MiLB Recap Blog: Robertson Strong in Loss
Nate tossed three shutout innings for Toledo
Nate tossed three shutout innings for Toledo
Executive Editor
Posted Aug 16, 2009
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August 15th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – LOUISVILLE 4, TOLEDO 1
59-62, 3rd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - CONNECTICUT 3, ERIE 2
62-56, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – SSPD: RAIN
21-25, 5th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - SOUTH BEND 12, WEST MICHIGAN 3
28-21, t-2nd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - ONEONTA 2, BROOKLYN 1 (10)
29-24, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - GM1: GCL PIRATES 7, GCL TIGERS 2
GM2: GCL TIGERS 10, GCL PIRATES 5

20-27, 6th in North Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - DSL CUBS1 5, DSL TIGERS 3
32-31, 7th in DSL B.C. B.C.

Rookie VSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
24-44, 7th in VSL

It was another rough outing from the Mud Hens, as they fell again to Louisville 4-1. The most excitement of the night likely came when the benches cleared as tensions mounted between the two clubs, though no punches were thrown. Nate Robertson turned in a strong outing, scattering three hits in three innings with no runs allowed. Jeremy Bonderman took the loss, giving up a solo home run in his lone inning of work. Brent Dlugach went 2-for-4 with a double, while Dusty Ryan drove in Dlugach for the team's only run.

The SeaWolves suffered another one-run defeat to Connecticut, this time falling 3-2. Jonah Nickerson took the loss, giving up all three Defender runs (two earned), including the go-ahead run in the seventh. Nickerson went 6 2/3 innings. Jared Gayhart pitched the final 1 1/3 innings but the 'Wolves offense couldn't get a run to get back in the game. Deik Scram went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, while Cale Iorg went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

After two days of big days from the offense, it was South Bend's turn to put up big numbers as South Bend cruised 12-3. Victor Larez took the loss, giving up six runs on five hits in four innings of work. Brandon Hamilton gave up two more runs in two innings, and Erik Crichton surrendered the rest of the damage, though all four of the runs he allowed were unearned. Billy Nowlin went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, while Alden Carrithers and Luis Salas each added an RBI as well.

Oneonta got back into the win column with a 2-1 ten inning win over Brooklyn. Jose Siso got the start, tossing five shutout innings while allowing just two hits. Kenny Faulk though lost the lead in the ninth, giving up a run to tie the game up at one. But Keith Hernandez came to the aid of his pitcher, belting a solo home run in the tenth to regain the lead. Wade Kapetyn pitched the tenth to earn the save. Hernandez also drove in the team's other run in the fifth inning.

The GCL Tigers split their second doubleheader in as many days as they lost in the completion of their game with the Pirates from July 7-2, but took the second game 10-5. Gary Perinar took the loss for the club, giving up all seven runs after Zach Samuels tossed 4 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball. Brett Anderson and Chao-Ting Tang each drove in a run. Nolan Moody got the win in relief for the GCL Tigers in the second game despite giving up three more runs. Melvin Mercedes pitched the seventh to close it out. Ramon Lebron started but pitched just two innings before exiting, giving up two runs. Patrick McKenna led the way at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBI total. Edwin Gomez also scored twice and drove in a run.

The DSL Tigers fell to the DSL Cubs1 squad 5-3 on Saturday. Yadiel Polanco got the start, giving up two runs in five innings of work and walked away with a no decision. Victor Dionisio took the loss for allowing the go-ahead run on base (would eventually score off Wilsen Palacios). Nelson Pierre went 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI.

Posted by: Wez, 8/16


August 14th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – LOUISVILLE 4, TOLEDO 0
59-61, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - CONNECTICUT 6, ERIE 5 (10)
62-55, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – PPD: RAIN
21-25, 5th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 9, DAYTON 7
28-20, 2nd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - BROOKLYN 6, ONEONTA 5
28-24, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - GM1: GCL BLUE JAYS 1, GCL TIGERS 0
GM2: GCL BLUE JAYS 5, GCL TIGERS 3

19-26, 6th in North Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - PPD: RAIN
32-30, 5th in DSL B.C. B.C.

