Erie the Lone Victor (6/2 Recaps)

One run games were the theme on Friday, as all four minor league clubs, as well as the Tigers, saw the final score with just a one run difference. Unfortunately, a blown save from Orlando Perdomo, a struggling Lakeland offense, and Toledo's pitching staff getting roughed up led to a lot of losses. Kyle Sleeth's return to action was a promising sign in his rehab though.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - OTTAWA 8, TOLEDO 7
25-28, 2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens continue to slide, losing three of their last four, and their second straight game to the Ottawa Lynx 8-7 on the road Friday night. Ryan Raburn had a productive evening going 3-for-5, including a triple and a home run, his tenth of the season, while Victor Mendez hit a solo blast in the eight for his first homerun of the year. Alexis Gomez contributed a pair of RBI's and collected a couple of hits including a home run, belting his second round tripper for the season. Jack Hannahan and Ryan Ludwick each chipped in with a pair of hits in the losing cause. Toledo starter Tony Fiore (3-3) suffered the loss, allowing six runs over just four innings. Fiore gave up eight hits, walked two, managing two strikeouts. The Mud Hens and Lynx play game three of their series Saturday night in Ottawa beginning at 6:05 p.m.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 3, AKRON 2
27-27, t-3rd in Southern division
They waited until the very end, but Erie eventually scored enough runs to beat Akron Friday night, winning 3-2. Humberto Sanchez pitched eight innings, giving up only one earned run while spreading out five hits and striking out nine batters, but earned a no-decision because the game was tied 1-1 when he left. After the Aeros scored in the top of the ninth to pull ahead, Erie's offense, which had only 5 hits to that point, finally woke up. With two outs in the inning and nobody on base, Tony Giarratano hit a double to center and scored on Chirs Maple's single. After Akron intentionally walked DH Kurt Airoso, Danilo Sanchez hit the game-winning single that plated Maples. The series continues Saturday night in Akron, at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - BREVARD CTY. 4, LAKELAND 3
28-26, 3rd in West division
Kyle Sleeth made his '06 debut on Friday night, unfortunately it wasn't a perfect start as he took the loss in a 4-3 defeat to Brevard County. Sleeth pitched just three innings (he was limited since it was his first start), giving up all four runs (three earned) on five hits. Jeremy Johnson pitched four shutout innings of relief, but the offense wasn't able to come back, with only a three run 7th inning providing scoring. Jim Essian and Garth McKinney had a pair of hits and each scored a run, while Chris Robinson also drove in a run. Lakeland takes on Brevard County again on Saturday at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - QUAD CTS. 4, W. MICH. 3
32-20, 2nd in Eastern division

The Whitecaps dropped the first of four games with the Swing 4-3 in eleven innings, on clutch hitting by the Swing. Luke French (4-3) was solid, allowing two runs on six hits in seven innings, while striking out seven. Orlando Perdomo blew only his second save opportunity of the year, allowing a solo-shot to Randy Ryan in the ninth. Will Rhymes drove in two runs on two sacrifice flies and Pedro Cotto had the only extra base hit for the 'Caps, a double in the third. Mark Haske went 3-for-4 and Dusty Ryan went 2-for-5, scoring two runs. The 'Caps face the swing again Saturday the 3rd at 7:00.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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