Frazier Named Star of Stars (6/17 Recaps)

Jeff Frazier was the star of the night in Lakeland, earning the Star of Stars award, given to the All Star game's MVP. Frazier followed in the footsteps of last year's winner, Lakeland OF Brent Clevlen. Meanwhile, in the games that count, both Toledo and West Michigan put up big offensive numbers to roll to victory.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 10, ROCHESTER 4
35-33, t-2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens got off to a winning start on the road defeating the Rochester Red Wings 10-4 on Saturday night to take the opening game of the series. David Espinosa and Josh Phelps each had two RBI's on the night with Jack Hannahan, Ryan Raburn, Tike Redman each chipping in for one a piece. Espinosa and Phelps were particular standouts at the plate, as each doubled and contributed for three hits each in Toledo's 12 hit performance on the night. Chad Durbin (6-3) was the starter and winner, picking up his sixth win on the season going 5 2/3 innings striking out two and allowing three runs on eight hits, before giving way to Hector Mercado, who took home the save, after coming on in the sixth to finish it. The two teams resume game two of their series Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. as the Mud Hens send righthander, Humberto Sanchez (2-0, 0.71) to the mound to face Jason Miller (1-1 ,2.35) of the Red Wings.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - HARRISBURG 6, ERIE 2
29-38, 4th in Southern division
Erie still couldn't get anything going against Harrisburg Saturday night, losing 6-2. Preston Larrison pitched seven innings, giving up four earned runs on ten hits and three walks. Harrisburg collected eleven strikeouts against the SeaWolves, as Brent Clevlen led the club with three in the game, and Kody Kirkland, Vince Blue and Kelly Hunt each had two. Kurt Airoso's two-run homer in the ninth inning was Erie's only form of offense. This was the team's ninth loss in ten games. The series concludes Sunday with a Father's Day afternoon game, starting at 1:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

36-30, 2nd in West division
Jeff Frazier put together a spectacular night for the West All Stars, blasting a two-run home run and earning the Star of Stars Award, which goes to the MVP of the All Star game. Chris Robinson was hitless in his one at bat, while Kevin Whelan came on to record the final out of the game and preserve the victory for the West All Stars.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 7, FT. WAYNE 3
41-26, 1st in Eastern division

The Whitecaps beat the Wizards 7-3 due to yet another big inning in which they scored six runs. Luke French (6-4) got the win, pitching six innings of six hit ball, allowing three runs while striking out three. Matt Rusch pitched three scoreless innings of relief and earned the save, allowing just one hit and striking out three. Matt Joyce hit his sixth homer of the year, a two run shot, and finished the game 1-for-4. Cameron Maybin went 2-for-3 with an RBI double, a stolen base and two walks. Will Rhymes drove in two from the lead-off spot and finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two walks. Dusty Ryan hit his third homer of the year, a solo-shot to open the flood-gates, and finished 2-for-4. Mike Hernandez also drove in a run and finished 1-for-5. The 'Caps face the Wizards again the 18th as Ramon Garcia (7-2) and the 'Caps face Steve Debalar (5-4) while battling for the first place spot in the Mid-West League.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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