June 7th Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 4, NORFOLK 1
24-33, 4th in West Division
AA Erie SeaWolves - GM1: BOWIE 1, ERIE 0
GM2: BOWIE 5, ERIE 2
31-25, 3rd in Southern Division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – FORT MYERS 2, LAKELAND 1
22-27, 5th in North Division
A West Michigan Whitecaps - GM1: WEST MICHIGAN 5, LANSING 4
GM2: LANSING 2, WEST MICHIGAN 0
35-21, 1st in Eastern Division
Rookie DSL Tigers - OFF DAY
0-6, 12th in DSL B.C. B.C.
Rookie VSL Tigers - OFF DAY
5-13, t-6th in VSL
Toledo picked up another win as they're showing signs that June will be a much better month than May was for the club. Toledo topped Norfolk 4-1 on Sunday with another strong pitching performance, this time from Chris Lambert. Lambert earned just his second win of the year, giving up a run on four hits in seven innings of work. Freddy Dolsi pitched two shutout innings of relief to secure the win and record his second save of the year. Don Kelly went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Brent Clevlen added a two run homer.
Erie dropped both games of their doubleheader on Sunday to Bowie, falling 1-0 and 5-2. In the first game, Jon Kibler pitched all six innings taking the loss, but gave up just one run on three hits. The offense however was only able to manage three singles, never giving Kibler a chance to get the win. In the second game, Ramon Garcia got the rare start, taking a no decision for allowing two runs in 2 2/3 innings. Cody Satterwhite got the loss, giving up three runs in just 1 1/3 innings. Mike Hollimon had two hits, including a double, while Alex Avila and Cale Iorg each had an RBI.
Another one-run loss on Sunday happened in the Florida State League for Lakeland as they fell 2-1. Lauren Gagnier earned the loss but pitched well, allowing two runs on two hits in six innings of work. Gagnier also struck out six. Jeramy Laster drove in the club's only run, scoring Justin Henry. Robbie Weinhardt also tossed two more innings of scoreless relief, dropping his ERA below 1.
The Whitecaps split their doubleheader with Lansing on Sunday, taking the first game 5-4 but falling in the second 2-0. Brandon Hamilton didn't have an outstanding outing in his start in the first game, but still was able to get the win. Hamilton allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings, also allowing six hits and walking three. Tyler Stohr pitched the seventh for his ninth save. Jordan Lennerton went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, while Ben Guez added two RBI. In the second game, the 'Caps were shut out despite managing eight hits in the game. Victor Larez took the loss, giving up both Lugnuts' runs on four hits. Brandon Douglas was a perfect 3-for-3 as well.
June 6th Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 1, NORFOLK 0
23-33, 4th in West Division
AA Erie SeaWolves - BOWIE 10, ERIE 6
31-23, 3rd in Southern Division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – ST. LUCIE 7, LAKELAND 5
22-26, 4th in North Division
A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 5, LANSING 4
34-20, 1st in Eastern Division
Rookie DSL Tigers - PPD: RAIN
0-6, 12th in DSL B.C. B.C.
Rookie VSL Tigers - VSL TIGERS 3, VSL METS 1
5-13, 7th in VSL
The Mud Hens got an excellent pitching performance from Scot Drucker and just enough run support to get a win, with their 1-0 shutout victory over Norfolk. Drucker picked up his third win of the season, tossing six shutout innings, allowing just three hits with four strikeouts. Matt Rusch pitched the seventh, while Clay Rapada pitched two shutout innings at the end for the save. Ryan Roberson had three hits for the club, but it was Brent Dlugach that supplied the only run with a solo blast in the fifth inning.
Erie fell out of second place in the division race on Saturday evening as they fell to Bowie 10-6. Patrick Stanley was hit hard for the 'Wolves, giving up eight runs (six earned) on 11 hits in five innings of work. Josh Kite also allowed a pair of runs in relief. Erie made a late push to come back with three runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth, but it wasn't nearly enough. Scott Sizemore and Brennan Boesch each had two hits and two runs scored, with Mike Hollimon driving in a pair.
