Minor League Wrap 4.18.2011

Toledo 13, Columbus 5 (Indians)

The Mud Hens exploded for 16 hits and 13 runs; they lead this one wire to wire to win easily. Only three Mud Hens did NOT have multiple hit nights (Timpner, Diaz, and Sizemore). The golden bat of the night was shared between Clete Thomas (CF) (2-4, 1 HR, 6RBI) and Andy Dirks (LF) (3-5, 2HR, 3RBI). Worth, Thorman, Strieby, Iorg, and Santos all picked up 2 hits each. The other homer of the night came off the bat of Ryan Strieby.

Andy Oliver started and got the win after pitching 6 innings and allowing 4 ER on 6 hits. Ryan Perry made a rehab appearance and threw a 1-2-3 7th with one strikeout. Oxspring closed out the 8th and 9th but had control problems as he walked 3.

Erie 5, Reading 1 (Phillies)

This game was a pitcher’s duel throughout and went into the 9th inning tied at 1. Then, in the top of the 9th, the Sea Wolves scored 4 after an absolute meltdown from Reading including an RBI walk, three errors, and an ejection.

Audy Ciriaco (SS) went 2-4 with a run scored. 4 total Reading errors meant only 2 of the 5 Erie runs came from RBI (1 each for Martinez and Scram).

Jacob Turner started for Erie: 6.2IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K (ERA for the year 1.83). Jared Gayhart (RHP) came on in relief and pitched 1.1 innings without giving up a run to record the win. Chance Ruffin allowed only 1 hit in his one inning of relief to close this one out.

Lakeland 0, Dunedin 4 (Blue Jays)

Lakeland couldn’t get anything going all night and were behind from the 1st through the 9th.

Gustavo Nunez (SS) did manage to put together a good night with the bat: 3-4, 2 2B. The 23 year-old Nunez is hitting .370 on the year with an OBP of .442, 2 HR, 2 RBI, and a SLG % of .630. Erie should be calling his name sometime in May or June.

Drew Smyly (LHP) lost the decision but looked alright in 5 2/3. He allowed 4 runs (3 earned), K’ed 4, walked 2, and allowed 3 hits. Stohr and Samuels combined for a scoreless 3 1/3 innings of relief.

West Michigan 7, Fort Wayne 3 (Padres)

The closest the TinCaps from Fort Wayne got was 3-4 in the top of the 5th before the Whitecaps added one more in the bottom half and 2 more in the 7th. Hernan Perez (SS) and Billy Nowlin (1B) each went   3-4. Nowlin also homered and tallied 4 RBI.

 Robert Brantly (C) went 2-4 with 2 RBI and a run scored. On the season, Brantly is hitting .435/.519/.696 and he’s walked more than he’s struck out (4 BB, 3 K). Brantly is only 22 and has huge upside. I like him to continue his torrid start through the foreseeable future.

Jeff Ferrell (RHP) lasted 5 innings and got the hook after allowing 3 earned on 6 hits. Patrick Cooper (RHP) and Clemente Mendoza (RHP) combined to pitch 4 innings of shutout baseball. Patrick Cooper had an especially good night: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K.

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