'Hens, 'Wolves Bats Awake (4/11 Recaps)

After starting out slow, both the Erie and Toledo offenses awoke to score plenty of runs en route to victories. Jack Hannahan and Ryan Ludwick helped lead the way for Toledo, while Kurt Airoso led the charge for the 'Wolves. Things didn't go quite as well for the A-ball clubs though.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 2-4, 3rd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens found their lumber last night, with a convincing 7-0 victory over the visiting Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons. After a scoreless first inning by both squads, the Mud Hens offensive attack kicked into high gear on Jack Hannahan's solo shot to right field to put Toledo on the board early. Ryan Raburn, Josh Phelps and Don Kelly also scored in the inning to give the Mud Hens a comfortable 4-0 lead after just after two innings. The Mud Hens found the fence again in the fourth inning on Ryan Ludwick's three-run blast to give Toledo a commanding 7-0 lead where it stood through the ninth. Phelps and Kelly each had a pair of hits in contributing to Toledo's 12 hit barrage on the evening. Mud Hens starter Wil Ledezma (1-1) picked up his first win on the season. Ledezma pitched 6 strong innings, scattering only three Barons hits, allowing only a walk and struck out four batters. Steve Green and Hector Mercado provided middle and late relief to keep the Barons off the scoreboard to protecting the shut out. Baron's starter Allen Davis (0-2) went only 3-2/3 innings, and gave up all seven Mud Hens runs which were all earned. Toledo and Scranton play game three of their four game series beginning tonight at 6:30 p.m. at 5/3 Field. Zach Minor (0-0) is scheduled to start for the Mud Hens, while Jeremy Cummings (0-1) gets the nod for the Barons.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 2-4, t-4th in Southern division
The SeaWolves refused to be intimidated Tuesday night, beating a previously undefeated Altoona Curve team 6-2. The offensive hero for the night was Kurt Airoso, who hit two two-run home runs, once in the first inning and again in the fifth. Kody Kirkland hit his first homer of the year, sending the ball over the fence with a man on base in the second inning. Starter Nate Bumstead picked up his first win of the season, pitching five scoreless innings, giving up only one hit and striking out eight. Brian Rogers, who held Altoona scoreless for the last two-and-one-third innings and struck out four batters, recorded the save. The SeaWolves play the rubber match of the series Wednesday afternoon in Altoona, at 4:05 pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 2-4, t-4th in West division
Lakeland starts strong but can't hold on against Dunedin Tuesday afternoon losing 9-2. Dallas Trahern got the his second loss of the year by giving up 9 runs in 3 innings. The L-Tigers got off to a quick start against A.J. Burnett, the Blue Jays high-priced free agent pick up, when Clete Thomas doubled and Jeff Frazier singled him in in the top of the 1st. Gilberto Mejia scored later in the inning on a fielder's choice. The L-Tigers couldn't manage anything after that. Lakeland plays Wednesday at 10:35am in Lakeland against Dunedin.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 2-3, t-4th in East division
The Whitecaps took an early lead against the South Bend Silver Hawks, but failed to keep it, losing 4-3. Burke Badenhop got the start, lasting only three innings while striking out 3. The loss went to Matt Rusch (0-1) as he allowed one run on two hits and struck out 5 in relief. The only 'Caps runs came in an error-filled first inning, and the Silver Hawks pitching took over from then on. The top third of the 'Caps lineup had the only production of the night as Will Rhymes went 3-for-4 with a double, Cameron Maybin went 1-for-4, and Mike Hollimon went 1-for-3. The 'Caps face the Silver Hawks again Wednesday night at 6:30.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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