MiLB Recaps: Short-Season Clubs Look Good

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June 29th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – GWINNETT 7, TOLEDO 3
41-38, 3rd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - BOWIE 6, ERIE 5
31-47, 6th in Western Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – TAMPA 5, LAKELAND 0
1-4, t-5th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - SOUTH BEND 2, WEST MICHIGAN 1
0-5, 8th in Eastern Division

SS-A Connecticut Tigers - CONNECTICUT 1, LOWELL 0
7-5, 2nd in Stedler Division

3-5, 6th in North Division

8-18, 5th in SPM

14-20, 7th in VSL

After a sensational first start in Triple-A, right-hander Rick Porcello wasn't so lucky his next time out. Firing 90 pitches over six innings, Porcello yielded five runs on ten hits and three walks, while striking out only three. The outing proved that more work is necessary before Porcello returns to the big leagues. Reliever Ryan Perry had his own struggles, despite not allowing a run, he threw only 16 of 36 pitches for strikes, while walking two and allowing one hit over 1 2/3 innings. Will Rhymes provided the bulk of the offense, picking up three hits, including a triple, and scoring twice.

The middle three in the Erie lineup all chipped in two hits, with Rawley Bishop and Michael Bertram doubling, but that wasn't enough as Bowie literally walked off with the win. Zach Simons surrendered a leadoff double to Felix Pie, and he was singled home by Joel Guzman in the bottom of the ninth to snatch the victory away from the 'Wolves. Starter Ramon Garcia surprised, going seven innings while allowing five runs (three earned) on nine hits.

Amidst all the roster turnover, Lakeland struggled to score runs on Tuesday, scratching out just three hits the entire game. Brandon Douglas and Jordan Lennerton singled, and Samir Rijo doubled for all the offense on the night. Starter Jon Kibler was outstanding in his six innings of work, allowing just one run while striking out five. Rob Waite was shelled in just 1/3 of an inning, giving up four hits and a walk that totaled four runs.

West Michigan suffered a similar fate to Erie on Tuesday, falling in the bottom of the tenth inning of a tight pitchers dual. Lefty starter Jade Todd left after recording the first out of the game, and Victor Larez was solid in relief; spanning five innings of one-run ball. Miguel Mejia was also very good in relief, tossing 1 2/3 hitless innings with four strikeouts. Kenny Faulk was saddled with the loss after giving up a run in the tenth, despite having pitched well in the prior innings. As has often been the case this season, Jamie Johnson led the offense with two hits and a walk, while driving in the teams only run.

In another pitchers dual, the CT Tigers made a lone second inning run generated on an RBI double by Ryan Enos, stand up. Luis Sanz out-dualed young Red Sox stud Madison Younginer, tossing six innings of three-hit shutout ball with one walk and six strikeouts. Michael Torrealba was equally impressive in relief, working three hitless innings with two walks and seven whiffs.

Newcomer Jeff Ferrell was again masterful in the GCL, and he may be pushing for a promotion to Connecticut before too long. In this outing, Ferrell fired 6 1/3 shutout innings to lower his ERA to 1.35 and move to 2-0 on the young season. Ramon Lebron seemed to get things back on track in his return to the GCL, working two innings of one hit ball with three strikeouts. Edwin Gomez drove in three runs with two hits to lead the offense, while Dixon Machado and Steven Moya also collected two hits.

Though the DSL squad couldn't muster many hits, they still managed to plate three runs, led by a two-hit day from second baseman Samuel Crafort. The pitching couldn't hold out as the offense struggled, allowing the Rangers to run out to a big lead that the Tigers couldn't overcome. Gregorio Solano gave up four runs on six hits in just 1 2/3 innings, and Yinio Calderon gave up three more on six hits in just 4 1/3 innings.

Thankfully for the VSL pitching staff, the offense showed up late to save the day. The Cardinals put up four runs in the eighth inning to tie the game at five-all, but the Tigers came back with a run in the top of the ninth to secure the win. Jesus Ustariz homered and singled, while Omar Oses doubled and tripled, and Luis Cortez ripped two doubles and a single, to lead the offense. Endrys Briceno flashed his good side on Tuesday in the start, working five innings of one-run ball with four strikeouts. Julio Guilarte came on for the final two outs in the ninth to collect his first save of the season.

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