MiLB Recap Blog: Hens Close with Shutout Win

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September 7th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 3, COLUMBUS 0
73-70, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - AKRON 9, ERIE 3
71-70, 4th in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – END OF SEASON
26-39, 6th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - FORT WAYNE 3, WEST MICHIGAN 1
38-32, 3rd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - END OF SEASON
35-39, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - END OF SEASON
29-30, 5th in North Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
37-31, 4th in DSL B.C. B.C.

Rookie VSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
24-44, 7th in VSL

The Mud Hens wrapped up the 2009 season on Monday with a 3-0 shutout win over Columbus. Ryan Ketchner was strong again for Toledo, going the distance for the Mud Hens. In his nine innings, Ketchner scattered six hits with two strikeouts. Will Rhymes, Scott Sizemore and Jeff Frazier (the top three in the order) combined for seven hits and drove in all three runs.

The SeaWolves ended their '09 campaign on a down note, with Akron winning 9-3 over Erie and completing a four game sweep. Ramon Garcia took the loss, giving up eight runs (six earned) on 11 hits in 3 1/3 innings of work. Nolan Cain and Luis Marte combined to toss 3 2/3 innings of shutout relief, but the offense couldn't get the club back in the game. Chris White and Shawn Roof each belted solo homers, with Roof going 3-for-4 on the day, and White driving in the club's other run.

The Whitecaps season won't end on the last day of the regular season, but they would have preferred not to end it with another loss to Fort Wayne. But that's exactly what happened as Fort Wayne topped West Michigan 3-1. Anthony Shawler got the start but was outstanding, giving up a run in eight innings of work, yielding just three hits and striking out seven. Tyler Stohr gave up a pair of runs in the ninth that gave Fort Wayne a cushion, one they would need as the 'Caps made a comeback push in the bottom of the ninth, scoring a run and putting the tying run in scoring position before Avisail Garcia grounded out to end the game. Alden Carrithers scored the only run, being driven hom by Billy Nowlin.

Posted by: Wez, 9/8


September 6th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – COLUMBUS 7, TOLEDO 2
72-70, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - AKRON 4, ERIE 3
71-69, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – DUNEDIN 8, LAKELAND 1
26-39, 6th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - FORT WAYNE 6, WEST MICHIGAN 0
38-31, 3rd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - ONEONTA 2, HUDSON VALLEY 0
35-39, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - END OF SEASON
29-30, 5th in North Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
37-31, 4th in DSL B.C. B.C.

Rookie VSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
24-44, 7th in VSL

The Mud Hens fell on Sunday in their second to last game of the season, dropping their game with Columbus 7-2. Brooks Brown took the loss, allowing six runs in five innings of work. Matt Rusch gave up a run in the final three innings of relief, but the offense couldn't get much going to get the team back in the game. Max Leon was responsible for both the Hens' runs, belting a two run homer. Jeff Frazier and Mike Gosse each added two hits for the club.

The SeaWolves playoff hopes have faded away as the 'Wolves fell again to Akron, losing on Sunday 4-3. Jonah Nickerson got a no decision as the starter, giving up three runs in six innings. But Alfredo Figaro got victimized for an unearned in the seventh inning, and that run would prove to be the difference. Michael Bertram ripped a home run and drove in two total, while Brennan Boesch went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Cale Iorg also got on base four times with two hits and two walks and drove in a run.

The Flying Tigers wrapped up their season with an 8-1 loss to Dunedin. Mark Sorensen took the loss, giving up five runs (four earned) in 5 1/3 innings of work. Nolan Moody got roughed up in relief, giving up three runs in 2 2/3 innings. Richard Zumaya did pitch a perfect inning to wrap up the game. Devin Thomas had two hits including a triple and scored the only run, as he was brought home by Jordan Cruz.

The Whitecaps are preparing for the playoffs but struggling down the stretch as they fell 6-0 to Fort Wayne. Rob Waite got the start and the loss, giving up five runs in four innings of work. Jade Todd was solid in relief, giving up a run in three innings, but the offense couldn't generate any run support. Bryan Pounds did manage two hits in the loss.

