MiLB Recaps: Porcello Dominates in Louisville

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: Rick Porcello's eight innings of one-hit ball as Toledo wins.

June 23rd Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 6, LOUISVILLE 1
41-33, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - TRENTON 11, ERIE 2
31-41, 6th in Western Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 3, BREVARD COUNTY 1
1-0, 4th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - ALL STAR BREAK
26-43, 8th in Eastern Division

SS-A Connecticut Tigers - CONNECTICUT 13, LOWELL 1
3-4, t-3rd in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - YANKEES 6, TIGERS 5
2-2, t-1st in North Division

R DSL Tigers - RANGERS 15, TIGERS 3
7-14, 5th in SPM

R VSL Tigers - MARINERS 5, TIGERS 1
12-17, 7th in VSL

A two-run bomb by Wilkin Ramirez in the second inning was all Rick Porcello would need as the 'Hens took advantage of having their second big league starter of the season. Porcello went eight innings for the win, allowing just one unearned run on one hit, with a walk and three strikeouts. Casey Fien tossed a scoreless ninth with a strikeout to preserve the gem. Ramirez's home run was part of a two-hit night for him; something he shared with leadoff hitter Will Rhymes.

Gerald Laird's little brother took it to the Seawolves on Thursday, all by himself, as Trenton romped over Erie 11-2. Laird blasted two home runs, givig him 18 on the year, while driving in seven runs in the contest. Michael Bertram, Alden Carrithers, and Angel Flores all knocked doubles to lead the 'Wolves meager offensive performance. Anthony Shawler got the start for Erie, spinning 4 1/3 innings of one-hit, shutout ball with five strikeouts. After a brief 2 1/3 inning stint by Cory Hamilton, left-hander Jay Voss was ripped for nine runs on five hits and four walks in just 2 1/3 innings of his own.

Designated hitter Billy Nowlin continued his recent hot tear, notching his sevent home run of the season; a three run blast in the third inning of Cody Scarpetta. The homer was part of another multi-hit effort for Nowlin. Brandon Douglas also picked up two hits, including a double as he sees more playing time for the Flying Tigers. Jon Kibler was great in six innings, allowing just one run on three hits, without walking a batter and picking up six strikeouts. Luke Putkonen made his first relief appearnace, allowing just two hits in 1 2/3 innings, with two strikeouts. Lester Olivers came on for the four out save, is ninth of the year.

A grand slam from Alex Nunez and a three-hit night from Julio Rodriguez finally got the Connecticut offense rolling last night. Nunez's bomb came in the fourth inning and put the Tigers up 8-1 early on. A night after collecting three hits, center fielder Jeff Rowland was on base three times again Thursday, with a single and two walks, while scoring three times. Ryan Enos and Chao-Ting Tang each picked up two hits in the win. Luis Sanz was again spectacular, moving to 2-0 on the young season, with five innings of one-run ball with five strikeouts. Patrick Lawsom and Tyler Clark combined to toss four one-hit innings with five strikeouts in the blowout.

Starter Wilsen Palacios was touched for four runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings to take the loss for the GCL Tigers, as the Yankees got out to enough of a leal that the Tigers comeback wasn't enough. Edwin Gomez, Javier Azcona, and Gilbert Gomez each collected two hits, while Les Smith drove in two in the game.

The DSL Tigers finally got a nice day for baseball, but it didn't stay nice long as the Rangers jumped out to an early lead with at least one run in each of the first five innings on Thursday. Darlyn Duran and Luis Hidalgo were charged with all ten runs scored in that span, before Walter Lachapel came in and held the Rangers at bay for 2 1/3 innings. Confesor Lara picked up two hits as he tries to get his bat going again, while Francisco Contreras did the same.

Three hits from Erick Soto and two apiece from Eugenio Suarez, David Lizardo, and Jesus Alvarado, weren't enough to muster more than one run against a strong pitching performance by the Mariners. Tigers starter Yorfrank Lopez yielded five runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings to take the loss, moving to 1-2 on the year. Jose Tablante and Yonny Mosqurea combined to allow just one hit and one walk over the final 3 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball.

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