Rookie VSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
24-44, 7th in VSL

Brooks Brown hasn't received much run support from the Hens offense all season, and that trend continued on Friday night in Toledo's 4-0 loss to Louisville. Brown pitched well even though it was his tenth loss of the season, giving up two runs in six innings of work. He also walked three and struck out two. The offense managed just three hits all game though, including a double and a walk from Brent Dlugach.

The SeaWolves dropped an extra inning battle with Connecticut, falling 6-5 in ten innings. Pat Stanley got the start, giving up four runs in 5 1/3 innings, but it was Brendan Wise that couldn't hold the slim one run lead, and Robbie Weinhardt took his first loss with Erie, when Jeff Kunkel couldn't handle Danny Worth's throw to the plate and the winning run scored. Ryan Strieby ripped three doubles while Deik Scram drove in three runs. Brennan Boesch also added three hits and scored two runs.

The Whitecaps got out the big bats again as they topped Dayton 9-7 on Friday. The offense was led by the long ball, with Gustavo Nunez, Ronnie Bourquin and Jordan Lennerton all belting homers for the 'Caps. Billy Nowlin also drove in two runs even though he didn't manage a hit. Brayan Villarreal didn't have his best outing as the starter, giving up five runs in 4 1/3 innings. Tyler Conn got the win in relief, pitching the final 4 2/3 innings and allowing just two runs.

The O-Tigers also suffered a one-run defeat on Friday, falling 6-5 to Brooklyn. Clemente Mendoza got a no decision as the starter, giving two runs in five innings of work - unfortunately, Mike LaLuna couldn't keep the game tied at two as he inherited allowing four runs in one-plus innings of work. Oneonta's offense staged a comeback attempt, scoring two runs in the eighth and one more in the ninth, but with the tying run on second, Michael Rockett struck out to end the threat and the game. Jamie Johnson belted a solo home run while walking in his other four plate appearances, while Alexis Espinoza and Carmelo Jaime each managed two hits and an RBI.

The GCL Tigers dropped both of their games with the GCL Blue Jays on Friday, falling 1-0 and 5-3. Rayni Guichardo took the loss in the first game as he went the distance, giving up the lone run in the game in six innings of work. He also walked four and struck out eight. The offense meanwhile was no-hit in the shortened seven inning game. The club wasn't kept off the scoreboard in the second game, but they still couldn't manage enough runs to get a win. Edgar Corcino ripped a two run homer while Londell Taylor added a double and a run. Jared Wesson took the loss, giving up three runs in three innings.

Posted by: Wez, 8/15


August 13th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – SYRACUSE 4, TOLEDO 3
59-60, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - NEW BRITAIN 1, ERIE 0
62-54, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – CLEARWATER 6, LAKELAND 2
21-25, 5th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 14, DAYTON 2
27-20, 2nd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - GM1: ONEONTA 10, STATE COLLEGE 1
GM2: STATE COLLEGE 10, ONEONTA 2

28-23, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - PPD: RAIN
19-24, 5th in North Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - DSL TIGERS 10, DSL PADRES 9
32-30, 5th in DSL B.C. B.C.

Rookie VSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
24-44, 7th in VSL

Toledo's run of being a .500 baseball team lasted just one game for now as the Hens fell to Syracuse 4-3 to fall back to a game under. Jeremy Bonderman took the loss, already his third decision with the Mud Hens, giving up a run in 1 1/3 innings. Bonderman also walked one and struck out two, relieving Josh Rainwater, who gave up three runs in four innings as the starter. Wilkin Ramirez belted a two run homer for the Hens, while Jeff Frazier drove in the club's other run. Will Rhymes also had a pair of hits from the top of the order.