Charlie Furbush was chased early as Lakeland fell again to St. Lucie 7-5. Furbush allowed six runs in just 2 2/3 innings. Furbush was battling his control, as he allowed only three hits but also walked three. Brett Jacobson did give up just one run in 3 1/3 innings of relief, and Chad Linder had three scoreless innings of relief, but the Flying Tigers didn't have enough at the end to get back into it. Justin Henry had two hits and an RBI, while Chris White drove in two runs.
West Michigan got five runs up on the board in the first two innings then held on tight as they picked up a 5-4 win over Lansing. Anthony Shawler got his first start of the season, giving up two runs over 4 1/3 innings. Jared Gayhart earned the win in relief giving up two more runs in 2 1/3 innings of work. Tyler Stohr meanwhile picked up his eighth save for pitching the final 1 2/3 innings. Ronnie Bourquin led the way at the plate, with three hits, including two doubles, and a pair of RBI. Brent Wyatt also added a pair of hits and a run scored.
The VSL Tigers got to within a half game of climbing out of the cellar with a 3-1 win over the VSL Mets. Yorfrank Lopez earned his first win of the season, giving up a run on two hits in 6 2/3 innings of work. Wilfredo Ramirez pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his third save. Gabriel Purroy had two hits and two RBI for the club, while Wondy de los Santos added two hits and scored a run.
Posted by: Wez, 6/7
June 5th Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – DURHAM 4, TOLEDO 1
22-33, 4th in West Division
AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 3, BOWIE 0
31-22, 2nd in Southern Division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – ST. LUCIE 5, LAKELAND 3
22-25, 4th in North Division
A West Michigan Whitecaps - GREAT LAKES 16, WEST MICHIGAN 4
33-20, 1st in Eastern Division
Rookie DSL Tigers - DSL ROCKIES 6, DSL TIGERS 0
0-6, 12th in DSL B.C. B.C.
Rookie VSL Tigers - VSL PIRATES 13, VSL TIGERS 1
4-13, 7th in VSL
Brooks Brown turned in yet another solid start for Toledo, but still fell to 0-4 as he got minimal run support in Toledo's 4-1 defeat. Brown gave up two runs on four hits in six innings of work. Casey Fien pitched the final two innings, giving up the other two runs, one of which was earned. At the plate, there wasn't much to highlight with the exception of Brent Clevlen, who fell a home run short of the cycle as he went 4-for-4. Danny Worth and Wilkin Ramirez did each take a pair of walks.
An outstanding start from Luis Marte led Erie to snap their losing streak in their 3-0 triumph over Bowie. Marte tossed seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits over seven innings with six strikeouts. Andy Dirks led the offense from the top of the order, with two hits, two runs and an RBI. Brennan Boesch and Ryan Strieby also had an RBI apiece.
Thad Weber's solid start went to waste as Lakeland fell to St. Lucie 5-3. Weber gave up three runs (two earned) over six innings of work, but Brendan Wise gave up the go-ahead runs in relief, as he took the loss. No Flying Tiger had a multi-hit game, but eight of the nine members of the lineup did have a hit. Kody Kaiser, Audy Ciriaco and Chris White each had an RBI.
It was an ugly night at Fifth Third Ballpark on Friday, with Luke Putkonen getting hit hard in West Michigan's 16-4 defeat. Putkonen allowed nine runs on 12 hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. Luis Angel Sanz came on in relief but wasn't much better, giving up five runs in 2 2/3 innings of work. Gustavo Nunez had two hits and two runs in the losing effort, with Ronnie Bourquin and Brandon Douglas each managing three hits and combining for three RBI.
The DSL Tigers are still searching for their first win after the DSL Rockies shut them out 6-0 on Friday. Ariel Medina took the loss, giving up three runs in four innings of work. Raynolds Guzman managed the team's only hit, a single. Santos Heredia did take a pair of walks from the leadoff slot as well.
All three VSL Tigers' that took the mound were hit hard in the club's 13-1 defeat on Friday. Julio Guilarte took the loss, but didn't have an awful start, giving up four runs in six innings of work. Carlos Alvarez and Angel Nesbitt were tagged for the rest of the runs, with Alvarez allowing four, and Nesbitt five. Gabriel Purroy drove in the club's only run, with Aldo Navia managing the club's only extra base hit.
