MiLB Recap Blog: Caps Secure Lone Farm Win

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August 30th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 7, COLUMBUS 1
74-68, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - AKRON 7, ERIE 5
67-73, 4th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – CLEARWATER 9, LAKELAND 3
31-36, 5th in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 7, DAYTON 3
34-33, 4th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – LOWELL 5, ONEONTA 4
28-38, 2nd in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - END OF SEASON
27-31, 5th in North Division

R DSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
30-42, 3rd in Santo Domingo West

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

Toledo picked up a win on the back of a strong outing from Jeremy Johnson. Johnson gave up just one unearned run in seven innings of work to pick up his fifth win of the season. Casey Fien pitched the final two innings to pick up his first save in Toledo. Brent Clevlen and Erick Almonte each drove in three runs for the club, with Timo Perez having a 4-for-5 night from the plate.

The SeaWolves dropped their second straight to Akron on Saturday, despite getting out to an early 5-1 lead. Josh Rainwater struggled, taking the loss, allowing six runs in six innings (though just four of the runs were earned). Wilkin Ramirez and Santo de Leon each had two hits, a run and an RBI for the team.

Duane Below didn't have his best outing, but exited with a no decision - it was the bullpen that couldn't keep Clearwater in check. Below allowed three runs in four innings, while every reliever sent to the mound except Ryan Perry gave up an earned run. Brandon Timm, who also made an appearance on the mound, had three hits for the team, with Jeramy Laster adding a two run homer.

Despite a rough start from Mauricio Robles, the Whitecaps offense and bullpen were able to come to the rescue and lead the 'Caps to victory. Paul Nardozzi got the win in releif, for pitching four shutout innings. Alex Avila blasted a three run homer, with Jordan Newton adding three hits, including a solo home run.

The O-Tigers went into the bottom of the ninth carrying a two run lead, but a three run ninth for Lowell spelled another loss for Oneonta. Tyler Stohr blew his third save of the season, giving up all three runs in the ninth. The outing wasted a strong start from Mark Sorensen, who gave up two runs in five innings. Hayden Parrott had a three run shot for the club, with Bryan Pounds also adding a pair of hits.

Posted by: Wez, 8/31


August 29th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – COLUMBUS 4, TOLEDO 0
73-68, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - AKRON 3, ERIE 1
67-72, 4th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 11, CLEARWATER 10
30-35, 5th in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 5, DAYTON 0
33-33, 4th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – BROOKLYN 3, ONEONTA 2
28-37, 2nd in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - END OF SEASON
27-31, 5th in North Division

R DSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
30-42, 3rd in Santo Domingo West

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

The Mud Hens were shut out by Columbus as they enter the final weekend of the season. Anastacio Martinez took the loss, giving up all four Columbus runs in 6 1/3 innings - unfortunately for him, he got no support. The offense managed only five hits, and despite three of them being doubles, could never get any of their runners in scoring position across the plate. Timo Perez did have two hits in the loss.

A three run first inning off Luis Marte via a pair of long balls gave Akron a 3-0 lead early, and despite getting a run back in the bottom half of the first, they could make up no more ground. Marte ended up allowing three runs over seven innings of work, but seeing his record fall to 4-4 with Erie. Casper Wells scored the lone run, driven in by Ryan Roberson. Pedro Cotto and Brandon Douglas each had two hits from the bottom of the order in the losing effort.

Lakeland, destined for defeat so it seemed, put up a four run ninth inning for a come-from-behind victory. After loading the bases and scoring two runs via walks, Michael Bertram ripped a single that scored Devin Thomas and Louis Ott, taking the victory. Derek Witt got the win after tossing an inning of perfect relief in the ninth. Lauren Gagnier started, getting hit hard, allowing seven runs (five earned) in 4 2/3 innings. At the plate, Jordan Lennerton and Jeramy Laster led the way, with Lennerton blasting a grand slam and Laster hitting a two run blast.

The Whitecaps, in preparation for the playoffs, moved back to .500 for the second half of the season with a 5-0 shutout of Dayton. Thad Weber got his first win as a pro, tossing 7 2/3 shutout innings before handing the game over to Scott Green, who recorded the final four outs. At the plate, Kody Kaiser and Joe Tucker each had a pair of RBI. Audy Ciriaco also had a pair of hits.

Brooklyn only managed three runs against Oneonta, but it was enough to pull out a one-run victory. Darwin de Leon gave up three runs in five innings of work, taking the loss for the club. Billy Nowlin had a 4-for-4 day for the O-Tigers. Brent Wyatt had both of the team's RBI via a two-run single in the third inning.

