A Split Sunday (5/21 Recaps)

Two clubs pulled out victories on Sunday - but both needed extra innings to pull it out, while the other two (Toledo and West Michigan) were beat soundly by their opposition. Erie has become the story of the week, as they extended their win streak to six games with another win on Sunday. Lakeland meanwhile picked up a run in the 10th and Kevin Whelan shut the door for just his third save of the month.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - COLUMBUS 6, TOLEDO 1
20-23, 2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens were swept away in their short two game series against Columbus dropping their second straight to the Clippers, 6-1 Sunday afternoon. The Mud Hens, who now trail Indianapolis by four games in the West Division, were held to only four hits in the game including Don Kelly's third inning RBI single that brought Tike Redman home as Toledo's only run of the game. Jack Hannahan, Max St. Pierre and Redman were the only other Mud Hen batters to collect a hit in the game as Ryan Raburn, who went 0-for-3 in the contest, saw his 13-game hitting streak wiped clean. Chad Durbin (3-2) got the start for Toledo and went seven full innings surrendering all six runs while managing to strike out six Clippers, yielding no walks. The Mud Hens return home Monday night to begin a four-game series with the Buffalo Bisons. Colby Lewis (1-3, 3.20) is the probable starter for the Mud Hens, as he is scheduled to face Jeremy Guthrie (2-0,0.78) for the Bisons in the first game of the series that gets underway at 6:30 p.m. at Fifth Third Field in Toledo.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 3, READING 1
20-22, 5th in Southern division
Erie's win streak rose to 6 games on Sunday, as they beat Reading 3-1 in eleven innings. Starter Bobby Jones pitched well, going six shutout innings, giving up only three hits and striking out four batters. Erie were leading 1-0 before closer Chris Homer gave up an unearned run in the ninth, though Homer finished up the next two innings and recorded both the blown save and the win. The SeaWolves' first run came off of a solo home run by catcher Mike Rabelo, his fifth of the season. The game was won in the eleventh, when Chris Maples hit a home run to left field, scoreing himself and Jackson Melian. Erie travels to Harrisburg for Monday's game, starting at 6:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 2, PALM BEACH 1
25-18, t-1st in West division
Lakeland wins it's third game in a row 2-1, Sunday, over Palm Beach. Gilberto Mejia was the hero with one out in the 10th, he singled in James Essian for the game winning run. Jeff Larish supplied the only other run for the L-Tigers when he hit his 6th homerun of the year in the 9th. Kevin Ardoin started but got the no decision after going 7 innings and giving up only one run. P.J. Finigan got the win to stay perfect (4-0) by throwing 2 scoreless innings. Kevin Whelan pitched the tenth to get the save, his ninth. The L-Tigers go for four in a row and the series sweep Monday night at Palm Beach at 7:05pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - S. BEND 9, W. MICH 3
25-16, 1st in Eastern division

The Whitecaps fell behind quickly to the Silverhawks and were beaten soundly 9-3 on a chilly Sunday afternoon. Burke Badenhop (4-1) took the loss, allowing six runs, four earned, on ten hits in five and two-thirds innings of work. Josh Rainwater (0-0) made his 'Caps debut, pitching three and a third innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. Pedro Ciriaco of the Silverhawks had the most impressive day of anyone, going 5-for-5 with a double, a triple, a stolen base, three runs scored, and two RBI's. On the 'Caps side of the ball, Pedro Cotto extended his hitting streak to twelve games, going two-for-five. Dusty Ryan hit his second homer in as many days, and Mike Hollimon drove in a run. In his professional debut, Michael Hernandez failed to register a hit, but did drive in a run on a sacrifice fly. Cory Middleton went 2-for-3 with a double and Will Rhymes and Mark Haske had a hit on the afternoon. The 'Caps face the Silverhawks again the 22nd as Luke French (4-2) squares off against Anthony Cupps (2-3).
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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