Two Wins for the Farm (4/27 Recaps)

After a rough day on Wednesday, the organization got two wins (Toledo and West Michigan) to put the farm system back on track. Lakeland lost, but not in the 18-run differential fashion as they did on Wednesday, including receiving a great start from Dallas Trahern.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 3, INDIANAPLS. 0
10-12, t-2nd in West division
Zach Miner (2-0) pitched eight scoreless innings, striking out eight batters to guide the Toledo Mud Hens to a 3-0 victory over the Indianapolis Indians Thursday afternoon. Minor (3-0) allowed only two hits in the game, walking a pair, to record his third win on the season. Mud Hens outfielder David Espinosa collected a pair of hits, including a double to lead off the bottom half of the fourth. Espinosa reached third base on Ryan Ludwick's infield single, eventually coming in to score on a fielder's choice to put Toledo ahead 1-0. Toledo's Josh Phelps belt a solo shot in the fifth off Indian's starter Tom Gorzelanny (1-2), who took the loss, making it 2-0 while Mike Hessman followed suit in the sixth inning with his sixth round tripper of the year, giving the Mud Hens a comfortable 3-0 lead. Mud Hens reliever Lee Gardner came on in the ninth, striking out two batters while retiring the side to pick up his fourth save of the season. Toledo will continue their lengthy home stand as they now being a four game series against the Richmond Braves beginning Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. Chad Durbin (1-0,2.66) gets the nod for the Mud Hens, while the Braves will send Mike Gosling (1-1, 3.94) to the hill.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - OFF DAY
8-12, 5th in Southern division
The SeaWolves were off on Thursday, but Erie returns home to play the Binghamton Mets Friday night, at 6:35pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - SARASOTA 2, LAKELAND 0
9-12, t-5th in West division
Lakeland has 0 hits in eight innings and loses to Sarasota 2-0 Thursday. Dallas Trahern had a great game, pitching 7 shutout innings and only giving up 4 hits. Jeff Hahn took the loss (4-1), his first of the year giving up a two-run homer in the eigth. Gilberto Mejia had the only hit of the game for the L-Tigers when he laid down a bunt single with one out in the 9th. The L-Tigers wrap up the three game series against Sarasota Friday night at home at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 8, KANE CTY. 4
13-7, 2nd in Western division

The Whitecaps beat up on the Cougars 8-4, on the back of a six run first inning that knocked the Cougar starting pitcher out after the first inning. Burke Badenhop (2-0) had his best start of the year, lasting seven innings while striking out two and surrendering only three runs on ten hits. Cameron Maybin doubled home the first run of the game, and finished the night 1-for-2 with two walks. Second baseman Will Rhymes did his job at lead-off with two hits and two runs scored. Catcher Dusty Ryan continued his hot streak, going 2-for-3 with two batted in, taking his hitting streak to nine games. Shortstop Mike Holliman knocked in a run, and finished the night 1-for-3, after slumping badly at the beginning of this series. Left fielder Jeramy Laster knocked in two 'Caps runs, and third baseman Mark Haske added a run batted in. The 'Caps face the Cougars again the 28th at 3:00pm as Luke French (2-1) squares off against Vince Mazzaro (2-1).
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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