The SeaWolves lost a 1-0 12 inning heartbreaker to New Britain on Thursday evening. The 'Wolves pitching staff was outstanding, starting with Jon Kibler, who gave up five hits and no runs with seven strikeouts in six innings of work. Jason Waddell, making his Erie debut, tossed two shutout innings, while Brett Jensen pitched three scoreless innings of well, including four strikeouts. The loss would go to Zach Simons, who gave up the winning run in the 12th inning. Brennan Boesch, Casper Wells and Danny Worth all each had two hits.

The Flying Tigers were kept off the scoreboard for the first seven innings, and by the time the offense kicked it into gear, they were already down six runs without much time to come back. Mark Sorensen struggled as the starter, giving up six runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings of work. Chad Linder and Nolan Cain didn't allow a hit in relief, but the damage had already been done. Devin Thomas and Hernan Perez each drove in a run, while Jeramy Laster and Maiko Loyola each had two hits.

After struggling on the road, the Whitecaps bats came to play on Thursday as they hammered Dayton 14-2. Gustavo Nunez led the way, going 4-for-5 with three runs scored and five RBI, including a grand slam and a solo shot later in the game. Ben Guez also had three RBI including a two run shot. Billy Nowlin also chipped in with two hits and two RBI. The offensive support was more than enough for Luke Putkonen, who gave up two runs on nine hits in seven innings of work for his seventh win.

Oneonta split its doubleheader with State College on Thursday night as they lost control of first place in the Stedler division. Oneonta won the first game easily 10-1, but lost the second game just as easily 10-2. In the first game, Wade Gaynor and Matthew Mansilla homered as Luis Angel Sanz picked up an easy win. Sanz went the distance, giving up a run in seven innings, his lone blemish a solo homer in the second inning. Beyond the long balls, Rawley Bishop drove in three runs while Keith Hernandez added a pair of RBI. Cory Hamilton struggled and didn't get much help from his defense in the second game defeat. Hamilton recorded just oen out, giving up six runs (three earned) before exiting. Kevan Hess and Nathan Newman also allowed two runs each in relief. Carmelo Jaime went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, while Bishop drove in the team's other run.

And the DSL Tigers continued their climb up the standings as they picked up a 10-9 win over the DSL Padres on Thursday, but only after withstanding a late push that saw two runs scored in the ninth with the tying run at the plate. Edgar De La Rosa took a no decision as the starter, giving up six runs (three earned) in 2 2/3 innings. Victor Dionisio got the win, tossing two shutout innings of relief with four strikeouts. Vladimir Ortiz got his 11th save despite giving up a pair of runs in the ninth and making things interesting. Raynolds Guzman belted a three run homer to pace the DSL Tigers' offense, while Stephen Moya added a pair of RBI.

Posted by: Wez, 8/14


August 12th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 2, SYRACUSE 1
59-59, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - NEW BRITAIN 4, ERIE 1
62-53, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – GM1: LAKELAND 7, CLEARWATER 1
GM2: CLEARWATER 6, LAKELAND 5

21-24, 5th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - DAYTON 5, WEST MICHIGAN 4 (12)
26-20, 2nd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - PPD: RAIN
27-22, 1st in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - GCL YANKEES 8, GCL TIGERS 2
19-24, 5th in North Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - DSL TIGERS 7, DSL NATIONALS 5
31-30, 6th in DSL B.C. B.C.

Rookie VSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
24-44, 7th in VSL

Toledo is still 8.5 games back of first place in the division, but they've reached the first necessary milestone, getting back to the .500 mark with a 2-1 win over Syracuse. Ruddy Lugo got the win, scattering five hits in seven innings of work. Casey Fien did allow the only run, but got out of the jam in the eighth and was perfect in the ninth to get his 11th save. Mike Hessman brought home both of Toledo's runs with a two run blast in the first inning. Scott Sizemore and Brent Clevlen also had two hits each.

The SeaWolves fell to New Britain 4-1 on Wednesday. Ramon Garcia took the loss but didn't pitch poorly, giving up four runs (just two earned) in six innings of work. Robbie Weinhardt pitched two perfect innings of relief but the Erie offense couldn't get the team back in the game. Cale Iorg had two hits for the club, while Brennan Boesch drove in the team's only run.

