Rough Night on the Farm (4/13 Recaps)

Things didn't go so well for the organization on Thursday, as not a single farm team was able to pull out a victory. That included in Erie, where their home opener was spoiled by Bowie, and in Toledo, where the 'Hens couldn't come up with a run when they needed it.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 3-5, 3rd in West division
Josh Kroeger's eighth inning single to bring home Chris Roberson broke a 5-5 deadlock to put the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons up 6-5. The Barons added another run later in the inning, as they went on the defeat the Toledo Mud Hens 7-5 last night at 5/3 Field and take the fourth and final game of that series. With no one out, and two men on base, Kroeger who went 2-for-3 on the evening, lined a ball to left to bring home the go ahead run. Kroeger scored later in the inning on a Bobby Scales single to center for the insurance mark. Scranton got on the board early with a two-run first inning against Mud Hens starter Chad Durbin. Joe Thruston doubled to center and eventually scored to put the Barons up 1-0 only to be followed by Carlos Ruiz's solo blast to left field. The Mud Hens managed to scatter five runs through the middle innings, picking up two in the third on Jack Hannah's second home run of the season with Ryan Ludwick on base. They would gather another two runs in their half of the fourth and eventually take the lead 5-4 after six innings when Tike Redman ‘s RBI single to left drove home David Espinosa. Brian Sanchez, who came in the seventh inning, stalled the Mud Hens offense enough for Kroeger to drive home the go ahead run and picked up his first win on the season. Yoel Hernandez came on to close the eight and ninth inning and earn his first save of the year sealing the victory for Scranton-Wilkes Barre. Toledo reliever Mark Woodyard (0-1) is the losing pitcher on record, giving up three earned runs, and a walk over just 1/3 of an inning. The Mud Hens will take to the road for the next eight days as they open a four game series tonight in Durham beginning at 7:00 p.m.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 2-6, t-5th in Southern division
Despite all the fanfare over the opening of their home schedule, the SeaWolves were unable to beat Bowie Thursday night, losing 9-3. Erie starter Virgil Vasquez gave up seven runs, four earned, in five innings, striking out five batters while walking only one. The Baysox hit three homeruns, one off Vasquez and two of reliever Pete Sikaras. Erie responded with two dingers of their own, one by Kody Kirkland in the third, and another by Garth McKinney in the sixth. Those two blasts didn't prove to be enough for a victory, as the SeaWolves had two fielding errors and stranded eleven men on base. The series continues Friday night at 6:35pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 3-5, t-4th in West division
Lakeland leaves 9 runners on base and lost on Thursday at Sarasota 7-3. Kevin Ardoin got his first loss of the season after giving up 7 runs in 5 innings pitched. Nick McIntyre got a two out RBI when he knocked in Jeffrey Frazier in the top of the 6th. Jeff Larish hit a homerun, with Frazier on, in the top of the 8th. It was Larish's second homerun of the season. The L-Tigers play at Sarasota on Friday night at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 3-4, 5th in East division
The Whitecaps lost a heart-breaker tonight to the West Michigan Devil Rays 2-1, as a ninth inning, two-out rally short fell short. Ramon Garcia (1-1) took the loss as he scattered five hits and two runs over six innings, striking out seven. Garcia had only one mistake, and the Rays capitalized on it, launching a two-run shot out of Fifth Third Ballpark. Gibbs Wilson, Anthony Claggett, and Ricky Stiek each pitched an inning of scoreless relief, but the 'Caps hitters just couldn't find the grove. Mike Hollimon and Matt Joyce both went 1-for-4, and Justin Justice drove in the lone 'Cap run as he went 1-for-4 on the night. The 'Caps face the Devil Rays again Friday the 14th at 6:35.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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