MiLB Recaps: Gagnier, Oliver Lead to Wins

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: LJ Gagnier and Andy Oliver were outstanding on the bump on Tuesday, and Deik Scram nearly hit for the cycle.

May 18th Games

22-18, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 3, RICHMOND 1
22-16, t-2nd in Western Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 5, JUPITER 4
20-18, 3rd in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - LAKE COUNTY 5, WEST MICHIGAN 2
14-24, 7th in Eastern Division

0-2, 7th in VSL

A day after Enrique Gonzalez stifled the Indy offense, recently promoted LJ Gagnier did the same to Durham. Firing seven three-hit, shutout innings, Gagnier evened his Triple-A record at 1-1 with the win. Jay Sborz came on for the final two innings, and though it was rocky, he closed it out and preserved the victory; giving up three runs on three hits and a walk in two innings. Jeff Frazier doubled twice and Deik Scram was a home run shy of the cycle while driving in two to lead the 'Hens offensive attack.

The superb pitching continued in Double-A last night, as left-hander Andrew Oliver allowed just one run on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out three en route to his fourth win of the season. Brendan Wise continued his hot run of pitching with his fourth save of the year, tossing 2 1/3 shutout innings of relief. Michael Bertram and Justin Henry both doubled as a part of three-hit nights, Andy Bouchie, Josh Burrus, Cesar Nicolas, and Andy Dirks all singled twice.

A three hit night that included a three-run bomb from Brent Wyatt was instrumental in Lakeland's extra-inning win over Jupiter on Tuesday. Alden Carrithers extended his hitting streak to ten games with yet another two hit night, while Carmelo Jaime and Julio Rodriguez each picked up two hits as well. Though it wasn't on the order of the electric starts he showed early this season, Brayan Villarreal was decent over his five innings of work, keeping the Flying Tigers in the game with four runs allowed. Tyler Conn, Erik Crichton, and Matt Hoffman cobined to three-hit the Hammerheads over five innings of relief, with no walks and five strikeouts.

Jade Todd allowed only one run in six innings as the starter in Grand Rapids last night, walking just one and striking out five, but that wasn't enough to earn him the victory. Nate Newman coughed up the lead in the eighth, and Kenny Faulk sealed the deal in the ninth with two more runs given up. Avisail Garcia led the offense with a triple that drove in both 'Caps runs. Michael Gosse doubled in four trips, as the only other West Michigan hitter with an extra-base knock.

The VSL Tigers are still looking for their first win after losing a second straight game to start the summer league season. Holding a lead heading into the seventh inning, Yonny Mosquera was torched for six runs on eight hits in just 1 2/3 innings. The six-run outburst was at least in part due to errors by third baseman Jesus Ustariz and Mosquera himself, while Mosquera also uncorked three wild pitches that didn't help his cause. The damage could have been worse had it not been for a fantastic throw by center fielder Jesus Alvarado that gunned down a runner at the plate to end the eighth inning. Luis Cortez doubled for the second straight game, while Jose Soledad singled and tripled, to lead the offense.

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