Garcia Shuts Out 'Hawks (5/23 Recaps)

Ramon Garcia walked a batter in the first and allowed a single in the second, but from that point forward he was perfect, retiring 23 straight batters en route to his 6th win. Meanwhile, Erie's offense awoke in a big way, putting up 14 runs even though Humberto Sanchez needed just one, as he shut out Harrisburg.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - BUFFALO 5, TOLEDO 0
20-24, 2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens continued their losing slide, dropping their fourth in row, losing the opening game of their four-home series with the Buffalo Bison 5-0. Don Kelly and Ryan Ludwick were the only bright spots at the plate for Toledo, knocking a pair of hits, with Ludwick stretching one into a double. Mike Hessman, who also doubled, picked up a hit along with singles by Josh Phelps, Tike Redman and Max St. Pierre in a game where the Bison (25-22) held the Mud Hens to just eight hits. Colby Lewis (1-4), who started for Toledo, managed 7-2/3 innings, striking out eight batters. He did allow all five runs, which were all earned, giving up just eight hits in the game. The two teams will continue their series Wednesday with an early start of 10:30 a.m. down at Fifth Third Field in Toledo. Jordan Tata (1-1,7.04) gets the nod for the Mud Hens, as he'll face Jeremy Sowers (6-1, 1.07) of the Bisons.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 14, HARRISBURG 0
22-22, 4th in Southern division
Erie stayed sizzling Tuesday night, absolutely exploding on Harrisburg while beating them 14-0. The SeaWolves started the game hot, as Kody Kirkland hit a grand slam in the first inning, his 11th home run of the season. They never slowed down after that, as Mike Rabelo went three for four with two doubles and two RBIs, and Jackson Melian went a perfect four for four with a double and three RBIs. Kelly Hunt, Tony Giarratano, Vincent Blue and Kurt Airoso also batted in runs for the SeaWolves. That was more than enough run support for starter Humberto Sanchez, who gave up only four hits, struck out nine batters and was just one out shy of a complete game lowering his ERA to 1.87 for the season. The series continues Wednesday night in Harrisburg, at 6:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 6, VERO BEACH 5
26-19, t-1st in West division
Lakeland wins the series opener against Vero Beach 6-5 Tuesday night. Lance Davis got the win (2-2) after throwing 5 innings and 5 runs. Wilkin Ramirez started the scoring for the L-Tigers when he hit his fifth home run of the season in the 2nd inning. With two outs in the third and Victor Mendez and Gilberto Mejia in scoring position, Jeff Frazier singled home both runs. Frazier had 3 RBI on the night. Jeff Larish doubled home Mendez and Clete Thomas in the 5th for the winning runs. Jeremy Johnson picked up the save by throwing 4 scoreless innings, his first save of the season. The L-Tigers play Vero Beach again Wednesday night at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 3, S. BEND 0
26-17, 1st in Eastern division

With an early start at 11am, the 'Caps lulled the Silverhawks back to sleep and shut them out 3-0. Ramon Garcia (6-1) had yet another dominant start, allowing only a walk in the first and a single in the second before retiring the next twenty-three Silverhawks in a row. Garcia has allowed only seven runs in sixty innings, struck out forty-seven, walked eight, and has an ERA of 1.05 on the year. Mark Haske went 2-for-3 with a RBI, while Justin Justice and Pedro Cotto drove in the other 'Cap runs on sacrifice flies. Mike Hollimon had a double, his tenth of the year, and Will Rhymes had his first triple of the season. The 'Caps get an off day the 24th, and then travel to play the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays the 25th.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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