'Caps Rained Out, Win Division (6/18 Recaps)

Typically, when you don't play, you can't win much. But on Sunday, despite being rained out, the 'Caps were crowned first half Eastern division champs, securing themselves a playoff berth. Meanwhile, Humberto Sanchez had another spectacular outing for the 'Hens, improving to 3-0 since the promotion.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 3, ROCHESTER 0
36-33, 2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens won their third straight game shutting out the Rochester Red Wings 3-0 on Sunday afternoon. After four scoreless innings, Toledo's Mike Hessman led off the fifth inning with a solo shot, his 15th homer on the season, to put the Mud Hens up 1-0. Don Kelly then walked and eventually scored on Nook Logan's infield sacrifice, to extend the lead to 2-0. David Espinosa added an insurance run in the eighth, belting just his second home run of the season, to make it 3-0 Toledo where it stood. Humberto Sanchez (3-0) started for the Mud Hens and picked up his third straight win since his promotion for Erie, going 6 1/3 innings, striking out five, walking two, and giving up just two hits. Chris Spurling relieved Sanchez in the sixth to pitch 1 2/3 of scoreless baseball before giving way to Lee Gardner who came on to finish the ninth and preserve the two-hitter to record his 14th save of the season. The Mud Hens and Red Wings continue their series Monday night with Colby Lewis (3-5, 2.29) taking the hill for Toledo, where he'll face J.D. Durbin (4-2, 2.27) of the Red Wings
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - HARRISBURG 17, ERIE 2
29-39, 4th in Southern division
Harrisburg completed its sweep over Erie Sunday afternoon, beating the SeaWolves 17-8 in a slugfest. Erie starter Bobby Jones gave up 11 earned runs on three walks and 10 hits, including four home runs, in three and two-thirds innings. Erie pitchers gave up a total of 16 hits and seven homers in the contest. Juan Francia went 3 for 6 with a double, an RBI and a run scored, and Kelly Hunt went 3 for 5 with a double and a home run. Kody Kirkland hit his 13th home run, and Max Leon's two-run shot in the eighth inning was his first of the season. Erie now travels to Reading for a game on Tuesday night, starting at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

36-30, 2nd in West division
Lakeland returns to action after the All Star break on Monday, heading to Ft. Myers to kick off a three game series, at 7:05pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - PPD: RAIN
41-26, 1st in Eastern division

The Whitecaps and Wizards only got in three and two-thirds innings before the skies opened up and the game was cancelled. Ramon Garcia had pitched shut-out ball, and Mike Hollimon hit a home run to put the 'Caps up 1-0. The 'Caps clinched first place in their division for the first half of the season, as Lansing's game was also cancelled due to rain. This clinches a playoff spot for the club come September. The 'Caps don't play until the 22nd, after the all-star break. Three 'Caps will be heading to the all-star game, Ramon Garcia, Mike Holliman and Orlando Perdomo, which will be played on the 20th.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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