The O-Tigers wrapped up their season with 2-0 shutout win over Hudson Valley, with a strong outing from Clemente Mendoza. Mendoza got the win as he tossed seven shutout innings, scattering six hits while striking out four. Michael Torrealba got the save for not allowing a run in the final two innings. Jamie Johnson belted a home run, one of just two O-Tigers hits for the game. Jimmy Gulliver managed the other one, and he scored the other run for the club.

Posted by: Wez, 9/7


September 5th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 4, COLUMBUS 3
72-69, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - AKRON 5, ERIE 4
71-68, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 4, DUNEDIN 1
26-38, 6th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - FORT WAYNE 7, WEST MICHIGAN 1
38-30, 3rd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - HUDSON VALLEY 3, ONEONTA 2
34-39, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - END OF SEASON
29-30, 5th in North Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
37-31, 4th in DSL B.C. B.C.

Rookie VSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
24-44, 7th in VSL

The Mud Hens won the first game of their final series of the season against Columbus on Saturday, winning 4-3. Dontrelle Willis shined after a rough outing in his last start as he picked up his first win with Toledo. Willis allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings, walking two and striking out five. Scot Drucker got a hold for allowing a run in 1 2/3 innings, while Freddy Dolsi pitched the ninth for his 10th save. Mike Hessman belted a solo home run, while Mike Gosse added a two run homer.

The SeaWolves' playoff hopes are fading fast with another loss to Akron, this one a 5-4 defeat. L.J. Gagnier was excellent as the starter, giving up a run on seven hits in seven innings of work, and Robbie Weinhardt pitched a scoreless eighth. But Brett Jensen allowed two runs in the ninth to force extra innings, and then gave up two more runs in the tenth to take the loss. Michael Bertram ripped a solo homer, while Brennan Boesch had a double and a two run homer.

The Flying Tigers picked up a 4-1 win in their second to last game of the season, topping Dunedin 4-1. Andrew Hess was excellent as the starter, giving up a run on five hits in eight innings of work. He also struck out five. Chad Linder pitched the final inning to earn his second save of the year. Hernan Perez had two hits and two runs scored, while Justin Henry, Luis Grullon and Francisco Martinez each drove in a run.

The Whitecaps got piled on late by Fort Wayne as they fell 7-1. Brayan Villarreal was solid as the starter, giving up a run on three hits in 4 2/3 innings. Victor Larez however took the brunt of the abuse, giving up six runs in 1 2/3 innings as he fell to 5-10 on the year. Gustavo Nunez ripped a double and scored the team's only run.

And finally, the O-Tigers were topped by Hudson Valley again on Saturday, this time falling 3-2 with a come from behind win with two runs in the ninth. Nate Newman gave the club five solid innings, allowing a run on six hits. Jose Ortega then tossed three shutout innings, and was in line for a win after Luis Palacios scored on an error to take a 2-1 lead. But Kenny Faulk allowed the bases to load, then gave up two RBI singles to take the loss. John Murrian also added two hits, and Matt Mansilla belted a solo home run.

Posted by: Wez, 9/6


September 4th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – COLUMBUS 12, TOLEDO 11
71-69, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - AKRON 5, ERIE 1
71-67, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – DUNEDIN 9, LAKELAND 2
25-38, 6th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - LANSING 4, WEST MICHIGAN 3
38-29, 3rd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - HUDSON VALLEY 3, ONEONTA 1
34-38, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - END OF SEASON
29-30, 5th in North Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
37-31, 4th in DSL B.C. B.C.

Rookie VSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
24-44, 7th in VSL

The Hens dropped a slugfest in their final home game of the season on Friday, falling 12-11 to Columbus in a game that featured Mike Hessman playing all nine positions. Unfortunately for Toledo's win column, Hessman pitching the ninth also resulted in a blown save and the loss. Josh Rainwater got the start, getting roughed up for eight runs (six earned) in 3 1/3 innings of work. Zach Simons lost the lead at first in the eighth, giving up two runs only to see Toledo recapture the lead, and then have Hessman lose it in the ninth, giving up two more runs. Scott Sizemore and Brent Clevlen each belted two run homers, while Keith Hernandez and Max Leon also drove in two runs apiece.

