MiLB Recaps: Espinoza Hammers 'Caps to 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: Alexis Espinoza's hot hitting continued for the Whitecaps with two more extra base hits on Thursday.

May 6th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – NORFOLK 12, TOLEDO 7
15-13, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 7, BINGHAMTON 6
13-13, 4th in Western Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – DUNEDIN 3, LAKELAND 2
12-15, 4th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 4, GREAT LAKES 3
10-18, 7th in Eastern Division

The Mud Hens battled with Norfolk for seven innings, but Jason Waddell got roughed up in relief after Armando Galarraga got roughed up as the starter, and the Hens fell 12-7. Galarraga had by far his worst start of the year, giving up seven runs on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts in four innings of work. However, a strong showing by the offense got the game tied, only to see Waddell give up five runs in the bottom of the eighth to see it slip away. Six different Mud Hens drove in one run, while four of those also had multi-hit games.

The SeaWolves overcame a ninth inning surge from Binghamton, that was magnified by a costly error, to pull out a 7-6 win. L.J. Gagnier got the start and a no decision, giving up four runs in five innings of work. Jay Voss however got the win for tossing three shutout innings, allowing just one hit. Luis Marte got the save despite allowing a pair of unearned runs, brought about by a Justin Henry error. The long ball paced the team at the plate, with Josh Burrus and Cesar Nicolas ripping three run bombs, and Wilkin Ramirez chipping with a solo shot, his team leaving seventh homer.

The Flying Tigers got off to a quick start, putting up two runs in the first inning, but went cold from that point forward and fell to Dunedin 3-2. Mark Sorensen took the loss, giving up three runs in 5 2/3 innings of work. While all the runs were credited to Sorensen, Tyler Conn actually allowed the go-ahead runs to cross the plate. Gustavo Nunez and Brent Wyatt led off the game with back to back doubles and scored the Flying Tigers only two runs.

While the Flying Tigers came up a run short, the Whitecaps picked up a one run victory over Great Lakes on Thursday afternoon, winning 4-3. Jade Todd got the start and a no decision, giving up three runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings before handing the ball over to Victor Larez, who shutout Great Lakes to earn his second win of the year. Alexis Espinoza continued his hot streak with a triple and a home run with two RBI's, while Elvin Soto added two hits and two RBI as well.

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