MilB Recap Blog: 'Caps Fall as Season Ends

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September 6th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – END OF SEASON
75-69, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - END OF SEASON
68-74, 4th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – END OF SEASON
32-36, 5th in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - SOUTH BEND 3, WEST MICHIGAN 2
2-1, South Bend Wins Best of Three Series

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 2, VERMONT 0
33-41, 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 Whitecaps season came to a disappointing end on Saturday evening, in a one run loss to South Bend. Mauricio Robles tossed five innings of shutout, three-hit baseball, but once he exited, things took a downturn. Wilton Garcia was responsible for all three South Bend runs allowed, but Brett Jacobson and Paul Nardozzi were on the mound when the tying and go-ahed runs scored, respectively. Both of the Whitecaps' runs came in the sixth via a two-run single by Joseph Tucker. The 'Caps had a threat going in the ninth, but stranded Justin Henry, the tying run, at second to end the game, and the season.

Oneonta's season also came to an end on Saturday, but the O-Tigers closed things out on a high note, with a 2-0 shutout victory. Trevor Feeney picked up the win, allowing just three hits and no runs, with nine strikeouts, in seven innings of work. Daniel DeLucia pitched the final two innings, not allowing a hit. Billy Nowlin and Wade Lamont each had an RBI for the club, and while no one had a multi-hit game, the club generated enough offense to pick up a win in their final game.

Posted by: Wez, 9/7


September 5th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – END OF SEASON
75-69, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - END OF SEASON
68-74, 4th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – END OF SEASON
32-36, 5th in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 11, SOUTH BEND 0
1-1, Best of Three Series

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 10, VERMONT 4
32-41, 3rd 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 Whitecaps knotted up their series with South Bend at one game apiece on Friday, with a convincing 11-0 shutout. Thad Weber got the win, pitching six innings of shutout, two-hit ball, also striking out seven. Weber was helped by the offense, who put up seven runs in the first two innings of the game. Alex Avila had two hits and three RBI for the Whitecaps, while Justin Henry and Roger Tomas each had three hits and scored two runs apiece. Henry and Chris Carlson also added two RBI each. The rubber match and series-deciding game comes Saturday evening at Fifth Third Ballpark.

In their second to last game of the season, Oneonta put together an impressive victory over Vermont. Despite getting out-hit 13-10, the O-Tigers took advantage of their opportunities, with their up-the-middle duo leading the way. Brandon Douglas went 4-for-6, with a run and two RBI, and despite having just one hit, Eric Harryman scored three runs and drove ni four via a grand slam in the fifth inning that gave Oneonta a big cushion. That cushion got the win for Matt Hoffman, who gave up three runs in five innings of work.

Posted by: Wez, 9/6


September 4th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – END OF SEASON
75-69, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - END OF SEASON
68-74, 4th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – END OF SEASON
32-36, 5th in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - PPD: RAIN
0-1, Best of Three Series

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – LOWELL 3, ONEONTA 2
31-41, 3rd 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

With the Whitecaps playoff game being postponed due to rain, the O-Tigers were the only team left in action on Thursday, dropping a close battle with Lowell. Oneonta held a 2-0 lead throughout almost the entire game, but things swinged in the final innings. Mark Sorensen pitched six shutout innings, before handing the ball over to Santo Mieses, who gave up a run in two innings, having Oneonta enter the ninth with a slight 2-1 lead. Nicholas Cassavechia got the ball in the ninth to record the save, but instead gave up the tying and go-ahead runs, earning his first blown save and first loss of the year. Bryan Pounds drove in both runs for Oneonta, with Carlos Ramirez managing three hits.

Posted by: Wez, 9/5


September 3rd Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – END OF SEASON
75-69, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - END OF SEASON
68-74, 4th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – END OF SEASON
32-36, 5th in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - SOUTH BEND 5, WEST MICHIGAN 3
0-1, Best of Three Series

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 14, LOWELL 6
31-40, 3rd 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

Jon Kibler's return from the disabled list wasn't a pretty one in the first inning, in large part thanks to a pair of Audy Ciriaco errors that resulted in a four run inning. The 'Caps committed five errors in the game. Kibler meanwhile lasted just four innings, allowing five runs (one earned). West Michigan had got out to an early 2-0 lead, but with South Bend scoring four in the bottom half of the first, the 'Caps couldn't come back. Justin Henry and Jordan Newton each had two hits and an RBI for the club.

The O-Tigers offense showed up in a big way on Wednesday, putting up 14 runs against Lowell, though eight of those runs came late in the game. The performance earned Darwin de Leon his sixth win of the year, giving up four runs in five innings of work. The bullpen coasted from there, with both Jared Gayhart and Tyler Stohr striking out the side in their inning of work. Billy Nowlin helped drive the offense, with three hits, three runs and five RBI, including a two run blast. Brandon Douglas also had three hits, three runs and an RBI, and Ben Guez had two hits and two runs.

