AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 9, OTTAWA 4
29-32, 2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens got back to their winning ways with a convincing 9-4 victory over Ottawa in game two of their home series with the Lynx on Saturday night. After the Lynx jumped out to an eye opening 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, the Mud Hens came right back to close the gap to 3-2 after just one inning of play, and went on manufacture nine runs on 13 hits, highlighted by a four-run sixth inning. Mud Hens catcher Max St. Pierre led the way with three RBI's on the night, along with short stop Kevin Hooper, who also picked up two hits and two RBI's. Ryan Raburn had two RBI's and collected his 11th home run of the season, going the distance in the first inning off Ottawa starter Craig Anderson (1-1) who took the loss. David Espinosa went 2-for-4, including a double, while Victor Mendez enjoyed a 3-for-4 night at the plate, producing an RBI as well toward the cause. Right-hander Jordan Tata started the game for Toledo and went five innings, allowing four runs, before giving way to middle reliever Steve Green (1-1) who picked the victory after 2-2/3 of scoreless pitching. Toledo closer Chris Spurling came on the eighth, and continued to foil the Ottawa bats, picking up his third save on the season. The two teams battle it out again Sunday night beginning at 6:30 p.m., as the Mud Hens send Wil Ledezma (3-3, 2.80) to the hill where he'll face Eric DuBoes (3-3, 4.76) of the Lynx.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - GM1: PORTLAND 4, ERIE 2
GM2: PORTLAND 7, ERIE 3
28-33, 4th in Southern division
For the second time in three nights, Erie lost both ends of a double header, dropping the first game 4-2 in Portland Saturday night. Starter Virgil Vasquez lost his sixth game of the season, giving up three earned runs in five innings on three hits and three walks. Shortstop Tony Giarratano, batting leadoff in this game, went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and his sixteenth double of the season. The only other SeaWolf to get a hit was Brent Clevlen, who had two singles in the game. Vince Blue and Kelly Hunt combined to go 0 for 6 with five strikeouts.
Erie's fortunes did not improve in Game 2, losing 7-3. Eulogio De La Cruz, Brian Rogers and Chris Homer combined to give up seven earned runs on nine hits and four walks. The game was tied 3-3 going into the bottom of the sixth, hen Portland exploded for of its runs. Chris Maples went 2 for 4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Kody Kirkland and Mike Rabelo each added an RBI for Erie. The series concludes Sunday afternoon in Portland, starting at 1:00pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent
HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 5, FT. MYERS 4
33-28, 3rd in West division
Lakeland wins it's fourth game in a row by scoring in the bottom of the tenth to make it 5-4 Saturday night against Ft. Myers. Nick McIntyre got the scoring started in the 2nd when he hit a 2-run home run, his third. Later in the inning Brent Dlugach doubled and later scored on a Chris Robinson sac fly. Gilberto Mejia scored the fourth and final run of the inning when the opposing pitcher balked him in from third. Clete Thomas scored the game winner in the 10th on a fielding error by the Miracle. Six pitchers were used in the victory, with Jair Jurrjens starting and going 6 2/3 innings allowing 3 runs. P.J. Finigan got the win (6-0) by throwing a perfect tenth. The L-Tigers go for their fifth win in a row Sunday afternoon at Dunedin at 1:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 6, DAYTON 1
37-23, 1st in Eastern division
The Whitecaps won 6-1 against the Dragons after turning a pitchers duel into a blowout in the ninth inning. Erik Averill (2-3) pitched seven strong innings, allowing one run on five hits while striking out seven. Anthony Claggett (3-1) took the win, pitching a scoreless eighth and Orlando Perdomo pitched a scoreless ninth, although it wasn't a save opportunity. Cameron Maybin made his return from the DL known, blasting a grand slam in the ninth to insure a 'Caps victory. He finished the night 2-for-4 with the slam, five RBI's, a run scored, a walk, and a stolen base. Will Rhymes went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored, and Justin Justice went 3-for-4. The 'Caps face the Dragons again the 11th at 2pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent
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