MiLB Recaps: 'Caps Clinch, Conn. Falls Short

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 returning to the playoffs, while Connecticut suffered a 13-inning heartbreaker.

September 5th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 9, COLUMBUS 1
69-73, 4th in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 1, AKRON 0
66-75, 6th in Western Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – DAYTONA 6, LAKELAND 0
34-34, 4th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 5, FORT WAYNE 4
36-33, 3rd in Eastern Division

SS-A Connecticut Tigers - ABERDEEN 8, CONNECTICUT 7 (13)
38-37, 2nd in Stedler Division

30-28, 3rd in North Division

20-45, 5th in SPM

20-46, 7th in VSL

Thad Weber turned in another strong start for the Mud Hens as Toledo topped Columbus 9-1. Weber went seven innings, allowing a run on six hits with five strikeouts as he picked up the win for Toledo. Josh Rainwater closed the game out, pitching two innings of scoreless relief. At the plate, Scott Sizemore had a big game, falling a triple shy of the cycle, with three hits, three runs scored and an RBI on his solo home run. Andy Dirks also added three hits, scored twice and drove in three, and Andy Bouchie had three RBI as well.

Brooks Brown helped lead the way to a complete game shutout as Erie topped Akron 1-0. Brown earned his 12th win of the season, allowing just two hits and no runs while walking three and striking out two. Jose Ortega and Jay Voss each got a hold for their inning of work, and Lester Oliveros picked up his 14th save with a scoreless ninth. The club's lone run came in the fifth inning when Brandon Jones ripped a double that scored Alden Carrithers from second base.

The Flying Tigers wrapped up their 2010 campaign with a 6-0 loss to Daytona. Mark Sorensen took the loss, giving up three runs (two earned) in six innings of work before handing things over to the bullpen. Wilfredo Ramirez gave up a run in 1 2/3 innings of relief, while Dan Gentzler allowed two more in an inning. Shawn Teufel recorded the final out of the game and the season for the team. The offense meanwhile scattered just three singles and went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

The West Michigan Whitecaps are returning to the Midwest League playoffs, sealing the deal on Sunday afternoon along with their 5-4 win over Fort Wayne (they actually clinched a playoff spot when Lansing lost earlier in the day). Jared Wesson got the start for the 'Caps and took a no decision, allowing four runs (two earned) in six innings of work. Zach Samuels pitched a scoreless inning of relief to earn the win, while Kenny Faulk pitched the final two innings to pick up the save. Corey and Clay Jones each had three hits, a run scored and an RBI, while Tony Plagman added two hits including a double, a run and an RBI.

The CT-Tigers came up just short on Sunday against Aberdeen, falling 8-7 in 13 innings. In turn, they came up just short in the Stedler division, finishing 1/2 game behind Tri-City for the division crown. Clemente Mendoza got the start and had a rough go of it, giving up four runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings before exiting. Wilsen Palacios came on in relief though and was outstanding, tossing 6 1/3 innings of shutout relief, with just one hit and six strikeouts. That performance allowed Connecticut to tie the game up and force extras. In the top half of the 13th, the CT-Tigers got a pair of RBI singles to give the club a two run lead heading into the bottom half, but Logan Hoch couldn't record the final out after striking out the first two batters of the inning, and eventually allowed the game winning single to end the game. Ryan Enos went 5-for-7 with three RBI for the club, while James Robbins added three hits and two RBI.

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