Extra Innings Become Helpful (5/31 Recaps)

A day after the extra frames spelled L-O-S-S for the organization, Wednesday was a different day, as the lone wins came in extra frames. In Erie, Tony Giarratano came up with a big two run double in the tenth, while West Michigan got a walk-off home run from Mike Rodriguez.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - OFF DAY
25-26, 2nd in West division
Toledo starts a four game series with Ottawa on Thursday at 6:05pm.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 5, BOWIE 3
25-27, 4th in Southern division
Erie blew a three-run lead Wednesday night before beating Bowie 5-3 in ten innings. Starter Bobby Jones gave up only one earned run in six and two-thirds innings, striking out seven while walking only two. Erie took advantage of the chances the Baysox handed them, scoring two unearned runs on two errors. Chris Maples had an RBI ground-out in the sixth inning, scoring Juan Francia. Shortstop Tony Giarratano went 2 for 5 with two runs batted in, both of which came off of a double in the top of the tenth inning. The series continues tomorrow in Bowie at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - TAMPA 4, LAKELAND 1
28-24, 3rd in West division
Errors were once again a problem for Lakeland, as they fell 4-1 to Tampa on Wednesday. Andrew Kown turned in a strong start, giving up two runs (one earned) over seven innings, but his offense was nowhere to be found, and reliever Danny Zell would give up a pair of runs as well, one earned, one unearned. Brent Dlugach had an especially rough night, committing three errors for the club. Jeff Larish provided the only offense, a solo homer in the 9th inning. They now travel to Brevard County to start a four game series, with the opener on Thursday at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH 4, DAYTON 3
32-18, 2nd in Eastern division

It took the 'Caps twelve innings to defeat the Dragons 4-3, and win their sixth game in a row. Erik Averill (2-3) lasted six innings, allowing two runs, both unearned, on six hits while striking out three and walking two. Matt Rusch improved to 4-2, earning the victory by pitching three scoreless innings of relief. Mike Hernandez was the 'Caps hero, hitting a walk-off shot in the twelfth, and finished the night 3-for-6 with two driven in. Justin Justice was 4-for-5 with an RBI double, and Matt Joyce drove in the other 'Caps run on a double. Both Pedro Cotto and Will Rhymes also had doubles. The 'Caps face the Dragons again at 11am the 1st.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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