MiLB Recaps: Furbush Dominates for Erie

Each morning, check in for the Minor League Recap Blog. Get all of the results from the games, the latest standings and the daily blog recapping the previous days action. Featured performance: Furbush fanned eleven en route to his first Double-A win.

July 6th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 9, COLUMBUS 4
42-44, 3rd in West Division

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 8, BOWIE 3
34-51, 6th in Western Division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – GAME 1: DUNEDIN 5, LAKELAND 3; GAME 2: DUNEDIN 6, LAKELAND 1
2-9, 6th in North Division

A West Michigan Whitecaps - DAYTON 7, WEST MICHIGAN 3
3-9, t-7th in Eastern Division

SS-A Connecticut Tigers - CONNECTICUT 5, MAHONING VALLEY 4
11-8, 2nd in Stedler Division

R GCL Tigers - GAME 1: YANKEES 7, TIGERS 2; GAME 2: TIGERS 6, YANKEES 1
6-7, 4th in North Division

R DSL Tigers - TIGERS 3, BLUE JAYS 1
11-19, 4th in SPM

R VSL Tigers - CARDINALS 9, TIGERS 4
15-25, 7th in VSL

After a lengthy losing streak, Toledo finally got off the snide with a win against Columbus on Tuesday night. Alfredo Figaro started and allowed just two runs on five hits over six innings, while walking three and striking out five. The win moved his season record to 7-6. Fu-Te Ni and Scot Drucker both allowed a run in their relief appearances, but Josh Rainwater shut the door and preserved the win with one shutout inning. Scott Sizemore led the offense in the leadoff spot, picking up three hits in his return from the disabled list. He scored three times and drove in two. Brent Dlugach also picked up three hits in the contest.

Erie also picked up a win on Tuesday, behind some slugging from Deik Scram and Bryan Pounds. Scram ripped a grand slam in the fourth inning, while Pounds knocked solo shots in the fourth and seventh innings. Rawley Bishop also posted two hits as he tries to get his bat going after the promotion to Double-A. With all that offense, it took a pretty special pitching performance to overshadow the homers, and Charlie Furbush provided just that. Furbush picked up his first Double-A win with seven strong innings, allowing just two runs on four hits, and striking out eleven. Anthony Shawler came on in relief in the eighth inning, allowing just one run and striking out three over the final two frames.

Lakeland dropped both games of a double-header against Dunedin yesterday, as the offense mustered only four runs combined between the two games. Brandon Douglas did his part in game one with three hits and ending just a home run short of the cycle. Jon Kibler gave up four runs in five innings as the starter in game one, walking just one, and striking out four.

Douglas chipped in with three more hits in game two, all singles this time, as the offense posted only one run on eight hits in the contest. Jacob Turner was torched, taking his first loss in High-A, as he yielded six runs on eight hits in just 4 2/3 innings. Mark Sorensen and Jose Ortega combined for 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief, but the offense couldn't get them back in the game.

Former University of Michigan star Ryan LaMarre stole the show in the 'Caps game on Tuesday, as he went 4-for-5 with a double and four runs scored to lead Dayton. Michael Rockett led the West Michigan offense with a two-run home run and a single, scoring both times he reached base. Trevor Feeney gave up five runs on eleven hits in five innings, falling to 7-8 on the year.

Alexander Nunez broke out of the slump he's been in since the NYPL season began, busting out with four hits in five at-bats yesterday, including his first triple of the season. James Robbins also continued to come alive with the bat, tripling and singling, while Ryan Soares homered and singled in the game. Josue Carreno yielded four runs -- two earned -- in five innings, but the real pitching show was put on by Michael Torrealba. Torrealba worked three innings of one-hit relief, recording a whopping eight strikeouts. Logan Hoch earned the win, working into the tenth inning without allowing a run, and striking out three over ten innings.

The Tigers managed just three hits in game one of a double-header against the Yankees in GCL action. The hits were simple singles from Juaner Aguasvivas, Patrick Leyland, and Gilbert Gomez. Jeff Ferrell took the loss for the first time in his professional career, giving up seven runs, five of them unearned, in just 3 2/3 innings. Fernando Celis worked the final 2 1/3 innings of the shortened game, giving up just two hits, and striking out one.

The Tigers turned the tables in game two of the twin bill, with Sean Finefrock returning to the mound after coming out of retirement, to earn the win. Finefrock picked up the win with one scoreless inning of relief. Wilsen Palacios was the starter, and he allowed the Yankees only run on two hits in five innings, with five strikeouts.

A two-run single from outfielder Jesus Alvarado accounted for two of the DSL Tigers three runs on Tuesday, with second baseman Alwin Delgado driving in the other run with a single of his own. A combination of Jorge Medina, Yinio Calderon, Darlyn Duran, and Jose Vasquez made those three runs stand up, as they combined to allow just four hits and strike out five, allowing just one unearned run.

Angel Carreno's strong effort as the starter in the VSL was all for naught, as the bullpen couldn't hold it together. Carreno didn't give up a run in four innings, allowing just four hits and striking out three. Yorfrank Lopez, Luis Rodriguez, and Jose Rodriguez all allowed runs, letting the game slip away. Erick Soto chipped in with two doubles, while Wilfredo Hoyer and Omar Oses each singled twice.

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