MiLB Recap Blog: Strieby's Power Run Rolls On

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August 9th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – NORFOLK 5, TOLEDO 2
64-58, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 4, READING 3
56-66, 5th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – DUNEDIN 8, LAKELAND 6
24-23, 2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - SOUTH BEND 2, WEST MICHIGAN 1
22-25, 5th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – JAMESTOWN 7, ONEONTA 2
21-27, 2nd in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - PPD: RAIN
17-25, 6th in North Division

R DSL Tigers - TIGERS 2, NATIONALS(2) 1
24-36, 3rd in Santo Domingo West

R VSL Tigers – END OF SEASON
24-43, 8th in VSL

Norfolk never had a big inning to attack the Mud Hens, however, they were consistently putting pressure on Hens starter Yorman Bazardo. Bazardo lasted 6 1/3 innings, giving up five runs (four earned). The offense didn't get going until Norfolk already had taken a 5-0 lead, when Mike Hollimon blasted a two run homer, which proved to be Toledo's only source of runs. Clete Thomas did have a pair of doubles in the losing effort.

The SeaWolves used the long ball to squeak past Reading on Saturday, with four solo home runs getting the job done. Denny Christensen earned the win, giving up two runs (one earned) in six innings of work - he also struck out eight. The four homers came from Ryan Roberson, Santo de Leon, Wilkin Ramirez, and Casper Wells, who provided the game winner. Reading made it interesting late with a run off Rudy Darrow in the ninth, but he recorded a strikeout with the tying run on base to secure the victory.

Robbie Weinhardt had been near perfect so far this season, but he gave up the go ahead runs in the ninth to take his first loss of the year. Jonah Nickerson had been incredibly consistent all season for the Flying Tigers, but that wasn't the case on Saturday, with Nickerson giving up six runs in five innings of work. Ryan Strieby of course had yet another home run, and Jeff Kunkel also added a two run homer. Michael Bertram chipped in with three hits, and Justin Justice added a pair of doubles.

It was a pitcher's duel on Saturday between West Michigan and South Bend, with South Bend taking the lead in the seventh - the earned runs were credited to Lauren Gagnier, who also took the loss, but were given up by Wilton Garcia. The team's up-the-middle combo got the only run across the plate, with Justin Henry scoring, and Audy Ciriaco driving him in. Alex Avila also had a pair of hits for the club.

Jamestown peppered Oneonta pitching with 17 hits, keeping constant pressure on the O-Tigers all game long, especially early on. David Stokes took the loss, giving up six runs in 3 1/3 innings of work. Mike Gosse drove in two runs for Oneonta, including a solo blast, with Brent Wyatt adding a pair of hits.

And after spending the entire season in last place, the DSL Tigers climbed out with a 2-1 victory over the DSL Nationals(2) squad, jumping them in the process. Ramon Lebron picked up the win, giving up a run in six innings of work. Gabriel Herrera picked up the save for pitching the seventh in the rain-shortened game. Santos Heredia and Luis Castillo each scored a run in the win.

Posted by: Wez, 8/10


August 8th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 9, NORFOLK 3
64-57, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 14, READING 2
55-66, 5th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 4, DUNEDIN 3
24-22, 2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – WEST MICHIGAN 3, GREAT LAKES 2
22-24, 5th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – STATEN ISLAND 5, ONEONTA 2
21-26, 2nd in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - SSPD: RAIN
17-25, 6th in North Division

R DSL Tigers - NATIONALS(1) 3, TIGERS 2
23-36, t-4th in Santo Domingo West

R VSL Tigers – END OF SEASON
24-43, 8th in VSL

It was a welcome return home for the Mud Hens, who got a 9-3 win over Norfolk. Chris Lambert turned in a quality start to earn the victory, giving up three runs in six innings. Dusty Ryan led the charge for the offense with two hits, three runs and two RBI. Clete Thomas and Brent Clevlen also each had two hits and two RBI for Toledo, who picked up its first win in a week.

Erie didn't match their Thursday ouput . . . but only barely. The 'Wolves scored 14 runs on Friday. This time Wilkin Ramirez was the one directing the offense, with three hits, including a pair of home runs with six runs driven in. The offensive performance was plenty for Guillermo Moscoso, who improved to 2-0 for Erie, giving up two runs in six innings, with nine strikeouts. Ryan Roberson chipped in with three hits and two runs scored, while Casper Wells added a solo blast.

