MiLB Recap Blog: Strieby Bombs Way to Win

Strieby belted a pair of homers Sunday

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August 23rd Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 6, LOUISVILLE 3
67-62, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 8, AKRON 1
66-59, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – GM1: TAMPA 3, LAKELAND 1
GM2: TAMPA 10, LAKELAND 3

22-31, 6th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps -WEST MICHIGAN 3, DAYTON 0
32-24, t-2nd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - LOWELL 12, ONEONTA 2
32-27, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - GCL TIGERS 4, GCL YANKEES 3
25-28, 5th in North Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
37-31, 4th in DSL B.C. B.C.

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

The Mud Hens picked up yet another victory as they moved within four games of the wildcard lead with their 6-3 win over Louisville. Ruddy Lugo got the win, giving up three runs in seven innings, while Jeremy Bonderman earned the save, giving up just one hit while striking out three in the final two innings of work. Brent Dlugach had three hits including two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI to help pace the Hens, while Jeff Frazier had two doubles, two runs and an RBI. Scott Sizemore also added a pair of hits and an RBI.

The SeaWolves cruised to another easy victory over Akron on Sunday, winning 8-1. The 'Wolves got off to a quick start with six runs in the first inning, and Akron could never recover. Ryan Strieby, Casper Wells and Santo De Leon all hit homers in that big first inning to help get things going, while Strieby added another homer in the third. Strieby drove in five runs total for the game. It was plenty of run support for Ramon Garcia, who tossed 5 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball for the win.

The Flying Tigers dropped both games of their doubleheader with the Tampa Yankees, falling 3-1 and 10-3. Ryan Ketchner took the loss in the first game, giving up three runs (two earned) in six innings of work. The offense managed seven hits, but only one extra base hit - a double from Luis Grullon. The second game the offense turned it up a little bit, but Trevor Feeney was hit hard as the starter, giving up five runs in two innings before exiting, and the bullpen couldn't slow down the Yankees, with Miguel Mejia and Gary Perinar combining to allow five more runs in three innings. Hernan Perez had two hits, while Maiko Loyola drove in a run.

There's nothing like a strong pitching performance to slow a losing skid, and that's just what the Whitecaps got from their staff on Sunday, with three pitchers combining to toss a shutout. Adam Wilk got a no decision as the starter, striking out five in 4 2/3 innings. Erik Crichton got the win for his relief work, while Tyler Conn earned his fourth save for pitching the final two innings. Billy Nowlin, Jordan Lennerton and Avisail Garcia each drove in a run, with Garcia's being his first home run as a Whitecap.

Oneonta fell to Lowell again on Sunday in what is a key series for the O-Tigers. Jose Diaz started and took the loss, giving up four runs without ever recording an out. Kevan Hess came on in relief and struggled as well, giving up five more runs in three innings. Wade Kapetyn also allowed three runs in three innings of work. Carmelo Jaime had two hits, including a triple, and an RBI.

Posted by: Wez, 8/24


August 22nd Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 16, COLUMBUS 2
66-62, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 16, AKRON 0
65-59, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – TAMPA 7, LAKELAND 2
22-29, 5th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - DAYTON 7, WEST MICHIGAN 5
31-24, 3rd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - LOWELL 5, ONEONTA 2
32-26, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - GCL TIGERS 4, GCL YANKEES 3
25-28, 5th in North Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - END OF SEASON
37-31, 4th in DSL B.C. B.C.

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

Toledo got home runs from Mike Hessman, Wilkin Ramirez, Don Kelly and Jeff Frazier. Hessman and Frazier each drove in four. Eddie Bonine gave up a run in seven innings for the win.

For the recap of the SeaWolves game, go to Nick's article on Thad Weber's no hitter here: WeberTosses No-Hitter for 'Wolves

Andrew Hess took the loss for Lakeland as they fell 7-2 to Tampa. Hess allowed seven runs on 13 hits in 5 2/3 innings of work. Justin Henry had a pair of doubles for the club.

Anthony Shawler was hit hard for the Whitecaps as they fell 7-5 to Dayton. Shawler gave up seven runs in 2 2/3 innings. Ben Guez had a solo home run, and Luis Salas added two RBI.

Oneonta fell to Lowell 5-2 with Jose Siso taking the loss. Siso gave up two runs in 3 2/3 innings. Rawley Bishop and John Murrian each had a double and an RBI.

