MiLB Recaps: LFT, Erie Win on 2-3 Night

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: Mark Sorensen kept the hot pitching going for Lakeland, with seven fine innings.

May 12th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – DURHAM 5, TOLEDO 2
18-16, 3rd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - GAME 1: ERIE 5, AKRON 2; GAME 2: AKRON 7, ERIE 2
18-15, 3rd in Western Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 3, CHARLOTTE 1
16-16, 3rd in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - LANSING 7, WEST MICHIGAN 1
11-22, 8th in Eastern Division

The Toledo offense was only able to muster two runs on eight hits in support of starter Enrique Gonzalez on Wednesday; with Jeff Frazier's fourth home run of the season, leading the way. Danny Worth and Ben Guez each picked up two singles, as Guez bumped his Triple-A average up to a robust .320. Gonzalez fell to 1-4 with the defeat, giving up all five Durham runs in six innings of work. The Bulls battered him for 12 hits, including two home runs. Casey Fien and Scot Drucker both maintained their sub-2.00 ERA marks with scoreless innings of relief.

Led by a three-hit (with two doubles) game by second baseman Shawn Roof, and two hits apiece from Michael Bertram and Cesar Nicolas, the Erie offense pushed across five runs in the first game of a double-header against Akron; winning 5-2 in the process. Duane Below was solid as he continues to get his season on track, giving up just two runs in 3 2/3 innings of work. He was folloed by Brooks Brown (2-1) who held Akron in check with 3 1/3 innings of shutout ball with three strikeouts.

The second game of the twin bill was a completely different story for Erie, as left-hander Ramon Garcia took to the bump for the start, giving up three runs on five hits in three innings to take the loss. Zach Simons managed two innings of hitless relief, but left-hander Jay Voss was tagged for four runs on three hits and two walks in just two innings. Cale Iorg led the offensive 'attack' in game two, with a 2-for-3 night, while Josh Burrus roped his fourth home run of the year to leadoff the game with Erie's lone run.

Continuing some of the stellar pitching the Lakeland Flying Tigers have been experiencing lately, sinker baller Mark Sorensen fired seven innings of five-hit, one-run ball with five strikeouts. The performance earned him his third win of the season, evening his record at 3-3. Robert Waite tossed a flawless eighth inning with three strikeouts, and Matt Hoffman picked up his second save of the year with a two strikeout inning of his own to close the door in the ninth. Rawley Bishop continued his torrid hitting, posting a 3-for-4 game to raise his average to a whopping .364 on the year. Kody Kaiser and Bryan Pounds both picked up RBI singles for the Flying Tigers.

A first inning home run from Wade Gaynor (his third of the year) was all the offense the Whitecaps could manage on Wednesday. Gaynor also chipped in with a single, but the rest of the 'Caps offense managed only two other singles, one each for Luis Palacios and Avisail Garcia. Starter Jade Todd was torched for seven runs (five earned) on nine hits in just 5 2/3 innings, though he did manage to punch out seven Lugnuts hitters. Nate Newman and newcomer Nolan Moody both tossed scoreless relief.

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