MiLB Recap Blog: Sizemore Leads Hens

Sizemore had a monster day for Toledo

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June 21st Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – GM1: TOLEDO 6, ROCHESTER 4
GM2: TOLEDO 3, ROCHESTER 1 (11)

30-38, 4th in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 9, NEW HAMPSHIRE 4 (10)
39-29, 2nd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – ALL STAR BREAK
27-33, 5th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 8, DAYTON 7
43-27, 2nd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - PPD: RAIN
1-0, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - OFF DAY
7-10, t-10th in DSL B.C. B.C.

Rookie VSL Tigers - OFF DAY
10-19, 7th in VSL

The Mud Hens took both games of their Sunday doubleheader with Rochester. In the first game, Rudy Lugo picked up the win for Toledo in a 6-4 victory, while holding off a late rally from Rochester. Lugo pitched five innings, allowing three runs. Freddy Dolsi earned the save while allowing an unearned run. Clete Thomas and Jeff Larish each had two RBI's, while Scott Sizemore scored twice. The second game was only supposed to last seven innings, but a knotted game forced it to 11, when Sizemore broke the tie with a two-out, two-run home run. Sizemore also fell a double short of the cycle in the game. Fu-Te Ni earned the win in relief for pitching the final two scoreless innings. The struggling offense overshadowed another outstanding performance from Luke French, who tossed eight innings of outstanding baseball, allowing one run on four hits with ten strikeouts. Thomas also added three hits, including two doubles.

Jonah Nickerson turned in yet another solid start as Erie picked up a 9-4 win over New Hampshire. Nickerson got a no decision, allowing four runs in 6 1/3 innings of work. Nickerson exited down 4-0, but Erie scored two runs each in the eighth and ninth, and then put up a five spot in the tenth to put the game out of reach. Cody Satterwhite earned the win in relief. At the plate, Danny Worth, Mike Hollimon and Jeff Kunkel each had two hits and two RBI, while Deik Scram also added a pair of RBI.

A late push by the Whitecaps couldn't get them quite all the way back as they fell to Dayton 7-6. Luke Putkonen took the loss as his recent struggles continued. Putkonen gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings of work. Erik Crichton gave up two runs of his own, plus an inherited run from Putkonen. Gustavo Nunez and Jordan Lennerton got the scoring started in the first, with Nunez scoring via a hit-by-pitch, a throwing error, a stolen base, and a wild pitch, and then Lennerton blasting a two run homer. Nunez later got an RBI in the eighth on a groundout, with Bryan Pounds tripling home Brent Wyatt, and then Pounds scoring via a balk.

The O-Tigers were once again rained out on Sunday, as they move on and hope for some better weather for a three game series at Lowell.

Posted by: Wez, 6/22


June 20th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – PPD: RAIN
28-38, 4th in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - NEW HAMPSHIRE 8, ERIE 2
38-29, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – ALL STAR BREAK
27-33, 5th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 8, DAYTON 7
43-26, 2nd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - PPD: RAIN
1-0, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - DSL TIGERS 4, DSL TWINS 2
7-10, t-10th in DSL B.C. B.C.

Rookie VSL Tigers - VSL METS 8, VSL TIGERS 8 (TIE - 11)
10-19, 7th in VSL

Erie had to replace Alfredo Figaro in the starting rotation, and while his stand-in did a solid job, the rest of the bullpen couldn't hold things together as Erie fell 8-2. Josh Rainwater got the start, giving up a run in 3 2/3 innings of work. Josh Kite would take the loss in relief, though he didn't pitch poorly either, giving a run in 2 2/3 of relief. Zach Simons however yielded three runs without recording an out, and Ramon Garcia gave up three more runs before things were said and done. Mike Hollimon and Danny Worth each had an RBI, while Brennan Boesch, Ryan Strieby and Alex Avila each had two hits. To follow the full game, visit the complete game thread as Mark Anderson blogged along live from New Hampshire:
Erie @ New Hampshire 6/20 Game Thread

Despite a late push from Dayton, the Whitecaps were able to hold on for an 8-7 victory. Mark Sorensen got the win, giving up four runs in five innings before handing things over to the bullpen. Tyler Conn gave up a pair of runs in his relief duty, while Anthony Shawler tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief before handing things over to Tyler Stohr. Stohr gave up a run, and allowed the tying run to make it to third base, before completing his strikeout of the side for his 13th save. At the plate, Brent Wyatt and Billy Nowlin each hit two run homers. Gustavo Nunez was again was the tablesetter with three hits, a run scored and an RBI. Ronnie Bourquin also added two hits and two runs driven in.

