'Caps Earn Lone Victory (5/2 Recaps)

Three of the four minor league clubs were in action on Tuesday, but only West Michigan was able to walk away with a win - though it was a big one at that. The offense jumped all over Wisconsin, led by a monster night from Justin Justice (including a grand slam).

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - INDIANAPLS. 5, TOLEDO 4
12-14, t-2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens split their two game series with the Indianapolis Indians, losing 5-4 Tuesday afternoon on the road at Victory Field. Ryan Ludwick scored two runs and cracked his fifth home run of the season while Tike Redman, Josh Phelps and David Espinosa each had two hits and an RBI. Don Kelly also collected a pair of hits, while Ray Raburn and catcher Max St. Pierre each had a double. It was Ludwick's solo blast in the fourth that closed the gap to 2-1 after Indianapolis jumped out to 2-0 lead in the first inning. Toledo picked up another run in the sixth when Kelly singled and reached second on a steal, eventually reaching home on Redman's single to center to tie the game 2-2. Indianapolis picked up three more runs in the late innings to open it up to 5-3, before the Mud Hens would assemble a comeback attempt in the ninth when Raburn led off the inning with a double and scored on Josh Phelps infield hit making it 5-3. Ludwick, who took first on a walk, also scored on Espinosa's sacrifice fly ball to make it close at 5-4 where it stood. Wil Ledezma started his sixth game of the season for Toledo and went 4-1/3 innings, striking out a pair, before turning the ball over to John Ennis for 1-2/3 innings of scoreless pitching. Reliever Corey Hamman (0-1) came on in the sixth and allowed two earned runs and walk where and takes the loss for Toledo. The Mud Hens have an off-day Wednesday before starting a three game series at home with the Richmond Braves beginning Thursday night at 6:30 pm. Right-hander Zach Miner (3-0, 1.33), who was named the International League's pitcher of the week on April 24, takes the mound for Toledo where he'll face Richmond Right-hander Ricardo Rodriguez (1-1, 1.69).
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ALTOONA 6, ERIE 1
9-16, 6th in Southern division
Poor pitching and weak hitting continued to hurt the SeaWolves Tuesday night, as they lost to Altoona 6-1. Jeremy Johnson lost his third decision of the year, pitching six and one-third innings and allowing five earned runs and 9 hits, including a home run in the seventh. Johnson also threw two wild pitches. Tony Giarratano went 3 for 4 in the game, and for the second night in a row recorded Erie's only RBI. Outfielder Vincent Blue scored on Giarratano's triple in the eighth inning. Erie hosts Altoona again Wednesday night, starting at 6:35pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - OFF DAY
12-13, t-4th in West division
Lakeland got some rest on Tuesday, but the L-Tigers play Wednesday night at Ft. Myers at 7:05pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 10, WISC. 2
17-8, 2nd in Eastern division

The Whitecaps obliterated the Timber Rattlers 10-2, scoring in double digits for the first time this year. Burke Badenhop (3-0) went six strong innings, allowing two runs on just five hits and striking out eight. The 'Caps hitting once again took center stage, belting out eleven hits, six of which were extra-bases. Justin Justice led the way, mashing a grand slam in the fifth inning to cap off a six run frame. The grand slam was the first of his career, and Justice finished 3-for-5, notching another RBI on a double in the seventh, giving him five for the night. Cameron Maybin finished 2-for-4 with a double, and shortstop Mark Haske finished 2-for-4 with an RBI double. Catcher Dusty Ryan went 1-for-4 with an RBI, stretching his hitting streak to twelve games, while third baseman Cory Middleton finished 1-for-5 with 2 RBI's. The 'Caps play again May 4th at home against the Burlington Bees at 6:35.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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