AAA Toledo Mud Hens - COLUMBUS 4, TOLEDO 3
20-22, 2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens dropped the opening game of their four game series with the Columbus Clippers 4-3 in 11 innings on Saturday night. Jack Hannahan led off the second inning with his fourth home run of the season, to put the Mud Hens up 1-0 where it stood until the last half of the sixth when the former Mud Hen, Carlos Pena's homered to tie it 1-1. Toledo picked up two more in the seventh when Kevin Hopper doubled home Mike Hessman right before Ryan Raburn doubled Hooper home to put the Mud Hens up 3-1. Columbus countered with a run each in their half of the seventh and eighth innings to tie it once again before some extra inning dramatics as Pena singled home Danny Garcia giving the Clippers a one-run edge over the Mud Hens in eleven innings. Alex Herrera started the game for the Mud Hens, but only managed three innings giving way to a series four more pitchers before Hector Mercado (3-2) came on to pitch the eleventh, giving up the winner and taking the loss. The two teams continue their series with an afternoon game scheduled for Sunday in Columbus where the Mud Hens will send Chad Durbin (3-1, 2.72) to the mound to face Darel Rasner (2-0, 3.15) of the Clippers beginning at 1:05 p.m.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - GM1: ERIE 2, READING 1
GM2: ERIE 3, READING 0
19-22, 5th in Southern division
For the second time in four days, Erie swept a double header, beating Reading in the first game 2-1. Preston Larrison pitched all seven innings, giving up five hits and two walks, striking out six batters. Reading outhit the SeaWolves 5 to 2, but were unable to take advantage of their scoring opportunities. Mike Rabelo hit a solo home run in second inning, his fourth of the season. After the Phillies tied it up in the top of the third, Tony Giarratano hit into a fielder's choice that brought home the game winning run.
Game two went much like the first, as Erie used dominant pitching to shut down Reading, winning 3-0. Eulogio De La Cruz spreaded four hits over four innings. Brian Rogers, Ian Ostlund and John Ennis completed the shutout, with Rogers picking up his second win of the season. Jackson Melian hit an RBI single in the second, scoring Kurt Airoso, who had moved to third on a fielding error. In the third, Tony Giarratano scored on a errant throw, and during the same at-bat Brent Clevlen hit into an RBI groundout, scoring Chris Maples. Erie concludes its series in Reading sunday night, at 6:35pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent
HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 7, PALM BEACH 3
24-18, t-1st in West division
Wilkin Ramirez's 1st inning grand slam leads the way to victory over Palm Beach 7-3. With one out in the 1st Ramirez hit his 4th home run of the season to put the L-Tigers up 4-0 early. Clete Thomas lead off the 5th with a triple and scored on a Jeff Larish sacrifice fly. Garth McKinney added another run in the 8th when he singled in Larish. Andrew Kown stayed perfect on the season (2-0) after going 7 innings and allowing 1 run and striking out 5. The L-Tigers go for 3 in a row Sunday at Palm Beach at 2:05pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 4, S. BEND 3
25-15, 1st in Eastern division
The Whitecaps jumped out to a quick lead, barely holding off the Silverhawks to win 4-3 on a rain filled evening. Erik Averill (2-3) started and got the win, allowing all three Silverhawk runs in six innings, striking out six and walking three. Matt Rusch and Ricky Steik each pitched an inning of scoreless relief, and Anthony Claggett picked up his third save of the year, pitching a scoreless ninth. Dusty Ryan blasted a three-run shot, his first of the year, in the first inning to put the 'Caps ahead. Matt Joyce drove in the other 'Caps run, his team leading, thirty-second of the year, and extended his hitting streak to nine games. Pedro Cotto went 1-for-2, extending his current hitting streak to eleven games. Rafael Mendez, Joel Roa, and Cory Middleton each had a hit on the night. The 'Caps face the Silverhawks again Sunday the 21st at 2:00.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent
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