Posted by: Wez, 8/30


August 28th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 4, COLUMBUS 3
73-67, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 11, HARRISBURG 9
67-71, 4th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – FORT MYERS 6, LAKELAND 3
30-35, 5th in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - GREAT LAKES 12, WEST MICHIGAN 1
32-33, 4th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – BROOKLYN 6, ONEONTA 0
28-36, 2nd in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - END OF SEASON
27-31, 5th in North Division

R DSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
30-42, 3rd in Santo Domingo West

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

The Mud Hens assured themselves a winning record for yet another season in large part thanks to a three run eighth inning home run by Mike Hessman. Beyond that, the Tigers organization was on hand to watch Freddy Garcia impress in three innings of work as the starter. Garcia allowed two hits and no runs while striking out four. Francis Beltran picked up the win thanks to Hessman's shot, with Blaine Neal earning his 26th save. Will Rhymes also had a pair of hits.

Meanwhile, Erie still has a shot at .500, keeping hopes alive with yet another win - this time an 11-9 victory over Harrisburg. Luke French didn't have a great outing but still picked up the win - he gave up six runs in five innings of work. Ryan Roberson was the clear star of the game, going 5-for-5 with a home run and five runs driven in. James Skelton also chipped in with two hits, two runs and two RBI. Shawn Roof also had a pair of RBI.

Alfredo Figaro fell to 0-5 with the Flying Tigers, giving up five runs in four innings of work. While the game was already lost, Ryan Perry allowed yet another run - raising his ERA to 4.22, making it unlikely at this point he'll see time in Detroit this September. Cale Iorg and Jeramy Laster both had solo home runs in the losing effort.

An 11 run inning for Great Lakes made Thursday's game an ugly one for the Whitecaps. Brayan Villareal was torched for much of the damage, though the defense certainly didn't help. Villareal gave up seven runs (six earned) and was then relieved by Orlando Perdomo, who gave up five more (though just one earned). Both were hurt by a pair of errors in the fourth. Joe Tucker had two hits for the 'Caps, with Audy Ciriaco driving in the team's lone run.

The O-Tigers were shut out by Brooklyn, as Brooklyn got to starter David Stokes early. Stokes lasted just three innings, giving up five runs on eight hits. The Oneonta offense did manage six hits, but only one for extra bases, and couldn't generate regular scoring threats. Carlos Ramirez was the lone player that had a multi-hit day, with a pair of singles.

Posted by: Wez, 8/29


August 27th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 11, COLUMBUS 8
72-67, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - HARRISBURG 7, ERIE 2
66-71, 4th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – GM1: LAKELAND 1, FORT MYERS 0
GM2: FORT MYERS 8, LAKELAND 2

30-34, 4th in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 5, GREAT LAKES 2
32-32, 4th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – BROOKLYN 3, ONEONTA 1
28-35, 2nd in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - TIGERS 10, PHILLIES 1
27-31, 5th in North Division

R DSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
30-42, 3rd in Santo Domingo West

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

It wasn't the best outing from Virgil Vasquez, but he received plenty of run support to help him pick up his 11th win of the year. Freddy Dolsi did toss two shutout innings of relief. Timo Perez and Mike Hessman each had home runs and combined for five RBI, with the recently called-up Will Rhymes having two hits and two RBI. Dusty Ryan chipped in with two hits, a run and an RBI.

Harrisburg got four runs off Denny Christensen in the first inning, putting Erie in a hole they weren't able to climb out of. Christensen would give up another pair of runs, six total, in seven innings of work. Ryan Roberson and Santo de Leon drove the offense, with de Leon falling a home run short of the cycle, and Roberson blasting a solo home run.

The Flying Tigers split their doubleheader with Fort Myers on Wednesday, pulling out a 1-0 victory in the opener, but falling big in the nightcap. Rick Porcello tossed six innings of shut out, three-hit baseball to pick up the win in the first game. Jeff Kunkel drove in the lone run, which proved to be the game winner. Derek Witt was hit hard as the starter in the second game, giving up five runs in three innings of work. Jordan Lennerton did chip in with two hits.

Andrew Hess picked up a win for the Whitecaps, giving up two runs over 6 2/3 innings to earn just his second victory of the season. Noah Krol also pitched a perfect ninth for his 14th save of the year. Cory Middleton hit a two run home run, and Alex Avila also chipped in with a pair of runs driven in.

Brooklyn scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth to break the tie against Oneonta, and eventually pulled away with a 3-1 victory. Oneonta's defense was poor, committing three errors, but all three runs were earned, including the go-ahead runs scored off of Anthony Shawler. Trevor Feeney's strong outing was wasted - Feeney gave up a run in six innings of work, with no walks and six strikeouts. Ben Guez had two hits and scored the team's lone run.