The SeaWolves blew an opportunity in the wild card standings to take advantage of the Reading loss, as the 'Wolves lost themselves 5-1 to Akron. Jared Gayhart took the loss but pitched fairly well, giving up two runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings of work. Unfortunately the Erie offense managed just three hits, with the lone run coming off the bat of Jeff Kunkel, who hit a solo home run in the third inning.

The Flying Tigers were hammered again on Friday evening as they limp their way toward the finish line of the 2009 season. Lakeland fell to Dunedin 9-2 with Trevor Feeney taking the loss. Feeney gave up five runs in three innings of work. Matt Hoffman came on in relief and did a better, flipping the two key stats of Feeney's; five innings, three runs. But the offense just couldn't get much going, with the club scattering eight hits but not managing much run production. Devin Thomas did have two hits and an RBI.

The Whitecaps gave up a three run eighth inning to fall to Lansing 4-3. Luke Putkonen turned in a strong start, giving up just one unearned run in 5 2/3 innings. Melvin Mercedes took the loss, for allowing the go ahead run on base, with Tyler Stohr taking the blown save for allowing that run to score. Ronnie Bourquin had two hits and an RBI, while Gustavo Nunez added two hits and a stolen base and a run scored.

The O-Tigers gave up a three run second inning to Hudson Valley, and that was all they'd need as Oneonta fell 3-1. Luis Angel Sanz took the loss despite turning in a quality start, giving up three runs in six innings. Cory Hamilton tossed two scoreless innings of relief, but the offense couldn't get the team back in the game. Jimmy Gulliver drove in the team's lone run while Luis Palacios added two hits and scored the only run.

Posted by: Wez, 9/5


September 3rd Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 4, COLUMBUS 2
71-68, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - HARRISBURG 4, ERIE 3
71-66, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – GM1: LAKELAND 4, DAYTONA 3
GM2: DAYTONA 10, LAKELAND 7

25-37, 6th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 5, LANSING 3
38-28, 3rd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - LOWELL 9, ONEONTA 5 (10)
34-37, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - END OF SEASON
29-30, 5th in North Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
37-31, 4th in DSL B.C. B.C.

Rookie VSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
24-44, 7th in VSL

The Mud Hens picked up a 4-2 win over Columbus on Thursday evening, with Ruddy Lugo picking up his 13th win. Lugo gave up two runs (one earned) in seven innings of work. Freddy Dolsi pitched the final two innings, allowing just one hit with two strikeouts, to get the save. Mike Hessman belted a three run homer, while Scott Sizemore added two hits and two runs scored.

The SeaWolves fell to Harrisburg 4-3, falling in the bottom of the ninth. Jon Kibler turned in a quality start for the club, giving up three runs (two earned) in six innings of work. Kibler also walked one and struck out five. Brett Jensen though would be the one that gave up the go ahead run and took the loss in the ninth. Santo De Leon had three hits and drove in two runs, while Danny Worth also added three hits and a run scored.

The Flying Tigers split a doubleheader with Daytona, taking the first game 4-3 but falling in the second 10-7. Rayni Guichardo got the start in the first game, but Nolan Moody got the win in relief. Guichardo gave up three runs in five innings, while Moody tossed two innings of shutout relief. Luis Grullon led the way with two hits and two RBI. Charlie Furbush had a rough start in the second game, giving up six runs (though just three earned) in 2 2/3 innings of work. Richard Zumaya though took the loss, giving up four runs in two innings. Devin Thomas had a monster game, going 3-for-4 including a pair of doubles and driving in five runs for the LFT.

The Whitecaps picked up another win on Thursday, topping Lansing 5-3. Erik Crichton got the win in relief, tossing 1 2/3 innings of shutout baseball. Adam Wilk got a no decision as the starter, giving up two runs (one earned) in 3 1/3 innings. Tyler Stohr recorded the final out for his 19th save. Jordan Lennerton and Avisail Garcia each drove in two runs for the 'Caps.