After getting on a bit of a win streak as of late, the DSL Tigers fell to the DSL Padres 3-0. Darlin Duran tossed five shutout innings to start the game, giving up just one and four walks while striking out nine. Alvin Acosta took the loss in relief, all for giving up one unearned run in two innings of work. The DSL Tigers lineup had better days though, managing five errors in the field compared to just four hits. Ivan Espinoza did have two hits, including a double.

In an uncommon result, the VSL Mets and VSL Tigers battled to an 8-8 tie, when the game was called after 11 innings. Jose Tablante only made it through one inning, allowing two hits and three runs, before handing things over to the bullpen. Leonel Vasquez did toss five innings of solid baseball, giving up three runs with no walks and three strikeouts. Gilbert Gomez blasted a three run homer, while Gabriel Purroy added three hits, two runs and two RBI. Jesus Alvarado also had a hit, drove in a run and scored twice.

Posted by: Wez, 6/21


June 19th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – ROCHESTER 2, TOLEDO 1
28-38, 4th in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 4, NEW HAMPSHIRE 2
38-28, t-2nd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – ALL STAR BREAK
27-33, 5th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 6, DAYTON 0
42-26, 2nd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - ONEONTA 2, TRI-CITY 0
1-0, t-1st in Stedler Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - DSL TIGERS 4, DSL TWINS 2
7-10, 8th in DSL B.C. B.C.

Rookie VSL Tigers - VSL PIRATES 10, VSL TIGERS 1
10-19, 7th in VSL

Despite a strong start from Chris Lambert, the Mud Hens fell to Rochester 2-1 on Friday evening. Lambert gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits in six innings of work. Casey Fien did toss two perfect innings in relief with three strikeouts, but the Toledo offense couldn't get the club a lead. Scott Sizemore and Jeff Larish each had a pair of hits, with Sizemore driving in Brent Dlugach for the team's only run. The Mud Hens offense struck out 13 times on the night.

The Erie SeaWolves picked up a 4-2 come-from-behind win over New Hampshire on Friday night. Jon Kibler took a no-decision as the starter, giving up two runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings. The SeaWolves headed into the ninth down 2-1, but a three run ninth highlighted by three RBI singles gave the club the lead, with Cody Satterwhite slamming the door in the ninth for his eighth save. To follow the full game, visit the complete game thread as Mark Anderson blogged along live from New Hampshire:
Erie @ New Hampshire 6/19 Game Thread

Casey Crosby has battled inconsistency this season, but on Friday night, he showed a glimpse of the type of potential he has. Crosby tossed five shutout innings for the Whitecaps, giving up just two singles while striking out five. Victor Larez and Tyler Stohr took the game home to complete the shutout. Billy Nowlin scored three runs and hit a solo home run for the 'Caps, with Mike Gosse adding three hits and an RBI, and Gustavo Nunez chipping in with two hits and two runs scored.

Oneonta got their season started off on the right foot with a 2-0 shutout victory over Tri-City. Jeff Gerbe has been gone for more than a year as he recovered from surgery, but showed that he looks to be plenty ready to compete again, as he tossed six shutout innings for the O-Tigers. Gerbe gave up four hits, walked two and struck out three. Mike LaLuna took over in the seventh, and finished the final three innings for the save. Michael Rockett had two hits and scored a run, while Jimmy Gulliver and Wade Gaynor each drove in a run.

