MiLB Recaps: 'Caps One of Few Winners

Each morning, check in for the Minor League Recap Blog. Get all of the results from the games, the latest standings and the daily blog recapping the previous days action. Featured performance: Luis Sanz finally turned in a solid outing with West Michigan.

July 10th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – INDIANAPOLIS 3, TOLEDO 1
44-46, 3rd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - AKRON 4, ERIE 0
36-53, 6th in Western Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – DUNEDIN 7, LAKELAND 5
4-11, 6th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 3, SOUTH BEND 2
5-11, 8th in Eastern Division

SS-A Connecticut Tigers - GAME 1: BATAVIA 5, CONNECTICUT 3; GAME 2: CONNECTICUT 8, BATAVIA 1
13-9, 2nd in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - PIRATES 5, TIGERS 4
9-8, t-3rd in North Division

R DSL Tigers - OFF DAY
12-21, 4th in SPM

R VSL Tigers - GAME 1: PHILLIES 5, TIGERS 1; GAME 2: PHILLIES 4, TIGERS 1
16-28, 7th in VSL

Doubles from Ryan Strieby and Jeff Larish, combined with a sacrifice fly from Jeff Kunkel, weren't enough to get more than one run on the board for Toledo on Satruday, as they fell to Indy by two runs. Rick Porcello was stellar in his latest minor league outing, working out of an early jam with a caught stealing by Jeff Kunkel and a hose from Casper Wells that gunned a runner down at the plate. Porcello finished with seven innings of shutout ball with seven strikeouts, while inducing ten ground balls as opposed to just two fly balls. Porcello's efforts were for naught, as Jay Sborz imploded in the ninth, allowing three runs on two hits and two walks.

For the second straight night, Akron pitching trumped any offense Erie might try to get rolling. 2009 first round pick Alex White was dominating in six shutout innings, holding the 'Wolves to just four hits. Cale Iorg and Rawley Bishop doubled in the game, and Andy Dirks had two knocks. Duane Below allowed four runs -- two earned -- in just five innings, as he fell to 3-6 with the loss.

Billy Nowlin starred for Lakeland offensively on Saturday, ripping a fourth inning home run that tied the game at two, as part of a four hit night. Nowlin drove in three in the contest. Gustavo Nunez also muscled up for his first home run of the season, as Ben Guez and Bryan Holaday both doubled and singled in the game. Mark Sorensen had a rought start, giving up a total six runs in four innings of work, while striking out four. The loss dropped him to 5-9 on the year.

Luis Sanz finally turned in a strong Midwest League start, after struggling at the level both last year and earlier this year. He earned his first win with the Whitecaps, tossing five innings of two-run ball with six strikeouts. Shawn Teufel and Kenny Faulk combined for the final four innings, working shutout relief. The heart of the order, consisting of Wade Gaynor, Avisail Garcia, and Tony Plagman, each picked up two hits and an RBI, to lead the offense.

Playing a double header after being postponed on Friday, Connecticut split with the Batavia Muckdogs. Josh Ashenbrenner had three hits. Alexander Nunez had two of his own, and James Robbins doubled to continue his steady improvement at the plate. Ashenbrenner also stole his first professional base. Clemente Mendoza took the loss in game one, giving up all five Batavia runs, while yielding five hits and three walks, without striking out a batter.

Connecticut really got the bats going in game two, piling on eight runs in the shorter seven inning game. Five separate Tigers picked up two hits in the game, led by a double and a single each for Ryan Enos, Eric Roof, and Ryan Soares. PJ Polk and Josh Ashenbrenner both swiped bases in the game. Patrick Lawson was solid in four innings as the starter, allowing just one run on four hits. Tyler Clark moved to 2-0 on the year when he was credited with the win for tossing three innings of one-hit shutout relief.

After two very good innings of relief, Dan Gentzler was charged with the loss in extra innings as he gave up the winning run to the Pirates. Ramon Lebron was outstanding in his first start since returning to the GCL, allowing just two hits and no walks in six innings, while fanning seven opposing hitters. Pete Miller was the only Tiger player to pick up more than one hit, collecting two singles in the game.

The VSL Tigers dropped both games of a double header on Saturday, as poor defense was the culprit in game one. Starter Johan Belisario gave up five runs in three innings, but only one of those runs was earned. Angel Nesbitt and Luis Rodriguez combined for four shutout innings to close the game. The only hits came from the top three in the lineup in game one, as Eugenio Suarez, Erick Soto, and Jesus Ustariz each singled in the game.

Game two didn't go much better for the Tigers, as they fell behind 3-1 after just two innings, and never mounted any further offensive attack. Erick Soto and Eugenio Suarez both again contributed at the plate, with Suarez singling and Soto doing the same along with a double. Jorge Mendoza took the loss for his first decision of the season, as he gave up three runs in 3 1/3 innings of work.

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