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August 30th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – INDIANAPOLIS 6, TOLEDO 3
68-67, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 7, ALTOONA 6
68-64, t-3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – DUNEDIN 1, LAKELAND 0
23-36, 6th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - GM1: FORT WAYNE 3, WEST MICHIGAN 1
GM2: WEST MICHIGAN 4, FORT WAYNE 0

36-27, 3rd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - HUDSON VALLEY 8, ONEONTA 1
33-33, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - OFF DAY
29-29, 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

Dontrelle Willis had a rough outing as Toledo fell to Indianapolis 6-3 on Sunday. Willis made it four innings, allowing five runs on three hits, but his control was off, as he walked eight batters. Toledo made a late little push, but not enough to get back in the game. Don Kelly and Wilkin Ramirez each had two hits and an RBI for the Hens in the loss.

The SeaWolves squeaked out a 7-6 win in 12 innings over Altoona in an attempt to keep their playoff hopes alive. Jared Gayhart got a no decision as the starter, giving up four runs in four innings of work. Gayhart also struggled with his control, walking six. Alfredo Figaro was outstanding in relief, tossing four innings of shutout, two-hit ball, but Robbie Weinhardt blew his first save as a member of Erie's bullpen, giving up two runs in the ninth to force extra innings. With the bases loaded in the 12th, Michael Bertram worked a walk that scored Chris White for the winning run. Casper Wells belted a solo home run in the win, also walking three times, while Bertram had a home run and three RBI total.

The Flying Tigers got some excellent pitching, but couldn't manage a run to equal Dunedin as Lakeland fell 1-0. Andrew Hess took the loss despite a very strong start, allowing one unearned run in six innings of work. The Flying Tigers scattered just four singles, two from Josh Workman. Hess and Miguel Mejia allowed just two hits total, with both coming in the sixth inning when the lone run got into scoring position with the help of a Joe Tucker error.

The Whitecaps split a doubleheader on Sunday after being rained out on Saturday evening, falling to Fort Wayne in the first game 3-1, but taking the second 4-0. Victor Larez got the start in place of Luke Putkonen and took the loss, giving up one unearned in four innings of work. Alden Carrithers drove in Billy Nowlin for the team's only run. The Whitecaps got some excellent pitching in the second game though, with Rob Waite tossing four shutout innings as the starter, and Tyler Conn tossing the final three to pick up the win. Gustavo Nunez had two hits including a solo homer, while Luis Salas drove in a pair of runs for the club.

Hudson Valley jumped on Oneonta early and cruised to an 8-1 win over the O-Tigers. Luis Angel Sanz took the loss, giving up five runs in four innings of work. Mike LaLuna and Kevan Hess also allowed runs in relief. The offense meanwhile managed just two hits, with Alexis Espinoza scoring the club's lone run on Keith Hernandez's sacrifice fly.

Posted by: Wez, 8/31


August 29th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – INDIANAPOLIS 12, TOLEDO 0
68-66, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ALTOONA 6, ERIE 3
67-64, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – DUNEDIN 4, LAKELAND 3
23-35, 6th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - PPD: RAIN
35-26, 2nd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - BROOKLYN 5, ONEONTA 0
33-32, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - GCL TIGERS 4, GCL PHILLIES 0
29-29, 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 had a rough go of it on Saturday, getting hammered by Indianapolis 12-0. Ruddy Lugo took the loss, giving up five runs in four innings of work before turning things over to Matt Rusch, who didn't fare any better. Rusch gave up five more runs in two innings of work, and the route was complete. The Hens offense managed just three hits, including a double from Brent Dlugach.

Erie's late season tumble continued on Saturday night as Altoona topped the SeaWolves 6-3. Jon Kibler took the loss, giving up six runs in 7 1/3 innings of work. Kibler also walked four and struck out four. Andy Dirks had two hits and an RBI for the club in the loss, while Brennan Boesch also drove in a run.

The Flying Tigers dropped a close battle with Dunedin, losing 4-3. Trevor Feeney pitched well as the starter, giving up two runs (one earned) in five innings of work, but it was Matt Hoffman who would take the loss in relief for allowing two more runs to cross the plate. Hernan Perez and Joe Tucker each had two hits and an RBI in the losing effort.

The O-Tigers were shut out at the hands of Brooklyn on Saturday night, falling 5-0. Jose Diaz took the loss, giving up four runs in five innings of work. The offense meanwhile scattered five hits, including two each from Wade Gaynor and John Murrian, but couldn't get any run support for the club's pitching staff. The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was cancelled due to rain.

