AAA Toledo Mud Hens - GM1: TOLEDO 9, BUFFALO 4
GM2: TOLEDO 4, BUFFALO 0
23-24, 2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens swept both games of their double-header with the Buffalo Bisons Friday at Fifth Third Field. It was Ryan Ludwick leading the way against his former team in the first match that was a make up game for Thursday's rain out. Ludwick, had a three-run homer to lead Toledo to a decisive 9-4 win. Ryan Raburn went 3-for-4 including a home run and four RBI's, scoring three runs, along with Tike Redman and David Espinosa who also chipped in for RBI singles. Tony Fiore (3-2) picked up the win in relief of Wil Ledezma. Fiore gathered two strike outs, scattering four hits, allowing a pair runs, with Hector Mercado picking up the save.
In the second game, the Mud Hens came back strong, winning their second straight, shutting out the Bisons 4-0.
Toledo starter Chad Durbin (4-2) pitched a four hitter going seven innings allowing four walks and struck out four, to earn his first shutout since 1999.
The Mud Hens exploded for a four-run sixth inning against Buffalo with RBI singles off the bats of Don Kelly, Alexis Gomes and Redman.
Raburn was again exceptional at the plate going 2-4, along with Ludwick again, who picked up the game winning RBI.
The Mud Hens remain at home and will begin a four-game series against Rochester on Saturday.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - HARRISBURG 7, ERIE 5
23-24, 4th in Southern division
Erie blew a five-run lead Friday night, losing at home to Altoona 8-6. Bobby Jones started and went for five and two-thirds innings, giving up nine hits and four earned runs. Reliever Ian Ostlund recorded the blown save and the loss, giving up two earned runs and one unearned. Brent Clevlen went two for four on the night, with his tenth double of the season and his third home run. Tony Giarratano, Vincent Blue, Jackson Melian and Juan Francia each batted in a single run. Both Blue and third baseman Kody Kirkland recorded errors in the field. The series continues Saturday night in Erie, at 6:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent
HiA Lakeland Tigers - GM1: VERO BCH. 9, LAKELAND 8
GM2: VERO BEACH 12, LAKELAND 9
27-21, 3rd in West division
Lakeland lost both games of their doubleheader with Vero Beach. In the first game, they fell to Vero Beach 9-8 in 12 innings. Andrew Kown got the start but only lasted 4 innings after allowing 6 runs on 8 hits. Freddy Dolsi took the loss (1-3) by giving up the game-winning run in the top of the 12th. Wilkin Ramirez came up a single short of the cycle. He smacked a three-run home run in the 4th, had a double, triple, and also scored three runs. Ramirez ended up with 4 RBI for the night. Garth McKinney went 2-3, with 2 doubles, but was on base 5 times with three walks. Jeff Frazier and Victor Mendez had the other RBI in the game, as well as Brent Dlugach's 2 out single in the 2nd to score Ramirez.
In the second game, Kevin Ardoin didn't fare much better, as he allowed eight runs, seven earned, in five one-third innings. But because the offense kept up, it was Danny Zell, not Ardoin, that took the loss and the blown save for giving up four more runs in relief in the 12-9 defeat. Victor Mendez blasted a grand slam for Lakeland, while Brent Dlugach chipped in with three hits. Jim Essian, Garth McKinney and Nick McIntyre each had a pair of hits and an RBI also in the losing effort. The L-Tigers play at Tampa Saturday night at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH 4, SW. MICH. 3
27-18, t-1st in Eastern division
The Whitecaps came out on top of a back-and-forth battle against the Devil Rays 4-3 on the strength of solid pitching and a few homers. Erik Averill (2-3) was strong through six innings, allowing three runs, two earned through six innings while striking out three. Ricky Steik (2-2) pitched two innings of scoreless relief and earned the win, allowing only one hit while striking out two. Orlando Perdomo was called in for the ninth, and earned his thirteenth save of the year - striking out two and not allowing a base runner. The story of the night, was Michael Hernandez, who going 3-for-4, had his first home run, drove in another 'Caps run, and scored the winning run. Rafael Mendez hit his first homer of the season, and finished the night 1-for-3. Pedro Cotto and Justin Justice each had two hits, and were the only other 'Caps who had base hits on the night. The 'Caps face the Devil Rays again the 27th at 6:35.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent
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