MiLB Recaps: Rockett Takes Off in Slugfest

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: Michael Rockett led a 21-run assault for the Whitecaps on Sunday, with a grand slam.

August 8th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - CHARLOTTE 3, TOLEDO 2
56-59, 4th in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 9, READING 4
49-66, 6th in Western Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – OFF DAY
19-22, 4th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 21, DAYTON 10
18-24, 6th in Eastern Division

SS-A Connecticut Tigers - CONNECTICUT 6, BROOKLYN 3
27-23, 2nd in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - OFF DAY
19-22, t-4th in North Division

16-38, 5th in SPM

20-46, 7th in VSL

The Mud Hens comeback attempt came up just short as they fell to Charlotte 3-2. Toledo trailed 3-0 for much of the game until the top of the ninth, when Casper Wells belted a two run homer that scored Scott Sizemore to bring the Hens to within a run. But Michael Bertram and Max Leon were retired to end the threat and the game. Andy Oliver took the loss, allowing three runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings of work. He also walked three and struck out six. Wells was the Hens sole offense, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and the home run. Andy Dirks had a double for the club's only other hit.

The SeaWolves completed a sweep of Reading on Sunday, topping the Phillies 9-4. Duane Below got the win, allowing one run on three hits in 5 2/3 innings of work. Ramon Garcia tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief with three strikeouts, and Lester Oliveros also struck out the side in his inning of work. At the plate, Brandon Douglas had a big game, going 3-for-5 and falling a home run short of the cycle, scoring twice and driving in four runs. Billy Nowlin also added a double and an RBI, while Alden Carrithers went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, a home run and three RBI.

Even though it looked like a football score, the Whitecaps and Dayton were playing baseball, with West Michigan coming out victorious on a record breaking evening, winning 21-10. Every member of the lineup had at least one hit and one run, and eight of the nine drove in at least one run. Corey Jones went 4-for-7 with two doubles and four RBI, while Michael Rockett also went 4-for-7 with five RBI, including a grand slam. Jeff Rowland also chipped in with two hits, three runs and two RBI. Zach Samuels got the win in relief, tossing 3 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball. Patrick Cooper got roughed up as the starter, giving up six runs in 2 2/3 innings.

The C-Tigers picked up a 6-3 win over Brooklyn on Sunday. Clemente Mendoza got the win, giving up two runs on six hits in six innings of work. Logan Hoch pitched the final three innings to earn his fourth save. At the plate, Julio Rodriguez went 3-for-5 with a two run homer, and James Robbins had a hit, a run, a stolen base and an RBI.

The DSL Tigers were shut out by the DSL Braves 2-0 on Sunday. Emmanuel Del Orbe got the start but only pitched one inning before handing the ball over to Jorge Medina, who tossed six shutout innings, striking out eight. Edgar De La Rosa got the credit for the loss, allowing a pair of unearned runs in the top of the ninth. The offense was able to scatter five hits but was never able to get a run across the plate.

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