Lakeland split a doubleheader with Clearwater on Wednesday, winning the first game that was a completion game from back in July 7-1, but falling in the second 6-5. L.J. Gagnier went the distance, giving up one unearned run on five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. Audy Ciriaco continued his hot second half belting a grand slam, while Jeramy Laster had two hits and three runs scored. Lester Oliveros took the loss in the second game, giving up the go-ahead run in the bottom of the ninth. Trevor Feeney gave up three runs in three innings as the starter, while Andrew Graham gave up two more runs. Brett Jacobson tossed two shutout innings, but Oliveros gave up the winning run. Chris White belted a solo homer, while Jordan Newton had three hits including a two run homer.

The Whitecaps lost an extra innings battle with Dayton on Wednesday, falling 5-4 in 12 innings. Adam Wilk was solid as the starter, giving up a run in five innings of work with four strikeouts, but he'd get a no decision for his efforts. Victor Larez took the loss, giving up two runs in the bottom half of the 12th after Mike Gosse singled home Angel Flores in the top half to take the lead. Avisail Garcia also added two hits and an RBI in the losing effort.

The GCL Tigers fell for the second straight day to the GCL Yankees, losing 8-2 on Wednesday. Gary Perinar took the loss, giving up two runs in 3 1/3 innings despite not allowing a hit. Perinar walked six batters in his work on the mound. Giovany Soto and Marcus Nunez also struggled on the mound, combining to allow six more runs over the final 5 2/3 innings. The team scattered just four hits, with Adolfo Reina driving in the lone run.

The DSL Tigers picked up a 7-5 win over the DSL Nationals as they jumped over the .500 hump and moved into sixth place in the division. Eduardo Gonzalez got the start but went just 1 1/3 innings, giving up all five DSL Nationals' runs. But the bullpen stepped up big time, especially Darlin Duran, who tossed 4 2/3 innings of no-hit baseball, with seven strikeouts. Vladimir Ortiz also picked up his tenth save. Stephen Moya had a a double and two RBI for the club, while Samir Rijo added two hits, a run and an RBI.

Posted by: Wez, 8/13


August 11th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – GM1: SYRACUSE 5, TOLEDO 0
GM2: TOLEDO 3, SYRACUSE 1

58-59, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 5, NEW BRITAIN 3
62-52, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 9, CLEARWATER 3
20-23, 5th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - GREAT LAKES 7, WEST MICHIGAN 4
25-19, t-2nd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - STATE COLLEGE 9, ONEONTA 4
27-22, 1st in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - GCL YANKEES 6, GCL TIGERS 5
19-23, 5th in North Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - DSL TIGERS 3, DSL YANKEES2 1
30-30, 7th in DSL B.C. B.C.

Rookie VSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
24-44, 7th in VSL

The Mud Hens split a doubleheader with Syracuse on Tuesday evening as they got their road trip started. Toledo was shutout in the first game 5-0 with former Tigers' farmhand Andrew Kown getting the win. Nate Bump took the loss, his first as a Hen, giving up all five runs in six innings of work. The offense managed just three singles in the loss. Toledo took the second game though with a strong start from Scot Drucker. Drucker got a no decision, tossing five innings, giving up one unearned run. Clay Rapada earned the win in relief, with Freddy Dolsi earning his sixth save. All three Toledo runs came via the long ball as Brent Clevlen ripped a solo shot early, and Dusty Ryan belted a two run blast in the top of the seventh to take the lead.

The SeaWolves picked up a strong performance from Thad Weber as the club picked up a 5-3 win over New Britain. Weber got his sixth win of the season as he gave up two runs on six hits in 7 2/3 innings of work. Zach Simons picked up the save while recording the final two outs. Brennan Boesch belted a solo home run, while Deik Scram drove in a pair of runs. Max St-Pierre and Santo De Leon each chipped in with two hits and an RBI as well.