Posted by: Wez, 6/6
June 4th Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 4, DURHAM 3
22-32, 4th in West Division
AA Erie SeaWolves - ALTOONA 4, ERIE 3
30-22, 2nd in Southern Division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – GM1: ST. LUCIE 4, LAKELAND 2
GM2: LAKELAND 6, ST. LUCIE 5
22-24, 4th in North Division
A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 4, GREAT LAKES 3 (12)
33-19, 1st in Eastern Division
Rookie DSL Tigers - DSL REDS 6, DSL TIGERS 4
0-5, 12th in DSL B.C. B.C.
Rookie VSL Tigers - VSL MARINERS 2, VSL TIGERS 1
4-12, 7th in VSL
Toledo pulled out a one-run victory over Durham on Thursday evening with the help of a late rally from the offense. Luke French got a no-decision as the starter, giving up three unearned runs in 6 2/3 innings of work - a Brent Dlugach error that should have gotten Toledo out of the seventh unscathed resulted in a run, and then two more runs came in after French exited. But Dlugach redeemed himself in the eighth with an RBI groundout, and then Brent Clevlen singled out home the tying and go-ahead runs. Freddy Dolsi pitched the final 2 1/3 innings to earn the victory.
While Toledo was able to pull out a one-run victory, Erie came up a run short in the series finale against Altoona. Jonah Nickerson took the loss, scattering ten hits over seven innings of work. He allowed four runs, but just two were earned. In the seventh, Erie got the game to within one run via a Brennan Boesch solo shot, and then in the eighth the 'Wolves got Cale Iorg into scoring position, but a hard single could only get him from second to third, where he would be stranded. Boesch was a perfect 3-for-3 on the day, and scored all three runs as well. Ryan Strieby also added three hits for the club.
Lakeland split its doubleheader with St. Lucie on Thursday, dropping the first game 4-2 but taking the second 6-5. In the first game, recently named Florida State League All-Star Andrew Hess took the loss, giving up all four runs in 6 2/3 innings. Jordan Newton had a solo home run for the club, while Michael Bertram scored the other run. Matt Hoffman picked up the win in the second game, giving up two runs in 5 2/3 innings of work. Scott Green had a rough outing in relief though, almost giving away the game as he allowed three runs in the seventh to make it a one run game - Robbie Weinhardt recorded the final out however to preserve the win. Kody Kaiser and Chris Carlson each had solo home runs, while Chris White and Mike Gosse each had a hit, a run and an RBI.
The game took 12 innings, and was ultimately decided on a wild pitch, but the 'Caps will take the win any way they can get it in their 4-3 triumph. With the bases loaded and one out, Ben Guez struck out on a wild pitch, that allowed Brandon Douglas to cross the plate as the winning run. Tyler Conn earned the win in relief. Tyler Stohr took a blown save, as he allowed two runs in three innings of work to allow the game to tie up at 3 apiece in the ninth. Bryan Pounds had three hits, a run and an RBI for the club, while Luis Salas chipped in with two hits and an RBI.
The DSL Tigers have now opened the season on a five game losing skid, falling to the DSL Reds 6-4. Antonio Cruz got the start, allowing two runs in three innings of work. The Tigers clung to a one run lead up until the seventh, when the Reds tagged Vladimir Ortiz for three runs, taking the lead for good. Steven Moya had two hits and an RBI, with Raul Leiva chipping in with a pair of hits as well.
The Tigers dropped another close game, losing their lead midway through, and giving up the go ahead run in the eighth. Gino Aguirre was outstanding for the club, allowing just one unearned run on four hits in seven innings of work. He also struck out five. Carlos Alvarado pitched the rest of the game and took the loss for allowing the go-ahead run. Gilbert Gomez scored the lone run, being driven in by Luis Cortez. Jesus Alvarado also added a pair of doubles in the losing effort.
Posted by: Wez, 6/5
June 3rd Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 5, DURHAM 2
21-32, 4th in West Division
AA Erie SeaWolves - ALTOONA 10, ERIE 8
30-21, 2nd in Southern Division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – PPD: RAIN
21-23, 3rd in North Division
A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 6, GREAT LAKES 4
32-19, 1st in Eastern Division
Rookie DSL Tigers - DSL INDIANS 13, DSL TIGERS 12
0-4, 12th in DSL B.C. B.C.