Duane Below battled his control but was still able to get Lakeland out of its losing streak. Below gave up two runs in 5 1/3 innings (walking five in the process) before handing things over to the bullpen. Ryan Perry picked up his second save, though it wasn't easy, with Perry giving up a run and allowing the tying run to reach base. Ryan Strieby once again drove the offense, blasting his 28th home run and driving in three runs - Strieby now leads the Florida State League in home runs and RBI, and is second in slugging percentage.

The Whitecaps rallied in the ninth inning to pick up a win over Great Lakes. The 'Caps entered the ninth trailing 2-0, but picked up three runs via a Chris Carlson bomb that scored Kyle Peter and Christopher White. Noah Krol pitched the final two innings to earn the win. Mauricio Robles struggled out of the gate, making it just 3 2/3 innings before being lifted. Robles allowed only three hits and two runs, but couldn't keep the ball around the plate, walking six.

Every full season team picked up a win on Friday, but Oneonta couldn't continue that streak, falling once again to Staten Island. Trevor Feeney took the loss, giving up four runs (two earned) in five innings. Anthony Shawler did toss three innings of relief, allowing just one unearned run. Tyler Weber had two hits and a run for the O-Tigers. Brandon Douglas and Keith Stein each had an RBI.

And the DSL Tigers saw their winning streak come to an end on Friday. Rayni Guichardo took the loss, being the victim of some bad defense. Guichardo gave up three runs but only one earned in six innings, with five strikeouts. Ricardo Olivo and Elvin Soto each had an RBI for the club in the losing effort.

Posted by: Wez, 8/9


August 7th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – LOUISVILLE 2, TOLEDO 1
63-57, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 15, READING 3
54-66, 5th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – CLEARWATER 10, LAKELAND 4
23-22, 2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – GM1: WEST MICHIGAN 4, GREAT LAKES 3
GM2: WEST MICHIGAN 2, GREAT LAKES 1

21-24, 5th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – STATEN ISLAND 9, ONEONTA 4
21-25, 2nd in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - GM1: YANKEES 5, TIGERS 4
GM2: YANKEES 2, TIGERS 1

17-25, 6th in North Division

R DSL Tigers - TIGERS 5, PADRES 2
23-35, t-4th in Santo Domingo West

R VSL Tigers – END OF SEASON
24-43, 8th in VSL

Toledo's pitching staff finally showed up to slow down Louisville, unfortunately, it was on the same night that the 'Hens bats stayed home, as Louisville completed the sweep over Toledo. Anastacio Martinez got a no decision as the starter, giving up one unearned in 6 2/3 innings of work. Francisco Cruceta took the loss, giving up the go ahead run in the tenth. Erick Almonte produced the team's lone run, a solo home run in the seventh.

The Erie bats didn't share the same problem as Toledo did, putting up 15 runs on 20 hits. Deik Scram had a pair of home runs, driving in five, while Casper Wells went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and two RBI. Caonabo Cosme also went 5-for-6, and Ryan Roberson blasted his 21st home run. It was plenty of run support for Josh Rainwater, who barely needed any of it, picking up the win for giving up a run in eight innings of work, with five strikeouts.

Lakeland is suffering from a similar skid as Toledo, falling again on Thursday evening. Jordan Tata took the loss, giving up five runs (three earned) in five innings of work. Tata also walked three and struck out three. Ryan Strieby led the offensive charge with three hits (two doubles) and trhee RBI. Brennan Boesch also added two hits and a run driven in.

The Whitecaps took both games on Thursday night, finishing up their game from Wednesday that was suspended, and then squeaking out a 2-1 victory in the nightcap. The 'Caps picked up a win in the first game with a run in the ninth via a sacrifice fly by Justin Henry that scored Jordan Newton. That earned the win for Wilton Garcia, who pitched the final two innings. Manny Miguelez turned in a strong outing in the nightcap to get the win in the second game. Miguelez gave up one run in 5 1/3 innings, with four strikeouts, before handing the game over to Brett Jacobson, who earned his first save. Kyle Peter and Jordan Newton each drove in a run to help the team to victory.

