Comeback Is the Game (4/20 Recaps)

Everybody heard about how the Tigers were down 3-1 in the ninth and came back to beat the Athletics and take the series, but they weren't the only team to come up with a comeback victory. Two teams, Erie and Lakeland, both came back from being down to get wins on Thursday.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - CHARLOTTE 5, TOLEDO 4
6-9, t-2nd in West division
The Charlotte Knights (10-5) continue to be one of the hottest teams in the International League winning their third straight against the visiting Toledo Mud Hens 5-4 last night. Rubin Rivera got things going for the Knights leading off the bottom of the second inning with a solo home run to put Charlotte up 1-0. Darren Blakely, Jorge Velindia and Ernie Young each doubled to produce three more runs before Josh Field, who reached base on a single as well, scored on Angel Gonzalez's RBI single to left field making it 5-0 for Charlotte after just two innings. The Mud Hens responded immediately in the third inning, as catcher Brian Patterson belted a three run home run to put Toledo right back in the game 3-2. Ryan Raburn chipped in for another run in the sixth on an RBI single that brought home Jack Hannahan. Lance Davis (0-2) suffered his second straight loss for Toledo giving up all five runs on 11 hits in just 4 2/3 innings pitched, while Knights starter Stephen Randolph (2-0) picked up his second win of the season. Randolph allowed four runs on four hits giving up a pair of walks in five innings of work. Reliever Jeff Farnsworth continues to be effective from the Charlotte bullpen, coming on for his fourth save of the season. The two teams will play the fourth and final game of their series this evening at 7:15 p.m. as the Mud Hens send Wil Ledezma (2-1, 1.62) to the mound to face Tim Redding (1-2, 5.94) of the Knights. The Mud Hens will then return home to begin a four game series against the Columbus Clippers starting on Saturday.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 9, BINGHAMTON 6
6-9, 5th in Southern division
Erie started off their new roadtrip the right way, beating the Binghamton Mets 9-6 in 13 innings. Mike Rabelo had four RBI and Tony Giarratano and Brent Clevlen each added two more. In a game dominated by offense, the winning run was scored by Chris Maples, off of a wild pitch. A solid bullpen combined to make up for a dissapointing Jeremy Johnson start, with Ian Ostlund recording the win. This was Erie's fourth victory in a row. The team hopes to continue that trend Friday night in Binghamton, at 7pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 3, FT. MYERS 2
7-7, t-2nd in West division
Lakeland wins their second game in a row tonight defeating Ft. Myers 3-2. Jair Jurrjens pitched a great game going 7 innings, allowing 1 run and only four hits, but got a no decision. Jeff Hahn got his third win (3-0) by pitching one scoreless inning. The L-Tigers waited until the bottom of the 8th to score as Gilberto Mejia and Jeff Frazier had an RBI each. James Essian came in as a pinch runner and scored on a throwing error. Kevin Whelan got his fifth save of the season. Lakeland plays Friday night at home against Ft.Myers at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - CDR. RAPIDS 5, W. MICH. 4
7-6, 3rd in Western division

The Whitecaps lost a close game 5-4 to the Kernels, tying the game in the top of the ninth 4-4 only to have the Kernels recapture the lead and win on an error by center fielder Cameron Maybin in the bottom of the ninth. Starting Pitcher Eric Averill (0-1) looked sharp, lasting seven innings, and only missed the win on a few costly fielding mistakes and a bad pitch - a home run to Kernel Patrick Reilly. However, only one of the four runs he allowed was earned, and he struck out five - making this his best start of the year. The loss went to Matt Rusch (1-2), as he allowed one unearned run on one hit. Maybin had a solid night at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Catcher Dusty Ryan and Shortstop Mark Haske both went 1-for-3 on the evening. The 'Caps head home to start a series with the Clinton LumberKings on the 21st.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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