Almost a Perfect Day (5/17 Recaps)

It was almost a perfect day for the organization, as Toledo had a blowout victory, Erie took both games of a doubleheader, and Lakeland moved into a first place tie with their win. But West Michigan started slow in their early game and couldn't recover.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 12, NORFOLK 2
19-20, 2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens exploded for 10 runs in the last two frames to snap a 2-2 tie and go on and defeat the Norfolk Tide 10-2 Wednesday night. Don Kelly went 4-for-6, including a pair of doubles, collecting four RBI's in an 18 hit Mud hen attack on the Tide. Max St. Pierre chipped in for three hits including a triple, adding three RBI's, while Josh Phelps and Jack Hannahan each had three hits and a pair of RBI's, scoring two runs for the Mud Hens. Ryan Ludwick fell a home run shy of the cycle with a pair of singles, a double and a triple scoring two runs and picking up an RBI as well. Norfolk scored first in their half of the second inning and held a 1-0 lead until the top of the fourth when the Mud Hens tied it. Ludwick led off the inning and eventually came home on Phelps sacrifice fly to right field to make it even at 1-1. The Tide regained the lead in the fifth to go up 2-1, before the Mud Hens tied it once again in the seventh when Kelly doubled home Kevin Hooper to make it 2-2, before Toledo broke it open in the top of the eighth, scoring four unanswered runs and replied again in the ninth, adding six more, going on to a convincing 10-2 win, leaving the Tide rather shocked and dismayed. Toledo starter Colby Lewis had another fine outing, going six full innings, striking out three before giving way to middle reliever Hector Mercado (3-1), who picked up the win after replacing Lewis in the seventh. Corey Hamman came on in the eighth, after the Mud Hens big rally and kept the lead on ice for the final two innings to seal the win. The two teams will play game three of their series Thursday night with Jordan Tata (0-1, 16.87) as the scheduled starter for Toledo to face Brian Bannister for the Tide (NR).
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - GM1: ERIE 5, AKRON 0
GM2: ERIE 2, AKRON 1

16-22, 6th in Southern division
In the first game of the double-header, Erie prevailed over Akron 5-0 in seven innings. Starter Humberto Sanchez threw six scoreless innings, gining up only two hits and striking out five batters. Sanchez's 59 strikeouts this season ties him for the league lead. Chris Maples hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the second inning. Catcher Mike Rabelo collected the other three RBIs with a bases loaded double in the sixth inning. Brent Clevlen also performed well at the plate, going 3 for 4 with his ninth double of the season.

The SeaWolves took the second game as well, winning the second game of the double-header 2-1. Eulogio De La Cruz, normally a reliever, started the game and threw three scoreless innings, giving up only two hits and two walks. Brian Rogers, Ian Ostlund and John Ennis combined to give up only one hit and one run in the next six innings, with Ennis picking up his first save of the season. Kur Airoso scored in the fifth inning off of Danilo Sanchez' sacrafice fly. Kody Kirkland had the game winning RBI with a single in the ninth, his twentieth of the year. The SeaWolves now travel back to Erie to face Reading on Thursday, at 6:35pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 7, BREVARD CTY. 3
22-17, t-1st in West division
Lakeland wins it's third game in a row over Brevard County Wednesday night 7-3. Jair Jurrjens started but got the no decision after allowing 3 runs in 5 2/3 innings. P.J. Finigan got the win (3-0) in relief after throwing 2 1/3 scoreless innings. The L-Tigers got two runs in the first, without a hit, after 5 walks plated Jeff Frazier and Chris Robinson. Lakeland put the game away in the 6th when Wilkin Ramirez hit a two-run home run, followed by a Victor Mendez triple which scored James Essian and Brent Dlugach. Gilberto Mejia put the finishing touches on the inning when he singled in Mendez. The L-Tigers go for four in a row and a sweep of Brevard County Thursday night at home at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - PEORIA 6, W. MICH. 2
23-14, 1st in Eastern division

Peoria jumped out to a quick lead, and by the time the 'Caps bats woke up, it was too little too late, losing 6-2. The early start, 11am central time, seemed to be the Achilles heal of the 'Caps. Luke French (4-2) allowed six runs, five earned, in just five short innings of work. Matt Joyce committed two errors in one play, but redeemed himself by belting two doubles, driving in a run and scoring a run. On a more positive note, Jake Baxter pitched two scoreless innings of relief, and Orlando Perdomo pitched an impressive ninth with nothing on the line. Pedro Cotto went 3-for-4 with a double and Ryan Roberson went 1-for-3 with a run driven in. The 'Caps face the Chiefs again the 18th.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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