Whitecaps Get Lone Win (4/8 Recaps)

After having Friday's game postponed due to wet field conditions, the Whitecaps were finally able to get in the win column on Saturday on the back of a strong start from Ramon Garcia and solid hitting from a number of players. Unfortunately, the rest of the organization came up short, as the three teams lost by a combined four runs. (Photo courtesy of Wendy Smith)

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 1-2, 3rd in West division
Pitching was again the story as the Toledo Mud Hens (1-2) lost a heartbreaker in ten innings to the visiting Charlotte Knights (2-1) last night1-0. Josh Field scored the go-ahead run from third base in the top of the tenth inning on a Pedro Lopez infield ground out to give the Knights a 1-0 lead, which is all they needed with the Mud Hens failing to score in their half of the tenth. Mud Hens starter Chad Durbin held the Knights scoreless through six solid innings, striking out five and only giving up 2 hits. John Ennis and Corey Hamman supplied middle relief keeping the Knights off the scoreboard, before reliever Steve Green (0-1), who takes the loss, came on in the tenth inning, giving up a pair a walks and a hit, allowing the Knights to score the go ahead run. Charlie Haeger started for the Knights and was exceptional striking out six Mud Hen batters and allowing only one hit through seven innings. Javier Lopez, Sean Tracey and Chad Bentz (1-0), who picks up the victory, all combined in middle and late relief to keep the Mud Hens (1-2) scoreless through nine innings, before Jeff Farnsworth came on in the bottom of the tenth inning to seal the victory for the Knights, picking up his first save on the season. The two teams will play the fourth and final game of their series this afternoon at 5/3 Field in Toledo beginning at 2:00p.m.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 0-3, tied 5th in Southern division
Despite a solid performance from starter Virgil Vasquez, the SeaWolves were unable to pull out a win over Harrisburg, losing 3-1 Saturday evening. Vasquez, who picked up his first loss of the season, gave up only three hits and one run in six innings. The only form of offense for Erie was an RBI single in the eighth by Brent Clevlen, scoring centerfielder Vincent Blue. Three Senator pitchers combined to give up only one run and six hits. Erie left seven runners on base, as opposed to Harisburg stranding only two. The SeaWolves conclude their opening series with the Senators Sunday afternoon, at 1:05 pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 1-2, tied 4th in West division
Lakeland lost their second home game in as many tries tonight to Tampa 8-7. Kevin Ardoin struggled in his 5 1/3 innings giving up 7 hits, 4 earned runs, and 2 home runs. Ed Clelland got the loss after giving up 3 runs in just 1/3 of an inning. The L-Tigers offense awoke though with a 4th inning homer by Wilkin Ramirez. Victor Mendez was 2-4 with 2 doubles and scored two runs. Chris Robinson had two RBI, but the offense couldn't tie the game in the ninth, coming up one run short. The L-Tigers play Sunday at 1:00pm in Tampa.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 1-1, t-3rd in East division
The Whitecaps rode a solid pitching performance and a barrage of doubles to their first victory of the season last night, beating the Fort Wayne Wizards 4-1. Ramon Garcia (1-0) pitched five innings, allowing only one run on three hits, striking out six and retiring twelve men in a row after allowing a lead-off single. The 'Caps hitters also came to the ball game as they belted out 13 hits, including 5 doubles. Cameron Maybin impressed everyone again tonight, going 2-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored and two batted in. Infielders Will Rhymes and Michael Holliman had another solid night, going 2-for-5 and 2-for-4 respectively. Right Fielder Matt Joyce got into the parade as he went 1-for-3 with a double and two batted in. DH Pedro Cotto went 2-for-4 with a double and LF Justin Justice went 2-for-5 with a double. .Eric Averill faces Josh Geer on Sunday afternoon, the 9th at 2:00 pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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