July 8th Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 9, LOUISVILLE 4
44-44, 3rd in West Division
AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 9, BOWIE 1
36-51, 6th in Western Division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – CLEARWATER 6, LAKELAND 4
3-10, 6th in North Division
A West Michigan Whitecaps - SOUTH BEND 7, WEST MICHIGAN 5
3-11, 8th in Eastern Division
SS-A Connecticut Tigers - CONNECTICUT 4, BATAVIA 2
12-8, 2nd in Stedler Division
R GCL Tigers - TIGERS 2, BLUE JAYS 1
8-7, t-3rd in North Division
R DSL Tigers - TIGERS 5, ANGELS 2
12-20, 4th in SPM
R VSL Tigers - POSTPONED
16-25, 7th in VSL
After a lengthy losing skid, the 'Hens have gotten things going again, thanks in large part to the efforts of the offense. On Thursday, the bats were led by a three-hit night from Jon Weber, and two hits each from Wilkin Ramirez, Jeff Frazier, and Ryan Strieby. Scott Sizemore also continued his hot hitting with a single, and RBI, a run scored, and a walk. Max Leon capped the offensive outburst with his thid home run in the eighth inning. Ryan Ketchner was the starter and lasted 4 2/3 innings, giving up ten hits and four runs, while not walking a batter and striking out five. Josh Rainwater earned the win with 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Erie also kept on winning, completing a four game sweep of Bowie, with a 9-1 win on Thursday night. Brooks Brown ran his latest scoreless inning streak to 15, with six shutout innings last night. Brown allowed four hits and a walk, while striking out three, and inducing twice as many groundouts and flyouts. The offense gave Brown plenty of support, with a 4-for-4 night from Deik Scram, including two doubles and three runs driven in. Rawley Bishop and Cale Iorg each picked up three hits, with Iorg finishing just a home run shy of the cycle. Audy Ciriaco also chipped in two hits after returning from the disabled list, including his eighth home run of the season.
Phillies prospect Phillipe Aumont fanned 13 Flying Tigers as Lakeland fell 6-4 to Clearwater yesterday. Brayan Villarreal wasn't up to his usual mastery on the mound, yielding four runs on nine hits in just five innings of work. Tyler Conn was tabbed with the loss however, giving up two runs of his own, on six hits in only 1 1/3 innings. The bottom of the lineup generated most of the hits in the game, with Gustavo Nunez and Carmelo Jaime both picking up two hits. Jordan Lennerton drove in two runs with a single.
Nathan Newman was very good as the starter in West Michigan's two-run loss to South Bend, giving up just one run on two hits in 5 1/3 innings. The game came unraveled when Richard Zumaya was touched up for five runs in just 1 2/3 innings of relief. He gave up four hits and struck out just one in the process, and was tagged with the loss. Jeff Rowland and Michael Rockett both collected three hits in the game, and Wade Gaynor, Clay Jones, and Rob Brantly each chipped in with a double. Brantly also walked three tims in the contest, scoring two runs.
Led by a perfect 3-for-3 night from Chao-Ting Tang, and three hits from James Robbins -- wh is now hitting .306 on the year -- the Connecticut Tigers again pulled out an extra-inning win with two runs in the tenth, to top Batavia. Matt Perry also chipped in two hits, and Eric Roof picked up his first triple of the year, while PJ Polk ripped his second professional home run; a solo shot to lead off the game. Brennan Smith gave up the first run of his professional career on Thursday, allowing just one run on two hits in five innings of his second start. That run bumped his ERA to a still sparkling 0.64 on the year. Kevan Hess earned the win with two innings of relief, including a clean tenth inning to seal the victory.
Behind yet another outstanding start from youngster Kyle Ryan, the GCL Tigers won a pitching duel yesterday afternoon. Ryan was outstanding over five innings of work, allowing jsut three hits and a lone walk, while whiffing six. Fernando Celis filled in with 3 1/3 innings of shutout relief, fanning five of his own, and Dan Gentzler earned his first pro win, recording two late outs to perserve the victory. Gabriel Purroy doubled and singled, driving in his ninth run of the summer, while Samir Rijo and Pat McKenna both picked up two hits as well.
Edgar De La Rosa continued his breakout campaign in the DSL, flashing low-90s heat consistently over five shutout innings against the Angels yesterday. He allowed four hits and three walks, while striking out four. Darlyn Duran gave up two runs in three innings, but earned the win, and Jose Valdez struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth for his tenth save of the year. Alwin Delgado was the offensive star with three hits, while Francisco Contreras scored twice and Jesus Alvarado drove in two.
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