The GCL Tigers reached the .500 mark on Saturday with a 4-0 shutout victory over the GCL Phillies. Giovany Soto was excellent again as he improved to 4-0 for the season, tossing seven innings of shutout ball, allowing just four hits while striking out four. Robert Diaz and Michael Manus each tossed a shutout inning to preserve the game. Chao-Ting Tang had two hits, a run and an RBI for the team, while James Robbins, Francisco Martinez and Julio Rodriguez each drove in a run as well.

Posted by: Wez, 8/30


August 28th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 7, INDIANAPOLIS 6
68-65, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ALTOONA 9, ERIE 6
67-63, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – DUNEDIN 3, LAKELAND 2
23-34, 6th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 8, FORT WAYNE 5
35-26, 2nd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - PPD: RAIN
33-31, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - GCL TIGERS 3, GCL PIRATES 0
28-29, 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 made a late comeback push to claim a one run lead in the seventh and hold on for a 7-6 victory. Eddie Bonine got a no decision as the starter, giving up all six Indianapolis runs (five earned) in five innings of work. Zach Simons got the win, while Jeremy Bonderman pitched an inning for a hold, and Casey Fien was perfect in the ninth to pick up his 14th save. Mike Hessman had three hits and two RBI, while Will Rhymes had two hits, two runs, and two stolen bases.

Home runs from Brennan Boesch and Deik Scram weren't enough to lift the SeaWolves to victory as they fell to Altoona 9-6. Ramon Garcia got the start, giving up five runs in 4 2/3 innings but Brendan Wise took the loss, giving up two more runs in 1 1/3 innings. Beyond the solo blasts from Boesch and Scram, Santo De Leon added two doubles, a run and an RBI.

The Flying Tigers dropped a one run game to Dunedin, falling 3-2 on Friday evening. Ryan Ketchner got the start and took the loss but turned in a quality start, allowing three runs in six innings of work. Austin Wood also pitched two scoreless innings of relief, but Lakeland just couldn't get enough run support at the plate. Jeramy Laster drove in both runs via a two run blast in the fourth inning, but the Flying Tigers couldn't get much going beyond that.

The Whitecaps picked up an 8-5 victory over Fort Wayne on Friday evening with six different players driving in a run. Adam Wilk got the start and a no decision, giving up a run in 4 2/3 innings of work. Erik Crichton got the win to improve to 6-0 for tossing two innings of relief. The top three (Gustavo Nunez, Alden Carrithers and Ben Guez) in the order led the way for the offense, combining for eight hits, five runs and four RBI. Mike Gosse also drove in two runs.

With two games left on the schedule for the GCL Tigers, the club is now just one game under .500 and has the chance to earn its first winning season since 2006. They have that shot after a 3-0 shutout win over the GCL Pirates. Juan Samuels got the win, tossing seven shutout innings, with Nolan Moody pitching an inning for the hold, and Melvin Mercedes pitching the ninth to get his 16th save. Elvin Soto led the way at the plate, belting a solo home run and driving in two runs total to go with his three hits. James Robbins also added three hits and an RBI.

Posted by: Wez, 8/29


August 27th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – INDIANAPOLIS 5, TOLEDO 3
67-65, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 9, READING 6 (13)
67-62, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – DAYTONA 8, LAKELAND 5
23-33, 6th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - LANSING 3, WEST MICHIGAN 1
34-26, 2nd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - BROOKLYN 4, ONEONTA 1
33-31, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - GCL PIRATES 3, GCL TIGERS 2
27-29, 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 made a nice run, but their playoffs hope are fading away just as quickly as they came from nowhere to make a statement that they were still in the race. Toledo fell to Indianapolis 5-3 when the bullpen just couldn't hold a lead for the club. Nate Bump turned in another quality start, giving up two runs (one earned) in six innings of work, but both Clay Rapada and Freddy Dolsi gave up runs in relief to lose leads, with Dolsi taking the loss. Scott Sizemore ripped two doubles for the club, while Don Kelly added two hits and an RBI.

The SeaWolves got back into the win column on Thursday, but it took 13 innings to get there before Erie posted three runs in the top half of the 13th. Thad Weber got the start but made it just 2 1/3 innings this time around, giving up two runs. Jason Waddell would get the win in relief for tossing three scoreless innings, while Robbie Weinhardt picked up the save for pitching the bottom half of the 13th. Andy Dirks provided the go-ahead run support, ripping a two run double and then scoring on a wild pitch. Michael Bertram also added two hits and three RBI, while Brennan Boesch had two hits, scored two runs and drove in one more.

