MiLB Recaps: Down the Stretch They Come

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: The Whitecaps are swept and the magic number holds at 2, while Connecticut claims first place.

September 3rd Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 5, COLUMBUS 3
66-73, 4th in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 10, AKRON 5
64-75, 6th in Western Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 3, DAYTONA 2 (10)
33-33, 4th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - LANSING 8, WEST MICHIGAN 6
34-33, 3rd in Eastern Division

SS-A Connecticut Tigers - CONNECTICUT 7, ABERDEEN 6
38-35, 1st in Stedler Division

30-28, 3rd in North Division

20-45, 5th in SPM

20-46, 7th in VSL

Andy Oliver struggled throwing strikes, but was able to pitch well enough to get Toledo a victory as the Hens topped Columbus 5-3. Oliver had more walks (five) than hits (four) or strikeouts (four) in his six innings of work, but he was still able to battle his way to a quality start, allowing three runs. From there, Brendan Wise and Casey Fien closed things out to secure the win. Justin Henry and Max Leon each had two hits while scoring a run and driving in another.

Duane Below gave the SeaWolves 6 1/3 innings of strong pitching as Erie topped Akron 10-5. Below got his seventh win of the season, giving up a run on two hits in 6 1/3 innings of work. He also walked one and struck out four. Ramon Garcia allowed four runs in his 2 1/3 innings of work, but just one was earned as Brandon Douglas had a rough game in the field, committing three errors. At the plate, Brent Wyatt belted a three run homer while Rawley Bishop also drove in three runs. Kyle Peter had two RBI as well.

The Flying Tigers blew a two run lead in the ninth but recaptured it with a run in the bottom of the tenth to take a 3-2 victory over Daytona. Lakeland got the winning run across the plate when Luis Castillo laid down the game winning bunt that allowed Francisco Martinez, who walked to lead off the inning, to score. Luke Putkonen got the start for the club but failed in his attempt to turn in a complete game, going 8 2/3 innings and allowing the two runs. Jared Gayhart got the win for getting the final out in the ninth and pitching a scoreless tenth. Bryan Holaday had three hits including a double and an RBI for the club as well.

The West Michigan Whitecaps are certainly making things interesting for themselves as they blew a four run lead on Friday night, completing being swept at the hands of Lansing. Patrick Cooper got the start, giving up four runs in 4 1/3 innings before handing things over to Zach Samuels, who also struggled, giving up four more runs in 1 1/3 innings of work. Rob Brantly went 2-for-4 including a solo home run for the club, while Corey Jones also drove in a pair of runs.

The CT-Tigers pulled out a 7-6 win and in turn claimed first place in the Stedler division, as they now are 1/2 game up on Tri-City. Josue Carreno got the start and allowed four runs (three earned) in three innings of work. Tyler Clark got the win in relief for tossing three shutout innings, while Miguel Mejia earned his fourth save for recording the final two outs. Ryan Enos went 2-for-4 with a double and a two run homer, scoring twice, while Chao-Ting Tang also added a pair of RBI.

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