Erie Gets Lone Victory (4/18 Recaps)

Erie hasn't gotten off to a good start for the '06 season, but on Tuesday, they were the only club that was able to pull out a victory. 'Wolves starter Virgil Vasquez held Harrisburg to just two runs, while Kelly Hunt helped provide the offense.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - CHARLOTTE 4, TOLEDO 3
6-7, t-2nd in West division
Pedro Lopez broke the hearts of the Toledo Mud Hens last night, coming off the bench with a pitch hit game winning two-run homer, helping the Charlotte Knights (8-5) edge past the Mud Hens 4-3. Down 3-2, going into the bottom of the ninth, the Knights' Casey Rogowski opened up with a double to center and eventually reached third base on Jorge Velandia's sacrifice bunt before Lopez belted his second home run of the season over the left field wall to put the game away. The Knights opened the scoring early in the bottom half of the first inning when Jerry Owens came home on a wild pitch charged to Mud Hens starter Chad Durbin. Durbin, who pitched well otherwise, struck out six batters and gave up two runs over 6-2/3 innings. Toledo would go ahead in the fifth, as second baseman Kevin Hooper picked an RBI scoring Jackson Melian to tie it, before Tike Redman came home scoring on Jack Hannahan's twelfth RBI of the year. The Knights tied it up in the seventh, before the Mud Hens took the lead again batting in the ninth as catcher Max St-Pierre doubled home Melian to put Toledo up 3-2 before the ninth inning blast by Lopez. Hannahan, Hooper and St-Pierre each picked up an RBI and had a pair of hits on the night for the Mud Hens. Knights' reliever Jeff Farnsworth (1-0), who came on in relief to begin the ninth, picked up the victory. while Lee Gardiner (0-1), who replaced Steve Green takes the loss for Toledo. The two teams will play game two of their series Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m with the Mud Hens sending right hander Colby Lewis (0-0, .90) to the mound for his third start of the year where he'll face left-hander Heath Philips (1-0, 3.60) of the Knights.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 5, HARRISBURG 2
4-9, 6th in Southern division
Facing adverstiy Tuesday night, the Erie SeaWolves refused to back down, beating the Harrisburg Senators 5-2. Erie had been up 2-0 until Harrisburg tied the game in the seventh with a 2-run home run. Though they could have folded, a resilient SeaWolves team came back in the bottom of the inning and scored two runs of their own, the first of which came on an RBI double by Kelly Hunt. Hunt scored a few batters later off a single by Juan Francia, who picked up his first RBI of the season. Starter Virgil Vasquez had a strong outing and recorded the win, giving up only four hits and two runs in seven innings, striking out six. Erie will try for it's first series sweep of the season, facing off one more time at home against the Senators, Wednesday night at 6:35 pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - DUNEDIN 6, LAKELAND 3
5-7, t-4th in West division
Lakeland runs out of offense and loses to Dunedin 6-3. Cristhian Martinez got the start and gave up 3 runs and two home runs, but got a no decision. Freddy Dolsi lost his second game (0-2) by allowing 3 runs in his only inning of work. Jeff Larish went 3-4 with a walk, double, and a run scored, but Brent Dlugach was the offense by knocking in all three runs the L-Tigers had. Lakeland plays Dunedin at home Wednesday afternoon at 10:35am.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - CDR. RAPIDS 4, W. MICH. 1
6-5, 3rd in Eastern division division
The Whitecaps barely avoided being shut out on Tuesday by the Cedar Rapids Kernels 4-1, scoring their only run in the eigth inning. Luke French (1-1) lasted six innings, surrendering two runs on six hits while striking out three Kernels. The 'Caps hitters couldn't get a break against a tough Kernels pitching staff and were held to just six hits with thirteen strike-outs. Catcher Dusty Ryan had the 'Caps lone extra base hit, a double in the ninth. Mike Holliman, Cameron Maybin, Justin Justice and Ryan Roberson all had singles, and finished the evening 1-for-4. The 'Caps face the Kernels again in Cedar Rapids the 19th at 7:30.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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