Minor League Recaps 7/12

Nick Castellanos homered for Toledo. - US PRESSWIRE

Lakeland, West Michigan and Connecticut all won during yesterday's action, while the GCL Tigers split their doubleheader with the GCL Braves. Nick Castellanos homered for Toledo while Corey Knebel earned his first win as a pro for West Michigan.

Triple-A: Toledo Mud Hens (39-58)

L, 2-1 vs. Columbus. Brayan Villarreal surrendered the game-winning run during the bottom of the eighth inning. Nick Castellanos had a big night in the loss and accounted for Toledo’s lone run, as he hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. Daisuke Matsuzaka started for the Clippers and threw seven innings of one-run ball.

  • LHP Kyle Lobstein: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 5 K
  • RHP Brayan Villarreal (36 pitches, 22 strikes): 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K
  • LF Nick Castellanos: 2-4, R, 2B (29), HR (12), RBI, 2 K
  • CF Avisail Garcia: 0-4, 3 K
  • 1B Jordan Lennerton: 0-4, 2 K
  • C Bryan Holaday: 0-4
Double-A: Erie SeaWolves (46-44)

L, 2-0 vs. Harrisburg. Starter Victor Larez took the loss for Erie, as the right-hander allowed two runs on nine hits over five innings while striking out four batters and not issuing a walk. Jamie Johnson, Eugenio Suarez, Tyler Collins and Brandon Douglas were the only four SeaWolves to notch a hit in the shutout loss.

  • RHP Kelvin Perez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Will Clinard: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Melvin Mercedes: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
  • CF Daniel Fields: 0-4
  • SS Eugenio Suarez: 1-4, 1 K
  • LF Tyler Collins: 2-4
  • C James McCann: 0-3
  • DH Ramon Cabrera: 0-3, BB
  • RF Jamie Johnson: 2-4
Advanced-A: Lakeland Flying Tigers (38-49)

W, 5-0 vs. Fort Myers. Starter Wilsen Palacios earned the win for Lakeland by pitching six shutout innings. Steven Moya recorded a double and a triple en route to knocking in three runs for the Flying Tigers and Aaron Westlake had two hits following his promotion from the Gulf Coast League. Minnesota’s first-round selection in last year’s draft, Byron Buxton, was 1-3 with a walk and a strikeout.

  • RHP Wilsen Palacios (W, 5-6): 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 5 K
  • LHP Joe Rogers: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Brennan Smith: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
  • SS Dixon Machado: 0-5
  • 3B Francisco Martinez: 2-5, R, 2 K
  • 1B Aaron Westlake: 2-4, R, BB, 1 K
  • 2B Devon Travis: 1-4, R, 2B (3), BB, 1 K
  • RF Steven Moya: 3-4, 2 R, 2B (10), 3B (4), 3 RBI, 1 K
  • LF Jason Krizan: 1-5, 2B (13)
  • C Luis Alberto Sanz: 2-3, RBI, BB
Low-A: West Michigan Whitecaps (43-48)

W, 3-2 vs. Clinton. West Michigan won in walk-off fashion, as Jeff Holm delivered a base hit to centerfield that plated Jared Reaves. Corey Knebel, who pitched a scoreless inning prior to the walk-off, earned his first professional win. Edgar De La Rosa started for the Whitecaps and allowed two runs on six hits.

  • RHP Edgar De La Rosa: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Guido Knudson: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Corey Knebel (W, 1-0): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K
  • LF Danry Vasquez: 1-3, R, 3B (5), 2 BB
  • 1B Jeff Holm: 1-4, RBI, BB
  • CF Connor Harrell: 1-4, 2B (7), RBI
  • 2B Harold Castro: 0-3
  • 3B Jason King: 0-3, R, BB, 1 K
  • DH Lance Durham: 1-4, 2B (25)
  • RF Jake Stewart: 0-3, BB
  • SS David Gonzalez: 1-5, RBI, 1 K
  • PH Jared Reaves: 1-1, R
Class-A Short-Season: Connecticut Tigers (10-15)

W, 2-1 vs. Williamsport. Dominic Ficociello’s two-run sixth-inning home run provided all of the offense that Connecticut needed. Chase Edwards starting for the Tigers and tossed four scoreless innings. Austin Pritcher earned the save by pitching the game’s final 2 1/3 frames.

  • RHP Chase Edwards: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K
  • LHP Joe Flattery (W, 1-0): 2.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Austin Pritcher (S, 1): 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
  • RF Ben Verlander: 2-4, 2B (6), 1 K
  • CF Austin Schotts: 0-2, 1 K
  • DH Raphael Rhymes: 0-3, R, BB
  • 2B Dominic Ficociello: 1-4, R, HR (2), 2 RBI, 1 K
  • C Chris Taladay: 0-3, 1 K
  • 1B Pat Leyland: 0-3
  • SS Javier Azcona: 1-3, 2B (9), 2 K
  • LF Kasey Coffman: 1-4, 1 K, SB (2)
Rookie: Gulf Coast League Tigers (11-3)

The Tigers split a doubleheader with the GCL Braves.

Game One: L, 7-6

  • LHP Preston Jamison: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
  • RHP Austin Kubitza: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Ricardo Ciriaco (L, 0-1): 0.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K
  • CF Rashad Brown: 2-3
  • C Tim Remes: 1-4, 1 K
  • SS Javier Betancourt: 0-3, RBI
  • RF Samuel Crafort: 0-4, 1 K
  • 2B Jose Zambrano: 1-2, 2 R, HR (2), 5 RBI
  • LF Orvin Tovar: 1-3, R
  • 3B Steven Fuentes: 1-2, R, BB
  • 1B Jesus Ustariz: 1-3, R, BB, 1 K

Game Two: W, 5-1

  • RHP Micah Kellogg: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Juan Falcon (W, 1-0): 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K
  • RHP Andrew Harrison (S, 1): 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • CF Ismael Salgado: 2-3, R, BB, 1 K
  • SS Aaron Sayers: 2-4, R, 2 RBI
  • C Drew Longley: 1-3, RBI, 1 K
  • RF Miguel Paulino: 1-4, 1 K
  • 3B Steven Fuentes: 2-3, 2 R, 2B (2)
  • 1B Andrew Allen: 2-3, R, 3B (1), RBI, BB
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