May 23rd Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 8, SYRACUSE 5
25-19, 2nd in West Division
AA Erie SeaWolves - ALTOONA 2, ERIE 1
23-21, 3rd in Western Division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 10, ST. LUCIE 4
25-18, 3rd in North Division
A West Michigan Whitecaps - FORT WAYNE 7, WEST MICHIGAN 6
16-27, t-7th in Eastern Division
R VSL Tigers - OFF DAY
2-3, 6th in VSL
Toledo got a much needed win on Sunday, topping Syracuse 8-5. Enrique Gonzalez got the win, allowing a run on four hits in five innings of work before handing things over to the bullpen. Each of the three relievers that made an appearance gave up a run (Daniel Schlereth, Casey Fien and Jay Sborz) but none lost the lead or ever put the game in jeopardy. At the plate, Ryan Strieby went yard for the second time in as many days, this time belting a three run shot. Carlos Guillen also belted a two run homer, while Jeff Frazier and Casper Wells each managed two hits including a double along with scoring a run.
Despite a strong pitching performance from Andrew Oliver, the SeaWolves losing streak was extended with a 2-1 loss to Altoona. Oliver took the loss, giving up two runs on four hits in 6 2/3 innings of work. Oliver also walked just one and struck out nine. Luis Marte kept Altoona off the scoreboard for the final 2 1/3 innings, but the Erie offense couldn't get them back in the game, as they managed just three hits. Chris White had two of those hits, and also scored the team's only run.
The Flying Tigers inched closer back toward the top of the division with a 10-4 victory over St. Lucie on Sunday. Brayan Villarreal got the win after turning in a quality start, giving up three runs (two earned) in six innings of work with two walks and six strikeouts. Rawley Bishop as has been the case led the way at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double and driving in three runs total. Kody Kaiser and Francisco Martinez each drove in a pair of runs, while Alden Carrithers managed two hits and a walk and scored all three times he reached base.
The Whitecaps lost a seesaw battle on Sunday with Fort Wayne, giving up the winning run in the ninth inning after coming from behind from a four run deficit earlier on in the game. Jade Todd got the start and a no decision, giving up three runs in three innings of work. From there, he handed things over to Nathan Newman, who was the pitcher of record when the 'Caps made their comeback and took a 5-4 lead. But the lead was short lived as Nolan Moody gave up the tying run in the seventh, and then Jose Ortega gave up the go-ahead run in the eighth. The 'Caps tied the game back up in the ninth when Michael Rockett singled home Jamie Johnson, but Ortega gave up a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to seal the deal. Johnson finished the game going 3-for-5, while Luis Palacios drove in a pair of runs. Avisail Garcia and Jordan Lennerton each managed two hits and scored once as well.
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