A Perfect Day on the Farm (5/4 Recaps)

It's not often that you can claim victory for your entire minor league system on any given day, especially when your system only has one team above .500. But the Tigers were able to do that on Thursday, getting wins from all four clubs, including outstanding starts from Zach Miner, Humberto Sanchez and Luke French and big days at the plate from Jack Hannahan and Dusty Ryan.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 7, RICHMOND 4
13-14, 2nd in West division
Jack Hannahan had five RBI's, including a home run, to lead the Toledo Mud Hens to a 7-3 victory over the visiting Richmond Braves Thursday night. Hannhan got Toledo on the scoreboard early with a two run single in the bottom of the first to put Toledo up 2-0. Later, in the last half of the seventh with the score deadlocked at 3-3, Hannhan, who went 2-for-4 on the night, belted a three-run homer to put the Mud Hens in front. Josh Phelps went 3-for-3, including a solo home run and a pair of RBI's along with Ryan Ludwick and Tike Redman, who each had two hits and chipped in for a pair of runs. Toledo starter Zach Miner (4-0) continues to be solid on the mound going seven innings striking out three batters and giving up three runs on just seven hits. The Mud Hens continue their series with Richmond Friday evening where they'll send Chad Durbin (2-0, 2.76) to the mound to face Ricardo Rodriguez (1-1, 1.69) of the Braves beginning at 7:00 p.m.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 5, ALTOONA 3
10-17, 6th in Southern division
Erie found some dominating pitching and solid hitting in their win Thursday, beating Altoona 5-3. Starter Humberto Sanchez pitched seven and one third innings, giving up only two earned runs and four hits, while striking out five batters. Sanchez currently leads the league in strikeouts, with 46 in only thirty innings pitched. Eulogio De La Cruz recorded the last out in the game to pick up his first save of the season. Scott Tousa went 2 for 4 with one RBI, his second of the season, while Brent Clevlen, Vincent Blue and Kurt Airoso each added a RBI a piece. Erie goes back on the road Friday, playing at Harrisburg at 6:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 8, FT. MYERS 3
13-14, t-4th in West division
Lakeland pounds out 17 hits on their way to an 8-3 victory tonight over Ft. Myers. Jeff Larish and Clete Thomas both hit solo homers in the 5th, their 4th and 3rd respectively. Larish and Thomas also hit doubles in the 8th to lead the offensive attack for the L-Tigers. Gilberto Mejia, Jeff Frazier, Victor Mendez, and James Essian each had a double and a single in the game. P.J. Finigan got his second win of the season (2-0) after pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. Andrew Kown got the no decision after going 4 innings and giving up 1 run. The L-Tigers wrap up the series in Ft. Myers on Friday at 10:35am.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH 7, BURLINGTON 3
18-8, 2nd in Eastern division

The Whitecaps continued their winning ways, scoring often and early on the Bees to beat them 7-3. Luke French started, going seven strong innings while allowing only one run, which was unearned, and striking out six. Orlando Perdomo came in to face a batter in the ninth, earning his ninth save of the year. The 'Caps were lead by catcher Dusty Ryan, who went 3-for-4 with a double, three batted in and three runs scored. With those three hits, Ryan extended his team-leading hitting streak to thirteen games. Ryan Roberson also drove in three on the night, going 2-for-4 with a double. Cameron Maybin went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. First baseman Rafael Mendez had two hits on the night, as did right fielder Jeramy Laster. Mike Holliman went 1-for-4 out of the second spot in the lineup, scoring a run and stealing his third base of the year. The 'Caps face the Bees again the 5th at 6:35.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

Love minor league coverage, but want even more? Sign up for TigsTown.com's Total Access Pass, which gives you access to the daily in-depth minor league notebook, as well as players of the month, and in-depth interviews straight from the team's backyard!
Click here to Get IN! and get your FREE 7 Day Trial

Tigs Town Top Stories