April 9th Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 7, LOUISVILLE 4
1-1, t-1st in West Division
AA Erie SeaWolves - TRENTON 3, ERIE 1
0-2, t-5th in Western Division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 6, TAMPA 0
1-1, t-3rd in North Division
A West Michigan Whitecaps - LAKE COUNTY 7, WEST MICHIGAN 1
0-2, t-5th in Eastern Division
The Mud Hens offense came alive midway through the game and led the charge to a 7-4 victory. Phil Dumatrait got the start and a no decision, giving up three runs in four innings of work. Dumatrait also battled his command, walking five without a single strikeout. Scot Drucker picked up the win in relief, tossing 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball. Jay Sborz pitched a perfect ninth for his first save of the year. Clete Thomas and Brent Dlugach led the charge at the plate from the top of the order, combining for four hits and five RBI. Robinson Diaz also added two hits and scored two runs.
For the second straight night, the SeaWolves received a strong start but couldn't get much out of the offense as the club fell 3-1. L.J. Gagnier got the start and a no decision, tossing five shutout innings, scattering five hits with five strikeouts. He exited with a slim 1-0 lead, but the lead didn't hold for long, as Zach Simons allowed two runs in the sixth to forfeit the lead and take the loss. Cesar Nicolas had two hits and drove in the team's only run.
The Flying Tigers picked up their first win of the season at their home opener, a 6-0 shutout victory over Tampa. Mark Sorensen got the win, matching Gagnier's line from the SeaWolves with five innings, five hits, no runs and five strikeouts. Anthony Shawler, Ramon Garcia and Lester Oliveros all combined to preserve the shutout in relief. Andy Bouchie ripped a two run homer, while Brent Wyatt added three hits and an RBI. Gustavo Nunez and Chris White also chipped in with two hits and a run scored apiece.
The Whitecaps are still searching for their first win after getting hammered by Lake County, falling 7-1. Jade Todd took the loss as the starter, yielding three runs in 3 1/3 innings. Nate Newman pitched 2 2/3 of shutout baseball to keep the 'Caps within striking distance, but Jose Ortega was hit hard and yielded four more runs to put the game out of reach. The team scattered five hits, including two from Jamie Johnson. Avisail Garcia drove in Johnson for the team's only run.
Posted by: Wez, 4/10