Toledo Mud Hens (45-50)
July 16 @ Scranton/WB, L 4-5 (WP: R. Sanchez; LP: C. Fien; SV: J. Albaladejo)
July 17 @ Scranton/WB, W 11-7 (WP: B. Wise; LP: Z. McAllister)
July 18 @ Scranton/WB, L 2-3 (WP: M. Melancon; LP: L. Gagnier; SV: J. Albaladejo)
Jeff Frazier‘s two home runs weren’t enough for a win on July 16 as Casey Fien took the loss in relief. Armando Galarraga pitched the middle three innings without allowing a run. The Mud Hens got plenty of offense a day later when Scott Sizemore, Jeff Frazier, and Ben Guez each had three hits including a Homer and Casper Wells added a home run of his own. L.J Gagnier pitched well in the series finale but took the loss when the offense wasted Jeff Larish‘s four hit day.
Erie SeaWolves (38-57)
July 16 @ Akron, L 1-8 (WP: P. Espino; LP: B. Brown)Recap Box
July 17 @ Akron, L 5-6 (WP: B. Price; LP: Z. Simons; SV: Z. Putnam)Recap Box
July 18 @ Akron, L 2-11 (WP: S. Barnes; LP: T. Weber)
A combination of poor hitting and poor pitching has made for a rough season for the SeaWolves. Charlie Furbush made his worst start since being promoted from Lakeland but avoided a loss with some offensive help from Andy Dirks, Cale Iorg, and Cesar Nicolas. Zach Simons entered for Furbush and allowed the game tying run in the seventh and gave up the game winning run in the eighth to finish off the 6-5 loss.
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Lakeland Flying Tigers (7-15 2nd Half Record)
July 16 vs. Palm Beach, L 0-5 (WP: K. Thomas; LP: B. Villarreal; SV: D. Carpenter)
July 16 vs. Palm Beach, L 1-8 (WP: J. Bradford; LP: M. Sorensen)
July 17 vs. Palm Beach, W 6-2 (WP: A. Wilk; LP: S. Schneider)
July 18 @ Fort Myers, L 0-1 (WP: M. Tarsi; LP: J. Kibler; SV: M. Allen)
The Flying Tigers came up short in a double header with Palm Beach because they managed only seven hits in the two games combined. Bryan Villarreal pitched well enough to win the opener but the offense couldn’t support him. The bats picked up to beat Palm Beach in the final game of the series; Brandon Douglas, Bryan Holaday, and Francisco Martinez each had two hits. Adam Wilk pitched six innings for the win.
West Michigan Whitecaps (7-16 2nd Half Record)
July 16 @ Clinton, L 5-11 (WP: T. Stanton; LP: L. Sanz)
July 17 @ Kane County, L 3-7 (WP: D. Straily; LP: G. Soto; SV: J. Guzman)
July 18 @ Kane County, L 3-4 (WP: B. Schultz; LP: T. Feeney; SV: A. Huttenlocker)
Luis Angel Sanz got beat up by the Clinton Lumber Kings and failed to get out of the first inning. Sanz has pitched well in the New York Penn League but has struggled in this appearances with West Michigan the last two seasons. Wade Gaynor is a name that has appeared in this space a lot lately. He earned it again with a hit and an RBI in each game played between July 16 and 18.
Connecticut Tigers (15-15)
July 16 vs. State College, W 2-1 (WP: P. Cooper; LP: Q. Miller; SV: M. Torrealba)
July 17 @ Hudson Valley, L 2-10 (WP: A. Liberatore; LP: R. Guichardo; SV: R. Dickmann)
July 18 @ Hudson Valley, L 5-9 (WP: K. Kelly; LP: J. Carreno; SV: S. Hiscock)
Two first inning runs from Alexander Nunez and Josh Ashenbrenner were enough for a win over State College thanks to the pitching efforts of Patrick Cooper and Michael Torrealba. An all-around bad pitching performance lead to an ugly opener with Hudson Valley. The second game wasn’t much better after Josue Cerreno allowed six runs in the second inning.
GCL Tigers (12-12)
July 16 @ GCL Yankees, W 3-0 (WP: R. Lebron; LP: J. Arias; SV: B. Rondon)
July 17 vs. GCL Yankees, L 2-3 (WP: J. Quintana; LP: F. Celis)
Ramon Lebron dominated the GCL Yankees over the course of seven shutout innings that included ten strikeouts. Lebron struggled as a member of the Whitecaps earlier in the year but has not allowed a run in his 16 innings in the Gulf Coast League. An unearned run lead to an 11 inning loss on July 17. Dixon Machado and Edwin Gomez had two hits apiece.