The O-Tigers lost their battle with Lowell in ten innings on Thursday, giving up a four spot in the tenth to fall 9-5. Jose Diaz got the start, giving up five runs in 5 2/3 innings, but Wade Kapteyn took the loss for allowing all four runs in the tenth (though three of the four were unearned). Jimmy Gulliver fell a home run short of the cycle with three RBI, while Eric Roof added two hits and an RBI.

Posted by: Wez, 9/4


September 2nd Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 2, INDIANAPOLIS 1
70-68, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - GM1: ERIE 3, HARRISBURG 2
GM2: ERIE 5, HARRISBURG 1

71-65, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 3, DAYTONA 2
24-36, 6th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 10, LANSING 2
37-28, 3rd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - GM1: LOWELL 13, ONEONTA 0
GM2: LOWELL 6, ONEONTA 2

34-36, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - END OF SEASON
29-30, 5th in North Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
37-31, 4th in DSL B.C. B.C.

Rookie VSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
24-44, 7th in VSL

Toledo picked up a 2-1 win over Indianapolis on Wednesday, with Ryan Ketchner picking up the win. In his first start with the Hens, Ketchner gave up a run on five hits in seven innings of work. He also walked two and struck out four. Zach Simons meanwhile pitched the final two innings for his first save with Toledo. Scott Sizemore had two hits and an RBI for the club, while Max Leon had an RBI groundout that brought home the go-ahead run. Brent Clevlen and Jeff Frazier also each had two hits apiece.

The SeaWolves staked their claim to the wild card on Wednesday with a pair of wins over Harrisburg in their doubleheader, taking the games 3-2 and 5-1, respectively. Alfredo Figaro picked up the win in the first game, tossing three scoreless innings of relief after Brendan Wise gave up two runs in two innings as the starter. Jason Waddell pitched the final two innings to get his first save. Brennan Boesch belted a solo home run, while Michael Bertram and Santo De Leon each added an RBI without a hit. The 'Wolves took the second game with a strong start from Ramon Garcia and a good showing from Casper Wells at the plate. Garcia got the win, giving up a run on five hits in five innings. Robbie Weinhardt pitched the final two innings without allowing a hit or a run. Wells went 3-for-3 with two runs, a home run and two RBI.

The Flying Tigers were able to finish the suspended game from Tuesday, but couldn't get in Wednesday's scheduled game. They did win the completed game 3-2. Chad Linder picked up the win, pitching the final three innings. Mark Sorensen got the start, giving up two runs on eight hits in six innings. Josh Workman and Jeramy Laster each belted solo home runs for the team in the win.

The Whitecaps hammered the Lugnuts 10-2 on Wednesday evening. Anthony Shawler picked up the win, giving up a run in six innings of work with three walks and six strikeouts. Melvin Mercedes, who got promoted from the GCL, gave up one unearned run in his inning of work, while Tyler Conn pitched the final two innings to close the game out. Gustavo Nunez, Ronnie Bourquin and Jordan Lennerton each drove in three runs for the Whitecaps. Angel Flores also had three hits and a run scored for the club.

Oneonta lost both of its games to Lowell on Wednesday, falling in the first game 13-0 and the second 6-2. Jose Siso was hammered as the starter, giving up 11 runs on 12 hits in 1 2/3 innings of work. Kevan Hess slowed the bleeding, giving up two runs in 3 1/3 innings, but the damage had clearly already been done. Jamie Johnson had two hits in the loss. The second game was closer but still resulted in a loss for the O-Tigers. Mike LaLuna took the loss, giving up three runs in four innings of work. Michael Torrealba took over from there and struggled, giving up three more runs in an inning. Eric Roof drove in the lone run for the club.

Posted by: Wez, 9/3


September 1st Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – INDIANAPOLIS 3, TOLEDO 0
69-68, t-2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - HARRISBURG 8, ERIE 7
69-65, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – SSPD: RAIN
23-36, 6th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - OFF DAY
36-28, 3rd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - HUDSON VALLEY 10, ONEONTA 0
34-34, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - END OF SEASON
29-30, 5th in North Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
37-31, 4th in DSL B.C. B.C.