And finally, the GCL Tigers wrapped up their season with an impressive 10-1 victory over the GCL Phillies. Victor Larez got the win, tossing five innings and giving up just one run, with Richard Zumaya and Nicholas Cassavechia each tossing two scoreless innings of relief. Alexis Espinoza had two hits and scored three runs, including a solo shot. Alden Carrithers had three hits and two runs driven in and Adam Frost chipped in with two hits and two runs scored.

Posted by: Wez, 8/28


August 26th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – RICHMOND 3, TOLEDO 2
71-67, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 4, HARRISBURG 3
66-70, 4th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 7, FORT MYERS 5
29-33, 4th in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 3, GREAT LAKES 2
31-32, 4th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 6, ABERDEEN 4
28-34, 2nd in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - TIGERS 7, PHILLIES 3
26-31, 5th in North Division

R DSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
30-42, 3rd in Santo Domingo West

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

Yorman Bazardo turned in a solid start, but didn't get enough run support to earn a victory, as he fell to 4-12 for the season. Bazardo gave up three runs in 5 2/3 innings of work, coming one more out shy of a quality start. The Mud Hens had 11 hits, but couldn't generate more than two runs from that. Timo Perez, Mike Hessman, Erick Almonte and Mike Hollimon all had multi-hit games for the Hens.

The SeaWolves moved within four games of .500 with a three run ninth inning, giving the 'Wolves a come-from-behind victory. James Skelton had the hit that scored Will Rhymes for the game-winning run. Guillermo Moscoso walked away with a no decision, allowing three runs in 5 2/3 innings - he also struck out seven. In addition to scoring the game winner, Rhymes also had a pair of RBI. Jeff Frazier added two hits and an RBI as well.

Despite a very rough outing from Jonah Nickerson that forced the Flying Tigers to use six relievers, the Flying Tigers still pulled out a win. Nickerson recorded only two outs before exiting, giving up four runs. Lester Oliveros got the win for tossing 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Jordan Lennerton, Brandon Timm and Carmelo Jaime each had a pair of RBI for the Flying Tigers in the win.

The Whitecaps needed extra innings to get a win, but with a sacrifice fly from Joseph Tucker, the Whitecaps took the game in the tenth. That sac fly earned the win for Scott Green, his first for the 'Caps - Green tossed a scoreless inning of relief in the tenth. Aaron Fuhrman started, giving up two runs in 4 2/3 innings. Kody Kaiser had two hits and an RBI, with Chris Carlson adding a solo home run.

Oneonta didn't get a walk-off hit, instead they used a four run eighth inning to take the lead, and eventually, the game. Matt Hoffman got some bad defense that caused him to give up four runs in five innings, but just one run was earned. Mark Brackman got the win for his three scoreless innings of relief, with Tyler Conn earning his first save. Brent Wyatt had three hits and two RBI, with Brandon Douglas and Mike Gosse adding two hits each.

Luis Angel Sanz picked up the win for the GCL Tigers, as they pulled themselves out of the cellar in their second-to-last game of teh season. Sanz gave up a run in five innings. Adam Frost had three hits and two RBI, with Alexis Espinoza adding three hits from the top of the order.

Posted by: Wez, 8/27


August 25th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 3, RICHMOND 2
71-66, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - OFF DAY
65-70, 4th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 7, DUNEDIN 1
28-33, 4th in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 5, GREAT LAKES 1
30-32, 5th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 4, ABERDEEN 2
27-34, 2nd in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - GAME 1: GCL INDIANS 4, GCL TIGERS 0; GAME 2: GCL TIGERS 2, GCLE INDIANS 0
25-31, 6th in North Division

R DSL Tigers - OFF DAY
30-42, 3rd in Santo Domingo West

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

Freddy Guzman picked up two more hits at the top of the Toledo order on Monday, and also swiped another base; something that's becoming a very regular occurance with him this season. Clete Thomas bested him with two stolen bases, and Max Leon picked up two hits and scored twice in the 'Hens win. Dontrelle Willis left the game after just one inning with forearm tightness, after giving up one run on two hits. Matt Rusch's longest outing of the season was absolutely superb. He tossed five innings of one-hit relief with no walks and four strikeouts. Casey Fien also pitched some scoreless frames, with two innings of solid relief, and Clay Rapada picked up his second save.

Behind two big offensive nights from Michael Bertram and Cale Iorg, the LFT put away the Jays on Monday. Bertram had four hits in five trips to the plate, with a double, two runs scored, and two driven in. On the other hand, Cale Iorg smacked a double and a homer in five trips, while knocking in two and scoring three of his own. Louis Ott also picked up two hits, including a double of his own. Duane Below turned in a fine outing, keeping any runs from crossing the plate while striking out five without walking a single batter. Ramon Garcia and Jay Sborz combined for three more shutout innings, while Zach Simons gave up a run in the ninth while still preserving the win.

