Farm Clubs Go Winless (4/26 Recaps)

It was an ugly night for the Tiger organization, as not a single team could come up with a victory. Some teams sufferred close defeats, like Erie and West Michigan, who saw a three run ninth give up the lead that they couldn't recover. Lakeland on the other hand never had a chance, as they lost by a whopping 18 runs.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - INDIANAPLS. 3, TOLEDO 0
9-12, 3rd in West division
The Indianapolis Indians held the Toledo Mud Hens to three hits in a 3-0 shutout to take game one of their two-game series Wednesday evening at Fifth Third Field in Toledo. After a scoreless first inning, the Indians opened the scoring in the top of the second inning as Raul Gonzalez homered to left field putting Indianapolis up 1-0. Taber Lee then homered in the top half of the third to give the Indians a 2-0 advantage, before J.J. Furmaniak scored on Ray Sadler's sacrifice fly to right field making it 3-0 where it stood. Indianapolis reliever Matt Whiteside came on in the ninth to pickup his third save of the season and secure the win, while Wil Ledezma (2-2) takes the loss for the Mud Hens, despite striking out 12 Indians while giving up just four hits in six innings. The two teams will conclude their brief two game series this morning with a rare 10:30 a.m. start down at Fifth Third Field with the Mud Hens sending Zach Minor (2-0, 1.89) to the mound to face Tom Gorzelanny ((1-1, 3.66) of the Indians.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - BOWIE 3, ERIE 2
8-12, 5th in Southern division
Just like the night before, the SeaWolves took Bowie to extras, though this time there was a different result, as Erie lost in 11 innings, 3-2. Erie was down 2-0 in the ninth until Kurt Airoso scored on Mike Rabelo's pinch-hit RBI groundout, and Kody Kirkland tied it up on a single by Kelly Hunt. However, reliever Eulogio De La Cruz walked in the winning run in the eleventh inning and picked up his third loss of the season. That spoiled an impressive start by Jeremy Johnson, who gave up only one earned run in seven innings. One of Bowie's runs in the second inning scored off of a throwing error by shortstop Tony Giarratano. After the first scheduled off day of the season, Erie returns home to play the Binghamton Mets Friday night, at 6:35pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - SARASOTA 20, LAKELAND 2
9-11, 5th in West division
Lakeland commits four errors and loses bad Wednesday night, 20-2. Josh Rainwater got the loss going 3 2/3 innings, giving up 7 runs. Rainwater and the bullpen gave up four home runs total on the night. Wilkin Ramirez had a two out double in the 2nd to put the L-Tigers on the board. Nick McIntyre hit his first home run of the season to leadoff the 5th. The L-Tigers play at home Thursday against Sarasota at 10:35am.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 3, KANE CTY. 2
12-7, 2nd in Western division

The 'Caps lost a tight game to the Cougars 4-3, surrendering the lead in the top of the ninth and then watching a rally fall short in the bottom half. Starting pitcher Sendy Vazquez (2-0), relinquished his first run of the season, while he struck out four and allowed only three hits. Andrew Kown (2-0) pitched two innings of scoreless relief, striking out three without allowing a hit. Left fielder Jeramy Laster drove in two of the 'Caps three runs on a sacrifice fly and a single in the ninth, finishing the night 1-for-3. Matt Joyce drove in the other 'Caps run, drawing a walk with the bases loaded in the fourth inning, but ended up not having a hit for the second night in a row. First basemen Ryan Roberson went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and second baseman Will Rhymes finished the night 1-for-3. The 'Caps play the Cougars again the 27th at 6:35 as Burke Badenhop (1-0) takes the mound against Trey Shields (2-2).
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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