MiLB Recaps: 'Caps Lose on Collision at Plate

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: A collision at the plate resulted in the go-ahead run and another loss for the Whitecaps.

May 28th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – BUFFALO 7, TOLEDO 3
26-22, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 7, HARRISBURG 5
24-24, t-3rd in Western Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 7, PALM BEACH 2
29-19, 2nd in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - DAYTON 5, WEST MICHIGAN 4
18-31, 8th in Eastern Division

R VSL Tigers - PPD: RAIN
5-4, 3rd in VSL

The Mud Hens fell once again to Buffalo on Friday night, losing 7-3. Alfredo Figaro took the loss as he was hit around, giving up five runs on ten hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. Brendan Wise was strong in relief, tossing 2 2/3 innings of shutout baseball, but Josh Rainwater gave up a pair of runs late to give Buffalo a larger cushion. Casper Wells and Ryan Strieby each belted solo home runs, while Scott Sizemore went 2-for-4 including a double.

It took a week and a half, but the SeaWolves finally got back into the win column behind the arm of Andrew Oliver. Oliver scattered five hits and allowed one run over seven innings as he picked up his fifth win of the season. Oliver also walked none and struck out six. Matt Hoffman however made things interesting as he struggled in his Double-A debut, giving up three runs in just 2/3 of an inning. Audy Ciriaco made his return after a two week hiatus, and made his presence felt, ripping a three run homer. Cesar Nicolas and Andy Bouchie also added solo home runs to help lead the scoring.

The Flying Tigers picked up a victory on Friday, much like the SeaWolves, behind some strong starting pitching. Lakeland got their version from Brayan Villarreal, who also went seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits with an impressive nine strikeouts. Rob Waite pitched the final two innings to close things out. Kody Kaiser had three hits and two RBI for the club, while Rawley Bishop chipped in with a pair of hits and two runs scored. Billy Nowlin also jumped above the mendoza line with a 3-for-4 night, including a solo home run.

The Whitecaps lost a lead late and fell to Dayton 5-4. Jade Todd turned in an excellent start, giving up three runs (two earned) over eight innings of work, before handing things over to Kenny Faulk with a 4-3 lead. The game was lost on a two-run single that was compounded by an Avisail Garcia error, and there was still a chance to keep the game tied, but Eric Roof couldn't hang onto the ball on a collision at the plate, and Dayton took the lead. Billy Alvino (who replaced Roof after the collision) got to second in the bottom of the ninth, but neither Chris Sedon or Jamie Johnson could bring him home. Johnson went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

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