Minor League Notebook: 8/11

Save Lakeland and Oneonta, and the Tiger organization had a great day on Wednesday. Toledo finally ended their 0-for-August losing streak with a rain-shortened win, and Erie and West Michigan also continued their solid play. This includes an excellent start from a pitching prospect that might just find his way up at the big league level next month.

AAA Toledo 60-59, 2nd place in West division
It took 11 days and a game shortened by rain, but the Mudhens finally got a win in August. Toledo beat Charlotte 4-0 in a 6-inning weather-shortened game. Pat Ahearne got the win, his 9th, pitching all 6 innings with just 2 hits and no runs allowed. Chad Alexander went 3-for-3 with 2 runs and a Home Run, while Mike DiFelice also chipped in with a solo Home Run.

AA Erie 63-52, 2nd place in Southern division
The Seawolves were victorious as well on Wednesday, beating Reading 5-1. Kenny Baugh pitched 7 shutout innings for the Seawolves, scattering 7 hits and striking out 6 batters. David Espinosa, trying to break out of a slump lately, was moved to the lower part of the order and did well, going 2-for-4. 1B Juan Tejada went 1-for-3 with 2 RBI, while Curtis Granderson had a triple, an RBI and 2 runs.

High-A Lakeland 16-30, 6th place in West division
The L-Tigers continued their losing ways, losing both games of a doubleheader to Dunedin on Wednesday. Lakeland has now lost 4 straight and 8 of its last 9. In the first game, Corey Hamman took the loss but pitched well, allowing 3 runs while pitching all 7 innings. The offensive support just wasn't there though, as the offense managed just 1 run. Jody Roughton and Brent Clevlen did chip in 2 hits. In the 2nd game, Andy Baldwin put the team in a huge hole, one in which they weren't able to dig out of. Baldwin gave up 7 runs in 2 1/3 innings of work in their 11-4 loss. Mike Kobow also gave up 4 runs in relief. One bright spot was Brian Hensen, who pitched 2 2/3 innings of shutout baseball. At the plate, Chris Maples went 2-for-4 with 2 doubles, while Brent Clevlen went 2-for-2 with a pair of runs. Alex Trezza also drove in 2 runs hitting 9th.

Low-A West Michigan 24-22, 3rd place in Eastern division
The Whitecaps continue to roll, their latest triumph being an 8-1 win over Fort Wayne on Wednesday. West Michigan has now won 5 straight and 10 of its last 11. Chris Steinborn got the win, giving up a run in 6 innings of work. Steinborn also struck out 6 and walked 1. At the plate, Kelly Hunt had a big game, going 2-for-4 with 4 RBI. Juan Francia and Luis Sabino each had 3 hits at the top of the order, while Kody Kirkland had a solo Home Run (his 9th of the year).

SS-A Oneonta 25-26, 2nd place in Stedler division
The O-Tigers lost another one on Wednesday, falling to Tri-City 10-2. Josh Kauten took the loss, his 3rd of the year, giving up 6 runs in 3 1/3 innings. Collin Mahoney again struggled as well, allowing 3 runs in 2 innings of work. He did strike out 2 batters however, and walk just 1, so it wasn't all bad. Robert Tulk and Brent Dlugach each had solo Home Runs for Oneonta, which provided all of their scoring for the game.

Rookie GCL Tigers 21-24, 3rd place in Northern division
The GCL Tigers also won on Wednesday, beating the GCL Braves 7-2. Lucas French and Philip Wilkins combined to pitch 8 innings with 2 earned runs and 13 strikeouts between the two. Wilkins got the win. At the plate, the top of the lineup led the way, as Nate McIntyre, Vince Berry, Jordan Foster, and Michael Kropf each had 2 hits. McIntyre and Berry each had 2 RBI, and Foster had 3 RBI.

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