MiLB Recaps: CT-Tigers Move into First Place

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: Behind the bat of James Robbins, Connecticut moved into a tie for first place in the Stedler.

August 27th Games

63-70, 4th in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - AKRON 5, ERIE 2
59-73, 6th in Western Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 5, DAYTON 1 (11)
30-30, 4th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 2, LANSING 1
31-29, 3rd in Eastern Division

SS-A Connecticut Tigers - CONNECTICUT 8, VERMONT 2
33-33, t-1st in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - TIGERS 4, PHILLIES 3 (11)
29-28, 3rd in North Division

20-45, 5th in SPM

20-46, 7th in VSL

Toledo picked up an 8-2 win over Indianapolis on Friday evening, behind some strong pitching and a good start from Ryan Ketchner. Ketchner got the win, going 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run in that stretch. Zach Simons also tossed 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. The offense was driven by the long ball, as three home runs produced six of their runs. Jeff Frazier belted a two run shot, Michael Bertram added a three run blast, and Chris White chipped in with a solo homer. Cale Iorg also had three hits including a double and drove in the club's other two runs.

The SeaWolves fell to Akron 5-2 as Brayan Villarreal took his fourth loss while still searching for his first Double-A win. Villarreal still turned in a strong start though, giving up two runs in five innings of work with seven strikeouts. Jay Voss had a rough outing in relief though, giving up three more runs to give Akron a cushion that the Erie offense couldn't overcome. Rawley Bishop and Bryan Pounds each had a hit and drove in a run, while Brandon Douglas added three hits and scored both of the club's runs.

The Flying Tigers were quiet with the bats for ten innings, but when the 11th rolled around they awoke and helped push the charge to a 5-1 win. Jacob Turner got the start and a no decision, tossing five shutout innings, scattering just three hits while striking out five. But Wilfredo Ramirez allowed a run in relief to lose LFT's one-run lead, and the game would remain tied until five straight singles got a couple runs across and then pushed one more across thanks to a wild pitch. Jordan Lennerton had two hits including a double and an RBI for the team. Patrick McKenna, Francisco Martinez and Bryan Holaday each had an RBI also. Jared Gayhart got the win in relief.

The Whitecaps weren't able to generate much offense, but they were able to generate enough to pick up a 2-1 win as they cling to their slim lead on the final playoff spot. Victor Larez got the win, giving up a run in 6 1/3 innings. Zach Samuels tossed 1 2/3 innings of shutout relief, and Kenny Faulk pitched a shutout ninth inning to earn his 11th save. Clay Jones had two hits for the club, and also scored once and drove in another, while Tony Plagman added two hits including a double and scored a run.

And just like that, Connecticut has moved into a first place in the Stedler division after their 8-2 win over Vermont on Friday. Patrick Lawson earned the win for the CT-Tigers, giving up two runs on just one hit in 5 1/3 innings of work. Lawson battled his control, walking six, but was still able to make it through five-plus innings and earn the win. Tyler Clark and Drew Gagnier weren't able to manage their control much better as they each walked three to make it 12 total for the game, but they didn't allow a run en route to closing the game out. James Robbins led the way at the plate, going 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. Ryan Soares also added three hits and two RBI.

The GCL Tigers moved a game above .500 with a 4-3 win over the GCL Phillies in 11 innings. Kyle Ryan got the start and a no decision, giving up three runs (two earned) in six innings of work. Fernando Celis, Scott Green and Jack Duffey combined to toss five shutout innings of relief, with Duffey getting the win. Steven Moya drove in the winning run via a two-out triple in the 11th inning. Patrick Leyland also had two hits and an RBI, and Nick Castellanos scored a run and drove in one while walking twice.

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