Toledo Mud Hens (53-52)
July 26 vs. Buffalo, W 5-1 (WP: S. Drucker; LP: R. Igarashi)
July 27 vs. Pawtucket, L 6-10 (WP: R. Ramirez; LP: C. Furbush)
July 28 vs. Pawtucket, W 8-5 (WP: A. Oliver; LP: R. Coello; SV: J. Sborz)
Justin Henry has hit .483 in his first ten games with the Mud Hens since joining the club after hitting .260 with Erie. Charlie Furbush took his second straight loss to Pawtucket since his promotion. Furbush gave up seven hits, including four home runs, that lead to seven earned runs in his four innings of work. He was followed by Josh Rainwater who put together three solid innings before giving way to two more horrible innings from Fu-Te Ni. Toledo used the longball for their 8-5 over Pawtucket on July 28. Casper Wells went deep in the second inning and Jeff Frazier hit homers in the third and fifth. Andy Oliver wasn’t sharp but picked up the win.
Erie SeaWolves (43-63)
July 26 vs. Altoona, L 2-11 (WP: R. Aguero; LP: B. Brown)
July 27 vs. Altoona, W 2-0 (WP: C. Hamilton; LP: D. Hankins)
July 28 vs. Altoona, L 3-6 (WP: J. Wilson; LP: T. Weber; SV: T. Boleska)
Erie Pitching was cruising along on July 26 until Altoona put up a nine spot in the eighth inning. Starter Brooks Brown and reliever Luis Marte were tagged for all nine. Pitching was on display a day later as a scoreless game entered the bottom of the 13th inning. One swing of the bat from the mighty Cale Iorg sent the Erie fans home happy with a long 2-0 victory. Brayan Villarreal was impressive in his second start since a promotion from Lakeland. Altoona hitters managed just four hits and struck out eight times during Villarreal’s seven and two thirds innings.
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Lakeland Flying Tigers (14-18 2nd Half Record)
July 27 @ Bradenton, L 1-3 (WP: D. Moreno; LP: J. Voss; SV: N. Krol)
July 28 vs. Bradenton, W 7-6 (WP: D. Gentzler; LP: D. Moreno; SV: J. Gayhart)
Gustavo Nunez had two of the Flying Tigers five hits but also committed one of their two errors on July 27. Lakeland got back on the winning track a day later thanks to a six run seventh inning highlighted by Bryan Holaday‘s grand slam. Holaday is off to an impressive start to his professional career with a .377 batting average and seven extra base hits in his first 15 games since leading TCU to the College World Series.
West Michigan Whitecaps (10-21 2nd Half Record)
July 26 vs. Beloit, L 2-8 (WP: M. Munoz; LP: V. Larez)
July 28 @ Lake County, W 16-14 (WP: J. Pratt; LP: R. Morris)
July 28 was a tough night to be a pitcher, at least the Whitecaps hurlers had a victory to celebrate at the end of the night. Tony Plagman and Rob Brantly had three hits a piece while Jamie Johnson, Jeff Rowland, Wade Gaynor, and Clay Jones each drove in a pair of runs. Jordan Pratt was credited with the win; he was the only pitcher on either side to not surrender a run.
Connecticut Tigers (20-17)
July 26 @ Lowell, W 3-2 (WP: J. Carreno; LP: T. Wilson; SV: L. Hoch)
July 28 @ Staten Island, L 0-1 (WP: M. O’Brien; LP: B. Smith; SV: C. Whitley)
Connecticut pitchers combined to walk nine batters in a 3-2 win over Lowell. A home run in the top of the ninth inning from Ryan Enos was the difference in the game. Brennan Smith threw a complete game and allowed only one run but took the loss when four Staten Island pitchers combined for a shutout.
GCL Tigers (15-18)
July 26 vs. GCL Braves, L 0-2 (WP: D. Jurik; LP: S. Crnkovich; SV: N. Russ)
July 27 @ GCL Braves, W 6-4 (WP: K. Ryan; LP: W. Perez; SV: B. Rondon)
July 28 vs. GCL Yankees, L 1-8 (WP: B. Gerritse; LP: J. Barfield)
A pair of doubles off the bat of Edwin Gomez was about as good as it got for the GCL Tigers in their 2-0 to the Braves. He tripled and drove in two the next day to help the Tigers beat the Braves. Bruce Rondon struck out two to get the save and lower his ERA to 1.32. The GCL Yankees took advantage of Jeff Barfield, Ramon Lebron, and Ariel Medina on July 28 but Patrick Leyland and Steven Moya managed two hits apiece.