MiLB Recap Blog: Homers Abound in Toledo/Erie

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July 1st Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 12, COLUMBUS 4
35-43, 3rd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 5, TRENTON 3
42-36, 4th in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – PPD: RAIN
2-3, 6th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 11, SOUTH BEND 4
4-2, 2nd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - ONEONTA 3, ABERDEEN 0
6-4, 1st in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - PPD: RAIN
1-4, 5th in North Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - DSL ROCKIES 8, DSL TIGERS 4
11-17, t-8th in DSL B.C. B.C.

Rookie VSL Tigers - VSL TIGERS 9, VSL PHILLIES 8 (11)
11-27, 7th in VSL

The Mud Hens got homer happy in a 12-4 win over Columbus. Brent Dlugach had a pair of homers for the Hens, while Wilkin Ramirez added a solo shot in the seventh once Toledo already had a comfortable lead. Scot Drucker earned the win as he improved to 6-2 for the year, giving up four runs in six innings of work. Matt Rusch pitched the final three innings allowing just one hit, and no runs. Beyond the homers, Brent Clevlen added two hits, two runs and two RBI, while Scott Sizemore had two hits and a run scored. Jeff Frazier also had two hits and two RBI.

Erie picked up an identical victory to Tuesday night, topping Trenton 5-3 again. Jon Kibler got the win, allowing three runs (two earned) in 7 2/3 innings of work. Kibler also walked three and struck out six. Zach Simons recorded the final four outs for his second save. Ronnie Bourquin and Cale Iorg had solo home runs for the club, with Alex Avila adding a two run blast. Brennan Boesch also had a double and a triple and an RBI for the club.

In a rare start, Brayan Villarreal tossed six strong innings while getting plenty of run support en route to a 'Caps 11-4 victory. Villarreal gave up two runs on just two hits in six innings - he also struck out seven. Four Whitecaps had a multi RBI day for the club, with Billy Nowlin setting the pace, driving in three and going 4-for-6, including falling a home run short of the cycle. Jordan Lennerton had a pair of RBI, including a solo home run, with Brandon Douglas and Bryan Pounds also each driving in two runs.

Oneonta picked up 3-0 victory over Aberdeen in a rain shortened game on Wednesday. Adam Wilk got the start, going three innings without allowing a run. He also struck out four. Clemente Mendoza earned the win in relief, giving up three hits in 1 1/3 innings of work, and also walking three, but never allowing a run to cross the plate. Jamie Johnson had two hits and a run scored from the leadoff spot, with Jimmy Gulliver, Wade Gaynor and Rawley Bishop each driving in one run.

The DSL Tigers fell to the DSL Rockies on Wednesday 8-4. Ramon Franco took the loss as he was plagued by poor defense. Franco allowed six runs in five innings, but just two of the runs were earned as the DSL Tigers committed three errors in the game. Samir Rijo had three hits and an RBI for the club, with Raul Leiva and Javier Azcona also each driving in a run.

The VSL Tigers picked up a 9-8 victory over the VSL Phillies in 11 innings on Wednesday. Luis Sanz drove in the game winning run in the 11th with the bases loaded for the club in the bottom of the 11th. The hit earned Yonny Mosquera the win, who pitched the final two innings without allowing a run despite scattering three hits. Fernando Celis got the start, giving up five runs (four earned) in seven innings before turning things over to the bullpen. Alexander Moreno and Gilbert Gomez each had solo shots for the team, with Jose Soledad adding two hits and two RBI.

TigsTown will be on vacation for the holiday weekend, but wishes all a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Posted by: Wez, 7/2


June 30th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 9, INDIANAPOLIS 7
34-43, 3rd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 5, TRENTON 3
41-36, 4th in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – PPD: RAIN
2-3, 6th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - SOUTH BEND 4, WEST MICHIGAN 1
3-2, t-2nd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - PPD: RAIN
5-4, t-1st in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - PPD: RAIN
1-4, 5th in North Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - DSL TIGERS 16, DSL PADRES 5
11-16, 10th in DSL B.C. B.C.

Rookie VSL Tigers - VSL CARDINALS 5, VSL TIGERS 2
10-27, 7th in VSL

After struggling loss and struggling loss, the Mud Hens got back in the win column on Tuesday with a 9-7 triumph over Indianapolis. Chris Lambert struggled as the starter, giving up all seven Indianapolis runs in five innings of work. The game remained tied at 7 until the eighth, when Will Rhymes doubled home Max St. Pierre and then Scott Sizemore singled home Rhymes. Sizemore was 3-for-4 for the day, including a solo home run and four RBI. Mike Hessman and Brent Dlugach also each added two hits. Jay Sborz picked up the win in relief for tossing two perfect innings, with Ryan Perry picking up his first save.

Erie snapped its losing skid with a 5-3 win over Trenton. Pat Stanley got the win with a quality start, giving up three runs in six innings of work. Robbie Weinhardt also made his Erie debut, tossing a pair of shutout innings to continue his shutdown relief style. Brett Jensen pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save. Danny Worth had a pair of hits including a double for the 'Wolves, with Alex Avila driving in two runs and Ronnie Bourquin adding a solo blast.

The Whitecaps struggled coming off of an off day as they fell to South Bend 4-1. Brandon Hamilton took the loss, giving up three runs in five innings of work. Victor Larez pitched the final three innings of relief, giving one run, but the 'Caps offense couldn't get much going. They managed seven hits, but only one extra base hit, a double from Avisail Garcia, who had two hits for the day, with Billy Nowlin adding two more. Jordan Lennerton scored the team's only run, being driven in by Joe Bowen.

