AAA Toledo Mud Hens - L'VILLE 8, TOLEDO 6
9-11, 3rd in West division
Despite jumping out to a commanding 6-2 lead after just two innings, the Toledo Mud Hens (9-11) were unable to shut down the hitting of the Louisville Bats(10-10) losing at home 8-6 Tuesday evening at Fifth Third Field. The Mud Hens collected an early lead beginning in the bottom of the first when Ryan Ludwick belted a two-run blast to put the Hens up 2-0. Ryan Raburn then picked up his first of two RBI's on the night, driving home Jack Hannhan to make it 3-0 after one inning. Louisville came back immediately scoring a pair in their half of the second, before Toledo picked up another three runs in the bottom of the inning as Max St. Pierre homered with Mike Hessman on base to make it 5-0. Raburn collected his second RBI, singling home Kevin Hooper to put Toledo up 6-2. Louisville then exploded for six-runs in the top of the fifth inning beginning with William Bergolla's two-RBI double to left and capped off by two, two-run homers by Chris Defornia and Earl Snyder to put the Bats up 8-6 where it stood. Bats reliever Tom Shearn (0-1) picked up the win after coming on in the third to replace starter Chris Michalak, while Tony Fiore (1-1) takes the loss for the Mud Hens after allowing three runs in the fifth inning rally by the Bats. The Mud Hens will begin another two game series at home against the visiting Indianapolis Indians beginning Wednesday evening at 6:30. Toledo's Wil Ledezma (2-1, 2.28) gets the start as he'll face Britt Reames (1-0, 1.65) for the Indians.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 5, BOWIE 3
8-11, 5th in Southern division
The SeaWolves won a wild one Tuesday night, beating Bowie 5-3 in 15 innings. Garth McKinney broke the 3-3 tie, scoring on Brent Clevlen's RBI fielder's choice. Tony Giarratano scored one batter later on a wild pitch. Erie Starter Preston Larrison pitched well, giving up only two runs in five and two thirds innings. A usually maligned bullpen combined to give up only one run in nine and one third innings, with Chris Homer picking up his fourth save of the season. The series concludes in Bowie on Wednesday, at 11:05am.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent
HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 7, CLEARWATER 2
9-10, t-4th in West division
Lakeland plays a complete game and takes the final game of the series against Clearwater 7-2. Jair Jurrjens stayed perfect on the season picking up his second win (2-0). Jurrjens pitched 7 innings, allowing only two runs and striking out 7. Gilberto Mejia went 2-5 and scored two runs. Victor Mendez, Brent Dlugach, and Chris Robinson had a RBI each. Jeff Frazier was the offensive star going 2-2, hitting his second home run of the season, and driving in 4. The L-Tigers travel to Sarasota to play at 7:00pm on Wednesday.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 3, KANE CTY. 2
11-6, 2nd in Western division
The Whitecaps won their fifth game in a row 3-2 over the Cougars, but it took them twelve innings to do it. Starter Eric Averill (0-1) went seven strong innings, allowing only one run on four hits with three strikeouts. Closer Orlando Perdomo had his first bad outing of the year, letting the Cougars send the game to extra-innings, allowing a run on two walks and two hits. Matt Rusch (2-2) earned the win as he pitched three innings of scoreless relief allowing only two hits while striking out three. Catcher Dusty Ryan clubbed a triple, driving in Matt Joyce, who reached on a walk, to win the game for the 'Caps. Second basemen Will Rhymes was responsible for the rest of the 'Caps offense, driving in runs on a single and a sacrifice fly. Cameron Maybin and Justin Justice had the only other 'Caps hits, on a night when hits were few and far between. The 'Caps face the Cougars again on the 26th at 6:35pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent
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