Farm Teams Take 3 of 4 (4/12 Recaps)

All in all it was a good day for the Tiger farm system, as three of the four clubs came out victorious. Good news came from Toledo, as it appears they've finally emerged from their offensive slumber as they scored nine runs Wednesday night. Top prospect Cameron Maybin also blasted his first career home run for the Whitecaps in their victory.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 3-4, 3rd in West division
Despite spotting Scranton-Wilkes-Barre a four run lead in the first inning, the Toledo Mud Hens bats came alive and battled back to defeat the Red Barons 9-5 last night at Fifth Third Field. The Mud Hens responded to the Red Barons in their half of the second when Don Kelly tripled to score Jack Hannahan. Kelly eventually scored on Ryan Raburn's infield sacrifice. After picking up a another run in the third to pull within in one run at 4-3, the Mud Hens took the lead with a three run fifth inning as Kevin Hooper, Alexis Gomez and Ryan Ludwick all scored. Tike Redman and Brian Peterson both produced doubles and scored a pair of runs to lead the Mud Hen offensive with Hannahan and Josh Phelps each chipping in with a pair of RBI's on the night. Mud Hens reliever Tony Fiore (1-0) picked up his first win on the season. Fiore, who allowed just two runs and struck out three batters, came on in the fifth to replace starter Zach Miner, who made it through four innings, giving up four runs on nine hits with three strikeouts. The Mud Hens entertain the Barons again this evening to complete the final game of their four game series beginning at 6:30 pm at Fifth Third Field.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 2-5, 5th in Southern division
The solid pitching and clutch hitting that have shown up in Erie's wins were not there Wednesday evening, as the SeaWolves lost to the Altoona Curve 4-2. The SeaWolves, who have yet to win consecutive games, managed only six hits and hit into four double-plays. Humberto Sanchez recorded the loss, giving up seven hits and all four runs, though only two were earned. Both Sanchez and Kelly Hunt had throwing errors in the loss. Kurt Airoso and Tony Giarratano recorded the RBIs for Erie. The team opens its home schedule in Jerry Uht Park Thursday night against Bowie, at 6:35pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 3-4, t-3rd in West division
The Lakeland Tigers had a solid game at home on Wednesday defeating Dunedin 6-4. Jeff Hahn picked up his second win of the season (2-0), after 2 innings of relief. Cristhian Martinez started the game and pitched 5 innings but got a no decision. Brent Dlugach went 3-4 with 3 runs scored, Gilberto Mejia went 3-3 scoring 2 runs and had an RBI. Nick McIntyre had three RBI. Kevin Whelan picked up his third save of the season. The L-Tigers play Thursday night in Sarasota at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 3-3, t-2nd in East division
The Whitecaps got off to a hot start but barely held on to beat the South Bend Silver Hawks 7-6. Luke French (1-0) had a solid start, lasting six innings while giving up just one run on two hits, striking out four, and walking four. Orlando Perdomo got his second save of the year as he pitched the ninth and struck out two. The 'Caps scored all their runs in the first and fourth innings, matching their season high with fourteen hits. Cameron Maybin hit his first home-run of the season in the first inning, finishing the night 1-for-5 with three RBIs. Jeramy Laster also mashed a solo shot, and the one-two punch of Will Ryhmes and Mike Holliman continued their blistering start, going 3-for-5 with a stolen base and 3-for-3 respectively. First basemen Rafael Mendez also chipped in going 2-for-4 on the evening. The 'Caps return home the 13th to face the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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