May 19th Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 5, DURHAM 2
23-18, 2nd in West Division
AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 9, RICHMOND 4
23-16, t-2nd in Western Division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 11, JUPITER 7
21-18, 3rd in North Division
A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 3, LAKE COUNTY 1
15-24, 7th in Eastern Division
R VSL Tigers - DETROIT 8, TAMPA BAY 6
1-2, 7th in VSL
Toledo continued their hot run with a victory Wednesday morning against one of the better pitching prospects in all of baseball. Scott Sizemore doubled and drove in two, and Jeff Frazier turned in two hits yet again. Robinzon Diaz showed up with three hits of his own, including a double. Left-hander Ryan Ketchner out-pitched Durham's Jeremy Hellickson, to pick up his first Triple-A win. Dan Schlereth again pitched a scoreless inning of relief, lowering his season ERA to 0.86, while Casey Fien picked up his second save with a perfect ninth.
Making their first trip to visit the new Eastern League club in Richmond, Virginia, Erie wasted no time welcoming them with a nine run outburst. Andy Dirks, Wilkin Ramirez, and Cesar Nicolas all homered in the game, while Jeff Kunkel and Shawn Roof both collected three hits. Justin Henry also continued his climb back from a awful start, posting two hits and a walk, along with his seventh stolen base. Duane Below was solid, if unspectacular, in his start on Tuesday, giving up two runs in four innings before exiting without a decision. Anthony Shawler notched his first Double-A win with three two-hit, shutout innings.
It's been the Alden Carrithers show in Lakeland lately, and he didn't disappoint yesterday with yet another multi-hit effort, extending his hitting streak to eleven games. Kody Kaiser and Bryan Pounds both had three hits in the game, with five RBI between them, while three other F-Tiger players had two hits in the contest. Adam Wilk was saved by his offense after he gave up seven runs in just 4 2/3 innings. Rob Waite was spectacular in relief, giving up just one hit in 2 1/3 innings, with three strikeouts, to get the win.
Giovanni Soto continued to be one of West Michigan's best starters, going seven strong innings to even his record at 3-3 on the year. Soto allowed just one unearned run on four hits, with one walk and two strikeouts. Nolan Moody tossed a scoreless eighth, and Jose Ortega dominated the ninth with three punch outs. Two singles form Hernan Perez, a double from Michael Rockett, and a triple from Alexis Espinoza fueled the offense as they provided just enough to pick up the win.
The VSL Tigers picked up their first win of the season on Tuesday, led by an offensive explosion from one of it's top players. Daniel Carranza went 4-for-5 with a double and three RBI, along with his first stolen base. Luis Cortez picked up two more hits, including his first home run, and he is not hitting .417 through three games. Also collecting two hits on the day were Raul Leiva and David Lizardo. The tandem staters, Jose Tablante and Angel Carreno were very good for the Tigers, giving up just two runs in six innings with five strikeouts. Jose Rodriguez saw action in his second game but was touched up and allowed things to get dicey in the ninth inning, before Johan Belisario came in for the one-out save.
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