AAA Toledo Mud Hens - ROCHESTER 9, TOLEDO 5
23-25, 2nd in West division
The Rochester Red Wings stole one from the hometown Toledo Mud Hens on Saturday night with a 9-5 win in eleven innings. With the score deadlocked at 5-5, Toledo reliever Mark Woodyard's (1-4) bid to shutdown the Red Wing bats failed, as Rochester manufactured a four run eleventh inning to break the tie and eventually go on to take the opening game of the four game series. After two scoreless innings, it was Kevin Hooper who got the Mud Hens on the board first, scoring on Don Kelly's RBI single to right field to put Toledo up 1-0. The Mud Hens came right back an inning later in the fourth, notching three runs on Ryan Raburn's two-out, bases loaded three run double, scoring Max St. Pierre, David Espinosa and Hooper extending the Toledo lead to 4-0. The Red Wings then stunned Toledo bouncing back with 5 unanswered runs in the sixth to take the lead 5-4, before Mike Hessman belted his tenth homer, a solo shot, to tie it at 5-5, with the game eventually moving into extra innings where the Red Wings rallied for four runs in the eleventh to win it. Toledo starter Zach Minor went 5-2/3 innings running up five runs, all earned, walking a pair and striking out five with the Mud Hens going through five additional pitchers before it was all said and done. Woodyard was responsible for the four run eleventh by the Red Wings and takes the loss. The two teams continue their series Sunday evening at Fifth Third Field as the Mud Hens, who remain four games behind first place Indianapolis, send Colby Lewis ( 1-4, 3.59) to the hill to face Pete Munro (3-3, 5.10) of the Red Wings beginning at 6:30 p.m.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 9, ALTOONA 5
24-24, 4th in Southern division
Two players put on a hitting clinic Saturday night, as Erie beat Altoona 9-5. Kody Kirkland went three for three with two doubles and four RBI. Each time Kirkland hit an RBI double, the next batter, Chris Maples, came up and hit the ball out of the park, with a two-run homer in the second and a three-run shot in the fourth. Starter Nate Bumstead, who went six innings with four runs, five hits, five strikeouts and five walks, didn't have his best stuff but was able to pitch out of jams and regroup after a three-run first inning that included two home runs. After walking three straight batters with two outs in the second, Bumstead, in what turned out to be the turning point of the game, was able to get big-leaguer Sean Casey, who had already homered once that day, to ground out and end the inning. The series continues Sunday in Erie, starting at 1:05 pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent
HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 1, TAMPA 0
28-21, t-2nd in West division
Three Lakeland pitchers shut out the Tampa Yankees Saturday night 1-0 for the win. Jair Jurrjens stayed perfect (4-0) and lowered his ERA to 1.80 after going 7 innings. Jeremy Johnson pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and Kevin Whelan got the final out of the night for the save (10). Victor Mendez went 3-3 with a double in the eigth. With two outs in the 8th, Chris Robinson singled home Mendez for the games only run. The L-Tigers play at home Sunday against Tampa at 1:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH 7, SW. MICH. 1
28-18, 2nd in Eastern division
The Whitecaps scored six runs in the final three innings against the Devil Rays, to blow the game wide open and win 7-1. Burke Badenhop (5-1) was impressive through seven innings, allowing one run on just two hits while striking out five batters. Both Anthony Claggett and Lavon Lewis pitched an inning of scoreless relief. Mike Hernandez continued to warrant more playing time, going 1-for-4 on the evening with three RBIs, a run scored, and a walk. Justin Justice went 3-for-5 with two batted in, and Mark Haske went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored. Will Rhymes and Dusty Ryan both had doubles, and Cory Middleton and Pedro Cotto each had a hit, rounding out the hits for the 'Caps. The 'Caps face the Devil Rays again the 29th, finishing out their four game series.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent
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