MiLB Recaps: Villarreal K's Nine in Win

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: Brayan Villarreal was strong again for Lakeland, striking out nine en route to a Flying Tigers win.

April 21st Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – LOUISVILLE 3, TOLEDO 1
8-6, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - BOWIE 5, ERIE 3
4-9, 6th in Western Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 6, CLEARWATER 2
8-5, 1st in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - DAYTON 5, WEST MICHIGAN 2
5-9, 6th in Eastern Division

The Mud Hens fell to Louisville on Wednesday to Louisville, losing 3-1. Enrique Gonzalez turned in a solid start but still took the loss. Gonzalez allowed three runs but just one earned in six innings of work. Daniel Schlereth pitched the final two innings, but Louisville kept the Hens in check at the plate. Max Leon drove in Danny Worth for the team's only run. Ben Guez had the club's only extra base hit, a double.

The SeaWolves four game win streak was snapped, with Erie falling 5-3 to Bowie. Duane Below had another tough outing, giving up four runs in three innings of work. The bullpen was very good in relief, with Jay Voss giving up just one unearned run. Ray Burrus had two hits and an RBI, while Audy Ciriaco in his second game back belted his first home run of the year.

The Flying Tigers received another outstanding start from Brayan Villarreal as they moved back into first place with a 6-2 victory. Villarreal pitched six great innings, giving up a run on three hits with nine strikeouts. Billy Nowlin finally awoke from an early season slump, with a pair of hits including a double, and two RBI. Alden Carrithers drove in two runs as well, while Daniel Fields added two hits and scored twice.

The Whitecaps fell again to Dayton, this time 5-2 on Wednesday. Giovanni Soto took the loss, his first of the season, giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits in six innings of work. Nolan Cain came on in relief but struggled, allowing two runs while recording just one out. Jamie Johnson had a great game from the top of the order, with three hits and two runs scored. Wade Gaynor had both of the team's RBI's.

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