Rookie VSL Tigers - VSL TIGERS 9, VSL PHILLIES 5
4-11, 7th in VSL
Toledo got back in the win column on Wednesday with some solid pitching and the help of the long ball. Ruddy Lugo got the win, giving up two runs on seven hits in six innings. He also walked two and struck out four. Clay Rapada then came on and tossed three innings of no-hit relief to earn his second save. At the plate, Marcus Thames, Will Rhymes and Dusty Ryan each hit a home run, while each of the first six members of the Toledo lineup had two hits.
Alfredo Figaro continued his recent struggles as the SeaWolves fell to Altoona on Wednesday 10-8. Figaro allowed eight runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings before exiting. Ryan Strieby had a two run homer at the plate, while Brennan Boesch and Jeff Kunkel each added solo shots. Mike Hollimon also ripped a triple, scored once and drove in a run.
Lakeland's game on Wednesday was postponed due to heavy rain, and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday.
West Michigan came back from an early 4-1 deficit to pick up a win for Casey Crosby and company as they claimed a 6-4 win. Crosby improved to 4-0 on the year, giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits in five innings of work. He also walked one and struck out four. Gustavo Nunez continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored - one of the hits was his third triple of the year. Brandon Douglas chipped in with a pair of RBI. Luis Angel Sanz and Tyler Conn each pitched two shutout innings of relief to shut the door, with Conn picking up the save.
The DSL Tigers late rally came up just short as they fell a run short of the Indians in their bid to pick up their first win. All three DSL Tigers pitchers that took the mound got roughed up, with each allowing three earned runs. Yadiel Polanco got the start and a no decision, allowing five runs total in four innings. Alvin Acosta took the loss, as he also allowed five runs in his two innings of work. Javier Azcona had a three run homer, while Robinson Figueroa had three hits, including two doubles, and three runs scored. Samuel Ortiz also chipped in with two hits and two RBI.
On the back of Josue Carreno, the VSL Tigers jumped back into the win column. Carreno tossed six shutout innings, allowing just three hits. He also walked one and struck out five. The only rough spot on the mound was Yonny Mosquera, who gave up all five Phillies runs in 2 1/3 innings of work. Wilfredo Ramirez recorded the final two outs for his second save. Gilbert Gomez led the charge at the plate with a pair of home runs, first a solo blast and then later a two run home run. Luis Cortez added two hits and two RBI, and Jesus Alvarado chipped in with two hits, two runs scored and an RBI.
Posted by: Wez, 6/4
June 2nd Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – DURHAM 6, TOLEDO 5 (11)
20-32, 4th in West Division
AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 12, ALTOONA 9
30-20, 2nd in Southern Division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – PALM BEACH 2, LAKELAND 1
21-23, 4th in North Division
A West Michigan Whitecaps - GREAT LAKES 8, WEST MICHIGAN 7
31-19, 1st in Eastern Division
Rookie DSL Tigers - DSL WHITE SOX 16, DSL TIGERS 0
0-3, 12th in DSL B.C. B.C.
Rookie VSL Tigers - VSL CARDINALS 9, VSL TIGERS 7
3-11, 7th in VSL
Toledo just can't seem to put a full game together as they fell again on Tuesday, this time to Durham 6-5 in 11 innings. Toledo headed into the bottom of the ninth with a 5-2 lead, but Casey Fien was torched for three runs in the ninth to blow the save and force extra innings. Ron Chiavacci would give the winning run in the 11th. The bullpen wasted a strong start from Chris Lambert, who gave up a pair of runs (one earned) on four hits in six innings of work. Brent Dlugach had a two run blast for Toledo, while Mike Hessman added a solo shot. Will Rhymes also had two hits, a walk and a run scored.
Plenty of runs crossed the plate in Erie on Tuesday, but the 'Wolves came out victorious, pulling out a 12-9 win. Jon Kibler, who it appeared had been straightening things out, got roughed up, giving up eight runs on 11 hits in just 2 2/3 innings. Luckily for him, the offense came to his defense with a late inning assault on Altoona's bullpen, scoring three runs in the seventh, and three more to take the lead in the eighth. Shawn Roof had a huge game for the club from the bottom of the lineup, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and five RBI. Max Leon also had four hits with a pair of RBI, and Brennan Boesch drove in two as well. Josh Rainwater picked up the win for pitching two scoreless innings of relief, with Cody Satterwhite picking up his seventh save.
