MiLB Recaps: C-Tigers Squeak Out Win

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: With strong pitching from Patrick Cooper and Michael Torrealba, Connecticut picked up a 2-1 win.

July 16th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - SCRANTON/WB 5, TOLEDO 4
44-49, 4th in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - AKRON 8, ERIE 1
38-55, 6th in Western Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – GM1: PALM BEACH 5, LAKELAND 0

6-14, 6th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - CLINTON 11, WEST MICHIGAN 5
7-14, t-7th in Eastern Division

SS-A Connecticut Tigers - CONNECTICUT 2, STATE COLLEGE 1
15-13, 2nd in Stedler Division

12-11, 3rd in North Division

R DSL Tigers - PPD: RAIN
12-25, 5th in SPM


18-32, 7th in VSL

The Mud Hens fell behind early but made a strong comeback attempt to tie the game back up, only to give up the go-ahead run late and fall 5-4. Scot Drucker got the start, giving up four runs on four hits in four innings of work. Armando Galarraga then tossed three shutout innings of relief, but Casey Fien would allow the go-ahead run to score in the bottom of the eighth that proved to be the game winner. Jeff Frazier was the star at the plate, belting a pair of homers and driving in all four Toledo runs.

The 'Wolves struggled both at the plate and on the mound on Friday as they fell again to Akron 8-1. Brooks Brown took the loss, giving up five runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings of work. Brown also battled his control, with four walks. Cory Hamilton also allowed a pair of runs in relief, and Matt Hoffman yielded the final run, but it went unearned. Audy Ciriaco drove in Cale Iorg for the club's only run.

The Flying Tigers dropped both games of a doubleheader with Palm Beach on Friday, losing 5-0 and then 8-1. Brayan Villarreal took the loss in the first game but had a solid start, giving up two runs on four hits in six innings. He also struck out six. Erik Crichton got touched up in relief for three more runs, but the offense managed just four singles, including two from John Murrian. Mark Sorensen and the Lakeland bullpen had a rough go of it in the second game, as Sorensen took the loss, allowing four runs in 3 1/3 innings of work. Wilfredo Ramirez and Jared Gayhart weren't able to slow things down either as both allowed a pair of runs. Lakeland managed just three hits this time around, but did load the bases in the sixth and got the only run via a bases loaded walk from Jordan Lennerton.

The Whitecaps pitching got off to bad start and never recovered as the 'Caps fell 11-5 to Clinton. Luis Angel Sanz got the start but couldn't make it out of the first inning, allowing six runs while recording just two outs before being pulled from the game. A quartet of relievers would handle the game, but were only able to slow the scoring as Clinton would put up five more runs. Corey Jones had three hits including a pair of doubles for the club, while Robert Brantly drove in a pair of runs.

Connecticut picked up a close 2-1 victory over State College on Friday night thanks to strong pitching from Patrick Cooper and Michael Torrealba. Cooper pitched six innings as the starter to get the win, giving up the one run on two hits. Torrealba meanwhile pitched the final three innings, scattering a couple of hits to pick up his second save. Josh Ashenbrenner had two hits and scored a run for the club, while Julio Rodriguez drove in a run.

The GCL Tigers picked up a 3-0 shutout win over the GCL Yankees on Friday. The recently demoted Ramon Lebron was outstanding as the starter, giving up just three hits over seven innings with ten strikeouts. Bruce Rondon pitched the ninth for his sixth save to complete the shutout. Steven Moya had a nice game, belting a solo home run and ripping a double while scoring twice. Patrick McKenna also added a hit and an RBI.

The VSL Tigers dropped both games of their doubleheader with the VSL Pirates, falling 8-3 and 7-4. Jose Mendoza got the start and took the loss, but was partly victimized by bad defense as he allowed five runs, but just two earned. Luis Rodriguez also had a rough relief outing, yielding three runs without recording an out. Eugenio Suarez and Erick Soto each drove in a run for the club. Manuel Morandi took the loss in the second game, giving up five runs (four earned) in three innings of work. Suarez added two doubles and an RBI for the team.

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