Complete Games Lead to Wins (5/16 Recaps)

Sometimes, it's just easier when you forget the bullpen and just go the distance yourself. That was apparently the attitude of starting pitchers Burke Badenhop and Kevin Ardoin, who both picked up wins in their complete games. Going the distance might have been the right thing for Chad Durbin to do as well, as Lee Gardner lost his lead (and the game) for Toledo.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - NORFOLK 3, TOLEDO 2
18-20, 2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens lost in the ninth inning of their opening game of a four-game series with the Norfolk Tide, 3-2 Tuesday evening. The Mud Hens scored early when Josh Phelps singled home Kevin Hooper to give Toledo an early 1-0 lead. Toledo extended their lead to 2-0 in the third, when Phelps picked up his second RBI of the night, knocking home Don Kelly with a one-out single to right field. The Tide, who were held down to just five hits in the game, finally got on the scoreboard in the seventh, to close the gap to 2-1, before a last of the ninth rally, in which Norfolk score two unanswered runs on Jeff Keppinger's double, to steal the game from the Mud Hens. Hooper, Phelps and Ludwick all went 2-for-4 in the game, with Tike Redman chipping in with a double in a heartbreaking lost. Toledo reliever, Lee Gardner (1-2) took the loss giving up the tying and eventual winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Chad Durbin started the game for Toledo and pitched seven impressive innings, allowing a run, scattering just three hits, while striking out five Norfolk batters. Toledo and Norfolk will continue their series Wednesday night as the Mud Hens send right-hander Colby Lewis (1-3, 3.23) to the hill, where he will face another right-hander Miguel Perez (0-2, 6.00) of the Tide.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - PPD: RAIN
14-22, 6th in Southern division
Erie was rained out for the 2nd straight day on Tuesday. They'll play a doubleheader on Wednesday, with Humberto Sanchez starting the first game at 10:35am, and Virgil Vasquez taking the ball in the second game.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 6, BREVARD CTY. 0
21-17, t-2nd in West division
Kevin Ardoin throws a complete game shutout and the L-Tigers win 6-0 over Brevard County. Ardoin improves his record to 4-2 and lowers his ERA to 2.33. The L-Tigers got off to a fast start when Jeff Larish tripled in the 1st driving in Jeff Frazier and Clete Thomas. James Essian led off the 2nd with a home run, his second, to give Lakeland a 3-0 lead. Thomas followed in the 3rd with a leadoff home run of his own, his fifth. Lakeland finished the scoring in the 6th when Essian picked up his second and third RBI of the game when he singled in Larish and Wilkin Ramirez. The L-Tigers go for 3 in a row over Brevard County Wednesday night at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 6, PEORIA 1
23-14, 1st in Eastern division

The Whitecaps beat the Chiefs soundly 6-1, on the strength of a complete game by Burke Badenhop (4-0). Badenhop blew through the Chiefs lineup, allowing only one run on five hits, striking out five and walking none. The sole run came on a Chiefs homer, and after that shot, Badenhop retired the next seven Chief batters. Mike Hollimon blasted a two-run homer, his fourth, in the first to put the 'Caps ahead and they never looked back. Matt Joyce finished the night 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored out of the third spot. Dusty Ryan, Jeramy Laster, and Cory Middleton all drove in a run, and finished the night 1-for-3, 1-for-4 and 1-for-4 respectively. Pedro Cotto went 2-for-5 and Will Rhymes went 1-for-5 with a double. The 'Caps face the Chiefs again the 17th at noon.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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