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August 2nd Games

63-52, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 9, READING 0
50-65, 5th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – SARASOTA 3, LAKELAND 2
21-18, 2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – KANE COUNT 5, WEST MICHIGAN 2
18-23, 5th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – POSTPONED; RAIN
20-22, 2nd in Stedler Division

16-21, t-5th in North Division

18-35, 4th in Santo Domingo West

24-43, 8th in VSL

Starter Anastacio Martinez was pummeled in Indy, as former Tiger prospect Corey Hamman was solid in his start with seven strikeouts in six innings. Right-hander Jeremy Johnson was also lit up in his time on the hill, while Casey Fien and Ian Ostlund combined to throw three scoreless innings. Triple-A doesn't seem to be a concern for Dusty Ryan, who ripped a double and a triple in four at-bats last night. Jeff Larish also doubled, and Kody Kirkland tripled in the effort.

Both the Erie offense and defense were clicking yesterday, as Josh Rainwater and Angel Castro shutout the Reading Phillies. Rainwater gave up just five hits in seven innings, with five strikeouts. Third baseman Santo De Leon ripped two doubles and scored twice in his four at-bats. Also doubling were Deik Scram and Casper Wells, while Wilkin Ramirez drove in three runs with two singles in four trips.

In a 15-innings marathon, Lakeland came out on the losing end of a 3-2 decision. Cale Iorg returned from the disabled list and showed some rust at the top of the lineup; going 0-for-7 with six strikeouts. Ryan Strieby is scorching! On Saturday, Strieby doubled and homered, while Justin Justice also doubled in the contest. Jordan Tata finally looked healthy by flipping six innings of shutout ball in his first start back in Lakeland, giving up just one hit and striking out nine. Robbie Weinhardt yet again pitched scoreless baseball, this time for two more innings with four strikeouts; keeping his amazing run of scoreless baseball alive. The game ended when Zach Simons gave up a one-out solo shot to Reds prospect Todd Frazier in the bottom of the fifteenth.

In what has become an amazing run, Justin Henry remained absolutely on fire, going 4-for-4 with a double and three singles; raising his average to .306 on the year. Also perfect on the night, Ronnie Bourquin was 3-for-3 with a double and a walk. Mauricio Robles wasn't quite as dominant as he's been in recent games, giving up three runs in five innings while walking four and striking out just three. Paul Nardozzi and Kelvin Cedano each gave up a run in their time on the hill, to put the game out of the 'Caps reach.

The Tigers and Phillies flip-flopped in games of a double header, each winning a 2-1 affair in seven innings. In the Tigers version of the game, both Luis Salas and Keith Hernandez picked up two hits, with Salas tripling. Brandon Hamilton was again solid in his start for the Tigers, with five innings of one-run ball; closed out by another scoreless inning with three punch outs from Nick Cassavechia.

In the other game, Luis Salas added a base to his hit, homering in the second inning for the Tigers only run of the game. Richard Zumaya gave up just two hits and a walk in four innings, allowing both runs the Phillies put on the board. Eric Broberg made his pro debut with a scoreless inning of relief and one strikeout.

In a crushing victory, the DSL Tigers rolled to an 11-0 win over the Nats. Both Juaner Aguasvivas and Samir Rijo ripped three hits, including a three-run shot for Rijo. Shortstop Samuel Ortiz picked up four ribbies with a double and a single in five at-bats. Also collecting a pair of hits were Santo Heredia and Luis Castillo. Rayni Guichardo pitched five innings of one-hit ball with four walks and five strikeouts. The Tiger bullpen picked up the rest with four combined strikeouts in four innings of relief.

A three-run homer from Adolfo Reina was all the VSL Tigers needed to beat the Mariners yesterday. Reina also picked up a single in the game, while Francisco Martinez singled and scored twice on the day. Oscar Gomez had a rough day, wearing the collar with four strikeouts in four at-bats. Bruce Rondon picked up the win with six strikeouts and only two runs allowed in five innings of work. Clemente Mendoza was stellar with just one hit allowed and two strikeouts in four innings of relief.

