'Hens Grab Only Victory (6/13 Recaps)

Luckily, the Tigers had Humberto Sanchez and Ryan Raburn on Tuesday, otherwise it could have had a clean sweep on their hands. Lakeland and Erie had particularly depressing games, as Lakeland dropped both games of a doubleheader without scoring a run, and Erie allowed an astounding 17 runs.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 1, SYRACUSE 0
32-32, 2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens returned to .500 with a win over Syracuse 1-0 to take the opening game of their four game series with the Sky Chiefs on Tuesday night. Humberto Sanchez (2-0) picked up his second straight win since coming up from Double-A Erie of the Eastern League, going seven scoreless innings, striking out seven and allowing just three hits. The Mud Hens only scoring play came in the home half of the first innings when Nook Logan led off with a bloop single, eventually making to second on Tike Redman's follow up single to left. Logan then stole third base with Ryan Raburn at the plate and came home on Raburn's sacrifice fly ball to centerfield to make it 1-0 Toledo, where it stood through nine innings. Chris Spurling came on to work the eighth for Toledo, before Lee Gardner appeared in the ninth, picking up the save, his 13th on the season and secure the win for Toledo. The two teams continue their series on Wednesday night at Fifth Third Field.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - READIN 17, ERIE 3
28-35, 4th in Southern division
Erie's return home didn't lead to better results on Tuesday, losing to Reading 17-3. Kurt Airoso hit a two-run homer in the third to put the SeaWolves up 2-1, before the game got out of hand. Bobby Jones lasted only four and two thirds innings, giving up nine hits and one earned run. The defense let him down, however, as three errors resulted in six unearned run during Jones' time on the mound. Paul Sikaras gave up six earned runs on five hits without recording an out, and Chris Homer gave up four earned runs in two innings pitched. The series continues Wednesday night in Erie, at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - GM1: DUNEDIN 3, LAKELAND 0
GM2: DUNEDIN 6, LAKELAND 0

34-30, 3rd in West division
Lakeland gets shutout twice in a row, losing to Dunedin 3-0 and then 6-0 Tuesday night. Andrew Kown gave up all three runs in the first game, pitching all six innings as he took the loss. Kevin Ardoin gave up all six runs in only three innings of work and took the loss (5-4) in the second game. The L-Tigers had only four hits for each game. Jeff Larish and James Essian both went 1-3, with a double. In the first game of the day, the makeup from yesterday's rainout, Clete Thomas ripped a pair of doubles. It was the first time Lakeland hasn't scored a run in two consecutive games. The L-Tigers go on the road Wednesday night to Tampa to play the Yankees at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - DAYTON 5, W. MICH. 2
38-25, 2nd in Eastern division

The Whitecaps lost their second game in a row to the Dragons 5-2, as Dayton's pitching held the 'Caps batters in check once again. Ramon Garcia took the loss, only his second of the year, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits while striking out two. Garcia has looked like Superman in all his starts, except when facing the Dragon's - who must have a secret stash of kryptonite - as he has allowed nine runs against them in just eleven innings of work. The 'Caps managed only five hits and struck out thirteen times, having only one successful inning against starting pitcher Zach Ward. Mike Hernandez was 1-for-3 with a double, the only 'Caps extra-base hit, and an RBI. Justin Justice was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Cameron Maybin was 1-for-3 with a stolen base. The 'Caps have a day off the 14th and then face the Wizards in a double-header the 15th at Fifth Third Ballpark.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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