Rookie VSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
24-44, 7th in VSL

The Mud Hens got shut out on Tuesday by Indianapolis, 3-0. Brooks Brown took the loss, his 12th of the season, but turned in a quality start, giving up three runs in seven innings of work. Brown allowed just three hits but did walk five. The pillaged offense meanwhile managed just three singles, with Mike Hessman managing a single and two walks.

The SeaWolves lost a close battle with Harrisburg, falling 8-7. Nolan Cain took the loss, his first in Erie, giving up a run in 2 2/3 innings of work. The run however was the go-ahead run scored in the bottom of the eighth for Harrisburg. Jonah Nickerson got a no decision as the starter, allowing seven runs (six earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Santo De Leon belted a three homer for the club, while Casper Wells ripped a solo home run as part of his three hits and three runs scored.

The O-Tigers were hammered on Tuesday, falling to Hudson Valley 10-0. Clemente Mendoza took the loss, giving up six runs on six hits in three innings of work. Cory Hamilton and Wade Kapteyn also allowed runs in relief, with Michael Morrison the only successful pitcher for the day, tossing two shutout innings of relief. The offense scattered six hits, including two from Rawley Bishop who had a single and a triple.

Posted by: Wez, 9/2


August 31st Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 3, INDIANAPOLIS 2
69-67, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 4, ALTOONA 3
69-64, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – OFF DAY
23-36, 6th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - FORT WAYNE 8, WEST MICHIGAN 2
36-28, 3rd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - ONEONTA 3, HUDSON VALLEY 1
34-33, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - GCL PHILLIES 2, GCL TIGERS 1
29-30, 5th in North Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
37-31, 4th in DSL B.C. B.C.

Rookie VSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
24-44, 7th in VSL

The Mud Hens put together a late push on Monday to pick up a 3-2 win over Indianapolis. Scot Drucker turned in a strong start to pick up his eighth win of the season, giving up two runs in seven innings of work. Freddy Dolsi then took over and pitched the final two innings for his eighth save. Mike Hessman had two hits and two RBI for the club, with Jeff Frazier also adding two hits including a double and an RBI. Don Kelly chipped in with two hits, a run scored and two stolen bases.

In the battle for the wild card, Erie picked up an important 4-3 win over Altoona. The recently promoted L.J. Gagnier got the win in his first start, giving up two runs in 6 1/3 innings of work. He also walked one and struck out seven. Brendan Wise picked up the save for tossing the final 2 2/3 innings, giving a run on four hits. Andy Dirks and Santo De Leon each belted solo homers, with De Leon driving in three runs total.

The Whitecaps fell 8-2 to Fort Wayne on Monday, on the same day it was decided who the 'Caps would face in the first round of the Midwest League playoffs. Brayan Villarreal took the loss, giving up four runs (three earned) in five innings of work. Brandon Hamilton had a rough go of it in relief, giving up four more runs while recording just one out. Erik Cricthon and Tyler Stohr combined to shut down Fort Wayne the rest of the way, but the damage had been done. Billy Nowlin had a three hit game, while Mike Gosse added two hits and an RBI.

The O-Tigers picked up a big 3-1 win over Hudson Valley to stay above the .500 mark. Nate Newman got the start and a no decision, allowing a run on four hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. Michael Torrealba got the win in relief, tossing 2 2/3 innings of two-hit, shutout baseball. Jose Ortega pitched the final two innings to get the save. Alexis Espinoza belted a solo home run, while Matt Mansilla and Michael Rockett each drove in a run.

The GCL Tigers came up just shy of finishing the season with a .500 mark, falling to the GCL Phillies 2-1. Gary Perinar took the loss as the starter but didn't pitch poorly, giving up two runs on four hits in five innings of work. He also struck out four. Ramon Lebron and Robert Diaz pitched the final three innings without allowing a run, but the GCL Tigers couldn't get that run across the plate to tie the game. Luis Castillo scored Londell Taylor for the team's lone run.

Posted by: Wez, 9/1



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