'Wolves, 'Caps Cruise (6/6 Recaps)

With the MLB Draft kicking off on Tuesday, much of the minor league games were overshadowed. But that didn't keep Erie and West Michigan from showing up with their offenes at full strength, as both clubs rolled to victory with the help of the club's shortstops.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - BUFFALO 5, TOLEDO 4
27-30, 2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens lost a heartbreaker to the Buffalo Bisons 5-4 in 10 innings on Tuesday night. After Toledo battled back to tie the game 4-4 in the ninth, Kelly Shoppach's lead off homer in the tenth put it away for Buffalo (30-30). Jack Hannahan and Kevin Hopper each had a pair of hits for the Mud Hens with Hannahan joining Ryan Ludwick and Don Kelly, each with an RBI on the night with Mike Hessman reaching base on a double to lead off the sixth inning in the losing effort. Toledo starter, Chad Durbin went 5 1/3 innings allowing four runs and striking out four, before giving way to relievers Steve Green and Hector Mercado through the middle innings. Tony Fiore (3-4) came on in the ninth to replace Mercado and would eventually give up the game-winning homer to Buffalo and take the loss. The two teams continue their series Wednesday night in Buffalo.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 6, NEW HAMP. 4
28-29, 4th in Southern division
Erie's offense made up for the bullpen's mistakes Tuesday night, coming back to beat New Hampshire 6-4. Bobby Jones gave up two earned runs on three hits, five walks and six strikeouts. Erie was up 4-2 in the seventh when Brian Rogers gave up two runs in the bottom of the inning. Erie responded with Danilo Sanchez' sacrafice fly in the eighth and Tony Giarratano's RBI double in the ninth. Giarratano went 4 for 5 with three RBIs and Vincent Blue went 2 for 4 with two runs scored. The series continues Wednesday night in New Hampshire at 6:35pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - CLEARWATER 3, LAKELAND 1
29-28, 3rd in West division
Lakeland gets two hits and commits two errors Tuesday night and loses to Clearwater 3-1. Dallas Trahern started and got his seventh loss of the season (3-7). Trahern allowed 3 runs, 1 earned, in 5 2/3 innings. The L-Tigers offense couldn't bail Trahern out. Jeff Larish accounted for the only run by leading off the 7th inning with his tenth homerun. Larish also walked twice. Gilberto Mejia was the only other L-Tiger to get a hit. Lakeland plays at home Wednesday night against Clearwater at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 8, FT. WAYNE 2
34-22, 2nd in Eastern division

The Whitecaps shelled the Wizards 8-2, on the strength of fifteen hits and solid pitching. Starting pitcher Burke Badenhop (6-2) had another strong start, scattering nine hits and two runs over seven innings while striking out five and walking only one. Anthony Claggett and Lavon Lewis each pitched an inning of scoreless relief. Rafael Mendez went 1-for-3 with his third homer of the season, a solo shot, and an RBI sacrifice fly. Cory Middleton also drove in two runs, going 2-for-3 with a run scored and a walk. Mike Hollimon was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and a walk. Jeramy Laster went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored, and Will Rhymes went 1-for-5 with an RBI and a stolen base, his sixth. Both Dusty Ryan and Matt Joyce went 2-for-5 with a run batted in, and Justin Justice was the only 'Caps starter without a hit in the hit parade. The 'Caps face the Wizards again in Fort Wayne the 7th.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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