The DSL Tigers offense exploded for 16 runs as they cruised to a 16-5 win over the DSL Padres. The game was a one-run game up until the seventh, when the DSL Tigers put up an eight spot, putting the game out of reach. Antonio Cruz got the win in relief, tossing 2 1/3 shutout innings. Edgar De La Rosa got the start, giving up five runs in four innings of work. Juaner Aguasvivas went 3-for-5 including three run blast and five RBI total. Samuel Ortiz added two hits, two runs and two RBI, while Domingo Gonzales scored three times and drove in two. Santo Heredia also had two hits and two RBI.

The VSL Tigers held a 2-1 lead on the VSL Cardinals for much of the game, until the eighth inning when the Cardinals got four runs off of Wilfredo Ramirez to take the lead and the game. The loss wasted a strong start from Jose Tablante, who gave up a run in five innings of work as the starter. At the plate, Dixon Machado had two hits including a double and an RBI. Alexander Moreno also added two hits.

Posted by: Wez, 7/1


June 29th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – INDIANAPOLIS 6, TOLEDO 4
33-43, 4th in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - HARRISBURG 6, ERIE 5
40-36, 4th in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – FORT MYERS 5, LAKELAND 1
2-3, 6th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - OFF DAY
3-1, 2nd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - LOWELL 5, ONEONTA 0
5-4, t-1st in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - GM1: GCL BLUE JAYS 3, GCL TIGERS 2
GM2: GCL BLUE JAYS 3, GCL TIGERS 0

1-4, 5th in North Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - DSL INDIANS 5, DSL TIGERS 4
10-16, 10th in DSL B.C. B.C.

Rookie VSL Tigers - GM1: VSL RAYS 7, VSL TIGERS 6
GM2: VSL RAYS 5, VSL TIGERS 1

10-26, 7th in VSL

Toledo dropped yet another close game on Monday, falling to Indianapolis 6-5, though they had plenty of opportunities to claim the lead and didn't capitalize. Eddie Bonine took the loss for the club, giving up six runs in just 4 2/3 innings of work. Matt Rusch and Casey Fien kept Indianapolis off the board from that point on, but Toledo couldn't come all the way back. Toledo scored twice in the seventh to make it a one run game, but with the bases loaded and only one out, Jeff Larish grounded into a double play to end the threat. In the eighth the Hens had runners on second and third with only one out again, but Wilkin Ramirez struck out and Dane Sardinha grounded out. And again in the ninth, Scott Sizemore ripped a one out double, but the Hens couldn't get him home. Sizemore was 3-for-5 on the day with a pair of doubles. Ramirez chipped in with a hit, a run and an RBI.

Another game, and another 6-5 defeat, this time for Erie against Harrisburg. Of course the 'Wolves needed extras before falling, losing in the 11th inning. Luis Marte got the start, giving up four runs (three earned) in seven innings of work. Josh Kite took the loss in relief, giving up the winning run in the bottom of the 11th. Casper Wells had a two run homer for the club, while Cale Iorg went 3-for-6 in the game. Ronnie Bourquin also had a pair of RBI, while Deik Scram added two hits and scored three runs.

The Flying Tigers dropped their series opener with Fort Myers 5-1 on Monday. Charlie Furbush pitched well, earning a no decision. Furbush allowed one unearned run in 5 2/3 innings of work, striking out four. Lester Oliveros gave up three runs in relief to take the loss, his first of the season. Audy Ciriaco and Santo de Leon each had two hits, while Josh Workman drove in the club's only run.

The O-Tigers were shut out by Lowell on Monday, falling 5-0. Nate Newman took his first loss of the year, allowing two runs (one earned) in three innings of work. Kevan Hess also gave up a pair of runs in his two innings of relief. The team scattered seven hits, including getting a pair from John Murrian, but could never get a run across the plate.

The GCL Tigers dropped both games of their doubleheader with the GCL Blue Jays on Monday. In the first game, Jose Diaz took the loss, giving up all three Blue Jays' runs in three innings of work. The Tigers mounted a comeback in the seventh, but with Edwin Gomez on second, Francisco Martinez struck out to end the game. Hernan Perez went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles in the loss. The club was shut out 3-0 in the second game, with Ramon Lebron taking the loss. Lebron battled control problems, walking five in three innings of work as he allowed two runs. He did however strike out five. The club scattered five hits but weren't able to get a run across the plate.

In continuing with the theme of the day, the DSL Tigers suffered a one-run loss to the DSL Indians, 5-4. Unlike the rest though, the DSL Tigers held a lead for most of the game before letting things get away late. Ariel Medina got a no decision as the starter, giving up two runs (one earned) in four innings of work. Jose Valdez was credited with both a blown save (his 2nd) and the loss as he gave up the tying and go-ahead runs. The DSL Tigers were homer happy, getting solo shots from Samir Rijo and Stephen Moya and a two run shot from Javier Azcona.

And to complete the winless day, the VSL Tigers were swept in both games of their doubleheader with the VSL Rays, including a one-run loss in the first game. The first game, a 7-6 defeat, saw the club squander a 6-0 lead after the team put up six runs in the first inning. Frank Penalver got the blown save and the loss, giving up the tying run in the seventh and the winning run on a walk-off in the eighth. Five different players had a run and an RBI in the game. In the second game, Carlos Alvarado took the loss, allowing all five runs (though just two earned) in 5 1/3 innings of work. Wondy De Los Santos drove in the team's only run.

Posted by: Wez, 6/30



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