The DSL Tigers picked up a 4-2 win over the DSL Twins. Ramon Franco got the start, giving up just one hit and no runs in four innings of work, also walking two and striking out five. Yinio Calderon picked up the win in relief, tossing three more shutout innings. Samir Rijo blasted a two run homer for the club, with Juaner Aguasvivas and Santos Heredia also driving in a run each.

The VSL Pirates hammered the VSL Tigers on Friday 10-1. Juan Espinoza had yet another rough start as he fell to 0-5 on the year. Espinoza gave up five runs (three earned) in three innings of work. Frank Penalver also had a rough appearance in relief, giving up four runs in 1 1/3 innings of work. Jesus Alvarado drove in the team's lone run on a perfect 3-for-3 day at the plate for him.

Posted by: Wez, 6/20


June 18th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – PPD: RAIN
28-37, 4th in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 5, PORTLAND 1
37-28, 2nd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 7, CHARLOTTE 2
27-33, 5th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - DAYTON 5, WEST MICHIGAN 4
41-26, 2nd in Eastern Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - DSL TIGERS 8, DSL ROCKIES 5
6-10, t-9th in DSL B.C. B.C.

Rookie VSL Tigers - VSL TIGERS 1, VSL PHILLIES 0
10-18, 6th in VSL

Toledo was rained out again on Thursday - they'll make up the two missed games in a series in late July.

In Erie, Pat Stanley turned in a strong start as the SeaWolves reclaimed 2nd place with a 5-1 win over Portland. It was Stanley's first win with Erie, as he gave up one run on four hits in 6 1/3 innings of work. Zach Simons and Brett Jensen combined to toss 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to secure the victory. Cale Iorg and Deik Scram each drove in a pair of runs for the club, while Danny Worth had two hits including a double and a run scored.

In their last game prior to the All-Star break, the Flying Tigers picked up a 7-2 win over Charlotte. L.J. Gagnier got the win, giving up two runs on six hits in six innings of work. Robbie Weinhardt continue his dominance, pitching two more innings of scoreless relief as well. Michael Bertram fell a home run short of the cycle while scoring a run and driving in another one, while Chris White drove in two runs.

The 'Caps fell on Thursday night when Jared Gayhart gave up a walk-off home run to hand the 'Caps a 5-4 loss. Brandon Hamilton got the no-decision as the starter, giving up four runs in six innings of work. He also walked two and struck out four. Mike Gosse and Joe Bowen provided the run production from the bottom of the order, with the two combining for four hits and three RBI. Billy Nowlin got the 'Caps on the board in the first with an RBI double.

The DSL Tigers moved out of the cellar on Thursday with an 8-5 win over the DSL Rockies. Edgar De La Rosa picked up his first win of the young season, giving up a run in five innings of work. Vladimir Ortiz pitched two innings of no-hit relief, and Jose Valdez pitched the ninth for his first save. Samuel Ortiz had two hits and three RBI for the club, while Steven Moya added a solo home run. Nelson Pierre also crossed the plate three times for the team.

The VSL Tigers wrapped things up for the day on a good note, picking up a 1-0 shutout victory. Yorfrank Lopez was outstanding, yielding just five hits in 7 1/3 innings of work. He also struck out four. Fernando Celis pitched the final 1 2/3 innings without yielding a hit or a walk to pick up his first save. Jesus Alvarado drove in Wondy de los Santos for the team's only run, which was made possible with the help of Oscar Gomez striking out but reaching base after the dropped third strike and a poor throw. De Los Santos reached base on the next play with the help of a fielding error.

Posted by: Wez, 6/19


June 17th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – PPD: RAIN
28-37, 4th in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 11, PORTLAND 5
36-28, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – CHARLOTTE 7, LAKELAND 3
26-33, 6th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - FORT WAYNE 12, WEST MICHIGAN 2
41-25, 2nd in Eastern Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - GM1: DSL TIGERS 7, DSL PADRES 5
GM2: DSL TIGERS 13, DSL PADRES 4

5-10, 12th in DSL B.C. B.C.

