'Caps, 'Hens Get Only Wins (4/15 Recaps)

Organizations have good days, and bad days. And with the exception of victories from West Michigan and Toledo, it was a very bad day for the Tiger organization, from the blowout the Tigers had all the way down to tough losses in Erie and Lakeland.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - 4-6, t-3rd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens ended the Durham Bulls three game winning streak with a 3-2 victory last night in Raleigh. Ryan Ludwick singled in the Mud Hens half of the ninth and eventually made it to third base on Ryan Raburn's double to left field. With Tike Redman at the plate, Bulls reliever Bart Miadich (0-1) threw a wild pitch, allowing Ludwick to score and put the Mud Hens up by the narrow margin of 3-2 before Steve Green came on in the ninth to pick up the save and close the deal for Toledo. Mud Hens middle reliever Hector Mercado (1-1) was called on in the seventh inning to replace starter Lance Davis. Mercado struck a pair of batters and surrendered only one hit to pick up his first win of the season, before Green replaced him with one out in the ninth. Offensively, the Mud Hens collected eight hits throughout the game including Mike Hessman's first home run of the season, a solo blast in the second inning off Bulls starter Chris Seddon to put the Mud Hens on the board 1-0. Mud Hens catcher Max St. Pierre then scored in the third inning on Jack Hannahan's sacrifice fly to center giving Toledo a 2-0 lead. The Bulls responded in their half of the fourth when Delmon Young singled to start the inning. Elijah Dukes then homered to tie the score at 2-2 putting Durham back in the game where it stood before the Mud Hens took advantage of Miadich's miscue in the ninth. The two teams play the third game of their series this evening as the Mud Hens send lefthander Wil Ledezma (1-1) to the mound to face Bulls right hander Brian Stokes (0-0) beginning 5:00 p.m. in Raleigh.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - 2-8, t-5th in Southern division
Erie was unable to make any cluth hits or pitches Saturday night, losing 7-1 to the Bowie Baysox. Starter Jeremy Johnson gave up three earned runs on four hits and five walks in three and one-third innings. Johnson battled out some tought situations in the first few innings, including men on first and third with one out in the first inning and bases loaded in the second, but fell apart in the fourth. Erie's only run was scored in the fourth inning on an RBI groundout by catcher Danilo Sanchez. A highlight for the SeaWolves was great defensive play in the third inning by right fielder Brent Clevlen, throwing out Bowie DH Mario Delgado at third base. The series against Bowie concludes tomorrow afternoon in Erie, at 1:35pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

High-A Lakeland Tigers - 4-6, t-4th in West division
Lakeland commits two costly errors in the 9th and loses 4-3 to Sarasota. Freddy Dolsi threw two wild pitches to give up the go ahead run and took the loss. Josh Rainwater got a no decision after pitching 6 strong innings allowing only one run. Clete Thomas scored twice and Nick McIntyre went 3-4 with an RBI. The L-Tigers play Monday night at home against Dunedin at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - 5-4, 3rd in East division
The West Michigan Whitecaps shut-out the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays 3-0, capitalizing on solid pitching and timely hitting. Sendy Vazquez (1-0), pitched six innings of shut-out ball allowing only four hits and a walk, while striking out three. Andrew Kown pitched two superb innings of relief, allowing two hits and striking out two. The 'Caps hitters weren't near as hot as in their previous game, but still got the job done. Right fielder Matt Joyce hit his first home run of the season and finished the night 1-for-3 scoring two of the 'Caps three runs. First baseman Ryan Roberson went 2-for-4 with a double and a run batted in, and Catcher Joel Roa got his first base hit of the season, going 1-for-2 with a double. The 'Caps next game isn't until Monday the 17th when Burke Badenhop (0-0) squares off against Tommy Mendoza (1-1) and the Cedar Rapids Kernels in Cedar Rapids.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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