Struggles Continue on Monday (5/8 Recaps)

It was another tough day for the farm system, as on Monday only West Michigan was able to pull out a victory, scoring a run in the bottom half of the ninth via a walk-off single by Pedro Cotto. Unfortunately, that was about it as far as good news went for the organization.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - NORFOLK 6, TOLEDO 4
15-16, 2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens lost their opening game of a four game home stand with the Norfolk Tide 6-4 Monday night down at Fifth Third Field. After two scoreless innings, the Tide broke open for two runs in the third and another three in the fourth to set the Mud Hens back 5-0. Ryan Raburn put Toledo on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth, with a solo blast to left, before Josh Phelps doubled in the sixth inning to bring home Kevin Hooper and Ryan Ludwick closing the gap to 5-3. The Tide picked up another run in their half of the eighth, extending the lead to 6-3, before the Mud Hens began to rally in the ninth, but were only able to pick up one run, as Phelps scored on Max St. Pierre's one out single to right, to make it 6-4 where it stood. Toledo's Tony Fiore (2-2) was roughed up in his first start of the season. Fiore lasted only 3-2/3 innings allowing five runs, all earned, and walking five, while Norfolk starter Evan Maclane (1-0) gathered the win, his first of the season, limiting the Mud Hens to three runs on just three hits in the game. The two teams continue their series Tuesday night beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Fifth Third Field. Zach Miner (4-0) is scheduled to take the mound for the Mud Hens, while the Tide have yet to announce a starter for the second game of the series.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - AKRON 5, ERIE 4
12-19, 6th in Southern division
The SeaWolves lost to Akron 5-4 Monday night, once again blowing a large lead. Erie was leading 4-1 for most of the game, until starter Nate Bumstead gave up two runs in the sixth and another two in the seventh. Bumstead gave up 5 earned runs on six hits in six innings, walking three and striking out six. With one man on base in the second inning, catcher Mike Rabelo hit his second home run of the season. Kurt Airoso also had two RBIs, raising his season total to a team-leading 24. The series continues Tuesday in Erie, at 11:05am.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - DAYTONA 17, LAKELAND 7
15-15, t-4th in West division
Dallas Trahern struggles and Lakeland loses big Monday night 17-7 against Daytona. Trahern allowed 11 hits, two homers, and 12 runs in only 4 innings of work. Chris Robinson had a solid game going 2-3 with two runs scored and singling in Brent Dlugach in the 4th. Gilberto Mejia turned in a great game hitting a two-run homer in the 4th and adding another RBI in the 8th with a two out double. Jeff Larish and Clete Thomas both had two out RBI's as well. The L-Tigers wrap up the series against Daytona Tuesday night at home at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 2, BELOIT 1
20-10, 1st in Eastern division

It took the 'Caps until the ninth to do it, but they beat the Snappers 2-1 on an evening where pitchers dominated. Starter Burke Badenhop (3-0) pitched eight tremendous innings for a no-decision, allowing only one run on seven hits, while striking out three. Anthony Claggett (1-0), who has yet to allow a run in fourteen and two-thirds innings, pitched a scoreless ninth. Left fielder Pedro Cotto went 3-for-4 with a double and the game-winning, walk-off RBI single in the ninth. Catcher Dusty Ryan went without a hit, ending his hitting streak at fourteen games. Right fielder Jeramy Laster went 2-for-4 with a run scored and Matt Joyce drove in the only other 'Caps run on a ground-out with the bases loaded, allowing the runner to score from third. The 'Caps face the Snappers again the 9th as Luke French (4-1) squares off against Kyle Waldrop (2-2).
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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