Lakeland cruised to a 9-3 win over Clearwater as the club got plenty of run support. Ryan Ketchner got the win, his first, giving up three runs (one earned) in six innings of work. Jeramy Laster drove in four runs for the Flying Tigers, including belting a three run homer. Devin Thomas had a big game as well, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two runs driven in. Audy Ciriaco also went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. The final line goes to Hernan Perez who in his Lakeland debut went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI.

The Whitecaps picked up an 8-4 win over Dayton on Tuesday as they got back in the win column. Anthony Shawler started but got a no decision as he only went four innings. He did however allow just two hits and no runs with six strikeouts. Tyler Conn pitched three shutout innings to get the win. Alden Carrithers and Jordan Lennerton each drove in three runs for the 'Caps, with Carrithers falling a home run shy of the cycle. Gustavo Nunez and Ben Guez also each had a hit and an RBI.

The O-Tigers fell to State College 9-4 as they continue to maintain a very slim lead in the Stedler division. Jose Diaz got the start but Jose Ortega got the loss for the club. Diaz gave up four runs in 4 1/3 innings of work, while Ortega gave up two runs that proved to be the winning runs in his 1 2/3 innings of work. Matthew Mansilla had a double and two RBI, while Wade Gaynor went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Rawley Bishop also had two hits and an RBI.

The GCL Tigers lost their 5-3 lead in the bottom of the ninth as the GCL Yankees scored three runs to take the lead and the game. Melvin Mercedes blew the save, taking his first loss of the season for allowing all three runs in the ninth. Zach Samuels turned in a quality start, giving up three runs in seven innings of work. Jordan Cruz had a pair of RBI for the club, while Elvin Soto went 3-for-4 with an RBI as well.

The DSL Tigers got an early lead on the DSL Yankees, and rained didn't give the Yankees much of a chance to come back as the game was called after six innings with their 3-1 lead holding up for the win. Ariel Medina got the win, giving up a run in four innings of work with seven strikeouts. Javier Azcona had the team's only RBI, while Juaner Aguasvivas had a hit and a run scored.

Posted by: Wez, 8/12


August 10th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – OFF DAY
57-58, t-2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - OFF DAY
61-52, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 3, BREVARD COUNTY 1
19-23, 5th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - GREAT LAKES 7, WEST MICHIGAN 4
25-19, t-2nd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - OFF DAY
27-21, 1st in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - GCL BRAVES 4, GCL TIGERS 1
19-22, t-4th in North Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - NO REPORT
29-30, 7th in DSL B.C. B.C.

Rookie VSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
24-44, 7th in VSL

The Flying Tigers picked up a 3-1 win over Brevard County to get out of the division cellar. Andrew Hess got the start but didn't go long enough to get the win, giving up a run on three hits in four innings. Lester Oliveros got the win for tossing three shutout innings of relief, while Brett Jacobson pitched the final two innings for his sixth save. Audy Ciriaco had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 including a two run blast. Devin Thomas also had a hit and an RBI.

Great Lakes completed their sweep over West Michigan on Monday, taking the game that was completed early 7-4. Casey Crosby got the start but went just three innings, giving up one hit and no runs, walking one and striking out two. Brandon Hamilton came on in relief and took the loss, giving up three runs in 2/3 of an inning. Rob Waite relieved Hamilton, but couldn't stop the bleeding, as he gave up four more runs in the final 3 1/3 innings. Jordan Lennerton and Billy Nowlin each drove in two runs for the 'Caps, while Brent Wyatt had two hits and Gustavo Nunez scored two runs.

The GCL Tigers fell to the GCL Braves 4-1. Ramon Lebron took the loss but pitched pretty well though he battled his control once again. Lebron allowed three hits and two runs in five innings of work, but he also walked five and struck out five. Michael Manus did toss three scoreless innings of relief to finish the game. Elvin Soto went 2-for-4 with a triple in the loss. Julio Rodriguez drove in the team's only run.

Posted by: Wez, 8/11




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