07 April 2012
The Mud Hens only managed five hits, but they also drew eight walks en route to putting up five runs on the board. Audy Ciriaco homered and Omir Santos doubled for the cause. Matt Young used a pair of walks to reach base three times.
Adam Wilk got the opening day start for the Hens. He went five scoreless innings with six strikeouts while allowing only one hit and one walk. Brayan Villarreal was the first pitcher in relief -- he gave Toledo two scoreless innings and three strikeouts (no walks).
Altoona 4, Erie 2 -- AA
The SeaWolves fall to 0-2 as they managed to scratch out only two runs. Michael Rockett was the only multi-hit player; he had a triple and a single. Jamie Johnson drew a pair of walks and scored a run.
Zack Segovia was the starting pitcher for Erie, but he didn't last through five innings after allowing nine hits and three earned runs. Kelvin De La Cruz pitched an inning and a third and struck out three.
Lakeland 4, Tampa 2 -- A+
The Lakeland offense was lead by third baseman Nick Castellanos who ended the night with two doubles and two walks in five plate appearances. Tyler Collins also chipped in three hits, including a double.
Kevin Eichhorn had a nice outing on the mound. He threw six innings with four strikeouts, six hits, one walk, and only one unearned run. Bruce Rondon blew the save in relief (1 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 2 SO, 0 BB, 0 HR), but the offense picked him up and he ended up recording a Valverdian win.
Dayton 3, West Michigan 2 -- A
The Whitecaps could only push across two runs (their first two of the season) in the loss to Dayton. Danry Vasquez reached base in each of his four plate appearances with three singles and a walk. Curt Casali blasted a solo home run in the losing effort.
Thomas Collier went four strong innings in a starting effort. He struck out six, walked on, and only allowed a single (unearned) run to score. Tim Kelley and Michael Torrealba combined for four innings and five strikeouts in relief before Daniel Bennett blew the save and recorded the loss.
Matt Snyder is the editor of The Tigers Den. He can be reached on Twitter @snyder_matthew.