, yielding nine runs. Danny Worth and Louis Ott each had a pair of hits, but they didn't generate any runs. The second game the offense managed just one run, a bases loaded walk, but with some excellent pitching it was enough. Denny Christensen pitched 6 1/3 innings of shutout baseball, while Casey Fien picked up the win for recording the final two outs, with the game winning run coming after Fien wrapped up.

The Flying Tigers offense continued to cruise, unfortunately, the Sarasota lineup caught up to Lakeland's pitching, hammering them for 17 runs. Matt O'Brien took the loss; he wasn't able to make it out of the second inning lasting just 1 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs. His relief help wasn't any better though, with the bullpen combining to allow ten more. Michael Bertram was the star at the plate, with three hits, including two home runs, and six RBI. Gustavo Nunez and Adam Frost also each had two hits, two runs and an RBI.

The Whitecaps crept back up to .500 for the second half on Thursday with an 8-5 win over Wisconsin. Alfredo Figaro struggled a bit as the starter, allowing four runs in five innings - he exited with a no-decision. Paul Nardozzi earned the win in relief thanks to a four run sixth inning from the 'Caps. Justin Henry had two hits, two runs and three RBI to lead the offense, with Jordan Newton also adding two hits and two runs, and Joe Tucker and Chris Carlson each managing three hits apiece.

The GCL Tigers fell behind early, but slowly came back and eventually took the lead and the game. Victor Larez made the start, lasting only two innings, allowing four unearned runs before exiting. Luis Angel Sanz recorded the win, pitching four shutout innings of relief. Luis Palacios was the star at the plate with four hits and three RBI. Jordan Lennerton also added two RBI.

Carlos Melo got the start for the DSL Tigers, but exited with a no-decision even though the DSL Tigers never trailed. Melo lasted 2 1/3 innings, allowing one Padres run before exiting. Marcos Nunez would get the win for his three innings of shutout baseball. Juaner Aguasvivas drove in two runs for the club.

And wrapping things up with the VSL Tigers, where the pitching staff combined to toss a shutout, falling just one hit short of a combined no-hitter. Bruce Rondon got the win, lasting six innings and not allowing a hit, but Michael Torrealba gave up a single to open up the eighth inning to end the streak. Avisail Garcia had two hits and an RBI for the club. Adolfo Reina added a hit, a run and an RBI.

Posted by: Wez, 7/25


July 23rd Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – ROCHESTER 9, TOLEDO 6
58-47, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – PPD: RAIN
43-61, 5th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 11, VERO BEACH 5
17-13, 3rd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 6, WISCONSIN 1
15-16, 4th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – BATAVIA 5, ONEONTA 3
17-17, 2nd in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - PPD: RAIN
13-16, 5th in North Division

R DSL Tigers - NATIONALS(2) 5, TIGERS 4
14-32, 4th in Santo Domingo West

R VSL Tigers – ASTROS 5, TIGERS 2
19-40, 8th in VSL

As much as Virgil Vasquez struggled on Tuesday, Anastacio Martinez struggled just as much, if not more, on Wednesday evening in the 'Hens loss. Martinez gave up nine runs on 11 hits in 6 1/3 innings - all nine runs were earned. Freddy Guzman led the way at the plate with three hits, three RBI and a run scored. Timo Perez also added a pair of doubles and an RBI, and Mike Hollimon also had two hits and a run driven in.

It was another strong showing from the Flying Tigers' offense, with them putting up double digits once again. It was a comforting cushion for Jonah Nickerson on a night when Nickerson gave up five runs, three of which though were unearned. Ryan Strieby continues his insane power streak with yet another home run and four RBI. Brandon Timm had three hits, two runs and three RBI with Justin Justice also adding three hits and two runs.

The Whitecaps moved to within a game of .500 for the season's second half with a solid win over Wisconsin. Mauricio Robles tossed six shutout innings to pick up his fourth win of the year, while three 'Caps relievers each pitched an inning to wrap things up - Noah Krol allowed the lone run, struggling with his control, walking three. Five 'Caps players had multi-hit games, with Kyle Peter being one, also having two RBI, and Ronnie Bourquin being another, who also scored twice.

Oneonta remains within striking distance of first place, but has yet to get there, taking a loss on Wednesday. David Stokes took the loss, giving up all five Batavia runs. The O-Tigers 'pen combined for three shutout innings in relief of Stokes though. Hayden Parrott and Ben Guez each had a home run to drive the offense, but it wasn't quite enough to keep up.

The DSL Tigers battled into extra innings after allowing the tying run to score in the bottom of the ninth, but eventually fell to the DSL Nationals, allowing the game-winning run to score via a wild pitch by Vladimir Ortiz. Robert Diaz gave up more runs (two) than hits (one), but was wild, walking five while striking out nine. The Tigers twice had the lead in the late innings, but both times allowed the Nationals to get back into the game. Samir Rijo had two hits, including a solo home run, while Domingo Gonzales added a pair of RBI.

