April 19th Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – COLUMBUS 7, TOLEDO 5
8-3, 1st in West Division
AA Erie SeaWolves - ALTOONA 6, ERIE 4
6-5, 3rd in Southern Division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 4, DAYTONA 2
5-5, t-3rd in North Division
A West Michigan Whitecaps - LANSING 4, WEST MICHIGAN 3
7-2, 2nd in Eastern Division
Toledo couldn't finish off Columbus on Sunday, dropping the series finale 7-5. Chris Lambert was hit hard in the loss, giving up nine hits and five runs in 4 1/3 innings - he fell to 1-1 for the season. Brent Clevlen had a pair of hits for the 'Hens, while Will Rhymes drove in two runs. Don Kelly also reached base three times, scoring twice and driving in a run. Toledo had a threat going late, down 7-4 with runners on the corners and nobody out, but Mike Hessman grounded into a double play that got a run in, but cleared the bases and ended the threat.
The SeaWolves pitchers couldn't quite keep Altoona's offense in check, with Jonah Nickerson taking the loss as Erie fell 6-4. Nickerson didn't pitch poorly, but still took the loss - he gave up four runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings of work. Josh Rainwater came on in relief but couldn't stop the bleeding - he gave up a pair of runs himself in his 1 1/3 innings of work. Like Toledo, Erie was able to bring the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but only could get a sacrifice fly from Brennan Boesch that brought one run home. Max Leon had two hits and an RBI for the club, while Jeff Frazier had a three-hit day in the losing effort.
Lauren Gagnier earned his first win of the season as the Flying Tigers climb back out of their brief stay in the cellar. Gagnier allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings of work. Lester Oliveros and Brett Jacobson each earned holds, and Scott Green recorded his second save despite putting the tying run on base. Michael Bertram and Chris Carlson each had a pair of RBI to drive the Flying Tigers' offense.
A game that was deadlocked for four innings was broken in the bottom of the ninth, when Lansing loaded the bases and brought home the winning run on a sacrifice fly. Jared Gayhart took the loss by allowing the run in the ninth. One bright spot however was Brandon Hamilton, who turned in a quality start with three runs allowed on five hits over six innings. Hamilton also didn't walk a batter. Jordan Newton had two hits for the club, including a solo home run while Ronnie Bourquin added a pair of RBI.
Posted by: Wez, 4/20
April 18th Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 3, COLUMBUS 1
8-2, 1st in West Division
AA Erie SeaWolves - ALTOONA 7, ERIE 5
6-4, 3rd in Southern Division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 5, DAYTONA 3
4-5, t-4th in North Division
A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 9, LANSING 6
7-1, 2nd in Eastern Division
Ruddy Lugo picked up his second win of the season for Toledo, as the 'Hens pulled out a 3-1 victory. Lugo was solid (five IP, one run), but the most exciting performance from the mound was that of Joel Zumaya. Zumaya pitched two scoreless innings of relief, including one strikeout. Casey Fien pitched the final two innings, striking out three, to pick up his second save of the season. Danny Worth was the star at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a walk, scoring the team's first run, and then driving in an insurance run in the seventh. Mike Hessman had a pair of RBI, and Brent Clevlen chipped in with two hits.
Luis Marte wasn't at his best on Saturday, allowing six runs (four earned) in five innings of work as he fell to 0-2 in Erie's 7-5 loss. Jeff Frazier led the charge for the offense, going 2-for-4 including a two-run homer. Ryan Strieby and Deik Scram each had a pair of hits as well, with Strieby also scoring twice and Scram adding a run and an RBI.
Lakeland jumped back into the win column with a 5-3 triumph over Daytona. The Flying Tigers were led by Charlie Furbush, who tossed five shutout innings, allowing just three hits with four strikeouts. Trevor Feeney struggled in relief again, allowing all three Daytona runs, but Robbie Weinhardt and Scott Green combined to pitch three no-hit innings to close the game out and preserve the save. Chris Carlson had a solo home run for Lakeland, with Michael Bertram adding two hits and three RBI.