Posted by: Mark, 8/3

August 1st Games

63-51, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 10, READING 6
49-65, 5th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 6, SARASOTA 4
21-17, 2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – KANE COUNT 7, WEST MICHIGAN 6
18-22, 5th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 6, TRI-CITY 0
20-22, 2nd in Stedler Division

15-20, t-5th in North Division

17-35, 4th in Santo Domingo West

23-43, 8th in VSL

Toledo picked up it's second shutout in as many days, as Virgil Vasquez did his best to match Eddie Bonine's fine outing from Thursday. With seven innings of two-hit ball, and a shutout inning each from Fracisco Cruceta and Francis Beltran, that was all the pitching the 'Hens would need. At the plate, both Dusty Ryan and Erick Almonte picked up two hits including a double, while Kody Kirkland also doubled and drove in two.

Ryan Roberson did it again, ripping his 20th bomb of the season for Erie. This time, Roberson blasted a grand slam in the fourth inning, right before Deik Scram followed with a solo shot of his own. Casper Wells picked up two doubles, and Wilkin Ramirez slugged one double and drove in two while walking twice as well. Luis Marte went out and tried to silence those that are still skeptical about his health. Marte tossed five innings, allowing two earned runs (5 unearned) on five hits, with four strikeouts. The outing earned him his first Double-A win. Matt Rusch, Brendan Wise, and Rudy Darrow combined to allow one unearned run in four innings of relief work.

The runs didn't come until the seventh inning for the LFT on Friday, but the still managed a win with four in that seventh inning, and two more in the top of the ninth. Gustavo Nunez was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI, while Ryan Strieby blasted a two-run home run; his 24th of the season. Rick Porcello's defense let him down again, forcing him to give up four runs, with only one of them earned. The Tigers top prospect struck out three and didn't walk a batter in four innings of work. Zach Simons was the picture of perfection, workinng two clean innings of relief with five strikeouts, while Ryan Perry tossed a perfect inning to pick up his first professional win.

Manny Miguelez struggled through five innings on Friday, walking three and only striking out one, while giving up five runs. Despite his rough performance, the offense kept Miguelez from taking the loss. That belonged to Scott Green, who gave up a run on two hits and two walks in just 1 1/3 innings. Justin Henry remained scorching hot with two more hits on Friday, while Kody Kaiser and Jordan Newton each blasted home runs, their seventh and fourth of the season, respectively.

Despite only one extra-base hit (a double from Joe Bowen), the O-Tigers posted six runs in the first four innings and then held the Valley Cats at bay to get the shutout. Bryan Pounds had two singles and two runs driven home, while Brandon Douglas scored twice. Trevor Feeney was dynamite, giving up just one hit and one walk in eight innings, while striking out nine. Tyler Conn finished things off with a scoreless ninth and one strikeout.

The GCL Tigers completed a prior game suspended by rain, and the two runs given up by Darlin Duran on an earlier day weren't enough to overcome. Jade Todd gave up just one hit and struck out nine in 5 2/3 innings to finish off the game. Londell Taylor picked up one of only three hits for the Tigers, and it was his second home run of the season.

Brayan Villareal pitched six stellar innings in the second game of the day, as it was completed early due to rain. Brayan struck out seven batters and didn't surrender a walk, while giving up only one earned run. With only three hits again, the Tigers couldn't muster any offense, with only singles from Alden Carrithers, Brandon Harrigan, and Luis Salas.

They didn't get a lot of hits, but the DSL Tigers did made them count, picking up their two runs on just four singles, to go along with four walks. Alexander Nunez and Elvin Soto drove in the Tiger runs, and Luis Castillo walked twice and scored a run. Emmanuel Del Orbe started but was yanked after just one inning for unknown reasons. Robert Diaz earned the win with three innings of shutout ball and three strikeouts. Gabriel Herrera made it interesting in the ninth with a hit and two walks, but he did pick up his fifth save of the season.