Juan Samuels turned in a strong start in the GCL Tigers' 4-3 win over the GCL Yankees, but Austin Wood got the win in relief. Samuels gave up one earned run in 5 1/3 innings. Patrick McKenna drove in two runs for the club.

Posted by: Wez, 8/23


August 21st Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 4, COLUMBUS 1
65-62, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - AKRON 4, ERIE 1
64-59, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – PPD: RAIN
22-28, 5th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - DAYTON 5, WEST MICHIGAN 3
31-23, 2nd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - ONEONTA 3, WILLIAMSPORT 2
32-25, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - GCL TIGERS 4, GCL BRAVES 0
24-28, 5th in North Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - DSL TIGERS 7, DSL PADRES 4
37-31, 4th in DSL B.C. B.C.

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

Another game against Columbus, and another win for Toledo as the Hens triumphed 4-1. Nate Bump was outstanding again, going 7 2/3 innings, giving up four hits and one unearned run with three strikeouts. Casey Fien recorded the final four outs with a pair of strikeouts for his 13th save. Mike Hessman went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI, while Dane Sardinha added a double and an RBI.

Jonah Nickerson took the loss for Erie as the 'Wolves fell to Akron 4-1. Nickerson didn't have a poor outing though, turning in a quality start by allowing three runs in 6 1/3 innings. The offense scattered just six hits, with the lone run coming via a solo shot from Michael Bertram.

West Michigan fell again on Friday evening to Dayton, this time dropping the game 5-3. Brayan Villarreal took the loss, giving up five runs in five innings of work - he did have seven strikeouts and no walks however. Brandon Hamilton, who has been working out of the bullpen, also had two scoreless innings of relief. Brent Wyatt had two hits and two RBI, while Jordan Lennerton added a solo blast.

Like the big league club, the O-Tigers picked up a 3-2 win on Friday, with Oneonta topping Williamsport. Clemente Mendoza got a no decision as the starter, giving up two runs in 6 1/3 innings of work. The game remained tied for nearly three innings until the bottom of the eighth, when Rawley Bishop singled home Michael Rockett, who had led off the inning with a triple. Jose Ortega got the win in relief, while Kenny Faulk pitched the ninth for his ninth save. John Murrian and Carmelo Jaime each also drove in a run.

The GCL Tigers topped the GCL Braves again as they left the Braves alone in the cellar of the North division with their 4-0 shutout win. Ramon Lebron was outstanding as the starter, tossing eight shutout innings, scattering five hits, while striking out ten batters. Melvin Mercedes pitched the ninth to secure the win. Brett Anderson had three singles and an RBI for the club, while James Robbins is now 2-for-2 in home runs for games, belting a solo shot in his second game with the team.

The DSL Tigers brought their season to an end on Friday with a 7-4 triumph over the DSL Padres. Yadiel Polanco got the start but a no decision for the club, giving up a run in five innings. The DSL Tigers offense didn't turn it on until late, putting up five runs in the seventh to take lead, earning the win for Jose Valdez, who tossed two innings of relief, giving up a run with three strikeouts. Vladimir Ortiz closed things out with a scoreless ninth for his 12th save. Ivan Espinoza had a triple and a pair of RBI, while Samir Rijo added two hits and an RBI.

Posted by: Wez, 8/22


August 20th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 10, COLUMBUS 1
64-62, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 2, TRENTON 0
64-58, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – TAMPA 4, LAKELAND 3
22-28, 5th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - DAYTON 5, WEST MICHIGAN 4
31-22, 2nd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - ONEONTA 8, WILLIAMSPORT 5
31-25, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - GCL TIGERS 8, GCL BRAVES 7 (13)
23-28, t-5th in North Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - DSL TIGERS 9, DSL REDS 4
36-31, 4th in DSL B.C. B.C.

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

If Toledo can keep playing all of its games against Columbus, they'll be back in the division race in no time after their 10-1 win over Columbus on Thursday. Nate Robertson picked up his first rehab win, giving up a run on five hits in five innings. Jeremy Bonderman also had a promising outing, tossing two scoreless innings of relief. Dusty Ryan had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI. Don Kelly also had three hits including a solo blast. Brent Dlugach and Brent Clevlen also each drove in two runs.

