Two One Run Victories in Minors (4/22 Recaps)

The Whitecaps and Mud Hens both pulled out one run victories on Saturday, with West Michigan even having to come from behind to get the victory. Things didn't go so well for Lakeland, where Dallas Trahern took his third loss of the season. Erie meanwhile was postponed due to rain.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 3, CHARLOTTE 2
7-10, 3rd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens (7-10) ended a four game losing streak by edging the visiting Columbus Clippers 3-2 last night at Fifth Third Field. The Mud Hens scattered 3 runs over nine innings beginning in the third when Josh Phelps led off with a double to center, before Kevin Hooper's RBI single brought him home to put Toledo up 1-0. With one out in the fifth, Phelps, who went 2-for-3 in the game, belted his first home run of the season, a solo blast to center field off Columbus starter Matt Childers (0-2), increasing the Mud Hens lead to 2-0. Toledo added some insurance in the sixth with runners on first and third, as catcher Brian Peterson's RBI, infield force out allowed Ryan Ludwick to score to make it 3-0. After Toledo starter Zach Miner (2-0) pitched six scoreless innings of one-hit ball, Chris Spurling and Hector Mercado each gave up a run as the Clippers fought back to close the gap to 3-2. Then with one out in the eighth, and the Clippers threatening to tie it, Mud Hens manager Larry Parrish summoned Lee Gardner from the bullpen, as he forced Wil Nieves to ground out into a double play to end the rally. Gardner retired the side in order in the ninth to pick up the save and seal the victory for Toledo who go up a game on the Clippers to claim sole possession of third place in the West division. The two teams conclude their brief two-game series Sunday afternoon at 2:00 pm with right hander Chad Durbin (0-0, 3.06) taking the mound for Toledo where he'll face Columbus right hander Jeff Karstens (0-1, 9.95).
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

6-10, 5th in Southern division
The SeaWolves game on Saturday was postponed due to rain. The game will be part of a doubleheader with Binghamton on August 25th. They'll try and get their game in on Sunday against Binghamton at 1:30pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - FT. MYERS 9, LAKELAND 1
8-8, t-3rd in West division
Lakeland's three game winning streak came to an end Saturday as they lost to Ft. Myers 9-1. Dallas Trahern lost his third game of the year (1-3) as he gave up 7 hits and 6 runs in just 4 innings. The L-Tigers could only manage 2 hits the whole game. Wilkin Ramirez had the L-Tigers only RBI when he knocked in Victor Mendez in the 4th inning. Lakeland plays at 1:05 on Sunday in Clearwater.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 4, CLINTON 3
9-6, t-2nd in Western division

The Whitecaps fell behind early, but fought back to beat the Clinton LumberKings 4-3 with the help of a few costly errors. Starting pitcher Burke Badenhop (1-0) allowed all three LumberKings runs on four hits, lasted four innings, and struck out two. Andrew Kown (2-0) pitched three innings of shut out relief, striking out four while allowing only one hit. Orlando Perdomo then picked up his seventh save of the year, striking out two LumberKings in the ninth. DH Pedro Cotto went 2-for-4 with one batted in, and instigated the throwing error that allowed the winning run to come home. Both catcher Dusty Ryan and right fielder Jeramy Laster had doubles on the night, with Laster's driving in a run. The 'Caps play the LumberKings again the 23rd as Luke French faces Kyle Rogers.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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