Once again, the Whitecaps needed extra innings against the Lugnuts, and once again, they came out victorious with the help of a three-run tenth inning, where all the damage was done with two out. Mauricio Robles had one of the more interesting stat lines of the year, allowing five runs in just four innings of work, but striking out ten batters. Two of Robles' runs allowed did come in the fifth inning where he did not retire a batter. Tyler Stohr picked up the win in relief, allowing three hits but keeping any Lugnuts from crossing the plate. Seven of the 'Caps nine starters had a multi-hit game, so it's hard to single out stars, but Ronnie Bourquin and Brent Wyatt each drove in a pair of runs, while Gustavo Nunez and Brandon Douglas each scored twice, drove in one and had three hits.
Posted by: Wez, 4/19
April 17th Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 5, COLUMBUS 3
7-2, 1st in West Division
AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 3, ALTOONA 1
6-3, 2nd in Southern Division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – DAYTONA 5, LAKELAND 1
3-5, 6th in North Division
A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 4, LANSING 3
6-1, 2nd in Eastern Division
It was Luke French's turn to shine on Friday evening, and shine he did, tossing six shutout innings for Toledo. French gave up just three hits and also struck out eight as he picked up his first win of the year. Freddy Dolsi recorded the final four outs in order to earn his first save. At the plate, Ryan Raburn continued his hot start, blasting his fifth home run of the year as he went a perfect 3-for-3. Brent Clevlen also chipped in with two hits a run and an RBI.
Brooks Brown likely had no idea what Luke French was doing for the organization in Toledo, but that didn't stop him from trying to one-up him. Brown earned his first win in Erie's 3-1 victory, tossing seven shutout innings. Ramon Garcia came on in relief to close things out, but after allowing the tying runs into scoring position, Cody Satterwhite came on, recording the final out to pick up his second save. Brennan Boesch, Deik Scram and Jeff Frazier each drove in a run for Erie to provide enough run support to pull out a victory.
The Flying Tigers were shut down on Friday night, managing just a run and three hits at the plate, and the lone run came via a walk by Shawn Roof, advancing on a pair of ground outs, and coming home on a wild pitch. Thad Weber fell to 0-2 on the season but pitched well, giving up two runs on seven hits in five innings of work. Daytona did their damage in relief, scoring three additional runs off Rob Waite and putting the game out of reach for Lakeland.
When a team manages 13 hits, which more than doubles their opponent's hit total, one would typically assume they would cruise to victory. But that wasn't the case on Friday for the 'Caps, as they needed an extra inning to pull out a 4-3 victory. Luke Putkonen tossed six shutout innings as the starter, but couldn't pick up a victory as Lansing managed three runs off reliever Anthony Shawler. But in the tenth, Bryan Pounds reached base on a single, eventually made it over to third base, and got home via a sacrifice fly by Billy Nowlin. Nowlin was a perfect 3-for-3 on the day, with three RBI. Brandon Douglas also had two hits, and Ronnie Bourquin added three hits and a run.
Posted by: Wez, 4/18
April 16th Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – COLUMBUS 2, TOLEDO 1
6-2, 1st in West Division
AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 3, ALTOONA 0
5-3, t-2nd in Southern Division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – GM1: CLEARWATER 1, LAKELAND 0
GM2: LAKELAND 6, CLEARWATER 3
3-4, t-3rd in North Division
A West Michigan Whitecaps - OFF DAY
5-1, 2nd in Eastern Division
The Mud Hens broke a home attendance record on Thursday evening at their home opener, attracting 13,100 fans to Fifth Third Field. Unfortunately, they ran into an excellent pitching performance, and despite a strong showing from the 'Hens pitchers, fell 2-1. Ron Chiavacci took the loss, giving up two runs (one earned) in 5 2/3 innings of work. Fu-Te Ni and Matt Rusch combined to pitch a scoreless 3 1/3 innings, but Toledo's offense couldn't come all the way back. Wilkin Ramirez had two hits and drove in the only run. Toledo had its chances, with runners on base in both the eighth and ninth innings, but couldn't get them across the plate.