Erie shut out Trenton 2-0 on Thursday. Jared Gayhart was outstanding as the starter to earn the win, giving up just one hit and one walk while striking out six in five innings of work. Cody Satterwhite pitched almost as well, giving up a hit in three innings, and Brett Jensen pitched the ninth for his 12th save. It wasn't much, but Deik Scram and Brennan Boesch each drove in a run to give the 'Wolves enough room to earn the win.

The Flying Tigers battled back from an early deficit to tie the game at three in the ninth, only to see Tampa win it in the bottom half on a walk-off in Lakeland's 4-3 defeat. Charlie Furbush had a short outing, giving up three runs on four hits in three innings of work. Chad Linder would allow the go-ahead run in the ninth to take the loss. Max Leon had three hits for the club, including a pair of doubles, while Devin Thomas and Adrian Casanova each drove in a run.

Despite out-hitting Dayton ten to six, the Whitecaps came up short in the stat that mattered, falling to Dayton 5-4. The loss wasted a great start from Luke Putkonen, who tossed 7 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball. He also struck out five. Unfortunately, Tyler Stohr couldn't keep the bats quiet in the ninth, as he blew just his third save of the season and took the loss to fall to 3-4. Billy Nowlin and Ben Guez drove the offense, with Nowlin managing three hits including a solo home run and driving in two, and Guez adding three hits as well, including a pair of doubles.

Oneonta picked up another win over Williamsport but still remains in a first place tie in the division battle with Lowell in the Stedler. Nate Newman had a short start, giving up three rusn in two innings before exiting. Cory Hamilton got the win in relief, giving up a run in his four innings of work. Six O-Tigers managed multi-hit games and five drove in runs, so it was certainly a team effort at the plate. Carmelo Jaime likely shined the most though, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, including a solo home run.

It was a 13 inning battle on the back fields in Lakeland, but the GCL Tigers triumphed 8-7 in 13 innings. Jared Wesson got roughed up as the starter, giving up five runs in 2 1/3 innings. Nolan Moody earned the win in relief, tossing four shutout innings. Francisco Martinez had two hits and two RBI for the club including the game winning sacrifice fly, while James Robbins went 3-for-6 including a three run bomb for the club.

It's a shame that the Dominican Summer League is winding down when it is, because the DSL Tigers are red hot after topping the DSL Reds 9-4. Edgar De La Rosa got the start and a no decision, giving up two runs in five innings of work. Eduardo Gonzalez got the win in relief for tossing one inning, while Wilsen Palacios picked up his first save for pitching the final two innings. Santo Heredia ripped a three run homer for the club, while Juaner Aguasvivas also drove in three runs.

Posted by: Wez, 8/21


August 19th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 7, COLUMBUS 6
63-62, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - GM1: TRENTON 7, ERIE 6
GM2: TRENTON 2, ERIE 1

63-58, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 10, CLEARWATER 7
22-27, 5th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - OFF DAY
31-21, 2nd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - ONEONTA 2, WILLIAMSPORT 0
30-25, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - GCL TIGERS 6, GCL PHILLIES 3
22-28, 6th in North Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - GM1: DSL TIGERS 4, DSL INDIANS 0
GM2: DSL TIGERS 5, DSL INDIANS 0

35-31, 7th in DSL B.C. B.C.

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

Toledo used a two-run eighth inning to reclaim the lead and hold on for another victory over Columbus. Down 6-5 heading into the inning, Dane Sardinha singled and was brought home by a two-run blast by Scott Sizemore. Sizemore had a huge game, going 3-for-5 with three runs scored, two doubles, the homer and three total RBI. The shot was good enough to earn the win for Freddy Dolsi, who initially lost the lead in the bottom of the seventh, but got the win. Dontrelle Willis started, pitching just 1 1/3 innings, allowing a run. Brooks Brown came on in relief and gave up three runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Erie took a pair of losses on Wednesday, falling 7-6 in the completion of the suspended game from Tuesday, and then falling 2-1 in the regularly scheduled game. The first game lasted into ten innings, with Jason Waddell allowing the game winning run. Ramon Garcia struggled as the starter, giving up six runs on ten hits in three innings of work. Robbie Weinhardt and Brendan Wise each tossed three innings of shutout relief. Max St-Pierre ripped a solo home run and drove in three total. Jon Kibler got the start and the loss, giving up two runs in 5 1/3 innings. Michael Bertram drove in the only run for the club.

