A-ballers Slug Way to Victory (6/7 Recaps)

West Michigan and Lakeland both had big nights at the plate which led to victories for both clubs. It was especially big for the 'Caps, whose victory returned them to 1st place in the division. Jeff Larish continues to hit the ball hard, and Wilkin Ramirez had a big game as well.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - BUFFALO 7, TOLEDO 5
27-31, 2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens lost game three of their series with the Buffalo Bisons 7-5, dropping their second straight on Wednesday night. The Mud Hens jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the contest before the Bisons pulled back to eventually take the lead and the game including a grand slam in the fourth inning by Franklin Gutierrez. Tike Redman led the ‘Hens offensively with three hits, including a home run and two RBI's for Toledo, while Jack Hannahan picked up a pair of doubles and two RBI's as well as Brian Peterson chipping in with an RBI single. Nook Logan marked his return to the Mud Hens lineup with a pair of hits as well. Mark Woodyard started the game for Toledo, and after allowing four runs in just three innings, was replaced by Alex Herrera (1-1) who intern allowed another three runs, eventually going on to take the loss. Cory Hamman, Tony Fiore and Chris Spurling all combined for five scoreless innings once the damage was done, coming in to shut the door and close the game in a losing effort. The Mud Hens and Bisons will conclude their series Thursday in Buffalo beginning at 7:05 p.m.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - PPD: RAIN
28-29, 4th in Southern division
Erie was rained out on Wednesday, but will make up the game as part of a doubleheader on Thursday evening, starting at 6:35pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 9, CLEARWATER 7
30-28, 3rd in West division
Jeff Larish homers for the second night in a row and the L-Tigers win 9-7 over Clearwater Wednesday night. The L-Tigers scored three runs in the 1st when Wilkin Ramirez tripled with the bases loaded and two outs. In the third inning Larish stepped in with one on and one out and belted his 11th home run of the year. In the 6th inning the L-Tigers took advantage of an error and two bases loaded walks to score three more runs. Andrew Kown started but got a no decision after allowing 6 runs in 4 2/3 innings. P.J. Finigan got the win to stay perfect (5-0) by throwing 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Kevin Whelan got the save, his eleventh, by striking out all three batters in the 9th. Lakeland plays at home Thursday night at 7:00pm against Ft. Myers.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 8, FT. WAYNE 4
35-22, 1st in Eastern division

The Whitecaps smoked the Wizards 8-4, to win their third straight game and continue their streaky ways. Luke French (5-3) pitched seven innings, scattering one run over six hits, while striking out five batters and walking only one. Orlando Perdomo pitched a scoreless ninth in a non-save situation to lower his ERA to 1.57. Rafael Mendez continued to hit well in the series, going 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and two batted in. Pedro Cotto also drove in two, going 3-for-5. Mike Hollimon went 1-for-2 with two walks, two runs scored, and two stolen bases - the first 'Cap with multiple stolen bases in a game this year. Cory Middleton went 1-for-2 with a double, an RBI, a run scored and a walk; while Max Leon had an RBI double, finishing 1-for-4. Mike Hernandez and Jeramy Laster each had doubles on the night as well. The 'Caps face the Wizards again the 8th at 7pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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