June 16th Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - Toledo 3, Louisville 1
30-38, 4th in West Division
Behind a strong start from Duane Below, the Mud Hens picked up a 3-1 win over Louisville on Thursday. Below got the win, giving up a run in six innings of work with two walks and four strikeouts. Brad Thomas then tossed a scoreless inning of relief with two strikeouts, and Ryan Perry pitched the final two innings, not allowing a hit or a walk while striking out a pair to earn his fourth save. At the plate, Scott Thorman had a pair of hits including a solo home run and drove in two. Ben Guez also added two hits including a double and drove in the other run. Ryan Strieby chipped in with three hits including a double. Brandon Inge, in his first rehab start, went 2-for-5.
AA Erie Seawolves - Erie 6, Portland 4
32-32, 5th in Western Division
The SeaWolves picked up another win over Portland on Thursday as they won 6-4. Brooks Brown got the start, giving up three runs in five innings of work and taking a no decision. Luis Marte allowed a run in two innings to allow the game to get tied back up, but in the bottom of the eighth on a sacrifice attempt, a pair of errors allowed the 'Wolves to get two runs in and take the lead. Rob Waite got the win for pitching a scoreless eighth and Austin Wood picked up his second save, striking out the side in the ninth. Francisco Martinez added three hits and drove in a pair of runs.
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – Tampa 3, Lakeland 2
34-33, 5th in North Division
The Flying Tigers dropped their final game of the season before heading into the All-Star break, falling to Tampa 3-1. Cole Nelson got the start and took the loss, already his ninth of the season, but pitched well, giving up three runs (two earned) in six innings of work, giving up five hits and three walks and striking out four. Michael Morrison and Kenny Faulk each tossed a shutout inning of relief, but after getting their lone run in the sixth inning via a Jordan Lennerton solo home run, they were unable to get anyone into scoring position over the final three innings. Corey Jones did add a pair of doubles for the club.
A West Michigan Whitecaps - Bowling Green 5, West Michigan 2
30-36, 6th in Eastern division
Bowling Green completed its sweep over the Whitecaps on Thursday, as West Michigan fell 5-2. Josue Carreno got the start and took the loss, allowing all five runs on ten hits in five innings of work. Patrick Cooper pitched the final three innings without allowing a run, but the 'Caps offense couldn't get many runs across the plate, despite 11 hits for the game. Rob Brantly had two hits and an RBI, while Nick Castellanos also added two hits. Luis Castillo also chipped in with two hits including a double and scored a run.
R DSL Tigers - Blue Jays 4, Tigers 0
6-8, 3rd in DSL SPM Division
The DSL Tigers were shut out by the DSL Blue Jays on Thursday, 4-0. Gregorio Solano got the start and took the loss, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks in four innings of work with four strikeouts. Harold Rosario and Ricardo Ciriaco combined to toss three shutout innings of relief. Despite getting two triples and having six at-bats with runners in scoring position, the DSL Tigers' offense came up empty on all six chances. Francisco Contreras and Alwin Delgado had the triples.
R VSL Tigers - GM1: Rays 4, Tigers 3 (15)
GM2: Rays 6, Tigers 5
9-16, 5th in VSL
The VSL Tigers took a pair of losses on Thursday, dropping the completion of a suspended gain from May, and then losing the regularly scheduled game. Of course the losses weren't for lack of trying, especially in the first game which went 15 innings deep. Daniel Hernandez had gotten the start and gave up no runs and just one hit in four innings with seven strikeouts. However, the Rays scored three runs off of Jose Tablante and the game would remain scoreless from then until the 15th, when Cruz Cedeno gave up the go-ahead run. Jesus Ustariz had three hits including a solo home run, while Harold Castro added two doubles and two RBI. The VSL Tigers had a good shot at winning the second game, holding a 5-3 lead heading into the seventh, but Tablante gave up three runs to take the blown save and the loss. Angel Nesbitt got the start and gave up two runs in five innings of work. Daniel Carranza had a double and drove in two runs, while three other VSL Tigers' got an RBI without managing a hit on various fielder's choices and sacrifice hits.
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