Strong Saturday for Club (5/6 Recaps)

It was another good day for the organization on Saturday, as once again the farm system picked up three wins, with only West Michigan dropping their game. Kody Kirkland helped drive the Erie offense, while Jair Jurrjens turned in another gem for Lakeland.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 1, RICHMOND 0
14-15, 2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens earned their fourth shutout of the season edging by the visiting Richmond Braves 1-0 Saturday night at Fifth Third Field. The only run of the game came in the eighth inning after Braves reliever Frank Nunez loaded the bases. With one out, Nunez walked Mike Hessman allowing Jack Hannhan to come home to give the Mud Hens a 1-0 lead where it stood. Toledo started Colby Lewis had his best start of the season going seven innings in a true pitchers dual against Richmond starter Kevin Barry. Lewis struck out three, walked two and allowed just seven hits. John Ennis replaced Lewis in the eight for two batters , before Hector Mercado (2-1), who became the pitcher of record, came on to put away the final out in the eight, eventually picking up the win. Lee Gardner picked up his sixth save of the season retiring the side in order to seal the win for Toledo. Ryan Ludwick belted a one-out double in the sixth while, Hannhan, Josh Phelps, David Espinosa and Don Kelly each collected a hit for the Mud Hens. The Mud Hens and Braves will conclude their series Sunday afternoon with a 2:00 p.m. start, as Roman Colon (0-0, 0.00) takes the mound for the Toledo where he'll face Anthony Lewer (1-2, 8.56) of the Braves.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 5, HARRISBURG 2
12-17, 6th in Southern division
Erie put on solid performances in all sides of the ball Saturday night, beating Harrisburg 5-2. Starter Preston Larrison gave up only two runs in five and one thirds innings. Three relievers shut out the Senators for the rest of the game, as Chris Homer recorded his sixth save of the season. Kody Kirkland's only hit of the day was a three-run home run in the sixth inning. Kelly Hunt added a solo homer in the third, and Brent Clevlen also added an RBI. The series continues Sunday afternoon in Harrisburg, at 1:05pm
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 5, DAYTONA 4
15-14, t-3rd in West division
The L-Tigers score 2 in the 6th and hold off Daytona Saturday night 5-4. Jair Jurrjens continued to pitch strong, improving his record (3-0) and lowering his ERA to 1.93. Jeff Larish scored the L-Tigers first run after a Wilkin Ramirez double in the 2nd. Chris Robinson led off the 3rd with a double and scored on Clete Thomas' double. Thomas later scored when Victor Mendez got a 2 out double. Wilkin Ramirez scored on a wild pitch and James Essian stole home for the winning run in the 6th. Jeff Hahn picked up his first save of the year.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - BURLINGTON 8, W. MICH. 1
19-9, 1st in Eastern division

Everything had been going so well for the Whitecaps, that it was only a matter of time until their luck had to change; unfortunately that change came in the form of a brutal beating at the hands of the Bees 8-1. Starting pitcher Erik Averill (1-2) was lit up for seven runs, in just four and a third innings of work. Only four of his runs allowed were earned as the 'Caps committed two errors. Matt Rusch then pitched two and two-thirds innings, allowing only one run and three hits. Catcher Dusty Ryan continued to drill the ball, going 2-for-4 with a double, the sole 'Caps RBI and extended his hitting streak to an impressive fourteen games. Mike Hollimon and Justin Justice both had doubles, finishing 1-for-4 and 1-for-3 respectively. Cameron Maybin and Will Rhymes both finished 1-for-4. The 'Caps face the Bees again the 7th as Sendy Vazquez (2-1) faces Chris Nicoll (1-2).
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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