Posted by: Mark, 8/2

July 31st Games

62-51, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – AKRON 4, ERIE 1
48-65, t-5th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – SARASOTA 1, LAKELAND 0
20-17, 2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – QUAD CITIES 3, WEST MICHIGAN 2
18-21, 5th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ABERDEEN 6, ONEONTA 5
19-22, t-2nd in Stedler Division

15-18, t-5th in North Division

16-35, 4th in Santo Domingo West

23-43, 8th in VSL

Eddie Bonine turned in a fantastic start Thursday night, as the Toledo Mud Hens blanked Indianapolis to the tune of an 8-0 final score. Bonine was masterful in his seven innings of work, yielding just five hits and one walk, while striking out four. Brian Rogers locked down the last two innings, striking out five batters. While he didn't steal any bases last night, Freddy Guzman did manage three hits and two runs, while Brent Clevlen picked up three singles and a double on the night. Also doubling for the Hens were Timo Perez, Erick Almonte, and Mike Hollimon.

A run in the top of the first wasn't enough for the 'Wolves on Thursday, as Akron tacked on three in the second and one in the fifth to seal the win. Wilkin Ramirez accounted for Erie's lone run with a solo shot, his 15th of the season. Luke French gave up four runs though only two were earned, in seven innings. He walked one and struck out three in the process. Scot Drucker made his Erie debut after signing out of an independent league, throwing a scoreless eighth allowing two hits and a walk.

One run in the second innings was all the fans in Sarasota witnessed yesterday, as Dontrelle Willis and Matt Klinker dominated the opposition for their respective teams. Willis worked five innings, giving up five hits and three walks, while striking out three. Derek Witt tossed two scoreless frames, and Cody Satterwhite kept his perfect ERA with another scoreless inning and two strikeouts. Brennan Boesch doubled and Ryan Strieby picked up two hits in the tight loss.

The Quad City River Bandits pulled out a gut-wrenching 3-2 victory over West Michigan, with the winning run scoring on a two-out hit by pitch from closer Noah Krol. The loss drops Krol to 2-3 on the year, and foils a strong start from rookie Thad Weber. Weber gave up only two runs in seven innings with two strikeouts, while fellow 2008 draftee Brett Jacboson wriggled out of his inning without allowing a run despite giving up a hit and a walk. Chris White went yard for the first time as a Whitecap, while Ronnie Bourquin picked up two hits and a walk in the loss.

Allowing a run in the bottom of the ninth, the Oneonta Tigers were forced to go to extra innings yet again; coming out on the losing end of a 6-5 decision in twelve innings. Billy Nowlin kept his bat hot, ripping a grand slam in the sixth that tied the game at four. Mike Gosse had three singles and Bryan Pounds drove in his 20th run of the year. Starter Mark Soresen wasn't at his best, giving up four runs in five innings, though Dan DeLucia came on with three scoreless innings to keep the game tight. Three walks undid Tyler Stohr, and Lester Oliveros proved human by allowing the winning run in 2 2/3, despite striking out five.

Juaner Aguasvivas doubled twice as part of his three-hit night, and Ernesto Martes picked up two hits of his own in four trips to the plate. Four seperate players drove in the DSL Tigers' four runs, leading to the win. Carlos Melo, Yinio Calderon, and Melvin Mercedes were very good in their stints on the hill, holding the Padres to just one run on three hits in the contest.

A triple from Wondy De Los Santos and a double from Gilbert Gomez led the offense, along with three singles from the red hot Francisco Martinez. Martinez's batting average is now up to a sparkling .321 on the year. Jose Diaz spun five shutout innings allowing just two hits and two walks, while Frank Penalver came on for the win despite giving up a run in three innings of work.

