Offense Plentiful on Sunday (4/23 Recaps)

After being postponed on Saturday, the SeaWolves' bats were ready to go to work, as they exploded for 15 runs on Sunday afternoon. Lakeland had a big day at the plate as well, unfortunately, so did their opponent. West Michigan and Toledo didn't put up the kind of offensive numbers those teams did, but they both walked away with wins.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 4, CHARLOTTE 3
8-10, 3rd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens made it a weekend sweep of Columbus, defeating the Clippers 4-3 on Sunday afternoon at Fifth Third Field. David Espinosa and Ryan Ludwick each homered to lead the Mud Hens attack. The Clippers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, after Kevin Reese doubled, and reached third base on Carlos Pena's infield fielder's choice. Reese then came home on Melky Cabrera's ground out. The Mud Hens countered immediately on Ludwick's third home run of the season, a blast over the left field wall to tie it 1-1. Toledo went on to build a four-run lead before the Clippers battled back in their half of the eighth, scoring two runs to closed the gap to 4-3. Mud Hens manager Larry Parrish went to reliever Lee Gardner for the second day in a row, coming on in the ninth to record his third save of the season. Chad Durbin (1-0) picked up his first win after going six innings for Toledo, allowing one-run on four hits , striking out four batters. Columbus starter, Jeff Karstens' (0-2), takes the loss after going seven innings, allowing three-earned runs on seven hits. Toledo will continue their current home-stand as they now begin a two game series with the Louisville Bats beginning Monday night at 6:30 pm. Right hander Colby Lewis (0-1, 5.25), still looking for his first win, takes the hill for the Mud Hens where he'll face Bats right hander Darrell May (0-0, 3.85).
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 15, BINGHAMTON 4
7-10, 5th in Southern division
After being rained out the day before, Erie exploded offensively on the Binghamton Mets, winning 15-4 on Sunday afternoon. Kody Kirkland had five RBIs, including a three-run homer in the eighth inning. Kurt Airoso hit two balls over the fence on the day, and drove in a total of four runs. Mike Rabelo hit his first home run of the season, and Brent Clevlen, Vincent Blue, Garth McKinney and Scott Tousa all recorded an RBI each. Not to be out done, Starter Humberto Sanchez struck out eight batters in seven innings, giving up only four hits and two runs. Erie starts a new series at the Bowie Baysox Monday night, at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - CLEARWATER 14, LAKELAND 9
8-9, t-3rd in West division
The L-Tigers pitchers had a long night against Clearwater Sunday, losing 14-9. Cristhian Martinez suffered his first loss of the season (1-1) by allowing 9 runs in just 1 2/3 innings. P.J. Finigan came on in relief and gave up 4 more runs in the next 1 1/3 innings. Jeff Larish and Victor Mendez were the offensive stars of the night. Larish hit his third home run of the season and had 4 RBI. Mendez also had a home run, his first, and also drove in 4 runs. Lakeland takes on Clearwater Monday night at 7:05pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 6, CLINTON 4
10-6, t-2nd in Western division

The Whitecaps beat the LumberKings 6-4 to win their third game in a row on solid pitching and timely hitting. Starting pitcher Luke French (2-1) got the victory today, allowing all four LumberKings runs on five hits over seven innings, while striking out three batters. Ricky Steik pitched two innings of scoreless relief, earning the save and striking out three. Right fielder Matt Joyce hit his second home run, a two-run shot in the third to put the 'Caps well ahead. Shortstop Mike Holliman finished the day 2-for-3 with a double that drove in a run. Center fielder Cameron Maybin hit his fourth triple of the year, and finished the night 1-for-3. The 'Caps and LumberKings play again the 24th at 6:35 with Ramon Garcia facing Zach Phillips.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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