Led by Alfredo Figaro, the 'Wolves were a ninth inning hit away from pitching a combined no-hitter. Figaro was outstanding, pitching seven innings with three walks and five strikeouts. Zach Simons held things for an inning, but in the ninth, with two down, Brett Jensen allowed a two-out double to end the no-hit bid. Jensen recorded the out on the next batter to earn the save and close the game out though. Scott Sizemore led the way at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two doubles, scoring two runs, and driving another one in.
After being rained out earlier this week, the Flying Tigers held a double header on Thursday evening, splitting with Clearwater. The Flying Tigers dropped the first game despite more excellent pitching from Duane Below - Below allowed one run on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings - he also struck out nine. But the Flying Tigers were blanked on the scoreboard, managing just three hits. In the nightcap, it was a game full of late inning action, but with Patrick Stanley, the starter, still pulling out the win. Stanley gave up a run over five innings. Heading into the seventh, Lakeland clung to a 3-1 lead, put up three more in the top of the seventh, which turned out to be much needed because Clearwater got two of their own in the bottom half. Andy Dirks had two hits and drove in three runs, with Michael Bertram adding three hits of his own. Adrian Casanova and Shawn Roof each also had two hits and two runs scored.
Posted by: Wez, 4/17
April 15th Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 4, LOUISVILLE 3
6-1, 1st in West Division
AA Erie SeaWolves - BOWIE 9, ERIE 3
4-3, t-3rd in Southern Division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – CLEARWATER 8, LAKELAND 1
2-3, 5th in North Division
A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 6, GREAT LAKES 3
5-1, 2nd in Eastern Division
Scot Drucker isn't a household name in the organization, but if he keeps pitching like has thus far, he will become one very quickly. Despite a late push by Louisville, the Mud Hens hung on for a 4-3 victory. Drucker earned his first win, pitching six shutout innings, allowing just three hits while striking out seven. Things got tight late, after Nick Regilio allowed two runs in middle relief, Casey Fien gave up a run in the ninth, and allowed the tying run to get into scoring position via an error on a pickoff attempt, but got a flyout to end the game. Ryan Roberson had a pair of RBI for Toledo, while Mike Hessman added three hits for the club. Clete Thomas also added a pair of hits from the leadoff slot while returning to his normal centerfield position.
Just as quickly as Erie jumped out to a division lead by sweeping Altoona, the 'Wolves were swept by by Bowie, having the series completed with a 9-3 defeat. Jonathon Kibler struggled and took the loss, allowing six runs in 5 2/3 innings of work. The bullpen didn't fare much better, with only Cody Satterwhite appearing and not allowing a run. Cale Iorg, who has been off to a very slow start, appeared to be helped by being dropped in the batting order, as he came through with two hits and an RBI. Jeff Frazier also chipped in with two hits and two runs scored.
Joel Zumaya made another rehab appearance, and yet again, it was another mixed bag. Zumaya struck out three, but walked three and allowed a pair of hits as well en route to allowing three runs (two earned). Andrew Hess came on in the third and pitched four innings, allowing three more runs to score, and with limited offense, that would put the game out of reach for the Flying Tigers. Shawn Roof had a pair of hits in the loss, meanwhile Kody Kaiser drove in the lone run via being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Casey Crosby got his second start of the year, but it was Matt Hoffman that stole the show on the mound. Crosby started but made it just 3 1/3 innings, giving up two runs with five strikeouts before exiting. Hoffman however came on in relief and tossed 3 2/3 innings of shutout baseball, picking up the victory. Tyler Stohr allowed a hit in the ninth, but struck out the side to pick up his second save. Jordan Newton blasted a solo home run for the club, while Billy Nowlin had a pair of hits and drove in three runs for the 'Caps.
