Close Games the Story Saturday (4/29 Recaps)

The farm clubs obviously decided they just couldn't blow a team out like the Tigers did on Saturday afternoon, so they all kept things close, real close. Humberto Sanchez was the star of the show though, striking out a career high 13 while shutting out Binghamton for seven innings.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - L'VILLE 6, TOLEDO 5
11-13, t-2nd in West division
The Louisville Bats (11-13) edged the visiting Toledo Mud Hens 6-5, in close one Saturday night to even their three game series at a victory a piece. Toledo first baseman Josh Phelps led the Mud Hen's at the plate going 3-for-4, including lead off home runs in both the third and ninth innings. Mike Hessmsan continues to find the fences, as he knocked his International League leading seventh round tripper off Bats middle reliever Jason Standridge, who replaced starter Darrell May (1-1) to start the seventh inning. Ray Raburn and Jack hannahan both collected an RBI , while rookie David Espoinosa and catcher Max St. Pierre continue to hit consistently, as both belted doubles in the game. With all six of the Bats runs earned, Mud Hens starter Colby Lewis (1-2) was steady through six innings, walking one and striking out six. After two scoreless innings, Phelps hit his first of two homers in the game to start off the third iinning putting Toledo up 1-0. The Bats tied it in the bottom half of the third, before picking up two more runs in the fifth and sixth innings, jumping out to a comfortable 5-1 lead. Toledo (11-13) began to battle back, picking up a run in the seventh on Hessmans solo blast and another in the eight when Bats reliever Mike Venafro walked home Espinosa with the bases loaded to make it 6-3. Depsite a ninth inning rally that began on Phelps lead off homer and Raburns RBI to bring home St.Peirre, the Mud Hens came up one short in their attempts to tie the game. Toledo and Louisville, who now both own indentical records for a second place tie in the West Division, will continue thier series Sunday afternoon in Lousiville.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 1, BINGHAMTON 0
9-13, 5th in Southern division
The SeaWolves ended up on the right side of a classic pitcher's duel Saturday night, beating Binghamton 1-0. Starter Humberto Sanchez shined, pitching seven scoreless innings while collecting a career-high 13 strikeouts. After loading the bases with no outs in the first inning, Sanchez turned it on, not letting 19 of the next 24 batters reach base. Brian Rogers pitched a perfect eighth and Chris Homer picked up his fifth save of the year with a perfect ninth. Erie's only run was scored by Kody Kirkland, of a sacrifice fly by first baseman Kelly Hunt. Brent Clevlen's single in the sixth inning extended his hitting streak to 14 games. The series concludes Sunday afternoon in Erie at 1:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 5, CLEARWATER 2
11-12, t-4th in West division
Good pitching and timely hitting lead the L-Tigers to the win, 5-2 over Clearwater. Kevin Ardoin improved his record to 2-2 with a solid performance. Ardoin pitched 7 2/3 innings allowing only 2 runs. James Essian stole two bases, but Jeff Frazier was the star of the night. With the bases loaded and two outs, Frazier hit his fourth home run of the season in the 3rd. Frazier was also involved in the other L-Tigers run, when after his 5th inning single, a throwing error allowed Andrew Graham to score. Kevin Whelan held the lead and picked up his 6th save of the year. The L-Tigers play at home Sunday at 1:00pm against Clearwater.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 2, WISCONSIN 0
15-7, 2nd in Eastern division

The Whitecaps beat the Timber Rattlers 2-0 in a game that was ended by heavy rain at the start of the sixth inning. Starting pitcher Ramon Garcia (4-1) had his first, and the league's first, complete game shutout, going strong all five innings while striking out six. Garcia dominated the Rattlers, not allowing a baserunner until the third inning and not allowing a hit until the fifth. Cameron Maybin drove in the first run for the 'Caps, on a double to deep center, and finished the night 1-for-2. Third baseman Cory Middleton doubled home the second 'Caps run in the second inning. Justin Justice went 1-for-2 with a double, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple. Jeramy Laster had his second triple on the year, and both Matt Joyce and Will Rhymes each had a hit. The 'Caps face the Rattlers again the 30th as Erik Averill faces Marwin Vega at 2:05 in Wisconsin.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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