The VSL Tigers jumped out to an early lead, but couldn't hold the VSL Astros down. Eduardo Gonzalez took the loss, giving up four runs in six innings of work. The offense got the club on the board in the second with a pair of runs, but went quite for the rest of the game. Luis Alberto Sanz and Ivan Espinoza each drove in a run, while Adolfo Reina and Francisco Martinez each had two hits.

Posted by: Wez, 7/24


July 22nd Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – ROCHESTER 13, TOLEDO 0
58-46, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – GM1: ERIE 8, BINGHAMTON 2
GM2: BINGHAMTON 11, ERIE 4

43-61, 5th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 6, VERO BEACH 4
16-13, 3rd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - OFF DAY
14-16, 4th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 6, BATAVIA 3
17-16, 2nd in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - TIGERS 5, PHILLIES 2
13-16, 6th in North Division

R DSL Tigers - NATIONALS(1) 5, TIGERS 2
14-31, 4th in Santo Domingo West

R VSL Tigers – TIGERS 9, CARDINALS 1
19-39, 8th in VSL

It wasn't a pretty game for the Mud Hens on Tuesday, with Virgil Vasquez getting hard and allowing a handful of earned runs. Vasquez made it just 3 2/3 innings, giving up nine runs (five earned). To add insult to injury, the Mud Hens' hitters had to face rehabbing Twins' star Francisco Liriano, who pitched seven innings of two-hit baseball. The team managed just four hits for the game, with no one managing a multi-hit game.

The SeaWolves split their doubleheader with Binghamton on Tuesday, winning the first game but dropping the nightcap. Josh Rainwater picked up the win in the first game, giving up two runs (one earned) in 6 1/3 innings - it was his seventh win of the year. Ryan Roberson had a solo blast, while Pedro Cotto had two hits and two RBI. But things weren't as pretty in the second game, with Juan Cedeno getting hit hard early, allowing six runs in 3 2/3 innings. Ben Fritz was also hit hard in relief, giving up five runs in an inning of work. Casper Wells had three hits and a run, while Jeff Kunkel drove in two runs.

The Flying Tigers didn't get the blowout they got on Monday, but still got a win as they continue to remain within striking distance of first place in the FSL West. Duane Below battled his control, but the Rays still struggled to hit him. Below got the win, giving up three runs in 6 1/3 innings, walking six and striking out ten. Robbie Weinhardt's scoreless streak was ended as he gave up an unearned run, but he still hasn't allowed an earned run in his pro career. Ryan Strieby and Brandon Timm each had two run home runs, with Strieby continuing to crush the ball.

Oneonta remains on the outside looking in when it comes to first place in the Stedler, but the O-Tigers continue to try and close the gap with a win on Tuesday. Darwin De Leon got his third win, giving up two runs in 5 2/3 innings, while Aaron Fuhrman picked up a save for pitching the final 3 1/3 innings. Josh Workman had a pair of doubles for the club, with Bryan Pounds adding a pair of RBI.

Brandon Hamilton led the GCL Tigers to a win, but more importantly, did so while maintaining his control, pitching five shutout innings with no walks. Hamilton also struck out three. Derek Lehrman had a double and two RBI. Brandon Harrigan added a hit, and an RBI and two runs scored.

The DSL Nationals jumped out to an early lead the DSL Tigers couldn't make up. Alvin Acosta was the one that surrendered the runs, giving up five in three innings of work on nine hits. The bullpen held things down from that point forward, but the DSL Tigers offense couldn't close the gap early enough, though they did manage a pair of runs late in the game. Alexander Nunez had two hits from the top of the order, while Domingo Gonzales added the team's lone RBI from the bottom of the order.

It hasn't been a banner year for the VSL Tigers, but it was a pretty day on Tuesday, with the VSL Tigers punishing the VSL Cardinals. Gino Aguirre earned the win, tossing five shutout innings on just two hits. Francisco Martinez was aman of three's - three hits, three runs, three RBI. Raul Leiva added two hits and an RBI.

Posted by: Wez, 7/23


July 21st Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 6, ROCHESTER 4
58-45, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – BINGHAMTON 12, ERIE 3
42-60, 5th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 13, VERO BEACH 5
15-13, 3rd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – CCLD: RAIN
14-16, 4th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – GM1: VERMONT 4, ONEONTA 1
GM2: VERMONT 4, ONEONTA 2

16-16, 2nd in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - INDIANS 5, TIGERS 4
12-16, 6th in North Division

R DSL Tigers - PADRES 4, TIGERS 3
14-30, 4th in Santo Domingo West

R VSL Tigers – PIRATES 3, TIGERS 2
18-39, 8th in VSL

More long balls from the 'Hens on Monday, including a pair from Brent Clevlen, as he continues to pound the ball for Toledo. Clevlen got the scoring started in the first with a solo shot, and then followed that up with a two run blast in the second as part of a four run inning. The cushion was big enough for Eddie Bonine, who gave up four runs, two earned in 7 1/3 innings. Blaine Neal picked up the save, his 24th. In addition to Clevlen, Timo Perez had a home run and a pair of RBI, and Jeff Larish and Clete Thomas each had two hits.