It only took Manny Miguelez to pick up the 'Caps win tonight, as he spun a gem; working a complete game with just one run allowed on six hits. The win moves Manny to 5-6 on the year, as he tries to get back to .500 before the season closes. The top three in the order all managed to collect two hits, led by a homer from Joe Tucker and a double from Alex Avila. Avila now has his average up to .306 on the season, an impressive mark for a plyaer just drafted in June.

Ben Guez's fifth home run of the NYPL season tied the game in the third inning, and the rest of the O-Tiger offense picked up the other three runs to get the win. Brent Wyatt managed another two hits from the leadoff spot, while Wade Lamont and Joe Bowen both collected two knocks as well. Mark Sorensen struck out six in six innings, and gave up just one earned run to even his record at 3-3. Luis Gil tossed two scoreless frames, and Tyler Stohr picked up his second save in as many nights to lock down the ninth.

Brandon Hamilton absorbed his first GCL loss of the year, as the offense let him down. In just two innings of work, Hamilton gave up just one run, struck out three, and walked three. Darlin Duran gave up three more runs in relief, before Dario Carvajal managed to hold the Indians in check with three scoreless innings of relief. Adam Frost doubled while playing third base, and Londell Taylor picked up a single and a walk; stealing his ninth base of the summer.

Though he didn't get the win, Casey Crosby's return from Tommy John surgery continues to be a rousing success. In three innings, Crosby allowed just two hits while striking out one. Jade Todd came on in relief and dominated the Indian offense. Todd struck out eight batters in just four innings, while giving up just three hits to complete the shutout. The Tigers' two runs were driven in Alden Carrithers and Luis Salas, and Andy Dirks continued his rehab with a double in three trips.

Posted by: Mark, 8/25


August 24th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – RICHMOND 6, TOLEDO 0
70-66, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 7, CONNECTICUT 4
65-70, 4th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – DUNEDIN 3, LAKELAND 2
27-33, 4th in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 4, DAYTON 2
29-32, 5th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 6, ABERDEEN 5
26-34, 2nd in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - OFF DAY
24-30, 6th in North Division

R DSL Tigers - OFF DAY
30-42, 3rd in Santo Domingo West

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

The Richmond pitching staff shut down the Toledo Mud Hens on Sunday, holding them to just four hits on the day, en route to a shutout. Freddy Guzman and Kody Kirkland both picked up two hits to account for all the offense, and Guzman swiped two more bases. Jeremy Johnson made teh spot start, working five innings of one-run ball, and Freddy Dolsi was outstanding in 2 2/3 innings or relief. It all feel apart for Francisco Cruceta, who gave up five runs on four hits and a walk, while recording just two outs. Johnson was saddled with the loss to fall to 4-3 on the year.

With home runs from some of the key cogs in the Erie offense, the Seawolves managed a 7-4 win over Connecticut. Ryan Roberson ripped his 23rd bomb, while Casper Wells went yard for the 16th time since joining the Double-A ranks. Deik Scram, who also homered, Santo De Leon, and Adrian Casanova each picked up two hits in the victory. Josh Rainwater yielded three runs in 6 2/3 innings, while walking four against just one strikeout. Brendan Wise came on for a 1 2/3 inning save; his third of the season.

Led by two hits and two RBI from catcher Jeff Kunkel, the Lakeland offense couldn't get much going against Randy Boone and the Jays' pitching staff. Jeramy Laster and Devin Thomas each chipped in doubles, but couldn't drive in any more runs. Lauren Gagnier worked seven innings of shutout ball, allowing just three hits and two walks. An error by Gustavo Nunez in the ninth, allowed an unearned run to score off Ryan Perry, and he was forced to pick up the first blown save of his career.

Two hits from Jordan Newton at the top of the order and two RBI, combined with two hits from the bottom of the order with Angel Flores, was enough offense for the 'Caps on Sunday. Cory Middleton scored twice in the game. Mauricio Robles picked up his fifth win of the year behind five shutout innings with four strikeouts and no walks. Brett Jacobson worked 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief with three strikeouts, while Noah Krol collected his 13th save of the season to preserve the win.

Led by three Billy Nowlin RBI, a triple by Brandon Douglas, and a Bryan Pounds double, the Oneonta Tigers squeaked past Aberdeen yesterday. Brent Wyatt drove in two runs on two singles at the top of the lineup, and Ben Guez drove in one of his own from the nine slot. Darwin De Leon moved to 5-2 on the year with only three runs allowed in five innings, though he did walk five. Tyler Stohr's eleventh save was eventful, with a hit and two walks, but he got the job done.

Posted by: Mark, 8/25



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