Farm Clubs Keep Rolling (5/5 Recaps)

Friday proved to be another good day on the farm for the Tigers, as three of their four clubs pulled out victories. With the Whitecaps victory, they moved into sole possession of first place behind a great start from Ramon Garcia, while Erie won its second in a row in its attempt to climb out of the cellar.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - RICHMOND 2, TOLEDO 0
13-15, 2nd in West division
Despite a solid pitching effort, the Toledo Mud Hens lost a close one at home to the Richmond Braves 2-0 Friday night at Fifth Third Field. Mud Hens starter Chad Durbin (2-1) allowed just five hits over seven innings giving up one earned run and striking out seven. Matt Mantei replaced Durbin in the eight and spotted the Braves another run to make it 2-0, before Corey Hamman came on, with two outs in the inning, to retire the side. Mark Woodyard pitched a scoreless ninth for Toledo, who fall back just two games behind West Division leading Indianapolis. Toledo second baseman Kevin Hooper picked up a pair of hits in the losing cause along with Ryan Ludwick, Jack Hannahan and catcher Max St. Pierre, who continues to hit well, knocking another double in Friday's game. The Mud Hens will entertain the Braves again Saturday evening sending right-hander Colby Lewis (1-2, 4.15) to the hill to face Richmond right-hander Kevin Barry (1-2, 3.95). Game time at Fifth Third Field is 7:00 p.m.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 8, HARRISBURG 3
11-17, 6th in Southern division
The SeaWolves were able to capitalize on their opponent's mistakes Friday night, beating Harrisburg 8-3. Four of Erie's runs were unearned, coming off of three fielding errors by the Senators. Kurt Airoso and Brent Clevlen each hit solo home runs. Airoso went 2 for 4 on the day with two RBIs, giving him a team-leading 22 on the season. Starter Virgil Vasquez gave up four hits and three runs in five innings, striking out three batters. The series continues Saturday night in Harrisburg, at 6:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 3, FT. MYERS 1
14-14, t-3rd in West division
Kevin Ardoin pitches a gem and the L-Tigers defeat Ft. Myers 3-1 on Friday. Ardoin picked up his third win of the year (3-2) by pitching 7 2/3 innings and allowing only one run while striking out six. Kevin Whelan threw 1 1/3 shutout innings to pick up his 7th save. The L-Tigers scored their first run in the 6th when Gilberto Mejia singled and Jeff Frazier drove him in with a sacrifice fly. In the 7th Jeff Larish scored on a sacrifice bunt by Brent Dlugach, and with two outs, James Essian hit a solo home run, his first. The L-Tigers return home Saturday night to face Daytona at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH 3, BURLINGTON 2
19-8, 1st in Eastern division

The Whitecaps beat the Bees in a close game 3-2, winning their last three games and winning six of their last seven games. The 'Caps got another rock solid start from Ramon Garcia (5-1), who went six innings, allowing a run on four hits while striking out nine Bees. Orlando Perdomo had a rocky ninth, allowing the Bees to pull within a run on two hits, but held on to earn his tenth save. Both Cameron Maybin and Justin Justice drove in runs on singles, stole a base, and finished the night 1-for-3. Mike Holliman had a double, finishing the night 1-for-3, and Joel Roa got only his third hit of the year, finishing the night 1-for-3. The 'Caps face the Bees again the 6th at 2pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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