Lauren Gagnier's strong start still resulted in a loss as the Flying Tigers' offense didn't generate much on offense. Gagnier scattered eight hits while allowing two runs in six innings, with an impressive ten strikeouts. Lakeland managed just six hits, and didn't get the goose egg off the board until the ninth when Jeramy Laster scored via a wild pitch. The Flying Tigers eventually loaded the bases in the ninth, putting the go-ahead run in scoring position, but Mike Gosse flied out to end the threat and the game.
While the Whitecaps didn't struggle to get runs on the board like Lakeland, they came up just short in their rally attempt, just like Lakeland did. West Michigan got within one when Bryan Pounds singled in Ronnie Bourquin, but Avisail Garcia then grounded into a double play to end the game. Brandon Hamilton continue his inconsistent ways, giving up five runs while recording just one out. Hamilton was wild, allowing just one hit but walking four before exiting. Anthony Shawler did have a nice relief appearance, giving up a run in four innings of work. Jordan Lennerton had a two run homer for the 'Caps, while Gustavo Nunez added four hits from the top of the order.
It was another rough day for the DSL Tigers pitching, as they got tagged for double digit runs again. Enmanuel Del Orbe actually had a solid start, giving up two unearned runs on two hits in four innings of work. He also struck out four. The White Sox did most of their damage against Billis Andujar and Vladimir Ortiz, as the two combined to allow 14 runs in three innings of work. The offense managed just two hits; a single from Juaner Aguasvivas and a double from Samir Rijo.
Juan Espinoza got hit hard for the VSL Tigers as they fell to the VSL Cardinals 9-7. Espinoza allowed seven runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. The VSL Tigers got the game back to within one run in the seventh, but the Cardinals added an insurance run in the eighth and the Tigers couldn't generate a rally in the ninth. Eugenio Suarez had three hits, a run and an RBI from the leadoff spot, while Gilbert Gomez added two hits, two runs and three RBI, including a two run blast.
Posted by: Wez, 6/3
June 1st Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – CHARLOTTE 13, TOLEDO 3
20-31, 4th in West Division
AA Erie SeaWolves - ALTOONA 5, ERIE 4 (10)
29-20, 2nd in Southern Division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 4, PALM BEACH 1
21-22, 4th in North Division
A West Michigan Whitecaps - OFF DAY
31-18, 1st in Eastern Division
Rookie DSL Tigers - DSL PADRES 18, DSL TIGERS 7
Rookie VSL Tigers - VSL RAYS 8, VSL TIGERS 4
3-10, 7th in VSL
Charlotte jumped all over Eddie Bonine early, chasing him out of the game before he could make it through the second inning, giving up seven runs in just 1 2/3 innings. Scot Drucker came on in relief, but couldn't only slow the bleeding, giving up three more runs (two earned), in 2 1/3 innings. Marcus Thames, who had a very slow start to his rehab appearance, went 4-for-5, while Dusty Ryan had two hits, a run and an RBI.
The SeaWolves dropped their game with Altoona in extra innings on Monday, despite a late push to come back. The game was knotted at three heading into the tenth, when Zach Simons allowed a pair of unearned runs to cross the plate. Mike Hollimon got one back with a solo blast, and then Shawn Roof singled and stole second base, but was stranded there to end the threat and the game. Pat Stanley got a no decision as the starter, giving up three runs in 6 1/3 innings of work. Alex Avila reached base four times, with a single, a double and two walks, while Ryan Strieby added his 13th home run.
It took eight innings before the Flying Tigers offense awoke, but they showed up just in time to put up the runs necessary to pull out a win. Charlie Furbush got a no decision as the starter, giving up one run on two hits in six innings before turning things over to the pen. Lester Oliveros would pick up the win for his two shutout innings of relief, and once Lakeland got the lead, Robbie Weinhardt came on in the ninth for a perfect inning to earn his first save. Lakeland got the tying and go-ahead runs from a Chris White single in the eighth, and in the ninth the team got two more runs via a sac bunt and a wild pitch.