Posted by: Wez, 4/16
April 14th Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 5, LOUISVILLE 0
5-1, 1st in West Division
AA Erie SeaWolves - BOWIE 7, ERIE 2
4-2, 3rd in Southern Division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – PPD: RAIN
2-2, t-3rd in North Division
A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 7, GREAT LAKES 3
4-1, 2nd in Eastern Division
The Mud Hens pulled out a 5-0 shutout on Tuesday, and were just one hit away from tossing a combined no-hitter. Chris Lambert was outstanding, giving up the lone Bats' hit in eight innings of work, including 11 strikeouts. The lone hit came in the eighth inning, breaking up the no-hit attempt. Freddy Dolsi pitched the ninth to close things out. Ryan Raburn and Mike Hessman led the charge at the plate, each blasting a pair of solo home runs to pace the 'Hens.
It was another rough outing for Jonah Nickerson as the 'Wolves dropped their second straight game on Tuesday night. The loss was bad, but the scary moment of the night belonged to Mike Hollimon (see: Injuries Plaguing Erie Roster). Nickerson gave up five runs on 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings. The 'Wolves offense meanwhile managed just three hits, with Jeff Frazier and Alex Avila driving in a run apiece.
And the Whitecaps got back into the win column with some strong pitching and a nice showing for the offense, resulting in a 7-3 victory. Jade Todd got the start, allowing two unearned runs over four innings. Todd battled his control with four walks, but kept the 'Caps in the game. Anthony Shawler pitched two scoreless innings of relief for the win, while Victor Larez earned a save for tossing the final three innings. Jordan Newton had two hits, scored two runs and drove in two to pace West Michigan, with Ben Guez added three hits and falling a home run short of the cycle.
Posted by: Wez, 4/15
April 13th Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 6, LOUISVILLE 5
4-1, 1st in West Division
AA Erie SeaWolves - BOWIE 2, ERIE 1
4-1, t-1st in Southern Division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers –TAMPA 4, LAKELAND 2
2-2, t-3rd in North Division
A West Michigan Whitecaps - GREAT LAKES 4, WEST MICHIGAN 2
3-1, t-2nd in Eastern Division
Rudy Lugo pick up the win for Toledo on Monday despite a late Louisville rally. Scot Williamson picked up the save despite allowing two runs and putting the tying run on base. Lugo gave up three runs over seven innings. Wilkin Ramirez and Ryan Raburn each went yard for the 'Hens, while Will Rhymes added a pair of doubles from the top of the lineup.
After sweeping Altoona, the SeaWolves dropped their first game of the season, falling to Bowie in a tight 2-1 matchup. Luis Marte took the loss but pitched well, allowing two runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings. Marte also struck out four. The 'Wolves offense scattered nine hits, but couldn't get much going as far as getting runs across the plate. Mike Hollimon led the offense, going 2-for-2 with two walks, including driving in the team's only run.
The Flying Tigers dropped back to .500 with a loss to the Tampa Yankees on Monday. Lauren Gagnier turned in a solid start and walked away with a no-decision - Gagnier allowed two runs (one earned) in five innings of work. Trevor Feeney took the loss, giving up two runs on six hits in his two innings of relief work. At the plate, Andrew Dirks had two hits and an RBI, with Michael Bertram driving in the other LFT run.
Brandon Hamilton's return to the Whitecaps didn't go quite as he and the Tigers were hoping, as he took the loss, giving up four runs in three innings of work. Hamilton also walked four. Brayan Villareal had a very nice outing however, pitching three shutout innings, giving up just two hits and striking out four. Bryan Pounds had the team's only RBI, with Jordan Newton managing the lone extra base hit for the 'Caps.
Posted by: Wez, 4/13