May 17th Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 3, INDIANAPOLIS 0
21-18, 3rd in West Division
AA Erie SeaWolves - OFF DAY
21-16, 3rd in Western Division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 15, JUPITER 3
19-18, 3rd in North Division
A West Michigan Whitecaps - OFF DAY
14-23, 7th in Eastern Division
R VSL Tigers - Cincinnati 7, Detroit 1
0-1, t-5th in VSL
On kid's day in Toledo, the 'Hens gave them something to scream about with an outstanding all-around performance. Led by a dominating effort from starter Enrique Gonzalez and a three-run bomb by Brent Dlugach, Toledo eased to a 3-0 blanking of Indy. It took a while to get to Indy starter Brad Lincoln who carried a perfect game into the fifth inning, but Dlugach's blow was all that was needed behind the complete game effort from Gonzalez. Gonzalez finished with just two hits and a walk as blemishes on his record, and he recorded nine punch outs along the way.
Though it may have been the only game in town last night, Lakeland made up for it with some serious fireworks in Jupiter. After picking up single runs in the second and third innings, Lakeland exploded for one more in the fifth, followed by three in the sixth, one in the sevent, three in the eighth, and capped it off with five in the ninth. The offensive explosion was led by a 4-for-5 night with a walk and three runs scored by the white hot Alden Carrithers. Kody Kaiser also picked up four hits in the game with a double and three runs driven home. Not to be out-done, Rawley Bishop managed three hits of his own, while Brenty Wyatt, Bryan Pounds, and Julio Rodriguez each collected two knocks. Daniel Fields lone hit of the night was his first career professional home run, a three-run blast to right field in the eighth inning. Amidst all the offense, Mark Sorensen moved to 4-3 with seven strong inning; allowing just two runs on seven hits, with five strikeouts.
It wasn't a pretty start to the season for the VSL Tigers, but there's a long way to go, and improvement is the only result left from this starting point. Luis Cortez led a meak offensive effort with a single and a double in three at-bats. David Lizardo scored the team's lone run while picking up two walks in his professional debut. Starter Endrys Briceno was touched up for three runs on five hits in 2 1/3 innings, with two strikeouts. His tandem starter, Yorfrank Lopez allowed another run in his 2 2/3 innings of work, but he managed five strikeouts to just one walk over that span.
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