'Caps, 'Hens Garner Victories (4/24 Recaps)

West Michigan moved forward with another victory as they push for the top spot in the division, while Toledo had a blowout victory, led by an excellent outing from Colby Lewis and a big day from Mike Hessman, that got them within a game of the .500 mark.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 7, L'VILLE 0
9-10, t-2nd in West division
Toledo's Mike Hessman capped off a four-run, sixth inning, belting his second home run of the game, with two men on to lift the Mud Hens to a 7-0 shellacking of the visiting Louisville Bats Monday night at Fifth Third Field. The Mud Hens were in control early in the game when Ryan Raburn led off the second inning with a solo home run to make it 1-0. Ryan Ludwick chipped in with an RBI single in the third, driving home David Espinosa to put Toledo up 2-0, before Hessman, who collected four RBI's on the night, hit his first home run of the game, a solo blast in the fifth, off Louisville starter Darrell May to make it 3-0, before Toledo exploded for four-runs in the sixth. Mud Hens starter Colby Lewis (1-1) had his best outing thus far this season, going eight full innings scattering just four hits and allowing just one walk, striking out four batters, while May (0-1) took the loss. The Mud Hens entertain the Bats again Tuesday evening to conclude their short two game series beginning at 6:30 pm. Left hander Lance Davis (0-2, 5.74) gets the call for Toledo as he'll face left hander Chris Michalak (2-0, 1.42) of the Bats.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - BOWIE 6, ERIE 5
7-11, 5th in Southern division
Erie couldn't build on their impressive win from the night before, losing to the Bowie Baysox Monday night, 5-4. The SeaWolves' offense did its part, getting ten hits, including Kody Kirkland's solo home run in the fourth inning. Starter Virgil Vasquez did his part too, giving up only two earned runs in five and two third's innings. The problem this game, and for much of the season, was a weak bullpen. Chris Homer, Ian Ostlund, and Paul Sikaras combined to give up a 5-3 lead in the eighth inning, with Homer picking up his first loss of the season. Erie continues the series in Bowie Tuesday night, at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - CLEARWATER 3, LAKELAND 1
8-10, t-4th in West division
Lakeland didn't score until the 8th inning and lost 3-1 at Clearwater. Kevin Ardoin got his second loss of the season (1-2) after giving up 3 runs in 6 1/3 innings. Brent Dlugach went 2-4 on the night. Gilberto Mejia had the only RBI for the L-Tigers with a two out single in the 8th. Victor Mendez scored the run. The L-Tigers play Tuesday night at Clearwater at 7:05pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 8, CLINTON 2
11-6, 2nd in Western division

The Whitecaps completed a four game sweep of the LumberKings, by beating them into submission 8-2. Starting pitcher Ramon Garcia (3-1) continued to sparkle, allowing only two runs and four hits in eight innings while striking out five. The 'Caps hitters were even more impressive, with all but one starter finishing with at least one hit. Matt Joyce drove in two for the second night in a row, hitting a double with the bases loaded to drive in two. First baseman Ryan Roberson finished the night 2-for-4 with a double, while center fielder Cameron Maybin finished the night 1-for-4. Jeramy Laster and Rafael Mendez had back-to-back triples in the eighth, both of which drove in a run. The 'Caps play the Kane County Cougars the 25th at 6:35, as Erik Averill faces a yet to be named starter.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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