MiLB Recaps: Erie, Lakeland Earn Shutouts

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: Luke Putkonen and Brooks Brown started what would turn into shutouts for their respective teams.

May 16th Games

20-18, 3rd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 4, BOWIE 0
21-16, 3rd in Western Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 3, JUPITER 0
18-18, 3rd in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - SOUTH BEND 6, WEST MICHIGAN 5
14-23, 7th in Eastern Division

As Gerald Laird and Alex Avila continue to struggle with the bat in Detroit, Robinzon Diaz may have made a small case to get his chance with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to top Indy. That run scoring hit capped off a furious rally that included two runs in the eighth and two in the ninth. Ryan Raburn again picked up multiple hits -- this time two -- with yet another double, while Jeff Frazier duplicated the feat. Ben Guez continued his torrid hitting, going 2-for-4 and raising his Triple-A average to a whopping .342. Alfredo Figaro yielded five runs (four earned) in six innings, and he was followed up by three shutout innings from Robbie Weinhardt, who got his first win of the year.

Brooks Brown carried a no-hitter through five innings before giving way to Ramon Garcia in the final game of Erie's series with Bowie, and while Garcia gave up a single in the sixth (on of two he would allow on the night) to end the no-hit bid, the duo still combined for the shutout. Justin Henry sparked the Erie offense from the top of the lineup, with three hits in four at-bats, including two doubles and a walk. He also stole two bases, giving him five for the year. Michael Bertram and Josh Burrus both doubled and singled, while Andy Dirks tripled home a run in the win.

The excellent pitching continued in Lakeland, as Luke Putkonen and Cory Hamilton combined for another shutout, this time against Jupiter. Putkonen moved his record to 3-2 with the win; firing 7 2/3 innings of four-hit ball with just one walk and three strikeouts. Kody Kaiser provided all the offense the Flying Tigers would need, as he ripped three singles and drove in two, in just four trips to the plate. Rawley Bishop and Alden Carrithers both continued their hot hitting; each with a single in the game.

West Michigan tried to match the furious comeback that Toledo managed to execute, but fell one run short despite scoring five over the final two innings of their fourth game against South Bend. Jacob Turner started for the 'Caps, yielding two runs on four hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings; striking out seven in the process. He picked up his first career decision -- a loss. Luis Sanz walked the only batter he faced, before Nolan Moody and Melvin Mercedes combined to give up four runs on three walks and three hits in just 2 1/3 innings. Five players in the Whitecaps lineup managed two hits, including leadoff man Jamie Johnson and the suddenly hot Wade Gaynor, who also drove in two runs. Hernan Perez also picked up two hits, including a double, as he raised his season average to .264.

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