Farm Struggles on Monday (5/1 Recaps)

Only Toledo can walk away from Monday's game being perfectly content with how they performed, grabbing a 6-1 victory from Indianapolis, led by Roman Colon, who made his first appearance of the year after spending the first month on the disabled list. West Michigan was able to split its doubleheader, but both Lakeland and Erie got jumped on and were never in the game.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 6, INDIANAPLS. 1
12-13, t-2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens took the first of two games on the road in Indianapolis with a convincing 6-1 win against the first place Indians Monday night. Mike Hessman and Don Kelly each had a pair of RBI's with Ryan Ludwick and Josh Phelps chipping in for one each. Kelly's two-run double was part of a four-run fifth inning for Toledo. Catcher Brian Peterson and Kevin Hooper both singled to lead off the inning. Peterson, who has now collected seven hits in his last eight games, scored on Ludwick's sacrifice fly to right field with Hooper coming home on Phelps' blooper to right field to put the Mud Hens up 2-0. Later in the inning, with Jack Hannhan and Phelps in scoring position, Kelly found the gap in right field to bring both runners home and extend the Mud Hens lead to 4-0. Toledo picked up a pair in the seventh on Hessman's two-out double to right to give the Mud Hens a commanding 6-0 lead with the Indians picking up their lone run in last of the eighth inning. Roman Colon made his first start of the season for Toledo, coming of the DL to pitch three solid innings. Colon, acquired by the Tigers along with Zach Miner from Atlanta last July, struck out a pair and allowed a hit before reliever Tony Fiore (2-1), who picked up the win, came on in the third to replace Colon. Chris Spurling closed the one- sided affair in the ninth, picking up his first save of the season for the Mud Hens who pull within one game of West Division leading Indianapolis (13-12). The two teams conclude their brief two-game series with an 11:00 a.m. start Tuesday in Indianapolis as Wil Ledezma (2-2, 2.43), who leads the International League with 38 strikeouts, takes the mound for the Mud Hens where he'll face Tom Gorzelanny for the Indians.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ALTOONA 5, ERIE 1
9-15, 6th in Southern division
The SeaWolves dropped another game Monday night, losing to the Altoona Curve 5-1. Preston Larrison recorded his second loss of the year, giving up ten hits and five earned runs in seven innings. On offense, Erie was held to only three hits, as opposed to Altoona's 12. Tony Giarratano had their only RBI of the game in the third inning, his seventh of the year. The series continues Tuesday night in Erie, at 6:35pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - CLEARWATER 8, LAKELAND 1
12-13, t-4th in West division
After taking the first two games of the series, Lakeland struggles and falls to Clearwater 8-1 Monday night. Lance Davis gave up 5 runs and 10 hits in his 4 1/3 innings pitched, taking his first loss of the year (0-1) at Lakeland after being sent down from Toledo. The L-Tigers left 12 men on base. James Essian scored on a throwing error in the 2nd for the club's only run. Jeff Frazier continued to stay hot, as he went 1-4 with a double. The L-Tigers play Wednesday night at Ft. Myers at 7:05pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 9, WISC. 4

16-8, 2nd in Eastern division

The Whitecaps scored on the Timber Rattlers often and early, beating them 9-4 in the first game of a doubleheader. Eric Averill (1-1) earned his first win of the year, lasting five innings, while allowing only four runs and five hits. Anthony Claggett pitched two scoreless innings of relief, earning his second save of the season while striking out four and allowing only one hit. Matt Joyce drove in three of the 'Caps runs on two doubles, while Justin Justice went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple, driving in two runs. Will Rhymes went 2-for-3 with two doubles and three runs scored. Jeramy Laster went 2-for-3 with a homer and a double.

The Whitecaps struggled offensively in the second game of the evening, losing 4-3 to the Timber Rattlers. Starting pitcher Sendy Vazquez (2-1) took his first loss of the year, allowing all four Rattler runs on five hits, even though, at one point, he struck out five Rattlers in a row. Cameron Maybin went 2-for-4 with a RBI after sitting out the first game. Second baseman Will Rhymes and third baseman Cory Middleton both doubled, and first baseman Ryan Roberson finished 2-for-4. The 'Caps face the Rattlers again the 2nd, as Burke Badenhop (2-0) squares off against Jason Snyder (2-1).
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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