MiLB Recaps: Villarreal Fires Away for LFT

Each morning, check in for the Minor League Recap Blog. Get all of the results from the games, the latest standings and the daily blog recapping the previous day's action. Brayan Villarreal struck out nine as the Flying Tigers moved into a first place tie.

April 15th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 6, COLUMBUS 3
4-4, t-2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ALTOONA 13, ERIE 5
0-8, 6th in Western Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 4, CLEARWATER 1
5-3, t-1st in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - BOWLING GREEN 2, WEST MICHIGAN 1
3-5, t-5th in Eastern Division

With a strong start from Armando Galarraga and a dozen hits from the order, the Mud Hens cruised to a 6-3 victory over Columbus. Galarraga, who had a no-hitter going through 4 1/3 innings, gave the club a quality start, allowing three runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings. Josh Rainwater came on in relief and tossed 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, and Jay Sborz then came on and pitched the ninth to earn his third save. Four players had multi-hit games, including Brent Dlugach, who had two hits including a double, two runs scored and two RBI. Brennan Boesch also added a two run homer for the club.

Home didn't treat the SeaWolves any better, as the 'Wolves opened up the season at home on Thursday with a dud, falling to Altoona 13-5. The SeaWolves were actually in the game right until the very end, when a seven run ninth inning put the game out of reach. Duane Below got the start but made it through just 2/3 of an inning before exiting, allowing two runs. Zach Simons battled in relief, giving up four runs in 3 1/3 innings of work, at which point Jay Voss and Brendan Wise tossed two innings of scoreless relief apiece. But Jared Gayhart was roughed up in the ninth, yielding six runs to Altoona. Andy Dirks ripped a triple and a solo home run for the club, while Wilkin Ramirez added a three run blast.

The Flying Tigers moved into a first place tie in the division with a 4-1 win over Clearwater. Brayan Villarreal got the win, giving up just one hit and one run in 5 1/3 innings. He also struck out nine. Matt Hoffman, Anthony Shawler and Lester Oliveros combined to close things out in that order, not allowing a run. Bryan Pounds followed up his five hit day with a 3-for-4 day, with two RBI. Gustavo Nunez also had two hits, two runs scored, and a stolen base.

Another strong start from Jacob Turner, but another loss in his start as the Whitecaps fell 2-1 to Bowling Green. Turner got a no decision, allowing a run on five hits in four innings of work. He also struck out four. Luis Angel Sanz took the loss for allowing the go-ahead run to score in relief. Avisail Garica had a double and scored the club's only run, driven in by Michael Rockett. Wade Gaynor also added two hits.

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