MiLB Recaps: Plenty of Late Inning Action

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: Alexander Nunez and Ryan Enos led a ninth inning comeback by Connecticut.

June 25th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – INDIANAPOLIS 9, TOLEDO 8
41-34, t-2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - RICHMOND 6, ERIE 5
31-42, 6th in Western Division

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

A West Michigan Whitecaps - LAKE COUNTY 2, WEST MICHIGAN 1
0-1, t-5th in Eastern Division

SS-A Connecticut Tigers - CONNECTICUT 8, LOWELL 7
4-4, 2nd in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - BLUE JAYS 11, TIGERS 3
2-3, 5th in North Division

R DSL Tigers - OFF DAY
7-14, 5th in SPM

R VSL Tigers - TIGERS 7, PIRATES 6
12-17, 7th in VSL

Staked to a 6-2 lead after just four innings, reliever Scot Drucker couldn't maintain the lead, allowing six Indy runs in the sixth inning, en route to taking the loss and falling to 2-3 on the year. Drucker yielded the six runs on five hits and a walk, while only recording two outs. Starter LJ Gagnier was solid, if unspectacular, giving up three runs (two earned) in five innings of work. Jeff Frazier homered and doubled while driving in two, and Jeff Kunkel was a home run short of the cycle as he drove in two for the 'Hens.

The top three in the Erie lineup all collected two hits, but a five-run seventh inning wasn't enough to overcome the early six run lead Richmond had posted. Alden Carrithers picked up two hits from the leadoff spot, while Cale Iorg and Andy Dirks both doubled and singled from the next two spots in the lineup. Kody Kaiser also managed the same line, collecting his first double since joining the Double-a squad. One start after pitching so well in New Hampshire, Duane Below was touched for five runs on seven hits in just four innings, though he did manage five strikeouts in the losing effort. Luis Marte was very good in relief, firing 2 1/3 innings of shutout ball with one hit, one walk, and two strikeouts.

Despite picking up a run in the eighth inning to tie the game, Lakeland couldn't pull out the win in extra innings as they fell 4-3 to Miluakee's FSL affiliate. Brandon Douglas was the offensive standout with three hits, including a triple. Billy Nowlin and Gustavo Nunez each collected two hits, with Nowlin driving in his 37th run of the season. Jacob Turner tired in the fourth inning, but allowed just two runs on four hits in four innings, making his first start at High-A. He struck out four and walked none on the evening. Jose Ortega took the loss in his second inning of relief in extra innings.

Another brilliant start from lefty Giovanni Nunez was seemingly wasted on Friday night, as he allowed just one earned run (two runs total) in six innings against Lake County, without walking a batter and striking out six. The performance dropped his season ERA to an even 2.00. The offense couldn't get much going on the night, with Avisail Garcia's two singles, and a Clay Jones' single and double as the only multi-hit efforts. Rob Brantly picked up his first professional hit with a 1-for-3 showing, and Tony Plagman doubled in the game.

A three-run ninth capped a furious comeback by the Connecticut Tigers on Friday. Down 6-2 after just the first inning, the Tigers clawed their way back and pulled out the win with a fantastic ninth inning of work. With runners on second and third after a leadoff walk to Matt Mansilla, a single by Londell Taylor, and a sac bunt by Jeff Rowland, Alex Nunez singled up the middle to plate one run. After a walk to Josh Ashenbrenner and a strikeout by Matt Perry, Ryan Enos delivered a two run single to left to put the Tigers out front. The single was Enos' second hit of the game (he also homered) and gave him five RBI on the night. Starter Rayni Guichardo was tagged for six runs in the first inning after giving up three hits and three walks without recording an out. The bullpen held it together over the next seven innings, as Brennan Smith, Michael Torrealba, and Kevan Hess combined to shutout Lowell. Despite giving up a run in the eighth, Robbie Weinhardt was credited with the win in his second rehab outing.

The Blue Jays scored in all but the fourth inning on Friday, as Tiger pitching couldn't keep the opposition off the score board. Steve Crnkovich was the starter for the GCL, and took the loss after giving up three runs in three innings. A double and a single from first baseman Juaner Aguasvivas and a triple from Gabriel Purroy led the way offensively, but that wasn't enough.

Home runs by Jesus Ustariz and Oscar Gomez proved fruitless as the VSL Tigers fell in walkoff fashion to the Pirates yesterday. Ustariz's homer was part of a two hit day for him, something both Jose Soledad and Jesus Alvarado both did as well. Starter Jose Rodriguez took the no decision, despite giving up just one run in four innings of work. Angel Nesbitt took the loss in relief, yielding two runs in the ninth on two singles, a walk, and a throwing error by Jose Soledad.

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