Posted by: Wez, 9/4


September 2nd Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – END OF SEASON
75-69, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - END OF SEASON
68-74, 4th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – END OF SEASON
32-36, 5th in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - OFF DAY
35-34, 4th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 2, VERMONT 1
30-40, 3rd 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

Oneonta and West Michigan are the only active teams left in the organization, and with West Michigan sitting on an off-day waiting for the playoffs to get under way, Oneonta was the lone team playing Tuesday. And the O-Tigers certainly made it count, giving their fans a 13-inning pitcher's duel, wrapping up with a run via a walk in the bottom of the 13th for the victory. David Stokes took a no decision as the starter, giving up a run in five innings of work. From that point forward, the O-Tigers bullpen tossed eight shutout innings, including Anthony Shawler pitching three perfect innings, with three strikeouts. Hayden Parrott had four hits and scored the game winning run, with Thad Weber adding a pair of doubles to help drive the offense.

Posted by: Wez, 9/3


September 1st Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 3, COLUMBUS 0
75-69, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - AKRON 4, ERIE 1
68-74, 4th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – END OF SEASON
32-36, 5th in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - DAYTON 5, WEST MICHIGAN 4
35-34, 4th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – GM1: VERMONT 5, LOWELL 3
GM2: VERMONT 7, ONEONTA 3

29-40, 3rd 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

It has been a rough year for Virgil Vasquez to say the least, but Vasquez couldn't have ended it on a better note, tossing a complete game shutout to lead the Hens to a victory in their final game of the year. Vasquez scattered five hits, walking one, while reaching ten strikeouts. Erick Almonte ripped a pair of doubles, while Kody Kirkland had two hits and an RBI, and Dusty Ryan scored once and drove in one as the Hens fell outside of the playoffs but still closed out with a winning season.

The SeaWolves weren't able to follow suit, closing the season with a 4-1 defeat against Akron. Danny Christensen took the loss, giving up four runs in six innings of work. The 'Wolves offense couldn't get much going, managing only four hits, with Brandon Douglas generating the team's lone run, via a solo blast in the third inning. Despite a great second half of the season, the SeaWolves still fell outside of the playoff picture.

The Whitecaps dropped their regular season finale to Dayton, but unlike the other clubs, because of their strong first half of the season, the Whitecaps are still eligible for the postseason, and will be getting underway on Wednesday vs. South Bend. Aaron Fuhrman took the loss, giving up five runs in four innings of work. The offense should have been able to provide more support, managing 13 hits, but they could only turn those into four runs. Jordan Newton had three hits, while Kody Kaiser supplied most of the run support with a three run homer. Joe Tucker wrapped up the scoring with a solo blast.

And the O-Tigers, who still have a few games left to their season, dropped both games of a doubleheader with Vermont on Labor Day. In the opener, a strong start from Trevor Feeney was wasted - Feeney yielded a pair of unearned runs in five innings of work. Oneonta took a 3-2 lead in the bottom half of the sixth, but Jared Gayhart gave up three runs to Vermont in the top half of the seventh, that lost the game. Gayhart struggled with his control, walking four while recording just one out. Wade Lamont and Hayden Parrott each drove in a run for the club. In game two, it was much of the same, as the game moved into its final stages with Oneonta clinging to a one-run lead, but the bullpen couldn't hold it, with Mark Brackman and Luis Gil allowing five runs in relief. Brent Wyatt had two hits and scored a run from the leadoff slot.

Posted by: Wez, 9/2


August 31st Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – COLUMBUS 7, TOLEDO 5
74-69, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 9, AKRON 7
68-73, 4th in West Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 7, CLEARWATER 1
32-36, 5th in West Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 5, DAYTON 4
35-33, 4th in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 5, LOWELL 0
29-38, 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

Former Tiger farmhand Andrew Kown came back for Columbus and defeated his former organization. He bested Yorman Bazardo, who fell to 4-13, giving up six runs in 5 1/3 innings of work. Will Rhymes had two hits and two runs, with Freddy Guzman adding a pair of RBI. Another recent promotee, Jeff Frazier, had two hits and an RBI.

Guillermo Moscoso picked up his third win for the SeaWolves, posting double digit strikeouts as he gave up four runs in six innings of work. Deik Scram, Santo de Leon, and Pedro Cotto each had a pair of RBI for the club, with Scram, Ryan Roberson and Wilkin Ramirez each crossing the plate twice.

After struggling some down the stretch for Lakeland, Jonah Nickerson turned in a gem for the Flying Tigers. Nickerson gave up a run in 6 2/3 innings, earning his 12th victory of the season. Robbie Weinhardt pitched the final 2 1/3 innings for his fourth save. At the top of the order, Justin Justice and Louis Ott combined for five hits, four runs and two RBI. Brandon Timm also had two hits and three runs driven in.

The Whitecaps needed an extra inning to pull away from Dayton, but they got that run in the top half of the tenth inning to take a 5-4 victory. Wilton Garcia got the win for his three shutout innings of relief, with Noah Krol pitching a perfect tenth inning for the save. Christopher White scored the go-ahead run via a sacrifice fly by Jordan Newton. Newton also had a solo home run, and Kody Kaiser added a two run shot.

The O-Tigers shut out Lowell on Sunday with three pitchers combining for the shutout. Matt Hoffman got just his second win of the year, pitching five innings of one-hit ball. Nicholas Cassavechia and Anthony Shawler each pitched two innings in relief to close things out. Eric Harryman had two hits, including a home run, and a pair of runs driven in. Wade Lamont and Bryan Pounds each had two hits.

Posted by: Wez, 9/1



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