Posted by: Mark, 8/1

July 30th Games

61-51, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 4, AKRON 3
48-64, 6th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 6, TAMPA 5
20-16, 2nd in West Division

18-20, 5th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ABERDEEN 4, ONEONTA 2
19-21, 3rd in Stedler Division

15-18, t-5th in North Division

15-35, 4th in Santo Domingo West

22-43, 8th in VSL

For the second time in a week, Freddy Guzman swiped four bases, giving him 39 in his time with the Hens. Yorman Bazardo turned things around and pitched in with a eight inning gem. Bazardo gave up two runs with four strikeouts, but took the loss as the offense couldn't muster more than one run. Clete Thomas chipped in with a double and the teams lone RBI, while Jeff Larish picked up two singles in four trips to the plate.

In the first game of the double-header, the West Michigan Whitecaps walked away with a 7-2 victory behind another good outing from lefty Jon Kibler. Kibler gave up just one earned runs in 6 2/3 innings of a seven inning game, while Wilson Garcia struck out the final batter to end the game. Chris White turned in a 3-for-3 performance in his first action as a 'Cap, with a double and a walk hitting in the nine slot. Joe Tucker, Ronnie Bourquin, and Jordan Newton all had two knocks on the night; with Newton and Bourquin ripping a double.

The 'Caps couldn't complete the sweep of the River Bandits (I'm so glad they are no longer the Swing of the Quad Cities), losing the nightcap 5-2. Audy Ciriaco doubled and drove in one, while Al Avila continued to stroke the ball with two more singles; raising his season average all the way to .292. On the hill, Andrew Hess fell to 1-3 after giving up four runs (three earned) in four innings of work while striking out six. Orlando Perdomo made his 2008 'Caps debut with two innings of relief work, giving up a run on four hits while striking out one.

Billy Nowlin, remained hot at the plate, knocking his second home run of the season, a solo shot in the ninth. Angel Flores also posted a solo bomb, his first of the campaign. That was all the offense could muster in support of starter Matt Hoffman, who turned in a solid outing. With only three runs allowed in five innings, Hoffman made his case to head back to West Michigan at some point this season. Anthony Shawler was again stellar in his debut campaign, working three innings of one-run ball with four strikeouts; lowering his ERA to 1.29.

Though the GCL Tigers game was suspsended by rain in the fourth inning, some of the performance warrants mention. Luis Sanz struck out six while allowing only two hits in 3 2/3 innings of work, while Londell Taylor was 2-for-2 with his third double of the year. Jordan Lennerton drove in his 15th run of the season, the only run of the game at this juncture. The game will be completed as part of a double header on August 9th.

Despite fifteen hits, the Tigers couldn't get more than one run across the plate, as Ivan Espinoza scored the lone run on a single by Hernan Perez. Espinoza, Luis Sanz, Francisco Martinez, Hernan Perez, and Wondy De Los Santos all contributed two hits, while Raul Leiva posted three knocks on the day. After committing three errors on Tuesday, Hernan Perez was hit with another one on Wednesday, giving him 22 for the year. Wilsen Palacios didn't allow an earned run in five innings of work, striking out six in the process. Clemente Mendoza was tagged for three runs on two hits and a walk, without recording an out in relief.

An RBI single in the bottom of the ninth by Ryan Strieby plated James Skelton, to tie the game with Tampa at five. Then in the bottom of the tenth, Gustavo Nunez singled with two outs, moved over on a wild pitch, then again to third on a wild pitch, and was singled home by Louis Ott for the game winning run. Ryan Strieby finished the night 4-for-5 at the plate, while four players picked up two hits apiece, led by doubles from Jeramy Laster and Nunez. In his 2008 Lakeland debut, Alfredo Figaro continued his West Michigan success, giving up just two earned runs in five innings while striking out five. Five total runs scored on Figaro, but errors from Michael Bertram and Brennan Boesch allowed the other three runs. Robbie Weinhardt maintained his perfect ERA with Lakeland, tossing 2 1/3 scoreless frames with two strikeouts.

