Minor League Recaps 7/20

Eugenio Suarez hit a home run for Erie. - USA TODAY Sports

Toledo, Erie, West Michigan and the GCL Tigers all won during yesterday's action. Lakeland was postponed due to rain. Corey Knebel notched his fifth professional save for West Michigan, continuing his impressive start to his career.

Triple-A: Toledo Mud Hens (43-59)

W, 12-3 vs. Buffalo. The Mud Hens scored two or more runs in four different frames. Jordan Lennerton was the only Mud Hen to not drive in a run. Jose Alvarez earned the win by hurling the game’s first six innings.

  • LHP Jose Alvarez (W, 7-4): 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 3 K
  • LF Nick Castellanos: 1-3, 2 R, RBI, BB, SB (4)
  • CF Avisail Garcia: 2-6, R, RBI
  • 1B Jordan Lennerton: 0-5, 1 K
  • 3B Mike Cervenak: 4-5, 2 R, 2B (8), 2 RBI
  • DH Ben Guez: 3-5, 3 R, 2 RBI, SB (6)
  • 2B Kevin Russo: 3-4, 2B (18), 2 RBI, 1 K
  • RF Danny Dorn: 2-5, 2 R, HR (20), RBI, 1 K
Double-A: Erie SeaWolves (50-48)

W, 6-4 vs. Altoona. The SeaWolves fell behind, 2-0, but rallied back to outscore Altoona, 6-2, over the game’s final eight innings. Ryan Robowski earned the win by tossing two scoreless innings from out of the bullpen. Melvin Mercedes then came on to notch his fourth save of the season. Tyler Collins and Eugenio Suarez both homered for Erie.

Low-A: West Michigan Whitecaps (47-51)

W, 5-4 vs. Peoria. West Michigan battled back from an early deficit, and a three-run fourth inning put the Whitecaps ahead for good. Lance Durham hit his tenth home run of the season. Endrys Briceno earned the win for West Michigan and Corey Knebel continued his impressive start to his career by recording his fifth professional save.

  • RHP Endrys Briceno (W, 6-6): 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 5 K
  • RHP Chad Smith (H, 5): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Corey Knebel (S, 5): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K
  • LF Danry Vasquez: 1-5, RBI
  • 1B Jeff Holm: 3-4, RBI
  • CF Connor Harrell: 2-4, R, 2B (9)
  • 3B Jason King: 1-4, BB
  • DH Lance Durham: 1-3, R, HR (10), 2 RBI, BB, 1 K
  • 2B Harold Castro: 0-3, R
  • SS Jared Reaves: 0-4, R, RBI, BB, 1 K
Class-A Short-Season: Connecticut Tigers (12-20)

L, 8-5 vs. State College. Connecticut held a one-run lead heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, but Tanner Bailey yielded a walk-off grand slam. Buck Farmer started for the Tigers and allowed three runs on five hits over three innings. Pat Leyland hit a home run and drove in two RBIs for Connecticut. Ben Verlander, Dominic Ficociello and Brett Harrison also drove in a run apiece.

  • RHP Buck Farmer: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Hunter Scantling: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • CF Austin Schotts: 1-4, R, 1 K, SB (9)
  • RF Ben Verlander: 2-5, RBI, 1 K
  • 2B Dominic Ficociello: 2-5, R, RBI, SB (4)
  • LF Raphael Rhymes: 0-5, 1 K
  • 1B Pat Leyland: 2-4, 2 R, HR (1), 2 RBI
  • SS Curt Powell: 2-5, R, 2B (3)
  • C Chris Taladay: 2-3, BB, 1 K
  • DH Kasey Coffman: 1-5, 2 K
  • 3B Brett Harrison: 2-4, RBI
Rookie: Gulf Coast League Tigers (16-8)

W, 9-4 vs. GCL Pirates. Fernando Perez started for the Tigers and earned the win by logging six innings. The right-hander allowed three runs while striking out five batters. Javier Betancourt and Steven Fuentes homered for the Tigers, while Andrew Allen drove in two runs himself.

  • RHP Fernando Perez (W, 4-1): 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 5 K
  • RHP Daryl Norris (H, 1): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Austin Kubitza: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K
  • CF Rashad Brown: 1-5, R, 1 K
  • 1B Dean Green: 1-3, R, BB
  • C Drew Longley: 0-5, 4 K
  • SS Javier Betancourt: 3-5, 2 R, 2B (5), HR (2), 3 RBI, 1 K
  • 2B Jose Zambrano: 1-3, 2 R, RBI, BB
  • RF Orvin Tovar: 1-3, R, RBI, BB, 1 K
  • LF Adrian Castano: 1-3, R, 2B (1), 2 K
  • DH Andrew Allen: 1-3, 3B (2), 2 RBI, BB, 2 K
  • 3B Steven Fuentes: 1-4, R, HR (1), RBI, 2 K

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