MiLB Recaps: West Michigan Offense Explodes

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June 30th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – GWINNETT 7, TOLEDO 4
41-39, 3rd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - BOWIE 4, ERIE 3
31-48, 6th in Western Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – TAMPA POSTPONED
1-4, 6th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 15, SOUTH BEND 3
1-5, t-7th in Eastern Division

SS-A Connecticut Tigers - CONNECTICUT 8, LOWELL 7
8-5, 2nd in Stedler Division

4-5, t-3rd in North Division

R DSL Tigers - OFF DAY
8-18, t-4th in SPM

R VSL Tigers - RAYS 12, TIGERS 4
14-21, 7th in VSL

Yet again, the Toledo offense couldn't muster enough runs to keep up with the pitching staff, as a solo shot by Max Leon and a two-run single by Brent Dlugach were the offensive bright spots for the day. LJ Gagnier was the starter and he gave up four runs on five hits and four walks in just 5 2/3 innings, but was given a no decision as the big blow came off of Brendan Wise later in the game, as he yielded three runs on four hits and two walks, while recording just four outs. The loss drops Toledo to 41-39, as they continue to inch closer to the .500 mark.

For the second straight game, Erie dropped a one-run decsion to Bowie, ending a miserable month that the 'Wolves would like to forget. Andy Dirks had the only multi-hit game for Erie, collecting two singles and an RBI. Alden Carrithers also reached base twice with two walks; scoring both times. Duane Below did his part to keep Erie in the ball game, allowing just two runs in 5 2/3 innings, while walking one and striking out four. Luis Marte gave up one run in 2 1/3 innings of work, and Matt Hoffman took the loss with a run allowed in just 2/3 of an inning, dropping him to 0-2 with the 'Wolves.

The Whitecaps first win of the MWL second half came with a monster offensive explosion, as the team came together for 15 runs in a route of South Bend on Wednesday. Seven players in the 'Caps starting lineup collected two hits each, and newcomer Clay Jones set the tone with three hits, including his first home run, a two-run blast with two outs in the ninth inning. New draftees Tony Plagman, Jeff Rowland, and Rob Brantly were among those picking up two hits in the game. Left-hander Giovanni Soto was the lucky recipient of the offensive support, though he was left with a no decision after leaving in the third inning. Richard Zumaya picked up the win with 3 1/3 innings of shutout relief. Matt Little and Shawn Teufel combined to toss 3 1/3 perfect innings of their own, with five strikeouts.

One night after a nip and tuck pitching duel, Connecticut proved it could also out-slug Lowell with an 8-7 extra-inning victory. A two-run home run from Eric Roof and a two hit night (including a triple) and three RBI from Chao-Ting Tang jump started the offense to the win. Matt Perry also picked up two hits on the night.

Rayni Guichard was solid in the start, going five innings while giving up just three earned runs. Logan Hoch and Patrick Cooper sandwiched a rough outing by Kevan Hess with three combined great innings of relief. Drew Gagnier picked up his first professional win with two innings of relief in extras, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out three.

Gilbert Gomez's first stateside home run in the sixth inning, gave the Tigers an insurance run after scoring two in the top of the first in their win over the Phillies in GCL play. The offense was also fueled by Juaner Aguasvivas' seventh double of the year, and two hits each from Dixon Machado and Byron Aird. Wilsen Palacios evened his record at 1-1 with a great start, giving up just one run on five hits in seven strong innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out seven. Bruce Rondon collected his third save of the year, recording two outs in the ninth.

No amount of offense would have been enough for the VSL Tigers on Wednesday, but Daniel Carranza's fourth blast of the year, and Erick Soto's first career long ball did provide some excitement for onlookers. Gabriel Tenia also showed some signs of life with the stick, picking up a double in the game. All three of the Tigers' pitchers were touched up for at least three runs in the loss, with Yorfrank Lopez actually being hit with the decision, falling to 1-3 and the year.

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