'Caps, L-Tigers Victorious (4/21 Recaps)

The organization came up with a pair of victories on Friday, with both A-ball clubs pulling out wins, including Lakeland who needed 12 innings to finally pull ahead of Fort Myers. Sendy Vasquez led the charge for West Michigan on the mound, while Justin Justice helped carry things at the plate.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - CHARLOTTE 6, TOLEDO 3
6-10, t-3rd in West division
The Charlotte Knights (11-5) made it a clean sweep of their four game home stand with the Toledo Mud Hens, with a 6-3 victory last night, thanks to a ninth inning home run by veteran Ernie Young to break a 3-3 tie. After Darrin Blakely walked and Rubin Rivera singled, Young belted his 288th home run of his minor league career to center field to lift the Knights to their fifth straight victory. Pedro Lopez went 3 for 3 at the plate for Charlotte, with Blakely scoring two runs on the evening. Ryan Raburn was the lone bright spot on the Mud Hens, knocking his second round tripper of the season, in the fourth inning. Toledo starter Wil Ledezma pitched seven innings and struck out nine batters, but allowed three earned runs on five hits, before reliever Mark Woodyard (0-3), who came on in the eighth, gave up the home run to Young and takes the loss, his third on the year. The Knights countered with starter Tim Redding who went six innings and gave up a pair of Toledo runs. Paulino Reynoso came in to pitch the seventh, before Javier Lopez (0-1) tossed a scoreless eighth and ninth to pickup the win. The Mud Hens will now return home to begin a short two game series with the Columbus Clippers. Toledo will send Zach Miner (1-0, 2.77) to the mound to face Clippers starter Matt Childers (0-1, 14.40) beginning at 7:00 pm at 5/3 field in Toledo.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - BINGHAMTON 8, ERIE 4
6-10, 5th in Southern division
Erie snapped it's four game win streak Friday night, losing in Binghamton 8-4. Nate Bumstead had his second straight shaky outing, giving up five runs in five and one-third innings and picking up the loss. Reliever Paul Sikaras wasn't much better giving up the remanding three runs in one and two-thirds innings. Kurt Airoso collected three RBI, including a home run in the third inning, his fourth of the year. Brent Clevlen also added an RBI in the game. The series continues Saturday afternoon at 1:30pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 6, FT. MYERS 5
8-7, t-2nd in West division
It took 12 innings but Lakeland won their third game in a row 6-5 over Ft. Myers. Josh Rainwater got a no decision after giving up 4 runs in 5 innings. Jeff Hahn got his second win in as many nights (4-0) after pitching a scoreless 12th. Jeff Frazier had a two out RBI and Victor Mendez went 4-5 with a run scored, but the hero was Gilberto Mejia who knocked in the first L-Tigers run of the game and the winning run in the bottom of the 12th. The L-Tigers go for four in a row Saturday night at home against Ft. Myers at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 3, CLINTON 0
8-6, t-2nd in Western division

The Whitecaps shut out the LumberKings 3-0 at Fifth Third Ballpark, for their fourth shut-out of the year. In his third start of the year, Sendy Vazquez (2-0) pitched six innings of five hit ball, striking out eight and walking two. Vazquez has yet to allow a run in any of his starts this year, making that sixteen scoreless innings. Ricky Steik and Gibbs Wilson both pitched an inning of scoreless relief, and Orlando Perdomo earned his sixth save of the year by pitching a scoreless ninth. Left fielder Justin Justice provided most of the offense on the evening, driving in two of the 'Caps three runs on 2-for-3 hitting with an RBI sacrifice fly. First basemen Ryan Roberson drove in the 'Caps insurance run in the bottom of the eighth, and finished the night 2-for-4. Center fielder Cameron Maybin went 1-for-3 with a single and a stolen base, and shortstop Mike Holliman went 1-for-4 with a double to the left field corner. The 'Caps face the LumberKings again the 22nd at 2:00pm as Burke Badenhop faces Michael Kirkman.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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