The O-Tigers dropped another game to Staten Island, with Matt Hoffman taking the loss. Hoffman made it just 3 1/3 innings, giving up four runs. Joe Bowen had three hits and scored a run, with Brandon Douglas adding a hit, a run and an RBI.

The GCL Tigers had a doubleheader, dropping both games to the GCL Yankees. Richard Zumaya took the loss in the first game, giving up five runs on ten hits in five innings of work. The Tigers had scoring opportunities late, but left the tying run stranded on second in the last inning. Alexis Espinoza had two hits, while Jordan Lennerton brought home three runs in the sixth via a home run. In the second game, the GCL Tigers gave up the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth, Eric Broberg allowing the run and taking the loss. Brayan Villareal had a strong start though, allowing a run on two hits in five innings. But the offense provided very little support, with Lennerton driving in the lone run.

And finally, the DSL Tigers continued their winning streak on Thursday with a win over the DSL Padres. Robert Diaz earned the win, giving up a run in five innings of work, with Gabriel Herrera recording the final four outs for his sixth save. Santos Heredia had two hits and two RBI from the leadoff slot for the club, while five players each crossed the plate once for the team.

Posted by: Wez, 8/8


August 6th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – LOUISVILLE 8, TOLEDO 4
63-56, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 8, HARRISBURG 3
53-66, 5th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – CLEARWATER 6, LAKELAND 4
23-21, 2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – SSPD: LIGHTNING
19-24, 5th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – STATEN ISLAND 3, ONEONTA 2
21-24, 2nd in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - BRAVES 8, TIGERS 2
17-23, 6th in North Division

R DSL Tigers - TIGERS 5, NATIONALS(2) 3
22-35, t-4th in Santo Domingo West

R VSL Tigers – END OF SEASON
24-43, 8th in VSL

Toledo's losing skid continued in Louisville on Wednesday night, with the pitching staff struggling yet again to get outs. Virgil Vasquez took the loss this time around, giving up four runs in six innings of work. Also, Casey Fien, who had four shutout outings to start his Toledo career, gave up three runs in just 2/3 of an inning. At the plate, Jeff Larish did have two hits, including a solo home run.

After a couple rough starts, Luis Marte seems to be back on track, with a quality start to help Erie pick up another win. Marte got his second win with the 'Wolves, giving up three runs in six innings, including seven strikeouts. Marte received plenty of support at the plate, including home runs from Jeff Frazier and Will Rhymes - Rhymes was 3-for-5 for the night. Ryan Roberson also added two hits and two RBI.

The Flying Tigers headed into the the ninth in a tie, only to see their recent first round draft pick get hit hard, giving up the go-ahead and game-winning runs. Perry allowed two runs on three hits in his inning of work. The rest of the pitching staff performed well though - Rick Porcello started, allowing three runs (two earned) in five innings, Robbie Weinhardt allowed an unearned run, and Cody Satterwhite pitched a perfect eighth. The top of the order was responsible for driving in all four Lakeland runs, with Michael Bertram driving in two of the four, and Justin Justice and Louis Ott driving in one apiece.

The O-Tigers suffered a close one-run defeat on Wednesday evening to Staten Island, falling further behind in the Stedler division. Luke Putkonen got a no decision as the starter, giving up a run in three innings of work. Daniel DeLucia took the loss in relief, giving up a pair of runs in four innings. Ben Guez had a solo home run with Carlos Ramirez adding a pair of hits.

Just when the GCL Tigers were on the cusp of climbing out of last place, a rough game against the GCL Braves has them back to a game and a half out. Jade Todd gave up just one unearend in 4 1/3 innings of work, but it was Darlin Duran taking the loss, allowing a run in 2/3 of an inning. Hayden Lackey and Jared Gayhart were the ones that let the game get out of reach, combining to allow six runs. Derek Lehrman, playing first base, had a double and an RBI.

And finally, the DSL Tigers won their sixth straight game, topping the DSL Nationals number two club. Carlos Melo gave up two runs in four innings as the starter, but Suriel Stephenson got the win in relief, allowing a run in 2 1/3 innings. Julio Rodriguez had a pair of RBI for the club, with Santos Heredia scoring three runs, and getting on base in all five plate appearances with three walks and two hits.