It wasn't a sparkling return for Luis Marte, as he gave up six runs in just 3 2/3 innings, battling his control before exiting. Marte walked three and struck out just one. The bullpen couldn't stop the bleeding though, and the offense couldn't keep up. Jeff Frazier and Will Rhymes each had two hits in the losing effort.

The Flying Tigers tried to emulate their big league parent club on Monday, coming up a bit short of the 19 the Tigers had, but still putting together a nice showing in their own right. Kyle Pearson got the win in relief despite allowing four runs after relieving Kevin Witt, who gave up a run in four innings. Ryan Strieby and Jeramy Laster each had a home run, while newcomer Adam Frost had three hits and three runs scored, including a solo home run.

The O-Tigers fell from first place, dropping both games of a doubleheader on Monday. Trevor Feeney took the loss in the first game despite pitching well, giving up two runs in six innings of work. The offense managed just four hits though, and couldn't get much going at the plate. Things didn't go much better in the nightcap, with Matt Hoffman taking the loss in game two, giving up four runs in four innings. The offense still didn't have much going, managing just three hits.

The GCL Tigers lost a close battle on Monday, scoring three runs in the eighth to take a two run lead, only to surrender three runs back in the bottom half. Brayan Villareal took the loss for owning the game winning runs, but it was Richard Zumaya that let them cross the plate, taking the blown save. The Tigers got the majority of their runs off of some poor defense from the Indians' four errors - they had just one RBI - from Keith Hernandez.

Another rookie league game in the DSL, and another one run defeat. The DSL Tigers entered the ninth with a two run lead, but Gabriel Herrara gave up a pair of runs in the ninth to tie the game at three, and then allowed the go-ahead run in the tenth, taking the loss. Unfortunate for starter Marcos Nunez, who gave up just one unearned run in six innings of work. Alexander Nunez had two hits, two runs and two walks, while Juaner Aguasvivas also had a pair of hits.

At the risk of acknowledging the trend, the VSL Tigers dropped a one run game to the Pirates on Monday, giving up a walk-off single in the ninth. Fernando Celis took the loss, giving up the game winning run in the ninth. Celis struggled with his control, walking three in 1 2/3 innings. Hernan Perez and Adlofo Reina combined for five hits to lead the offense.

Posted by: Wez, 7/22


July 20th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 8, PAWTUCKET 4
57-45, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 3, AKRON 1
42-59, 5th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – VERO BEACH 5, LAKELAND 4
14-13, 3rd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – BURLINGTON 6, WEST MICHIGAN 0
14-16, 4th in Eastern Division

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

R GCL Tigers - OFF DAY
12-15, 5th in North Division

R DSL Tigers - OFF DAY
14-29, 4th in Santo Domingo West

R VSL Tigers – OFF DAY
18-38, 8th in VSL

Like Chris Lambert the night before, Yorman Bazardo didn't have a great outing, but pitched well enough to get a win considering strong run support once again. Bazardo got his fourth win of the year, giving up four runs in 6 2/3 innings of work. Brent Clevlen and Timo Perez led the charge for the offense. Clevlen had three hits, two runs and two RBI, including a solo home run, while Perez had two hits and three RBI.

Erie got all of their runs via the long ball, including the go-ahead runs in the eighth off the bat of Ryan Roberson. Luke French had one of his best outings of the year, tossing six shutout innings but walked away with a no decision. It would be Matt Rusch that would pick up the win, who was on the mound when Roberson had his two run blast. Casey Fien pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save. Santo de Leon got the 'Wolves on the board earlier in the game with a solo blast.

Coming off their no-hitter performance, the Flying Tigers seemed to have a bit of a hangover, as Jay Sborz blew a two run lead in the ninth, with the Dodgers scoring three runs in the ninth without ever getting an out. Guillermo Moscoso turned in a strong start in the loss, giving up two runs (one earned) in 5 2/3 innings. Ryan Strieby had a pair of hits, including a solo home run, his 20th of the year.

The Whitecaps were shut out on Sunday afternoon, despite a great outing from Jon Kibler. Kibler yielded just one run in six innings of work, exiting down a run. But Burlington would get to reliever Wilton Garcia, tagging him for five runs, and putting the game out of reach for the 'Caps. Not much came from the offense, as the group managed just three hits, and just one for extra bases (a double from Cory Middleton).

Posted by: Wez, 7/21



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