May 2nd Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - Pawtucket 11, Toledo 2
13-13, 3rd in West Division
It was a day to forget on Monday evening for the Mud Hens as their winning streak was snapped by Pawtucket, falling 11-2. Charlie Furbush had a rough go of it, giving up seven runs (five earned) in just 1 2/3 innings before exiting the game. He also walked three and struck out just one. Chris Oxspring became the bullpen's sacrificial lamb for the evening, giving up four more runs in 4 1/3 innings as the game was well out of reach. Zach Simons and Robbie Weinhardt each tossed a scoreless inning. With Scott Sizemore out of the lineup, the offense lacked punch, with Andy Dirks driving in a run before being pulled. Victor Martinez, on the first day of his rehab assignment, also got a hit, took a walk and drove in a run.
AA Erie Seawolves - Binghamton 5, Erie 2
10-13, 6th in Western Division
The SeaWolves dropped their series opener with Binghamton on Monday as they fell to last place in the division. Luke Putkonent got the start and took the loss, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits in four innings of work. He also battled his control, walking five while striking out just one batter. Cory Hamilton and Rob Waite each allowed a run in relief to complete the scoring. Jamie Johnson had a strong showing, going 3-for-4 with a solo home run, while Francisco Martinez chipped in with two hits including a double, but it wasn't enough for the 'Wolves.
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – Lakeland 3, Brevard County 1
13-12, 3rd in North Division
The Flying Tigers picked up their second straight win over Brevard County on Monday, though it wasn't quite as easy as the runaway win on Sunday. Victor Larez was excellent for the club in the win, going 6 2/3 innings, allowing just one run on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Matt Little gave the team 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, and then handed things over to closer Kenny Faulk, which got interesting. Faulk walked the leadoff man, and then allowed two straight singles to load the bases with nobody out. But he buckled down, got two straight strikeouts, and then got a lazy fly ball to end the threat and secure the win. It was his sixth save of the year. The LFT offense managed only five hits, with just one extra base hit, a double from Wade Gaynor, but were still able to get three runs across the plate. Gustavo Nunez had a hit and an RBI, as did Corey Jones.
A West Michigan Whitecaps - West Michigan 4, Fort Wayne 3 (11)
8-15, t-7th in Eastern division
It took 11 games and then 11 more innings to make it happen, but West Michigan finally ended their losing skid, beating Fort Wayne 4-3 in extra innings on Monday. Holding a 3-2 lead heading into the ninth, it appeared disaster struck again when Bruce Rondon allowed the tying run to score and had the winning run standing on second. But Rondon worked out of the jam and got the final out of the inning to hold the score at three and take the game to extra innings. The Whitecaps then brought the go-ahead run home in unconventional fashion, with Hernan Perez stealing third base on a Nick Castellanos walk, surprising Fort Wayne and forcing an errant throw that allowed Perez to score. Ramon Lebron picked up the win, tossing both extra innings without allowing a single hit. Kevin Eichhorn got the start and allowed two runs on two hits in 4 2/3 innings, he walked five though and struck out only three. Perez had a big game besides scoring the winning run, falling a home run shy of the cycle on his 3-for-5 day. Rob Brantly also had two hits, walked once and drove in a run.
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