Almost a Perfect Day (6/11 Recaps)

Toledo, Lakeland and West Michigan all came out of Sunday with wins, led by key hits or excellent starting pitching. Erie got a great start from Preston Larrison, but the offense couldn't come around, and for that matter, neither manager Duffy Dyer or pitching coach Mike Caldwell were around to help the offense come through, being ejected in the sixth.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 6, OTTAWA 2
30-32, 2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens won their second straight against the visiting Ottawa Lynx with a 6-2 victory Sunday night, in front of their 9th sellout of the season at Fifth Third Field. The Mud Hens jumped out of the gate early, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, as Ryan Raburn and Ryan Ludwick connected for back-to-back, two-out doubles with Raburn eventually coming in to score on Ludwick's RBI two-bagger giving Toledo the early lead. Ottawa starter Eric DuBose (3-4) setup a five-run Mud Hens run in the last half of the fourth, loading the bases only to then walk Max St. Pierre which then allowed Jack Hannahan to come home, putting Toledo up 2-0. Nook Logan then cleared the bases to make it 5-0 on a double eventually reaching third on a throwing error, before coming home on Kevin Hooper's RBI single to extend the Mud Hens lead to 6-0. Logan picked up two RBI's on the night, while St. Pierre produced two hits and Mike Hessman connected for his seventh double of the season. Toledo starter, Wil Ledezma (4-3) threw 117 pitches over seven complete innings, striking out six batters, walking three, while scattering six hits. Reliever Corey Hamman came on to pitch a scoreless eighth inning before giving way to Mark Woodyard, who could not contain the shut out, allowing Ottawa to score a pair in the ninth before retiring the side and sealing the victory for the Mud Hens. The win helped the Mud Hens pick up another game on division leading Indianapolis, who lost earlier in the day. Toledo still trails the Indians by three games in the West. The two teams will conclude their series Monday night with the Mud Hens sending right-hander Chad Durbin (4-3, 3.20) to mound to face lefty Brian Burres (4-3, 3.51) of the Lynx.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - PORTLAND 2, ERIE 1
28-34, 4th in Southern division
The bullpen ruined a solid outing by Erie's starter, as the SeaWolves lost a close one to Portland, 2-1. Preston Larrison went seven and one-third innings, spreading out five hits and allowing only one run, while striking out five. John Ennis, with the game tied in the ninth, gave up the game-winning double and recorded his first loss of the season. Erie's only run came off of a Chris Maples homer in the sixth inning. In the bottom of sixth, the SeaWolves' cathcher Mike Rabelo, pitching coach Mike Caldwell and manager Duffy Dyer were ejected by the home plate umpire. After a day off, the team goes home to play Reading Tuesday night at 7:05 pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 4, DUNEDIN 1
34-28, 2nd in West division
P.J. Finigan stays perfect and Lakeland wins it's fifth game in a row, 4-1 Sunday over Dunedin. Dallas Trahern got the start but only threw 1 1/3 innings because of a rain delay. Finigan pitched 3 2/3 innings for the win (7-0). Jeff Larish got the scoring started in the 1st with an RBI single scoring Clete Thomas. Garth McKinney struck next with a double that scored Larish and Jeff Frazier. Nick McIntyre drove in McKinney with a single to complete the L-Tigers scoring. Lakeland goes for six in a row Monday night at Dunedin at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 4, DAYTON 3
38-23, 1st in Eastern division

The Whitecaps won a seesaw battle against the Dragons 4-3, scoring the winning run in the top of the eighth. Burke Badenhop (6-2) got a no-decision, giving up three runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out four in five innings of work. Josh Rainwater (2-1) pitched two innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory, allowing one hit, a walk and striking out two. Anthony Claggett then pitched a scoreless eighth, dropping his ERA to 0.31 in twenty-nine innings this season. Orlando Perdomo earned his fifteenth save in the ninth. Cameron Maybin went 2-for-5 with an RBI double and a run scored, and Will Rhymes went 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored. Mike Hernandez was 1-for-4 with an RBI, and Justin Justice went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base. The 'Caps face Dayton again the 12th at 7pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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