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Minor League Recaps 7/4

Toledo, Connecticut and the GCL Tigers all won during yesterday's action. Lakeland did not play due to rain. Continuing his rehab assignment, Matt Tuiasosopo went 1-4 with a double. Jose Valverde also made his first appearance for Toledo after being designated for assignment. Valverde pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Mud Hens. Hernan Perez had a big day for Erie, as he went 3-6 with two doubles and a stolen base.

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Triple-A: Toledo Mud Hens (36-53)

W, 7-0 vs. Columbus. Ramon Garcia pitched six scoreless innings in the start for Toledo. The lefty allowed just two hits, while striking out seven batters. Continuing his rehab assignment, Matt Tuiasosopo went 1-4 with a double. Mike Cervenak had a big night and drove in three runs. Jose Valverde pitched a scoreless ninth inning to secure the win for the Mud Hens.

  • LHP Ramon Garcia (W, 3-7): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 2 BB, 7 K
  • LHP Blaine Hardy: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Jose Valverde: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
  • LF Matt Tuiasosopo (second rehab game): 1-4, R, 2B, 2 K
  • DH Nick Castellanos: 0-5, 1 K
  • 1B Jordan Lennerton: 0-2, R, 2 BB, 2 K
  • C Bryan Holaday: 3-4, 3 R
  • CF Ben Guez: 2-3, 2B (12), RBI, 2 BB, 1 K
Double-A: Erie SeaWolves (43-41)

L, 15-7 vs. Altoona. Patrick Cooper was roughed up in the start for Erie, as he gave up six runs. Will Startup then entered the game and conceded five runs. Altoona used an eight-run sixth inning to break the game wide open. Mike Hernandez hit a home run in the losing effort. Hernan Perez was also a bright spot in the loss, as he went 3-6 with two doubles and also stole a base.

  • SS Eugenio Suarez: 1-6, R, 3B (3), RBI, 1 K
  • 2B Hernan Perez: 3-6, R, 2 2B (28), RBI, 1 K, SB (22)
  • DH James McCann: 1-2, BB
  • RF Tyler Collins: 1-4, 2B (17), RBI
  • C Ramon Cabrera: 2-3, R, 2B (10), RBI, 2 BB
  • LF Mike Hernandez: 2-5, R, HR (1), 2 RBI
Low-A: West Michigan Whitecaps (39-46)

L, 7-5 vs. Great Lakes. West Michigan trailed 7-2 in the eighth inning, and Jake Stewart’s three-run home run wasn’t enough to propel a comeback. West Michigan’s bottom four in the lineup combined seven hits, as Jason King, Jake Stewart and Curt Powell all had multi-hit games. Corey Knebel tossed his sixth consecutive scoreless inning to begin his career.

  • RHP Corey Knebel: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Guido Knudson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Angel Nesbitt: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
  • LF Danry Vasquez: 0-3, R, 2 BB, SB (9)
  • 1B Jeff Holm: 1-5, RBI
  • CF Connor Harrell: 1-5, R, 3 K
  • 2B Harold Castro: 0-5, 2 K
  • 3B Jason King: 2-2, 2 R, HR (5), RBI, 2 BB
  • RF Jake Stewart: 2-3, R, 2B (5), HR (8), 3 RBI, BB, 1 K
  • SS Curt Powell: 2-4, 1 K, SB (1)
Class-A Short-Season: Connecticut Tigers (5-12)

W, 4-3 vs. Vermont. Vermont’s relief pitcher, Derek Hansen, threw away the ballgame for the Lake Monsters. A Hansen wild pitch plated Duncan McAlpine to knot the game at three apiece in the bottom of the eighth inning. And after Austin Schotts led off the bottom of the ninth with a double, Hansen fielded a sacrifice bunt and threw the ball away on the attempted throw to first base. Schotts came home on the play to give the Tigers a walk-off win.

  • RHP Tanner Bailey: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Andrew Harrison: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K
  • RHP Johnnie Kirkland (W, 2-0): 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
  • CF Austin Schotts: 1-3, 2 R, 2B (4), B
  • LF Raphael Rhymes: 0-1, R, 3 BB, SB (1)
  • SS Javier Azcona: 1-3, RBI, 1 K
  • 2B Dominic Ficociello: 1-4, 1 K
  • RF Kasey Coffman: 0-4, 2 K
  • 3B Brett Harrison: 2-4, 1 K
  • 1B Pat Leyland: 2-3, BB, 1 K
Rookie: Gulf Coast League Tigers (5-2)

W, 11-5 vs. GCL Pirates. Dixon Machado played his second game as apart of his rehab assignment and went 1-4 with an RBI. The Tigers used a six-run fifth inning to take the lead for good. Jose Zambrano, Samuel Crafort and Orvin Tovar all drove in three runs for the Tigers. Pittsburgh’s first-round selection in this year’s draft, Reese McGuire, made his pro debut and went 4-5 with two doubles and three RBI.

  • RHP Confesor Lara: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Brett Huber (W, 1-0): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Juan Falcon (H, 1): 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
  • SS Dixon Machado: 1-4, R, RBI, 3 K
  • CF Samuel Crafort: 3-5, 2 R, HR (2), 3 RBI, 1 K
  • C Franklin Navarro: 1-4, 2 R
  • 2B Jose Zambrano: 2-4, R, 2B (1), 3 RBI
  • 3B Javier Betancourt: 2-4, R, RBI
  • RF Orvin Tovar: 2-4, R, HR (1), 3 RBI, BB, 1 K