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Minor League Recaps 7/2

Toledo, Erie and West Michigan all won during yesterday's action, while Connecticut was swept in their doubleheader with Lowell. The GCL Tigers were postponed due to rain and Lakeland had the day off. Detroit's first selection in last year's amateur draft, Jake Thompson, pitched 5 innings and allowed one earned run for West Michigan.

Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE
Triple-A: Toledo Mud Hens (35-52)

W, 5-2 vs. Lehigh Valley. The Mud Hens scored four runs in the first inning to take control of the contest. The four-run first was highlighted by a Jordan Lennerton double that scored Ben Guez and Nick Castellanos. Kyle Lobstein earned the win and Jose Ortega notched the save by striking out the side in the ninth inning.

  • LHP Kyle Lobstein (W, 1-1): 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Evan Reed (H, 4): 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Jose Ortega (S, 2): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
  • LF Nick Castellanos: 0-4, R, RBI, BB
  • 1B Jordan Lennerton: 3-5, R, 2 2B (12), 2 RBI
  • RF Ben Guez: 2-5, R, 2 K
  • DH Danny Dorn: 2-3, R, 2 BB, SB (4)
  • CF Kevin Russo: 3-4, RBI
Double-A: Erie SeaWolves (43-39)

W, 2-1 vs. Harrisburg. Jon Link pitched a complete game five-hitter to pick up the win for Erie. The game-winning run was plated in the eighth inning when a fielder’s choice off the bat of James McCann scored Hernan Perez to make the score 2-1.

  • RHP Jon Link (W, 1-1): 9 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K
  • SS Eugenio Suarez: 0-4, 3 K
  • 2B Hernan Perez: 2-4, 2 R, 2B (25)
  • C James McCann: 0-4, RBI, 1 K
  • RF Tyler Collins: 1-4
  • CF Jamie Johnson: 0-4, 2 K
Low-A: West Michigan Whitecaps (39-44)

W, 4-3 vs. Great Lakes. Detroit’s first selection in the 2012 amateur draft, Jake Thompson, started for the Whitecaps and pitched five innings. The right-hander allowed four hits, two runs (one unearned) and struck out three batters while walking just one. Harold Castro hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning to give West Michigan the lead, and Corey Knebel notched the save while striking out two in the bottom half of the inning.

  • RHP Jake Thompson: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Corey Knebel (S, 2): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • LF Danry Vasquez: 0-3, BB
  • 1B Jeff Holm: 1-3, RBI
  • CF Connor Harrell: 0-4, 2 K
  • 2B Harold Castro: 2-4, 2 R, HR (1), RBI, 1 K
  • RF Zach Kirksey: 2-3, R, BB
Class-A Short-Season: Connecticut Tigers (4-11)

The Tigers lost both games in their doubleheader against Lowell. Connecticut had just three hits in the first contest and lost the second in walk-off fashion. Only seven innings were played in both ballgames. Ben Verlander and Austin Schotts were a combined 0-9 on the day.

Game One:

  • RHP Buck Farmer (L, 0-1): 2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Austin Pritcher: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Ryan Beck: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • DH Ben Verlander: 0-3, 1 K
  • LF Raphael Rhymes: 0-2, BB
  • 1B Pat Leyland: 0-3, 1 K
  • RF Tyler Gibson: 0-3, 1 K
  • SS Javier Azcona: 0-3, K
  • 2B Dominic Ficociello: 0-3

Game Two:

  • LHP Joe Mantiply: 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Nick Carmichael (L, 0-2): 3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • CF Austin Schotts: 0-3
  • RF Ben Verlander: 0-3, R
  • 2B Dominic Ficociello: 1-3, R, 2B (4)
  • LF Raphael Rhymes: 2-3, 3B (1), RBI