Farm Teams Follow Tigers' Lead (4/10 Recaps)

Monday was another rough day on the farm for the Tiger organization, as only the Whitecaps were able to come away with a win. Their offense was excellent, as was the pitching in shutout victory, but things continued to go downhill for Erie, as Eulogio de la Cruz had another very rough outing for the 'Wolves.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 1-4, 3rd in West division
The Scranton /Wilkes-Barre Red Barons took the opening set of a four game series defeating the Toledo Mud Hens 4-2 Monday night at Fifth Third Field. Bobby Scales homered in the fifth inning to lead the Barons (2-3) attack. Scales, along with Chris Coste and Chris Roberson each hit doubles in the game. The Mud Hens (1-4) got on the scoreboard when Jack Hannahan , who was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, made it home on Don Kelly's sacrifice fly to left. The Mud Hens threatened again in their half of the third inning, as David Espinosa scored on a Ryan Ludwick single to center. Barons starter Matt White (1-0) went six innings and is credited for the win. White gave up two runs on just five hits before Brian Sanchez and Yoel Hernandez combined for three scoreless innings in relief. Mud Hens starter Lance Davis (0-1) takes the loss. He went five innings, allowing three runs on five hits. Wil Ledezma will take the mound for the Mud Hens Tuesday evening where he'll face Barons starter Allen Davis as the teams play game two of their four game series beginning at 6:30 p.m at Fifth Third Field in Toledo.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 1-4, 5th in Southern division
Unable to continue the momentum gained from their first win of the season, the SeaWolves lost 9-1 to the Altoona Curve Monday night. Erie's usually dependable pitching did not show up this game, as starter Jeremy Johnson gave up 4 runs in five innings, to go along with a feilding error. Eulogio de la Cruz gave up the rest of Altoona's runs in a disasterous five-run eigth inning. The lone offensive highlight for the SeaWolves came in the ninth, as Kelly Hunt hit a solo homerun to avoid the shutout. Hunt's three homers are currently leading the Eastern League. Erie continues the series against Altoona Tuesday night, at 6:35pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 2-3, t-3rd in West division
The bullpen struggled on Monday night as Lakeland lost to Dunedin 6-3. Josh Rainwater got the loss but only allowed two runs in five innings. Jeff Frazier drove in a run in the top of the 1st, but Lakeland failed to score again until the 7th when Brent Dlugach hit his first home run of the season. Clete Thomas knocked in another run in the 7th but it wasn't enough. The L-Tigers face Dunedin again on Tuesday at 10:30am in Dunedin.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 2-2, t-3rd in East division
The Whitecaps jumped all over the South Bend Silver Hawks 7-0 with solid performances by both the hitters and the pitchers on Monday night. Sendy Vazquez pitched four innings of one-hit ball tonight with a strikeout, but failed to get the decision. The win went to Andrew Kown (1,0), who pitched four innings of two-hit ball with four strikeouts. The 'Caps mashed fourteen hits on the night, with left fielder Jeramy Laster leading the way going 3-for-5 with a double and a home-run. Cameron Maybin added to his solid numbers going 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and his first stolen base of the season. Will Rhymes continued to hit well out of the lead-off spot going 2-for-5 with a double, and Mark Haske went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. The Whitecaps play in South Bend again on Tuesday night at 6:30.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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