Posted by: Wez, 8/7


August 5th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – LOUISVILLE 10, TOLEDO 8
63-55, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 11, HARRISBURG 2
52-66, 5th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – CLEARWATER 5, LAKELAND 1
23-20, 2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – WEST MICHIGAN 5, GREAT LAKES 0
19-24, 5th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – OFF DAY
21-23, 2nd in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - TIGERS 7, BRAVES 5
17-22, 6th in North Division

R DSL Tigers - TIGERS 6, NATIONALS(1) 5
21-35, 4th in Santo Domingo West

R VSL Tigers – END OF SEASON
24-43, 8th in VSL

On Tuesday, the Mud Hens offense showed up in a big way, unfortunately, the 'Hens pitching staff couldn't keep Louisville in check. Eddie Bonine had a pair of outstanding starts, but couldn't keep Louisville down, giving up six runs in 6 1/3 innings of work. It was just Bonine's third loss of the year. Jeff Larish had a monster game at the plate, with two home runs and four RBI, while Dusty Ryan had his first home run as a member of the 'Hens.

Casper Wells is leading a SeaWolves surge with a huge game at the plate to lead Erie to a lopsided victory. Wells had three long balls, including five runs driven in to lead the way. Deik Scram and James Skelton also had solo home runs. The big showing at the plate over-shadowed a strong performance from Luke French, who gave up one run over seven innings of work, including eight strikeouts.

The good news in Lakeland is that Dontrelle made it through more than six innings of work without a single walk. The bad news was that Willis gave up ten hits and five runs in that span. The offense meanwhile struggled, managing just six hits and only one run. Justin Justice had two of those hits, including the team's lone RBI.

The Whitecaps got a great start from Jon Kibler as they shut out Great Lakes on Tuesday. Kibler allowed just two hits, no walks, and struck out nine in his complete game shutout. Kody Kaiser had a three run homer to get the offense going, while Joseph Tucker added three hits for the team.

The GCL Tigers moved within a half game of climbing out of the GCL North cellar with a 7-5 victory over the GCL Braves. Luis Sanz picked up the win, allowing two runs in six innings of work for the club. Luis Salas had a solo home run at the plate, with Chao-Ting Tang adding two doubles and two runs scored. Alden Carrithers also chipped in with two hits, a run and an RBI.

And finally, the DSL Tigers took a page out of the Chicago White Sox book, forcing extra innings, giving up the go-ahead run, but then coming back strong and walking away with a win in the bottom half of the inning. Luis Castillo ripped the game winning double that scored two runs for the victory. Marcos Nunez got a no decision as the starter, giving up two runs in six innings of work, including eight strikeouts. Santos Heredia also had two hits, two runs and an RBI.

Posted by: Wez, 8/6


August 4th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – LOUISVILLE 11, TOLEDO 0
63-54, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – HARRISBURG 8, ERIE 7
51-66, 5th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – TAMPA 10, LAKELAND 5
23-19, 2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – OFF DAY
18-24, 5th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – GM1: ONEONTA 6, TRI-CITY 4
GM2: TRI-CITY 7, ONEONTA 4

21-23, 2nd in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - PHILLIES 8, TIGERS 4
16-22, 6th in North Division

R DSL Tigers - TIGERS 5, PADRES 4
20-35, 4th in Santo Domingo West

R VSL Tigers – END OF SEASON
24-43, 8th in VSL

The Mud Hens had been struggling, but things got plain ugly on Monday evening against Louisville, as the Bats' bats came to play, shutting out the 'Hens in a big way. Yorman Bazardo was hit hard in the loss, allowing ten Louisville runs in 3 1/3 innings. On the bright side, the Tigers, in need of bullpen help, saw three relievers - Francisco Cruceta, Casey Fien and Francis Beltran - each toss a shutout inning. Jeff Larish, getting work at third base, had two hits, as did Kody Kirkland.

The SeaWolves made a valiant comeback attempt, but fell just short at the 'Uht', losing to Harrisburg by a run. Santo De Leon closed the gap to one run in the bottom of the ninth, but the SeaWolves could never get the tying run on base. Denny Christensen didn't pitch well (five runs allowed in five innings), but it was Matt Rusch who took the loss, allowing a pair of runs in 2 1/3 innings. In addition to De Leon, Casper Wells had two hits, two runs and two RBI.