Rookie VSL Tigers - VSL TIGERS 9, VSL PHILLIES 4
9-18, 7th in VSL

Toledo and Scranton/Wilkes Barre were rained out on Wednesday - they'll make the game up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday.

Luis Marte got the win for the 'Wolves as they cruised to an 11-5 victory over Portland. Marte turned in a quality start, giving up three runs in six innings, striking out seven. Deik Scram led the way at the plate going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI including a solo home run. Casper Wells and Ryan Strieby also each had two hits (Strieby's hits were both doubles) with two RBI apiece. Andy Dirks also had a big game from the bottom of the order, with two hits, a run and three RBI.

The Flying Tigers are limping into the All-Star break, as they fell again to Charlotte, 7-3. Charlie Furbush took the loss, giving up four runs in four innings of work. By the time Lakeland got runs on the board in the eighth inning, Charlotte had already built up a comfortable six-run lead. Jeramy Laster got things going by driving in Justin Henry on an RBI groundout, and two batters later, after a Chris Carslon walk, Michael Bertram blasted a two run homer. But the Flying Tigers wouldn't threaten again, and Charlotte cruised to the win.

A day after moving into a first place tie, Fort Wayne re-claimed their stake on the top spot with a dominating 12-2 victory over the 'Caps. Mauricio Robles was hammered in the loss, giving up six runs on six hits and four walks in just 3 1/3 innings of work. Brayan Villareal slowed the bleeding, giving just one run in 3 2/3 innings, but Fort Wayne put the game completely out of reach late, getting five more runs of Erik Crichton and Rob Waite. Brandon Douglas had three hits and scored a run for the 'Caps, while Ronnie Bourquin and Billy Nowlin (Nowlin playing left field) each drove in a run.

The DSL Tigers took both games of their doubleheader. In the first game, which the club took 7-5, wasn't over until the bottom of the seventh when Samir Rijo hit a two-run walk-off home run. Unfortunately the walk-off became necessary when Vladimir Ortiz and Jose Valdez lost the 4-2 lead they were clinging to heading into the seventh. Ariel Medina took a no-decision as the starter, giving up a pair of unearned runs in 4 2/3 innings. Javier Azcona and Steven Moya each had a hit, a run and an RBI. In the second game, the DSL Tigers used a seven-run fifth inning to blow the game wide open. Jose Encarnacion got the win in relief, tossing 3 2/3 shutout innings after taking over for Yadiel Polanco. Juaner Aguasvivas and Samuel Ortiz each drove in three runs for the DSL Tigers, with Azcona adding two hits, two runs and two RBI.

Julio Guilarte pitched well for the VSL Tigers as they picked up a 9-4 win. Guilarte picked up his second win of the year, giving up a run in five innings of work. He also struck out six. The offense meanwhile managed nine runs on only five hits, being helped out substantially by the VSL Phillies' five errors. Aldo Navia had a hit, two runs and an RBI, while seven other VSL Tigers crossed the plate once.

Posted by: Wez, 6/18


June 16th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – SCRANTON/WB 7, TOLEDO 3
28-37, 4th in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - PORTLAND 5, ERIE 0
35-28, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – CHARLOTTE 1, LAKELAND 0
26-32, 6th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 5, FORT WAYNE 2
41-24, t-1st in Eastern Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - DSL INDIANS 7, DSL TIGERS 1
3-10, 12th in DSL B.C. B.C.

Rookie VSL Tigers - VSL CARDINALS 13, VSL TIGERS 4
8-18, 7th in VSL

Brooks Brown fell to 0-6 on the year for Toledo, though this time the fault didn't squarely fall on the offense in Toledo's 7-3 defeat. Brown gave up six runs (five earned) in 4 1/3 innings of work. Brown did however strike out five. Brent Clevlen went 3-for-4 at the plate, including a solo shot and two RBI total. Max St. Pierre also had two hits and an RBI. One bright spot on the mound, Freddy Dolsi pitched three shutout innings of relief, allowing just two hits with two strikeouts and no walks.

