MiLB Recaps: One Run Wins Rule the Day

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: Tight games all around, with five one run games on the farm, including four wins.

July 20th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 7, PAWTUCKET 1
47-50, 4th in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - READING 12, ERIE 9
38-59, 6th in Western Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – FORT MYERS 2, LAKELAND 1 (11)
8-16, 6th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - OFF DAY
7-17, 8th in Eastern Division

SS-A Connecticut Tigers - CONNECTICUT 2, VERMONT 1
16-15, 2nd in Stedler Division

13-13, t-3rd in North Division

14-25, 5th in SPM

R VSL Tigers - TIGERS 3, CARDINALS 2 (12)
19-33, 7th in VSL

The Mud Hens picked up a 7-1 win over Pawtucket on Tuesday, hopefully finding a groove as it was their second straight solid win. Gilbert De La Vara got the start and earned the win, giving up a run on six hits in 5 1/3 innings of work. Josh Rainwater, Daniel Schlereth and Jay Sborz combined to close things out without allowing a run the rest of the way. At the plate, Jeff Frazier and Ben Guez each had two hits and drove in three runs, while Scott Sizemore added a solo home run and scored twice while making a start at third base for the club.

The SeaWolves bad luck continues as even when they find some offense, they find that their opponent finds even more, as the 'Wolves lost to Reading 12-9. Anthony Shawler got the start and took the loss, giving up seven runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings of work. Matt Hoffman also struggled, allowing three runs in just 2/3 of an inning. At the plate, Deik Scram and Michael Bertram each drove in three runs for the club, while Jeff Kunkel added a solo home run.

The Flying Tigers have been teetering back and forth when it comes to wins and losses, consistently seeing minimal run production, and the end result coming down to how outstanding their pitching could be. It wasn't quite good enough on Tuesday as Lakeland fell to Fort Myers 2-1. Luke Putkonen was excellent though in taking a no decision, allowing a run on three hits in seven innings of work. Rob Waite took the loss in relief, allowing the walk-off run in the 11th inning. At the plate, the club managed 12 hits, but just one for extra bases, and only had four opportunities with runners in scoring position. Billy Nowlin drove in the club's only run, with Brandon Douglas added the only extra base hit, a double.

While the Flying Tigers suffered a 2-1 defeat, the C-Tigers picked up a 2-1 win over Vermont. Brennan Smith got the start and a no decision, allowing a run on five hits in five innings with four walks and five strikeouts. Miguel Mejia earned the win in relief for tossing three perfect innings. P.J. Polk led the way at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI, while Matt Perry drove in the team's other run.

The GCL Tigers also picked up a 2-1 victory on Tuesday, topping the GCL Blue Jays. Steve Crnkovich picked up the win, allowing just one unearned run in six innings while striking out eight. Jack Duffey and Ramon Lebron each recorded holds, while Bruce Rondon struck out a pair in the ninth to earn the save. Gabriel Purroy led the way at the plate with three hits and an RBI.

Continuing the trend of one run games, the DSL Tigers picked up a 4-3 win over the DSL Angels. Jorge Medina got the start and the win, giving the team a quality start, allowing three runs in six innings. Carlos Alvarado turned in two strong innings of relief, and Jose Valdez pitched the ninth for his 11th save. Samuel Ortiz had two hits and an RBI for the club, while Confesor Lara added a double and an RBI.

And it wouldn't be the day that it was if the VSL Tigers didn't pick up a one-run win too, topping the VSL Cardinals 3-2 in 12 innings. Jesus Petit wrapped things up rather nicely when the bottom of the 12th inning started, he stepped up and belted a solo shot to straight away center field to win it for the club. The shot earned the win for Phil Nesbitt, who tossed two scoreless innings of relief. Julio Guilarte got the start, giving up two runs on eight hits in six innings. Eugenio Suarez supplied the rest of the run support, belting a two run homer.

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