Solid 3-1 Night for Minor League Clubs

Another night of offensive struggles for Erie, were all that kept the Tiger's minor leaguers from completing the sweep Friday night. Lakeland took home the victory in extra innings, while Toledo and West Michigan won behind great pitching and timely hitting. Check inside for the details.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 5, LOUISVILLE. 3
11-12, 2nd in West division

The Toledo Mud Hens(11-12) got off to a great start on their current road trip to Lousiville by dumping the hometown Bats 5-3 to take the opening game of their three game series Friday evening in Louisville.

Ryan Raburn was a standout at the plate for Toledo scoring 2 runs, collecting a pair of RBI's and capping off the evening with a solo home run in the ninth inning. Ryan Ludwick had a double and two RBI's, while catcher Max St.Pierre collected two hits, including a double as well.

The Mud Hens opened the scoring early in the top half of the first on Ludwicks two-run double to left to bring home Kevin Hooper and Raburn, putting Toledo up 2-0.

After the Bats battled back to score a run in their half of the first, the Mud Hens manufactured a rally to produce a pair of runs in the top half of the second, as Tike Redman and St.Peirre both scored to make it 4-1.

Louisville (10-13) managed to pick up another run in the third to close the gap to 4-2, before Toledo added some insurance in the ninth on Raburn's fourth homer of the season, making it 5-2.

The Bats Jesse Gutierrez doubled in Earl Snyder in the bottom of the ninth to keep it close at 5-3 .

Toledo starter Chad Durbin (2-0) picked up his second win on the season, after going 5-2/3 innings before Matt Mantei and Chris Spurling came on in middle relief, combining their efforts to pitch 2-1/3 scorless innings.

Mud Hens closer Lee Gardner, who has been outstanding in late relief as of late, came on in the ninth, to pick up his fifth save on the season and seal the win for Toledo, who now gain a full game on the Bats taking sole possesion of second place in the West division.

The two teams continue their three game series Saturday evening beginning at 6:15 p.m. in Louisville.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - BINGHAPTON 4, ERIE 1.
8-13, 6th in Southern division

Sloppy play plagued the SeaWolves Froday night, as they lost to Binghamton 4-1.

Starter Nate Bumstead pitched well, allowing only two earned runs in seven innings, striking out 5 batters. Despite his efforts, Bumstead recorded his third straight loss.

The Mets scored two more runs off of two errors by first baseman Kelly Hunt. Kurt Airoso had the only RBI for Erie, his nineteenth of the season.

The series continues Saturday night in Erie at 6:35pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 4, SARASOTA 3.
10-12, 5th in West division
Lakeland scores three runs in the bottom of the 11th to win 4-3 over Sarasota. Cristhian Martinez got the no decision after starting and giving up 1 unearned run in 5 innings.

Kevin Whelan gave up 2 runs in 1 inning but picked up the win (1-0), and Jeff Frazier hit his third homerun to lead off the 4th inning.

The L-Tigers didn't score again until the bottom of the 11th when Chris Robinson drove in a run, and with two outs and two on. Gilberto Mejia had the game winning single to score James Essian and Nick McIntyre for the victory.

The L-Tigers play Saturday night at home against Clearwater at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 5, KANE CTY. 2
14-7, 2nd in Western division

The Whitecaps beat the Cougars 5-2 on the back of a three run second and solid pitching.

Luke French (3-1), started for the 'Caps and lasted six innings, allowing only five hits and both Cougar runs. French struggled in the second inning, as he allowed four of the five hits and both runs, but then finished strongly, striking out 2, walking one and only allowing one hit from then on.

Andrew Kown continued to pitch well in his relief role, mowing down three Cougars over two innings. Orlando Perdomo earned his eighth save, pitching the ninth after a few days of rest.

Will Rhymes had a perfect day at the plate, going 2-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored. Matt Joyce continued to hit well out of the two spot in the 'Caps line-up, going 2-for-4 with three batted in. Mike Holliman hit his second homer of the year to right, and showed patience at the plate with two walks.

Catcher Dusty Ryan belted a single into left to take his hitting streak to ten games. Left fielder Justin Justice also continued his hitting streak, which now stands at six games.

The 'Caps travel to Wisconsin to play the Timber Rattlers on the 29th, as Ramon Garcia (3-1) faces Paul Fagan (1-1).
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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