Lakeland fell to Daytona on Thursday evening 8-5. Charlie Furbush had a rough go of it on the mound as he took the loss, giving up seven runs (though just four earned) in five innings of work. Audy Ciriaco and Jeramy Laster each belted two run homers to lead the offense.

The Whitecaps fell to Lansing again, though it wasn't in walk-off style. Instead, Lansing scored the go-ahead runs in the bottom of the eighth and then held on in the ninth to secure the 3-1 win. The loss wasted a strong start from Anthony Shawler, who gave up one unearned run on four hits in six innings of work. Brandon Hamilton would take the loss for allowing the go-ahead runs, though one scored with Tyler Stohr on the mound. Billy Nowlin drove in the team's only run.

The O-Tigers made a comeback push in the ninth, but fell just short as they lost to Brooklyn 4-3. Carmelo Jaime doubled to score Jimmy Gulliver in the ninth, but Chris Sedon struck out with Jaime in scoring position to end the game. Jose Siso got a no decision as the starter, giving up a run on six hits in six innings. Wade Kapteyn took the loss, giving up a pair of runs in an inning of relief. Wade Gaynor also had two hits and a solo home run for the club.

The GCL Tigers fell to the GCL Pirates 3-2 on Thursday. Jared Wesson got the start and took the loss, giving up three runs in four innings of work. Ramon Lebron held the GCL Pirates to just one hit in the final four innings, but the offense couldn't get the team back. Chao-Ting Tang and Edwin Gomez each drove in a run for the club.

Posted by: Wez, 8/28


August 26th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – CCLD: RAIN
67-64, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - READING 6, ERIE 4
66-62, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 7, DAYTONA 1
23-32, 6th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 8, LANSING 3
34-25, 2nd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - STATEN ISLAND 1, ONEONTA 0
33-30, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - CCLD: RAIN
27-28, 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 SeaWolves fell again to Reading on Wednesday, losing 6-4. Jonah Nickerson took the loss, giving up six runs on ten hits in five innings of work for the loss. Robbie Weinhardt and Brett Jensen held the Phillies scoreless over the final three innings, but Toledo couldn't mount a comeback, especially when facing Brett Myers on a rehab appearance. Myers struck out five in his two innings, walking one. Casper Wells had two hits and two RBI for the club, while Deik Scram added a solo home run.

The Flying Tigers battled Daytona for eight innings on Wednesday, until they blew the game wide open with a four-run ninth inning to win going away 7-1. Mark Sorensen was excellent on the mound as he earned his first win as a Flying Tiger. Sorensen allowed just three hits and one unearned run. Lester Oliveros pitched the final two innings for the save. Audy Ciriaco went 4-for-5 with a run and an RBI, while Hernan Perez added two hits and an RBI.

The Whitecaps reclaimed sole possession of second place with an 8-3 win over Lansing. Brayan Villarreal picked up the win, giving up three runs in five innings of work. Villarreal also struck out eight. Victor Larez pitched the final four innings, allowing just one hit and no runs, to pick up his third save. Gustavo Nunez and Ronnie Bourquin each drove in a pair of runs.

Oneonta lost a low scoring battle, falling 1-0 to Staten Island. The O-Tigers gave up a run in the bottom of the first, and though the pitching staff shut down the Yankees for the rest of the game, the offense could never get anything going, managing just one hit, a single from Alexis Espinoza. Clemente Mendoza took the loss but pitched well, giving up the one run in seven innings of work. Jose Ortega also pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Posted by: Wez, 8/27


August 25th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – LOUISVILLE 3, TOLEDO 2
67-63, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - READING 8, ERIE 5
66-61, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – DAYTONA 6, LAKELAND 4
22-32, 6th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - LANSING 4, WEST MICHIGAN 3
33-25, t-2nd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - STATEN ISLAND 4, ONEONTA 1
33-29, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - GCL TIGERS 1, GCL BLUE JAYS 0
27-28, t-4th 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 dropped their second straight on Tuesday, falling to Louisville 3-2. Nate Robertson got a no decision as the starter and was excellent, tossing 6 2/3 innings of shutout baseball, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out nine. Jeremy Bonderman would take the loss in relief, giving up a pair of runs in his inning of work. Wilkin Ramirez had two hits, a stolen base and a run scored for the club, while Don Kelly had a hit and an RBI.

