Tata Roughed Up, 'Wolves Roll (5/13 Recaps)

It appears as if Jordan Tata will need a little adjustment time to returning to starting and minor league baseball, as he got roughed up in his first start for Toledo. On the plus side, Erie pulled itself out of the cellar win another win, and West Michigan had a big offensive onslaught in the nightcap to split their doubleheader.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - RICHMOND 10, TOLEDO 6
17-18, 2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens dropped game two of their four game series with the Richmond Braves 10-6 on Saturday night. Toledo starter Jordan Tata (0-1) was roughed up in his 2006 debut offering up five runs on four hits. Tata lasted just 2-2/3 innings before giving way to six more pitchers before it was all over. The Mud Hens' Alexis Gomez continues to be effective at the plate since his return from the Detroit Tigers, chipping in two hits including a triple, while knocking in two RBI's in the game. Ryan Raburn, Ryan Ludwick, Jack Hannahan, Josh Phelps and Don Kelly all contributed with doubles, with Phelps, Peterson and Raburn all picking up an RBI in the losing cause. After a scoreless first inning, the Braves jumped out to a 4-0 lead after just two innings before the Mud Hens began a comeback in their half of the third, picking up three runs to close the gap to 4-3, eventually driving Richmond starter Anthony Lerew to the showers. The Braves extended their lead to 6-4 after five, before exploding for a four run seventh to make it 10-5 putting the game out of reach at that point, with reliever Scott Mullen (2-2) and Frank Nunez shutting down the Mud Hen bats. Toledo will try to rebound again Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. as they continue their series in Richmond sending undefeated right-hander Zach Miner (5-0) to the mound to face the Braves Travis Smith (3-0), who is also undefeated on the season.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 6, READING 5
14-21, 5th in Southern division
The SeaWolves fended off a late rally Saturday night, beating the Reading Phillies 6-5. Starter Bobby Jones lasted only three and one third innings, after giving up only two hits and two runs. Five relievers combined to finish the game, giving up the last three earned runs. Outfielder Brent Clevlen went one for three with two RBIs, giving him 16 on the season. Kurt Airoso hit a three-run home run, and Kody Kirkland added a solo shot of his own. The series continues Sunday afternoon in Reading, at 1:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - VERO BCH. 3, LAKELAND 1
19-17, t-3rd in West division
Lakeland can't make it four in a row Saturday night, losing to Vero Beach 3-1. Jeff Larish doubled in the 2nd and was the only baserunner the L-Tigers had for the first eight innings. In the 9th Victor Mendez hit his second home run of the year with one out accounting for the only run of the game. Dallas Trahern pitched all eight innings but took the loss, his sixth (1-6), allowing 3 runs on 7 hits. Trahern walked 2 and struck out 3. The L-Tigers next game is Monday night at home against Brevard County.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps -

22-12, 1st in Eastern division

The Whitecaps split their double header, losing the first game to the Lugnuts 5-3, but winning the second game 8-4 with the help of the long-ball. Sendy Vasquez (2-3) started the first game and took the loss, going four innings while allowing seven hits and five runs, four earned. Matt Rusch started the second game, his first start of the year, and pitched three shut-out innings of one-hit ball, while striking out four. Anthony Claggett (2-0) got the win, as he pitched two scoreless innings and struck out two Lugnut hitters. Matt Joyce had a big day, going 2-for-4 in the first game and then going 1-for-3 with a grand slam in the second. Mike Holliman also was productive, going 1-for-3 both games, with a two-run blast to right in the second game. Will Rhymes scored each of the four times he got on base, going 2-for-4 in the first game and notching two walks in the second. Pedro Cotto and Dusty Ryan each drove in a run in the first game. Cory Middleton went 2-for-3 in the second game with a double and an RBI, and Joel Roa drove in a run going 1-for-3. The 'Caps face the Lugnuts again Sunday the 14th.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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