'Caps Crush D-Rays (5/28 Recaps)

West Michigan poured it on offensively against the Devil Rays, with a number of players having big days at the plate, including a nice outing from Cory Middleton as well as Dusty Ryan, Mike Hollimon and Mike Hernandez. Toledo starter Colby Lewis pulled out a win with an excellent start, but despite solid pitching in Lakeland and Erie, neither offense could generate much of anything.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 3, ROCHESTER 2
24-25, 2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens evened their series with the Rochester Red Wings (29-20) with a 3-2 win at home Sunday night. Mud Hens starter Colby Lewis (2-4) was the real story in this game going eight full innings, striking out four, giving up just four hits and one earned run, to collect his second victory of the season. The Mud Hens wasted no time getting on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning as Don Kelly, who tripled to reach base, came home on Ryan Raburn's infielder's choice to put Toledo up 1-0. The Hens came back again in the second inning to post another tally, with one out and two men on, as Josh Phelps singled home Alexis Gomez to make it 2-0. After Rochester picked up a run in the third inning, the Mud Hens added some insurance in the sixth as Raburn scored on Ryan Ludwick's infield ground out to make it 3-1 where it stood. Toledo reliever Lee Gardner came on in the ninth to replace Lewis and gave a run closing the gap to 3-2, but was able to close it, pick up the save and preserve the win for the Mud Hens. The two teams play game three of their four game series Monday night beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Fifth Third Field with Jordan Tata (1-1, 3.95) taking the mound for Toledo where he is scheduled to face Kyle Lohse (1-0,1.29).
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ALTOONA 3, ERIE 1
24-25, 4th in Southern division
A day after scoring nine runs, Erie could not provide enough offense to support a good pitching performance on Sunday, losing to Altoona 3-1. Starter Humberto Sanchez went six strong innings, giving up only four hits, one earned run, one unearned run and striking out nine batters. The SeaWolves, however, could not get it going at the plate, getting out-hit 9-2. Their only run came off an RBI single in the second by Chris Maples, his 17th RBI of the season. Designated hitter Kurt Airoso had an epecially poor day, going 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. The series concludes Monday afternoon in Erie, at 1:05 pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - TAMPA 4, LAKELAND 0
28-22, 3rd in West division
Lakeland gets shutout by Tampa Sunday afternoon 4-0. Victor Mendez went 3-3 and Jeffrey Frazier went 2-4, but the L-Tigers were unable to score against three Tampa pitchers. Lance Davis pitched 7 innings and took the loss (2-3) after allowing 4 runs on 13 hits. The L-Tigers play Tuesday night at home against Tampa at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH 12, SW. MICH. 6
29-18, 2nd in Eastern division

The Whitecaps poured it on late to demolish the Devil Rays 12-6, scoring seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Luke French got the start, and was a little shaky over four innings, allowing five runs on seven hits, striking out two and walking one. Matt Rusch (3-2) pitched three innings of relief to get the win, allowing one run on four hits while striking out two. Mike Hernandez continued to hit well against the Devil Ray pitchers, going 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Justin Justice had another strong day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs, three runs scored, and two walks. Cory Middleton drove in two runs on two doubles, and Mike Hollimon drove in another two on a double. Pedro Cotto went 3-for-5 with a double, and Dusty Ryan went 2-for-6 with two batted in and scored two runs. The 'Caps face the Dayton Dragons the 29th, to open up an eight game home-stand.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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