The SeaWolves led almost the entire game, and sported a 5-3 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth, but a five run inning for Reading changed all of that, and the SeaWolves fell 8-5. Jared Gayhart was solid as the starter, giving up a run on four hits in four innings of work. Jason Waddell took the loss, giving up four runs in 1 1/3 innings of work. Michael Bertram led the way at the plate, falling a single short of the cycle with three runs scored and three RBI. Casper Wells also had three hits including a pair of doubles and two RBI.

The Flying Tigers fell to Daytona 6-4 on Tuesday evening, with L.J. Gagnier taking the loss. Gagnier gave up four runs (three earned) in five innings of work. Austin Wood did toss 1 1/3 innings of perfect relief in his Lakeland debut. Devin Thomas had two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI, while Jeramy Laster also had two doubles and an RBI.

The West Michigan Whitecaps scored a run in the top half of the ninth to tie their game with Lansing at three, only to see Lansing with a walk-off hit to win the game 4-3 in the bottom half of the ninth. Luke Putkonen was excellent as the starter, giving the team six shutout innings, allowing four hits and two walks with eight strikeouts. Jade Todd would take the loss for allowing the winning run on base, but it was Erik Crichton that gave up the hit that scored the run. Billy Nowlin went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, and Luis Salas also added a solo shot.

The O-Tigers fell to Staten Island again on Tuesday, this time losing 4-1. Nate Newman started and got a no decision, tossing four scoreless innings. Michael Morrison would take the loss in relief, giving up three runs to Staten Island. Jamie Johnson had a double and an RBI in the losing effort.

The GCL Tigers tossed their second straight shutout on Tuesday, picking up a 1-0 win over the GCL Blue Jays. Rayni Guichardo tossed six shutout innings to get the win, with Nolan Moody and Melvin Mercedes pitching the final three innings to secure the win, with Mercedes getting his 15th save. Luis Castillo drove in Brett Anderson for the team's only run, but it was enough for a win.

Posted by: Wez, 8/26


August 24th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – LOUISVILLE 5, TOLEDO 0
67-63, 2nd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - AKRON 3, ERIE 1
66-60, 3rd in Southern Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – OFF DAY
22-31, 6th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps -WEST MICHIGAN 5, LANSING 4
33-24, t-2nd in Eastern Division

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - GM1: ONEONTA 7, STATEN ISLAND 6 (11)
GM2: STATEN ISLAND 2, ONEONTA 1

33-28, 2nd in Stedler Division

Rookie GCL Tigers - GCL TIGERS 10, GCL YANKEES 0
26-28, 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

Louisville snapped Toledo's impressive eight game winning streak with a 5-0 win over the Hens. Brooks Brown took the loss, giving up three runs in three innings of work. Scot Drucker gave up two runs (one earned) in four innings of relief, but Toledo's offense couldn't get the team back into the game. The team managed just four hits, with Scott Sizemore ripping a double for the only extra base hit.

Akron topped Erie 3-1 on Monday. Jon Kibler was strong as the starter, tossing six shutout innings for the 'Wolves, allowing just one hit and exiting with a 1-0 lead. But Cody Satterwhite couldn't hold the lead in his return, giving up three runs to take the loss. Deik Scram had a pair of hits for the club, while Casper Wells drove in the team's only run.

The Whitecaps squeaked out a 5-4 win over Lansing. Rob Waite turned in another strong start, with six shutout innings of his own, but Brandon Hamilton couldn't hold the lead, giving up three runs in his inning of relief. But the 'Caps came back and ended up earning Hamilton the win. Tyler Stohr pitched the final two innings to pick up his 18th save. Jordan Lennerton had two hits and two RBI, while Joe Bowen added two hits and an RBI.

The O-Tiger split two games on Monday, taking the first game which was a completion of a suspended game from a couple weeks ago, and then falling in the second game 2-1. Mike LaLuna got the win in relief in the first game, as he pitched the final two innings. Jose Siso had gotten the start, giving up four runs in five innings. Alexis Espinoza had three hits, including two doubles, and a pair of RBI for the club, while Carmelo Jaime also drove in two. Luis Angel Sanz started and got a no decision for giving up a run in five innings. Cory Hamilton took the loss in relief for giving up the go-ahead run. The offense scattered just four hits.

The GCL Tigers crushed the GCL Yankees on Monday, cruising to a 10-0 victory. Giovany Soto led the way on the mound, tossing five shutout innings. Marcos Nunez pitched the final four innings for the save. Chao-Ting Tang ripped a home run and had three RBI total, while Luis Castillo and Londell Taylor each drove in two runs.

Posted by: Wez, 8/24