In similar fashion, the Erie Seawolves picked up their win in ten innings, though they pulled it out on the back of a tenth inning bomb from Dusty Ryan; his fifteenth of the season. Ryan Roberson drove in two runs in the contest, while Wilkin Ramirez stroked his 17th double of the year. Danny Christensen was excellent in six innings of work, giving up eight hits but failing to walk a batter while striking out six. Danny Zell picked up the win with an inning of perfect relief, moving his record to 4-2 on the year.

The DSL Tigers were two-hit by the Nats on Wednesday, with Elvin Soto cracking his fourth home run of the year, and Robinson Figueroa singling in three at-bats. Marcos Nunez was again stellar, tossing seven innings of four-hit ball with just one run allowed and four strikeouts. Vladimir Ortiz took the loss for the Tigers, walking three and giving up one hit in just 1 1/3 innings.

Posted by: Mark, 7/30

July 29th Games

61-50, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 11, AKRON 5
47-64, 6th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 7, TAMPA 1
19-16, 2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – POSTPONED; RAIN
17-19, 5th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 10, ABERDEEN 5
19-20, 3rd in Stedler Division

15-18, t-5th in North Division

15-34, 4th in Santo Domingo West

22-42, 8th in VSL

Two Hens teamed up to lead the team past Indianapolis in the first game of their series. Timo Perez ripped two doubles with two runs driven in, and Kody Kirkland awoke to smack two bombs; both solo shots. Chris Lambert returned to his solid ways, tossing seven innings with just four hits allowed and two earned runs, with five strikeouts. Clay Rapada, making his case that he can help the Major League bullpen, was stellar in two innings with only one hit allowed and two strikeouts.

The awakening of Alexis Espinoza may have just begun, as he went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, and four RBI. Shortstop Luis Palacios also chipped in with three hits , includinng three doubles. Victor Larez received the start for the GCL squad, working five shutout innings before giving way to Brandon Hamilton who allowed three unearned runs on a Brent Anderson fielding error, in two innings of work. Jared Gayhart and Nick Cassavechia worked a scoreless inning apiece, with Cassavechia picking up the fourth save of his career.

Only Ronald Torrealba managed an extra-base hit for the VSL boys on Tuesday, while Wondy De Los Santos and Francisco Martinez each collected two singles in the loss. Three errors by Hernan Perez at shortstop and six errors by the team put the Tigers in a serious hole, as they gave up five unearned runs, four of them on Carlos Alvarez's dime. Juan Lozano worked two scoreless to close it out, but it wasn't enough to help the offense climb back in the game.

Lauren Gagnier wasn't stellar, but he got the job done behind an offensive outburst from the Seawolves position players. Gagnier yielded four runs on eight hits in just six innings, but he was backed by solid relief from Matt Rusch and Danny Zell to ensure the 'Wolves win. The top of the order did most of the damage for Erie, as Casper Wells hit for the cycle as part of his four-hit night; driving in five in the process. Will Rhymes also collected four hits, including a double and a triple. Four other players chipped in two hits apiece, led by Deik Scram's single and double, and Dusty Ryan's single and triple.

Following the four-hit theme, Billy Nowlin ripped four against Aberdeen in the O-Tigers win. Nowlin finished with three runs scores as a result of his three singles and a double. Bryan Pounds ripped the first home run of his career, while Mike Gosse drove in four with a triple and single on the game. David Stokes picked up his third win against two defeats, with six strikeouts and three runs allowed in five innings of work. Mark Brackman struck out five in his two innings of relief, and Tyler Conn tossed two hitless innings to close out the game.

For a guy that doesn't hit many extra-base knocks, James Skelton came out of his shell last night and ripped a triple and a homer in a two-hit night. Joining him in the homer brigade was center fielder Justin Justice, his seventh of the season. Ryan Strieby, Brandon Timm, and Gustavo Nunez each chipped in with two hits, with one of Strieby's going for a double. On the hill, Jonah Nickerosn moved to 9-3 on the season with seven very strong innings; allowing just one run on three hits and a walk. Ryan Perry threw the final inning, giving up no runs, but walking one and allowing a single.