It wasn't a pretty day on the mound for the DSL Tigers, as every pitcher that took the ball allowed at least one run to score. Darlin Duran got the start, giving up two runs in two innings, but it was Gregory Morillo that took the loss, giving up four runs via four walks and a hit in just an inning of work. Ariel Medina also had a tough go of it, giving up five earned runs without ever recording an out. Juaner Aguasvivas had a two run home run, while Domingo Gonzales added two hits and two runs, and Santos Heredia had three hits and a run.
Jose Tablante had a solid start, but still took the loss for the VSL Tigers on Monday. Tablante allowed two runs on two hits in four innings of work, but the bullpen couldn't keep the game close. Fernando Celis got hit hard, giving up four runs on six hits in two innings of work. Alexander Moreno had a monster game at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored, including a three run home run. Eugenio Suarez also added a pair of hits and scored one of the VSL Tigers' runs.
Posted by: Wez, 6/2
May 31st Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 6, CHARLOTTE 0
20-30, 4th in West Division
AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 7, AKRON 2
29-19, 2nd in Southern Division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 6, PALM BEACH 5
20-22, 4th in North Division
A West Michigan Whitecaps - WISCONSIN 8, WEST MICHIGAN 3
31-17, 1st in Eastern Division
Rookie VSL Tigers - OFF DAY
3-9, 7th in VSL
Rookie DSL Tigers - OFF DAY
Jeremy Bonderman's stat line -- at a minimum -- looked like a guy primed to come back to the big leagues. Bonderman threw 98 pitches on the night, with 66 going for strikes, as he fired eight innings of six-hit shutout ball. He walked none and struck out five. Reports indicate Bonderman touched 90 a few times during his eight innings, but was generally working 85-88 on the stadium gun. Marcus Thames -- also continuing his rehab -- finally had a game worth noting; going 2-for-3 on the night with a home run, a walk, and two RBI. Mike Hessman also drove in two on his eighth home run of the season, while Ryan Roberson drove in two on a single. Will Rhymes and Donnie Kelly both doubled and scored in the contest.
Scott Sizemore yet again led the Erie offense with three hits and a walk on Sunday, as Andy Dirks continued to heat up with three hits of his own. Dirks' three singles in four trips to the plate, moved his Double-A average to .325. Ryan Strieby tripleds and singled in five at-bats, and Max Leon singled twice as the two split time in the game between left field and first base. Right-hander Luis Marte fired seven innings of one-run ball, allowing only two hits. He did walk four however, and only struck out three, as he moved to 3-5 on the year. Brandon Jensen closed the game with a scoreless ninth that included a hit, a walk, and a strikeout.
With lots of scoring in the final frames of Sunday's game, the Lakeland-Palm Beach tilt became very interesting. Lakeland scored two runs in the seventh, one in the eighth, and two more in the ninth to win, as Palm Beach scored four in the eighth to try and spoil the fun. Justin Henry finished the day 3-for-5 with a run scored, while Michael Bertram was 2-for-3 with two walks and two RBI. Chris Carlson tripled and Audy Ciriaco doubled in the game as well, helping the LFT to the win. With several double-headers recently, Trevor Feeney was forced to start for Lakeland, and he responded by firing five innings of three-hit ball, allowing one unearned run. Feeney walked one and struck out four. Chad Linder made things interesting in the eighth by allowing all four Palm Beach runs on four hits. Scott Green again came in and closed the door with 1 2/3 innings of two-hit ball, moving his record to 3-0.
A four-hit night from Gustavo Nunez just wasn't enough, as the 'Caps couldn't generate much offense anywhere else in the lineup. Nunez doubled and singled twice each, while also swiping his 24th base of the season. Seven other West Michigan players picked up a hit, though only Bryan Pounds picked up one of the extra-base variety, with his 14th double of the season. Mauricio Robles took the loss on Sunday, moving to 4-3 on the year, after allowing five runs on three hits and five walks in three innings of work. Luis Sanz also struggled on Sunday, allowing three runs on four hits in two innings of relief. Jared Gayhart and Tyler Story were their normal outstanding selves, combining for three innings of one-hit ball to close the game out against Wisconsin.
Posted by: Mark, 6/1