MiLB Recaps: Oliver Earns Win for 'Wolves

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. Featured performance: Andy Oliver picked up his first win as pro, tossing six strong innings for Erie.

April 18th Games

6-5, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 8, ALTOONA 2
2-8, 5th in Western Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 3, BREVARD COUNTY 2
6-5, 2nd in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 4, GREAT LAKES 2
5-6, 6th in Eastern Division

The Mud Hens dropped their Sunday game with Indianapolis, falling 9-6. Ruddy Lugo was hit hard in the loss, giving up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits in four innings of work. Lugo fell to 1-2 on the year. Robbie Weinhardt also had a bit of a rough outing, giving up a pair of runs in 1 2/3 innings. Casper Wells belted a two run homer for the 'Hens (ironically his first two RBI of the season), while Will Rhymes added two hits and two RBI. Jeff Larish also chipped in with two hits and scored a run.

Behind a strong pitching performance from Andy Oliver, the SeaWolves moved out of the cellar of their division with an 8-2 victory over Altoona. Oliver got the win, the first of his pro career, giving up a run on three hits in six innings. Oliver walked two and struck out three. From there, the game was turned over to Brooks Brown who was very effective, picking up his first save by allowing just one run over the final three innings. The offense meanwhile came alive for eight runs, the most they've posted in a game all season. Cale Iorg ripped a two run homer, while Andy Dirks added two hits and drove in a pair. Jeff Kunkel and Shawn Roof also each scored twice.

Like the 'Wolves, the Flying Tigers were paced by an excellent starting pitching performance - for Lakeland, it was from Luke Putkonen. Putkonen allowed just two hits and a run in six innings of work, striking out six as he picked up his first win of the season. Lester Oliveros meanwhile got a scare in the ninth, allowing a run to make it a one run game, but he held on to preserve the 3-2 win. Alden Carrithers led the way at the plate, managing two hits including a double and driving in two runs. Gustavo Nunez and Rawley Bishop also each had a pair of hits.

Great Lakes used a three run seventh inning to break their tie with West Michigan, and drop the 'Caps a game back below the .500 mark. Trevor Feeney took the loss, giving up all five runs in 6 2/3 innings of work. Feeney was hit around quite a bit, allowing 12 hits. Jamie Johnson ripped a pair of doubles and scored a run in the losing effort, while three other 'Caps managed multi-hit games, it wasn't enough.

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