AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 2, BUFFALO 1
28-31, 2nd in West division
Humberto Sanchez made his Triple-A debut and guided the Toledo Mud Hens to a narrow 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Bisons, 2-1 on Thursday night. Sanchez (1-0), who was recently called up from Double-A Erie, went on to pitch 5 2/3 solid innings, allowing just one run while scattering six hits, walking two batters and striking out five. The Mud Hens got out of the gate early in the game, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, when Nook Logan led off the game with a double and later scored as Tike Redman repeated with a double bringing Logan home. Toledo extended their lead to 2-0 in the fourth, on Ryan Ludwick's one-out home run to center field. The Bisons' lone run came in the sixth, as the Mud Hens held on, thanks to solid relief from Hector Mercado and Chris Purling during the middle innings and Lee Gardner coming on in the ninth to seal it with his 12th save on the season. The Mud Hens, who've gain ground in the West Division move up just five games behind division leading Indianapolis and now return home Friday night to begin a series with the Ottawa Lynx. Toledo will send Colby Lewis (3-4, 3.21) to the mound to face Tim Kester of the Lynx (1-0, 1.80).
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - GM1: NEW HAMPSHIRE 5, ERIE 1
GM2: NEW HAMPSHIRE 1, ERIE 0
28-31, 4th in Southern division
Erie couldn't find any answers in the first game of their double-header Thursday, losing to 5-1 in New Hampshire. Nate Bumstead lost his sixth decision of the year, giving up eight hits and five earned rus in five and one-third innings, striking out five batters. Catcher Mike Rabelo had two of the team's five hits, both doubles, and their only RBI of the game. Kody Kirkland went 1 for 2 with his sixteenth double of the season. The SeaWolves' offense struck out seven times, including two by outfielder Vincent Blue.
The second game finished with the same result, as Erie spoiled a gem by newcomer Lance Davis. Davis gave up one run on two hits and no walks in six innings pitched in his Erie debut. The pitcher, who has spent time in both Toledo and Lakeland this season, retires 18 of the 21 batters he faced. Catcher Danilo Sanchez was the only SeaWolf to find success at the plate, going 3 for 3 while collecting his second double of the season. No other Erie player had a multi-hit game or and extra-base hit. The SeaWolves now travel to Porland for a game on Friday, starting at 7:00pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent
HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 3, FT. MYERS 2
31-28, 3rd in West division
Lakeland scores three runs in the third and holds on for the win against Ft. Myers Thursday night 3-2. Clete Thomas led off the inning with a single, and later scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of Chris Robinson. Gilberto Mejia drove in the second run on a sac fly. And with Nick McIntyre on third, a fielding error on Ft. Myers allowed McIntyre to score the eventual winning run. Kevin Ardoin pitched six strong innings and got the win (5-3). Kevin Whelan got his second save in as many nights (12) by pitching a perfect ninth. The L-Tigers take on Ft. Myers again at home at 7:00pm on Friday.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 10, FT. WAYNE 3
36-22, 1st in Eastern division
The Whitecaps beat the Wizards into a pulp 10-3, on a day escalated by a bench-clearing brawl that saw five players ejected due to the 'Caps taking issue to being thrown at all day. As if that weren't enough excitement, Mike Hernandez became the second 'Cap ever to hit for the cycle, going 4-for-5 with a triple in the first, a double in the third, a homer in the fourth and a single in the sixth. Through all that, starting pitcher Ramon Garcia (7-1) continued to baffle opposing hitters, allowing only a run on six hits, striking out five and walking one. Lavon Lewis pitched two innings of scoreless relief allowing a hit and a walk, while striking out three. Will Rhymes hit his first home run on the year, a three run shot to right in the fourth. Mike Hollimon went 2-for-4 with two doubles and Dusty Ryan went 3-for-4 with a double and two driven in. Matt Joyce drove in two, taking his total RBIs to forty on the year. The 'Caps face the Wizards again the 9th as Sendy Vasquez (3-4) squares off against Josh Geer (4-2).
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent
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