Farm Teams Get in the Win Column (4/7 Recaps)

After a depressing opening day in which all four Tiger farm teams came up on the losing end, both the 'Hens and the L-Tigers got into the win column with victories on Friday. Unfortunately, Erie's bullpen couldn't hang onto a lead, meanwhile the Whitecaps couldn't get their game in due to wet field conditions.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 1-1, tied 2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens picked up their first victory of the season last night with a 3-1 win over visiting Charlotte to take the second game in their four game series with the Knights. Charlotte (1-1) scored early as Ryan Sweeny's first inning single drove home Josh Owen to put the Knights up 1-0. Toledo's Ryan Ludwick answered with a two-run blast in the bottom half of the first inning off Knights starter Nik Lubisich (0-1) and that was all the Mud Hens (1-1) needed, nursing a 2-1 lead through four innings, adding an insurance run in the fifth inning when David Espinosa stole home. Lefthander Alex Herrera (1-0) earned the win, replacing starter Zach Miner after four innings. Middle reliever Tony Fiore tossed two no-hit innings before reliever Mark Woodyard came on in the ninth to secure to win, earning his first save of the season. Game three of the series continues this evening in Toledo beginning at 7:00 p.m.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 0-2, tied 5th in Southern division
For the second time in two nights, the SeaWovles gave up a big lead late in the game, losing to the Harrisburg Senators 7-5. Erie Starter Humberto Sanchez struck out eight batters while holding the Senators scoreless for five innings. The SeaWolves jumped on top early with five runs in the first three innings, including homeruns by Kurt Airoso and Kelly Hunt. The tables turned later on, however, as Harisburg scored four runs in the sixth, five in the seventh, and 2 in the eighth. Beltran Perez recorded the win for the Senators, while Eulogio De La Cruz picked up his second loss of the young season. The series finishes up in Harisburg on Saturday, at 6:05 pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 1-1, tied 2nd in West division
Lakeland notched it's first win Friday night defeating the Tampa Yankees 2-1. For the second night in a row the starting pitching was good as Cristhian Martinez pitched 5 shutout innings for the win. The Tigers took an early lead when Clete Thomas knocked in Gilberto Mejia in the top of the 1st. The Tigers took the lead for good when Jeff Larish led off the 6th inning with his first homerun of the season. Kevin Whelan got the save in the 9th by striking out all three batters. Lakeland plays at home Saturday night at 7:00pm against the Tampa Yankees.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 0-1, 4th in East division
Tonight's game between the Fort Wayne Wizards and West Michigan Whitecaps has been postponed due to wet field conditions. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday, June 15th.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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