Lakeland put up ten runs on Wednesday evening as they picked up a 10-7 win over Clearwater. Mark Sorensen struggled a bit as the starter, giving up five runs on 12 hits in 4 1/3 innings. Trevor Feeney got the win in relief, giving up a run in 3 2/3 innings. Devin Thomas and Chris White each hit long balls, with Thomas driving in four total runs.

Oneonta returned to action against Williamsport and returned to first place with a 2-0 win. Luis Angel Sanz was outstanding, tossing a four-hit shutout to pick up his fifth win of the year. Sanz walked three and struck out nine. Oneonta managed just four hits as well, but Jamie Johnson and Michael Rockett each were able to cross the plate to get enough run support for the win.

The GCL Tigers topped the GCL Phillies again on Wednesday with a 6-3 win. Rayni Guichardo got the win with a quality start, giving up three runs in six innings of work. Richard Zumaya tossed two innings of relief with Melvin Mercedes picking up his 13th save. Alexander Nunez went 2-for-4 with two runs and two run blast, while Chao-Ting Tang added two RBI as well.

The DSL Tigers picked up a pair of shutout wins on Wednesday over the DSL Indians as they improved to fourth place in the division. Andujar Cruz got the win in the first game, tossing five shutout innings. Meanwhile the offense scored four runs despite managing a single RBI. Nelson Pierre scored twice for the team. Emmanuel Del Orbe also tossed five shutout innings, giving up just three hits as he picked up his fifth win. Darlin Duran tossed the final two innings without allowing a hit or a walk with four strikeouts. Raul Leiva and Samir Rijo each had two hits and an RBI.

Posted by: Wez, 8/20


August 18th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 8, COLUMBUS 7
62-62, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - SSPD: RAIN
63-56, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – CLEARWATER 4, LAKELAND 1
21-27, 5th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 9, SOUTH BEND 2
31-21, 2nd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - OFF DAY
29-25, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - GCL TIGERS 7, GCL PHILLIES 4
21-28, 6th in North Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - PPD: RAIN
33-31, 7th in DSL B.C. B.C.

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

On the backs of another win over Columbus, Toledo got back to .500. Columbus jumped on Toledo early, putting up seven runs in three-plus innings off of Scot Drucker before the bullpen took over, shutting out Columbus over the final six innings. Zach Simons earned the win in relief, while Casey Fien picked up his 12th save. Mike Hessman belted a two run homer to total three RBI, with Scott Sizemore adding two hits and two RBI, while Brent Clevlen hit a sacrifice fly that scored Jeff Larish for the go-ahead run.

Another night, but a similar story in Clearwater on Tuesday night as the Flying Tigers got on the board first, but the lead was short lived as Clearwater scored three runs in the bottom half of the first and held Lakeland scoreless for the rest of the game. L.J. Gagnier got the loss, giving up all four runs in seven innings of work. Audy Ciriaco and Jordan Newton each had two hits, while Devin Thomas drove in the team's only run.

The Whitecaps hot hitting continued as they cruised to a 9-2 victory. Casey Crosby was of course outstanding once again, giving up just three hits and no runs in five innings of work. Brandon Hamilton and Tyler Stohr each pitched a scoreless inning of relief, while Tyler Conn gave up both runs. Seven Whitecap players drove in at least one run, with Brent Wyatt and Jordan Lennerton driving in two apiece.

The GCL Tigers put together a big lead early, and then hung on for a 7-4 win. Giovany Soto was strong again as the starter, picking up the win. Soto gave up four hits and no runs in five innings. Brett Anderson and Elvin Soto each drove in two runs for the club.

Posted by: Wez, 8/19


August 17th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 8, COLUMBUS 4
61-62, 3rd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - OFF DAY
63-56, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – CLEARWATER 5, LAKELAND 1
21-26, 5th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 8, SOUTH BEND 3
30-21, 2nd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - OFF DAY
29-25, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - GCL PIRATES 3, GCL TIGERS 2 (10)
20-28, 6th in North Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - DSL TIGERS 12, DSL ORIOLES 1
33-31, 7th in DSL B.C. B.C.

