MiLB Recaps: Soto Leads 'Caps to Shutout 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: Giovanni Soto and the West Michigan offense sparkled in a 7-0 blanking of South Bend.

May 13th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – DURHAM 6, TOLEDO 1
18-17, 3rd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 5, BOWIE 3
19-15, 3rd in Western Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 4, CHARLOTTE 2
17-16, 3rd in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 7, SOUTH BEND 0
12-22, 7th in Eastern Division

It was a rough night in Toledo as Dan Johnson led the Durham offense with a 3-for-4 night that included his 11th home run of the young season. LJ Gagnier was touched up for five runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings in his first start for Toledo this season. The bullpen was solid behind him though, Josh Rainwater, Robbie Weinhardt, and Daniel Schlereth combined for 4 1/3 innings of one-run ball with six strikeouts. Not much went rigth offensively for the Hens, with Casper Wells leading the way with two hits, including a double and the team's only run of the game.

Two hits apiece from Michael Bertram, Josh Burrus, and Cesar Nicolas (who launched his fourth home run) provided the bulk of the offense as Erie topped Bowie on Thursday night. Cale Iorg also continued his improved hitting with a single in four trips. He is now hitting .221 on the year. Thad Weber got the start for Erie, and he turned in a quality start with 6 2/3 innings of six hit, three run ball. He walked four in the process, but did strikeout six. Brendan Wise picked up his third save of the season with 2 1/3 innings of one-hit relief.

Brayan Villarreal continued his dominating run to start the season in the Florida State League, picking up another win and moving his record to 4-3 on the season. Brayan gave up just two runs in five innings, while striking out five as well. Cory Hamilton and Miguel Mejia threw shutout ball for the other four innings. Alden Carrithers led the offense with a 3-for-3 showing, as he continues to raise his season average, now hitting .344 this year. Brent Wyatt also picked up two hits -- a double and a triple -- and Daniel Fields doubled as well.

Left-hander Giovanni Soto was spectacular Thursday night in Grand Rapids, as he led the Whitecaps to a 7-0 white washing of South Bend. Soto earned his second with of the year with 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball, backed by eight strikeouts. Jose Ortega and Melvin Mercedes combined to slam the door. Hernan Perez had three hits, while Eric Roof double and tripled as part of a night where he drove in four 'Caps runs. Michael Rockett, Avisail Garcia, and Alexis Espinoza also picked up two hits each.

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