I'm pretty sure the DSL Tigers might have been pleased if Tuesday's game had been shortened a little more, rather than to just seven innings. In a 9-0 loss, the Tigers picked up only two hits and committed two errors in the process. Alexander Nunez and Juaner Aguasvivas collected the team's only hits on the night, both singles. Robert Diaz was touched up for seven runs (six earned) in just four innings, despite striking out six and walking none. Emmanuel Del Orbe didn't fair much better, yielding two runs on five hits in just two innings.

Posted by: Mark, 7/29

July 28th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 5, PAWTUCKET 4
60-50, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – AKRON 8, ERIE 7
46-64, 6th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – TAMPA 6, LAKELAND 5
18-16, t-2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – CEDAR RAPIDS 5, WEST MICHIGAN 3
17-19, 5th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – TRI-CITY 12, ONEONTA 3
18-20, 3rd in Stedler Division

14-18, t-5th in North Division

15-33, 4th in Santo Domingo West

22-41, 8th in VSL

It didn't take Casey Fien long to settle in at Triple-A and pick up his first victory at the level. With a scoreless 12th inning that included two strikeouts, the right-hander earned the win after his 'Hens teammates picked up a run in the bottom of the frame. Ian Ostlund, Francis Beltran, and Francisco Cruceta also pitched well in relief, enabling Toledo to march to victory. On offense, Erick Almonte homered and Freddy Guzman picked up three hits and swiped four bags, leading to three runs.

A run given up by Brendan Wise in the bottom of the ninth, led to another Erie loss, in spite of a homer happy offense. Casper Wells (6), Santo De Leon (2), and Ryan Roberson (19) each homered in the loss, while Dusty Ryan and De Leon doubled as well. Rudy Darrow was spectacular in relief, spinning 2 2/3 perfect innings with three strikeouts, before Ben Fritz and Brendan Wise combined to yield three runs in just 2 1/3 innings of work.

The LFT tried to complete a furious comeback in the bottom of the ninth, but they fell one run short of tying the game at six. Justin Justice, Louis Ott, and James Skelton all picked up two hits in the contest, while Brennan Boesch and Michael Bertram chipped in with a double apiece. Starter Duane Below was roughed up for five runs in 4 1/3 innings; walking five batters and giving up six hits in the process. After Jay Sborz surrendered a run in his two innings of work, '08 draft pick Cody Satterwhite was again scoreless in 1 1/3 innings of relief, despite giving up two hits.

The VSL Tigers tried for their own furious comeback on Monday, but also fell short in spite of runs in the eighth and ninth innings; losing to the Mets 3-2. Ivan Espinoza was 2-for-3 with a run scored on a single by shortstop Hernan Perez, while Adolfo Reina chipped in with his fourth home run of the season; a solo shot in the ninth. Josue Carreno was saddled with the tough-luck loss, giving up just one run on four hits and two walks in five innings, while striking out five. Fernando Celis couldn't keep the Tigers closer, giving up two runs without recording an out, while Frank Penalver finished things up with three innings of no-hit ball.

Mauricio Robles was spectacular in Grand Rapids on Monday, tossing seven innings of one-hit ball with just two walks and seven strikeouts. The young left-hander dropped his season ERA at West Michigan to a nice 2.48. Scott Green wasn't quite so lucky, giving up three runs on two hits in two innings, despite avoiding any walks and striking out four. When Noah Krol started giving up base runners in the eleventh inning, that spelled the end for the 'Caps as they ended up losing 5-3 to the Kernals. Kody Kaiser led the offense with a double and a homer, driving in three in the process. Kyle Peter also chipped in plenty with three hits and two stolen bases. Rounding out the stars at the plate, both Ronnie Bourquin and Alex Avila contributed two hits apiece.

