MiLB Recaps: Furbush Dominates Yet Again

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: Charlie Furbush and the Lakeland offense turned in great nights, while Giovanni Soto spun a complete game shutout as West Michgian split a twin bill.

May 25th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 6, SYRACUSE 3
26-20, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - TRENTON 4, ERIE 0
23-23, 3rd in Western Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 10, TAMPA 3
27-18, 2nd in North Division

17-29, 8th in Eastern Division

3-4, t-5th in VSL

With big leaguer Max Scherzer taking the bump, Toledo seemingly had a leg up on Syracuse before the game even began Tuesday night. Despite yielding a run in the second, Scherzer was dominant in his second minor league start of the year; going seven strong innings with just three hits and one walk allowed, while fanning seven. Another big leaguer, Carlos Guillen, led the offense with three doubles in five at-bats, while Ryan Strieby drove him home twice as part of a five RBI night. Scott Sizemore, and Max St. Pierre chipped in with two hits each.

Playing a morning game in Trenton, the Erie bats seemingly never woke up, and Thad Weber fell to 2-5 on the year with zero run support. Weber tossed 6 2/3 innings, yielding four runs (two earned) on ten hits. Shawn Roof picked up two of the Seawolves three singles, with Michael Bertram collecting the other. The loss drops the 'Wolves back to an even .500 on the year.

With a combined five runs in the seventh and eighth innings, the Lakeland offense put the game out of reach, despite a two-run outburst by Tampa in the ninth. Alden Carrithers was actually held hitless atop the lineup, something the Yankees should be given credit for. Unfortunately for them, he was just about the only Lakeland player held hitless. Brent Wyatt and Rawley Bishop both collected three hits, with Wyatt scoring three time, and Bishop driving in three. Kody Kaiser also collected three RBI as part of a two hit night. Daniel Fields continued to hold his own in High-A with a 2-for-4 night that included a walk. Even with all that offense, Charlie Furbush was the story of the night. Furbush evened his record at 3-3 on the year; spinning a magical eight innings of four-hit, one-run ball, with no walks and a whopping twelve strikeouts. The way he's been pitching lately, a strong case is being built for him to head to Double-A in the coming weeks.

Giovanni Soto continues to confound Midwest League opponents, this time firing a seven inning complete game shutout in the first game of a twin bill. Soto scattered four singles and two walks, while striking out six. Jordan Lennerton and Eric Roof both picked up two hits in the early game, with Michael Rockett driving in two runs with his eighth double of the season.

The night cap didn't go quite as smoothly for West Michigan, as Victor Larez was torched for six runs on nine hits in just 2 1/3 innings; taking him to just 3-6 on the season. The lone offensive highlight in the 7-1 defeat was a triple by Luis Palacios, who was driven in on a single by Billy Alvino.

Catcher Gabriel Tenia ripped his second home run in three games, while finishing Tuesday's game just a triple short of the cycle. He drove in five in the process, and is now hitting a robust .409 through the season's first few games. Jose Soledad also turned in a three-hit night, scoring three times in front of Tenia's hot hitting. Luis Cortez also continued to display a hot bat, knocking two more singles, and driving in the Tigers' sixth run of the ball game. Julio Guilarte picked up his first win of the season as the tandem to starter Leonel Vasquez. The two combined for six innings pitched with four runs (three earned) on five hits, with seven walks and three strikeouts. Jose Rodriguez picked up his first professional save with two one-hit innings to end the game.

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