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

The Mud Hens got four home runs on Monday as they cruised to an 8-4 win over Columbus. Mike Hessman, Wilkin Ramirez, Jeff Frazier and Dane Sardinha all went yard for the club, including Frazier belting a grand slam. The four homers produced all eight runs. Ruddy Lugo got the start and the win, giving up three runs in six innings. Jeremy Bonderman tossed a scoreless inning of relief, while Freddy Dolsi got the save for recording the final out.

The Flying Tigers fell to Clearwater 5-1 as the Threshers jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Ryan Ketchner took the loss, giving up all five Clearwater runs (four earned) in 6 1/3 innings of work. Justin Henry, Audy Ciriaco and Josh Workman each had a pair of hits for the club in the losing effort, with Henry scoring the lone run.

The Whitecaps triumphed over South Bend again on Monday, winning 8-3. Adam Wilk got the win as he continued his hot start as a member of the Tigers' organization, giving up one run in 6 2/3 innings of work. Alden Carrithers, Ben Guez and Mike Gosse each had two hits and drove in two runs for the club.

The GCL Tigers dropped a close 3-2 battle with the GCL Pirates on Monday afternoon. Zach Samuels pitched well as the starter, giving up two runs in 6 2/3 innings and exited with a 2-1 lead, but Robert Diaz allowed the inherited runner to score to tie the game at two, and Nolan Moody allowed the go-ahead run to score in the tenth. Jordan Cruz and Luis Castillo each drove in a run, while Francisco Martinez had a three hit day.

The DSL Tigers cruised to a 12-1 win over the DSL Orioles in a game that lasted less than six innings before being called. Ariel Medina got the win, giving up a run in five innings of work. Stephen Moya and Juaner Aguasvivas each drove in three runs for the club, while Raul Leiva and Ivan Espinoza each drove in a pair.

Posted by: Mark, 8/18


August 16th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 7, LOUISVILLE 2
60-62, 3rd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 6, CONNECTICUT 5
63-56, 3rd in Southern Division

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

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 7, SOUTH BEND 5
29-21, 2nd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - BROOKLYN 2, ONEONTA 1
29-25, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - OFF DAY 5
20-27, 6th in North Division

Rookie DSL Tigers - OFF DAY
32-31, 7th in DSL B.C. B.C.

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

Nate Bump led the way for Toledo with seven very strong innings of seven-hit, one-run ball, all while not walking a batter and striking out five. Casey Fien struck out and amazing five Bats hitters in just two innings of work, though he did allow a run. Wilkin Ramirez ripped his 15th home run in the seventh inning of the contest; his only hit of the game. Scott Sizemore drove in two runs on a double, while also walking twice. Donnie Kelly and Dusty Ryan each picked up two hits, and Brent Clevlen singled twice and doubled once in five trips to the plate.

Down 3-0 after three innings, the Erie Seawolves made a fantastic comeback to keep themselves in the playoff chase. Brennan Boesch, Deik Scram, and Santo De Leon all picked up two hits each, with De Leon driving in four runs. Ryan Strieby continued his hot hitting since returning from the DL, ripping yet another double and walking twice. Thad Weber was roughed up for five runs (three earned) on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. Kris Regas, Cody Satterwhite, Brett Jensen, and newcomer Jason Waddell combined for 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief with two walks and four strikeouts.

As has been the case many times this summer, Billy Nowlin led the 'Caps offense to another win. His second home run of the game (11th of the season) was a huge part of a five-run sixth inning. Michael Gosse also picked up three hits on the day, while Brent Wyatt collected two. Anthony Shawler -- having recently moved to the rotation -- was fantastic in seven innings of work. Over his time on the hill, he allowed only four hits, two walks, and two runs, while striking out five.

For the second night in a row, Oneonta was in the midst of a pitchers duel with Brooklyn, picking up only four hits in the contest. Both Jamie Johnson and John Murrian doubled, with Murrian driving in the team's only run. Michael Rockett and Rawley Bishop were the only other two O-Tigers to pick up hits. Jose Diaz was the tough luck loser, falling to 0-1 since moving up to Oneonta, after working five innings with only two runs allowed and five punch outs. Michael Torrealba and Nathan Newman combined for three innings of no-hit ball with one walk and three strikeouts.

Posted by: Mark, 8/17


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