In a game that battled rain most of the night, the O-Tigers fell hard to the Tri-City Valley Cats, by a final of 12-3. Shortstop Brandon Douglas continued to rake even after his demotion to Oneonta, ripping off a 3-for-5 night with a double. Meanwhile, Billy Nowlin continued to heat up a bit, seeing more time at first base, as he posted a 2-for-3 evening. Darwin De Leon was the original starter for the Tigers, but the rains came and cut his outing short after just one batter. Aaron Fuhrman, Santo Mieses, and Luis Gil were each roughed up in there outings, while Lester Oliveros was again electric in striking out the side in the eighth.

Rayni Guichardo gave the DSL Tigers everything they should have needed to get a win, with five innings of three-hit ball and seven strikeouts. Unfortunately, Zuriel Stephenson was roughed up for three runs in just 3 1/3, surrendering four hits and two walks. The offense could only muster a lone eighth inning run as pinch-runner Robinson Figueroa scored on a wild pitch by Padres pitcher Stalyn Valdez.

Posted by: Mark, 7/29

July 27th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – PAWTUCKET 8, TOLEDO 5
59-50, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – BOWIE 10, ERIE 1
46-63, t-5th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – OFF DAY
18-15, 2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – CEDAR RAPIDS 5, WEST MICHIGAN 0
17-18, 5th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – TRI CITY 5, ONEONTA 2
18-19, t-2nd in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - OFF DAY
14-18, 6th in North Division

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

R VSL Tigers – OFF DAY
22-40, 8th in VSL

Virgil Vasquez continued his up-and-down season, yielding six earned runs on eight hits, in just 2 1/3 innings of work. He didn't walk a batter, and struck out three, but hits just kept falling in. The loss drops VV's record to 6-11 on the season. Leading the offense, upcoming Olympic slugger Mike Hessman blasted his 31st and 32nd home runs of the season; driving in three of the 'Hens five runs. Clete Thomas also collected two hits, while Jeff Larish knocked his 16th double of the year.

The Erie Seawolves probably wish that the rain that blanketed much of the northeast yesterday, would have called off their game. The Bowie Bay Sox put a hurting on the 'Wolves, to the tune of a 10-1 thumping. Josh Rainwater was torched for nine runs in just over five innings of work, while the offense only avoided a shutout with a lone sixth inning run. Will Rhymes collected three hits to lead the hitters, while Wilkin Ramirez and Santo De Leon each collected two knocks of their own. Both Jeff Kunkel and Shawn Roof had rough nights, wearing the collar with 0-for-4 performances that were all strikeouts.

Moving back into the starting rotation for the 'Caps, Manny Miguelez was solid, giving up three runs (only one earned) and striking out four in 4 2/3 innings. Despite his solid performance, he took the loss and fell to 2-5 on the year, as the offense was blanked by Kernals pitchers Michael Davitt and Ismael Carmona. Only one 'Cap picked up multiple hits, as Justin Henry finished the night 2-for-4; raising his average to an even .300 for the year.

Luke Putkonen made his return to the mound Sunday afternoon, after battling shoulder soreness after his spring surgery. He pitched well in his three innings on the hill, allowing only one run on three hits. The bullpen pitched well, forcing the game to extra innings by only allowing one run over the next six innings. After a scoreless tenth from Tyler Stohr, Mark Brackman was the hard-luck loser after allowing three unearned runs in the 12th. After getting two quick outs in the top of the inning, Brackman allowed two singles, then a throwing error by shortstop Brandon Douglas opened the gates. Through twelve innings, the O-Tigers could only muster one extra-base hit; a double from designated hitter Brent Wyatt. Eric Harryman (3-5), Brandon Douglas (2-5), and Angel Flores (2-4) led the offense's singles barrage.

In the DSL All-Star game, the AL squad pulled out a 6-5 win in ten innings. Julio Rodriguez saw action at the plate and in the field for the Tigers, going 0-for-2 with a strikeout, while playing catcher. Marcos Nunez saw the hill of the Tigers, pitching a scoreless ninth in a tie game to force extras.

Posted by: Mark, 7/28

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