July 9th Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – LOUISVILLE 3, TOLEDO 0
44-45, 3rd in West Division
AA Erie SeaWolves - AKRON 10, ERIE 1
36-52, 6th in Western Division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 12, CLEARWATER 2
4-10, 6th in North Division
A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 9, SOUTH BEND 2
4-11, 8th in Eastern Division
SS-A Connecticut Tigers - POSTPONED
12-8, 2nd in Stedler Division
R GCL Tigers - TIGERS 7, PIRATES 1
9-7, t-3rd in North Division
R DSL Tigers - RANGERS 3, TIGERS 1
12-21, 4th in SPM
R VSL Tigers - PIRATES 9, TIGERS 1
16-26, 7th in VSL
A Toledo team that had finally figured things out and gotten a couple of wins under their belt were halted in their tracks by rehabbing big leaguer Edinson Volquez. Volquez spun seven one-hit innings of stellar baseball with nine strikeouts to move to 3-0 in Triple-A. Scot Drucker started for the 'Hens, and worked four solid innings with just a couple of bad pitches costing him runs. He allowed three runs on five hits. LJ Gagnier was very good in relief, working four innings of no-hit ball with four strikeouts. Toledo mustered just two hits in the game, with Jon Weber and Jeff Larish both singling. Will Rhymes walked and stole his 20th base of the season.
Michael Bertram provided all the offense for Erie, and that wasn't a good thing on Friday night. Bertram pounded a solo home run in the second inning, and that would be all the runs Erie would tally in a blowout lost to Akron. Ramon Garcia gave up four runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings, and Anthony Shawler gave up the same in 2 2/3 innings or relief. Cory Hamilton and Matt Hoffman were both solid in relief, but Lester Oliveros let up two runs in just one inning of work towards the end of the game.
Bryan Holaday made his professional debut on Friday with Lakeland, and he did it with a bang to say the least. Holaday finished his first game a perfect 5-for-5 in the Flying Tigers thrashing of Clearwater. John Murrian also had a big night with three hits including a double and two RBI. Chris White chipped in with a three-run triple, and Brandon Douglas singled and doubled while scoring twice. Adam Wilk was the beneficiary of the offensive support, earning his sixth win of the season while working six innings of one-run ball.
Tony Plagman was the offensive force behind the West Michigan win on Friday, popping a three run home run in the seventh inning and chipping in two singles in the game. Rob Brantly tripled in four trips to the plate, and Jimmy Gulliver singled twice, scoring both times he reached base. Victor Larez was outstanding as he continues to transition back to the starting rotation, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out seven in five innings of work. Jordan Pratt was excellent in relief, firing two scoreless frames.
Pat McKenna continues to show that his veteran experience is going to be a boon for the GCL Tigers this year, as he picked up three more hits including his third double of the year, moving his season average to .367. Gilbert Gomez doubled twice in the Tigers win, and Javier Azcona singled and walked two times in the contest. Jeff Barfield was stellar in his first professional start, firing six innings with just three hits and one run allowed, while striking out two against zero walks. Sean Finefrock, Ariel Medina, and Bruce Rondon went unscored upon over three innings of relief.
Two singles each from Raynolds Guzman and Francisco Contreras, and a double from Sandy Acevedo was just about all the offense the DSL Tigers could piece together on Friday, as they were held to just one run against the Rangers. Luis Hidalgo was great over his five innings as the starter, allowing just two unearned runs, three hits, and one walk, with eight whiffs. Yinio Calderon was also very good, allowing just one unearned run in three innings of relief with five punch outs of his own.
The VSL Tigers didn't do much more on offense, with just four singles for the entire game on Friday. The top three in the order -- Eugenio Suarez, Erick Soto, and Jesus Ustariz -- each picked up a hit, with Luis Cortez picking up the final base knock. Juan Ezpinoza and Danny Hernandez were torched for all nine runs in the game.
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