The Flying Tigers had been playing well as of late, but like the 'Hens, LFT fell by allowing double digits in runs to the opposition. It wasn't the follow-up that Alfredo Figaro was hoping for, as his first decision in the FSL was a loss - he gave up six runs in 4 1/3 innings. Ryan Strieby did continue his power tear with yet another home run, while Cale Iorg had three hits and two runs in his return, and Justin Justice also had three hits, including a pair of doubles.

Oneonta was able to get the organization out of the loss column, putting up three runs in the bottom of the 12th inning to get a win in the first game, despite a late push with Tri-City scoring a run in the bottom half of the 12th inning. They weren't as successful in game two however, falling 7-4. Brandon Douglas had three hits in the first game, including the go-ahead RBI in the 12th inning. Aaron Fuhrman got the win in relief, while Anthony Shawler picked up the save. David Stokes was hit hard in the second game though, giving up five runs in four innings of work to take the loss. Carlos Ramirez did have a two run homer.

The GCL Tigers kept their game with the GCL Phillies close until nearly the end, when the GCL Phillies put up three runs to create some distance and send the GCL Tigers to the loss column. Victor Larez got a no decision as the starter, while Dario Carvajal took the loss, despite only giving up a run in four innings. Derek Lehrman did have two hits.

The DSL Tigers pulled out a victory over the Padres thanks to a four run sixth inning that gave the team a one run lead that they were able to hold onto. Ramon Lebron took a no decision for allowing four runs in five innings, with Emmaneul Del Orbe picking up his first win of the year in relief. Luis Castillo had two hits, a run and an RBI for the club.

Posted by: Wez, 8/5


August 3rd Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – INDIANAPOLIS 8, TOLEDO 4
63-53, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 4, READING 3
51-65, 5th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – GM1: LAKELAND 2, TAMPA 1
GM2: LAKELAND 4, TAMPA 2

23-18, 2nd in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps – KANE COUNTY 7, WEST MICHIGAN 1
18-24, 5th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – PPD: RAIN
20-22, 2nd in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - OFF DAY
16-21, 6th in North Division

R DSL Tigers - OFF DAY
19-35, 4th in Santo Domingo West

R VSL Tigers – OFF DAY
24-43, 8th in VSL

Chris Lambert couldn't slow down Indianapolis on Sunday, as the Mud Hens fell once again. Lambert fell to 11-7, giving up four runs in five innings of work. Toledo's offense meanwhile didn't arrive until the game was seemingly out of reach. Jeff Larish and Clete Thomas each had home runs, but it was too little, too late for the 'Hens. Freddy Guzman also had a pair of hits and scored a run.

The SeaWolves received an outstanding start from Guillermo Moscoso in his Double-A debut as the 'Wolves moved within a half game of fourth place. Moscoso yielded one unearned run in six innings of work, including striking out ten. Will Rhymes had a big day at the plate with four hits, falling a home run short of the cycle. Jeff Frazier added a pair of hits and a pair of RBI.

The Flying Tigers took both games of a doubleheader against Tampa, remains solidly in second place in the FSL West. In the opener, Duane Below earned the win, with Ryan Perry picking up his first save. Below gave up one run in 5 2/3 innings before handing things over to Perry. Perry walked one and struck out one in 1 1/3 innings of work. Ryan Strieby and Devin Thomas each had solo home runs. In the second game, it was another strong start (this time from Jonah Nickerson) and another recent draft pick picking up the save, with Robbie Weinhardt pitching a perfect ninth for his third save. Strieby, Justin Justice and Louis Ott had two hits apiece, with Ott also driving in a pair of runs.

The 'Caps continued their slide on Sunday, with Kane County beating up Lauren Gagnier. Gagnier couldn't make it out of the third inning, giving up six runs in 2 1/3 innings of work. The 'Caps were in a deep hole, but the offense didn't do much to keep the team in the game, managing just one run before Kane County had its big six run third inning, but no more for the rest of the game. Joe Tucker did have three hits in the losing effort.

And Oneonta had its entire weekend series with Tri-City postponed due to rain. They will try and make up two of the three games on Monday in a doubleheader.

Posted by: Wez, 8/4



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