July 1st Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – GWINNETT 4, TOLEDO 2
41-40, 3rd in West Division
AA Erie SeaWolves - RICHMOND 2, ERIE 1
31-49, 6th in Western Division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – CLEARWATER 8, LAKELAND 6
1-5, 6th in North Division
A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 3, LAKELAND 2
2-5, t-7th in Eastern Division
SS-A Connecticut Tigers - TRI-CITY 4, CONNECTICUT 2
8-6, 2nd in Stedler Division
R GCL Tigers - POSTPONED
4-5, t-3rd in North Division
R DSL Tigers - POSTPONED
8-18, t-4th in SPM
R VSL Tigers - MARINERS 8, DETROIT 7
14-22, 7th in VSL
Toledo continues to creep down to an even .500 record, after losing their third straight game to Gwinnett on Thursday. A rough third inning undid a solid start from Alfred Figaro, who gave up four runs in 6 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts. Robbie Weinhardt made his first return to the mound with Toledo, and he fired 2 1/3 scoreless innings with two strikeouts. With few offense bright spots in the game for Toledo, both Jeff Larish and Ryan Strieby struggled more than most, fanning three times in the game.
Another struggling team continued the same trend, as Erie fell to Richmond in extra innings, 2-1. Erie mustered only three hits, all singles from Kody Kaiser, Bryan Pounds, and Andy Bouchie, with Kaiser driving in the team's lone run. Charlie Furbush worked seven one-run innings, allowing just five hits, though he was forced to take a no decision as the team continued on. Zach Simons was outstanding in relief, working two no-hit innings, striking out every batter he faced. Lester Oliveros recovered from a rough first Double-A outing, by tossing two innings of one-hit ball with two strikeouts, though he did walk three.
Home runs from Brent Wyatt, Jordan Lennerton, and Billy Nowlin weren't enough as the Flying Tigers couldn't keep up with the eight runs plated by Clearwater on Thursday. Daniel Fields collected two hits of his own, including a triple, while also swiping his seventh base of the season. Jacob Turner was touched up for five runs on nine hits in just 3 1/3 innings of work, as he struggled with the command of his fastball according to one scout at the game. Mark Sorensen came on in relief, and subsequently took the loss by yielding three more runs in 4 1/3 innings.
A three-run sixth inning, capped by home runs from Avisail Garcia and Chris Sedon, was enough to propel them to the win. The only other Whitecap with a hit was third baseman Wade Gaynor, who continues to flash the bat the Tigers hoped he would show when they picked him in the third round. Trevor Feeney evened his record at 7-7 on the year, working eight innings, allowing just six hits and two runs, while striking out seven. Zach Samuels picked up the save with a scoreless ninth.
Singles were the name of the game for the Connecticut offense on Thursday, as all five of their hits were of the one-base variety. Julio Rodriguez, hitting in the cleanup spot, was the only player to collect more than one in the game for the Tigers. Josue Carreno allowed three of Tri-City's four runs in his five innings of work. He walked three and struck out five as he continues his adjustment to stateside ball. Antonio Cruz made his NYPL debut, giving up one run on three hits in 1 2/3 innings, with three strikeouts.
A four run ninth inning rally wasn't enough to bring the VSL Tigers all the way back from a lofty deficit, as they still fell by one run to the Mariners. Daniel Carranza led the offense with a three hit effort, while Jesus Ustariz singled once and walked twice, scoring all three times he reached base. Omar Oses tacked on a two-run home run in the ninth inning as part of the comeback. Jose Rodriguez was torched as the starter, giving up six runs in just 3 2/3 innings of work. Angel Carreno couldn't stop the bleeding either, as he gave up two runs on seven hits in just 2 1/3 innings of relief.
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