The SeaWolves were shut out on Tuesday evening by Portland, 5-0. Jonah Nickerson took the loss, giving up four runs in seven innings of work. The offense however mustered just three hits, a triple from Deik Scram, a single from Mike Hollimon and a double from Casper Wells.

Like the 'Wolves, the Flying Tigers were also shut out on Tuesday, though the pitching staff couldn't be held accountable for the loss, as they combined to allow just one run. Thad Weber took the loss, giving up the lone run in the game in seven innings of work. He also struck out six. Chris Carlson and Santo de Leon each had a pair of hits, but it wasn't enough to get a run across the plate.

With the 'Caps victory on Tuesday, they moved back into a first place tie with Fort Wayne. Luke Putkonen got the win, giving up a run on six hits in five innings of work. Anthony Shawler and Tyler Conn each gave up a run in relief, but the offense gave plenty of cushion. Brandon Douglas and Ronnie Bourquin again provided the run production, combining for four hits and five RBI. Gustavo Nunez also added three hits and scored three runs, and Jordan Lennerton added a solo blast.

Emmanuel Del Orbe pitched well but took the loss for the DSL Tigers as they fell to the DSL Indians 7-1. Del Orbe gave up two runs on three hits in five innings of work, including seven strikeouts. Santos Heredia drove in the club's lone run on an RBI triple in the seventh inning.

The VSL Tigers got hammered early as the VSL Cardinals cruised to a 13-4 victory. Gino Aguirre took the loss, but was hampered by poor defense as three of the six runs he allowed were unearned. Eugenio Suarez drove in three of the VSL Tigers' four runs, via a bases clearing triple in the second inning that gave the club a brief lead.

Posted by: Wez, 6/17


June 15th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – SCRANTON/WB 1, TOLEDO 0
28-36, 4th in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - OFF DAY
35-27, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – CHARLOTTE 5, LAKELAND 1
26-31, 6th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 5, FORT WAYNE 2
40-24, 2nd in Eastern Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - DSL WHITE SOX 9, DSL TIGERS 4
3-9, 12th in DSL B.C. B.C.

Rookie VSL Tigers - VSL TIGERS 5, VSL RAYS 0
8-17, 7th in VSL

Luke French was outstanding, but couldn't manage any run support as Toledo fell to Scranton/WB 1-0. French went the distance, allowing a run on seven hits, including eight strikeouts, but that one run was just one too many. The Mud Hens offense managed just two hits - a double from new second baseman Scott Sizemore, and a single from Dusty Ryan.

A four run second inning gave Charlotte an early lead, one they were able to hang on with for the rest of the game as they won 5-1. Andrew Hess took the loss for Lakeland, giving up all five runs (though just three earned) on eight hits in six innings of work. Jeramy Laster provided the only run, a solo shot to get the scoring started in the second inning. Audy Ciriaco did add a double, but there wasn't much else from the offense.

The Whitecaps rallied with a five run seventh inning to even the series with Fort Wayne as they took game two, 5-2. Mark Sorensen battled his control through 4 1/3 innings, walking four, but got out of the game without allowing a run. Jared Gayhart picked up the win for his two perfect innings of relief later on, with Tyler Stohr earning his 12th save. Luis Salas drove in two runs for the 'Caps, with Gustavo Nunez adding a hit, a run and an RBI.

Despite a pair of home runs from Juaner Aguasvivas, the DSL White Sox topped the DSL Tigers 9-4. Darlin Duran took his first loss of the season, giving up four runs on six hits in five innings of work. Billis Andujar struggled in relief, giving up four runs in an inning of work. Besides Aguasvivas, Nelson Pierre drove in a pair of runs, while Javier Azcona added two hits and two runs.

And wrapping up with the VSL Tigers, where they pitched a shutout against the VSL Rays and taking a 5-0 victory. Josue Carreno picked up the win, tossing five shutout innings, allowing just two hits. The bullpen preserved the shutout, allowing just one hit over the final four innings of work. At the plate, the long ball got the job done, with Dixon Machado blasting a three run homer and Gilbert Gomez also adding a solo blast.

Posted by: Wez, 6/16


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