AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 9, SYRACUSE 4
38-34, 2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens defeated the Syracuse Sky Chiefs 9-4 to take the opening game of their four game series on Thursday night. Kevin Hooper led the way with three RBI's, while catcher Max St. Pierre collected an RBI , going 3-for-5, scoring a run. Ryan Raburn and Nook Logan each belted a double with Logan going 2-for-2 on the night, including an RBI as well. Chad Durbin went seven full innings to pick up his seventh win of the season. Durbin gave up one run on six hits and struck out seven. The Mud Hens and SkyChiefs continue their series in Syracuse on Friday night.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 6, READING 5
32-39, 4th in Southern division
Erie got ahead early and fought off a late rally by the Phillies Thursday night, beating Reading 6-5. Jair Jurrjens gave up no runs off of four hits in seven inning pitched. Eulogio De La Cruz and John Ennis combined to give up five runs on six hits in the last too innings. Mike Rabelo hit a solo homer in the second inning, and Danilo Sanchez hit a two-run shot in the third. Despite being up 5-1 in the top of the ninth, Kody Kirkland scored Erie's sixth run with a solo homer, a run which became the game's winning run after Reading scored four in the bottom of the inning. The series continues Friday night at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent
HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 2, DUNEDIN 1
1-0 t-1st in West division
Kevin Ardoin shuts down Dunedin and the L-Tigers win Thursday night 2-1. Ardoin took a no-hitter into the 7th and only allowed 1 run in 8 1/3 innings of work, while picking up his 6th win of the year. Kevin Whelan got the last two outs to pick up his 15th save. The L-Tigers did all of their damage in the 2nd. After a Jeff Larish leadoff single and a Wilkin Ramirez ground rule double, Brent Dlugach knocked them both in with a two-out single. The L-Tigers play Friday night at home against Dunedin at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 8, BURLINGTON 4
1-0, t-1st in Eastern division
The Whitecaps returned to play after the all-star break with a vengeance, scoring seven runs in the first four innings against the Bees to win 8-4. Erik Averill (3-3) was strong through five innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits. The 'Caps relievers then came in and shut the Bees down, anchored by Josh Rainwater's two innings of relief in which he struck out five batters. Anthony Claggett also pitched an inning of scoreless relief in which he struck out the side. Offensively, Mike Hernandez almost hit for the cycle, falling just a triple short, with an RBI single, a double, and a solo-shot to put the 'Caps well ahead. Dusty Ryan also had a solo shot, his fourth, and finished 1-for-3. Matt Joyce was 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI, and Pedro Cotto was 2-for-4 with a two RBI double. The 'Caps face the Bees again the 23rd at 8pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent
SS-A Oneonta Tigers - Oneonta 4, Tri-City 3
2-1, t-1st in Stedler division
Oneonta got back in the win column on Thursday with a 4-3 victory over Tri-City. Jeff Gerbe got his first professional start for the O-Tigers, as the Michigan State product pitched four shutout innings, but because he didn't make it the requisite five, he didn't earn the decision. The win went to Jose Fragoso, who gave up a pair of runs in relief but never relinquished the lead. Santo de Leon had two hits and an RBI for the offense, while Brandon Timm scored a pair of runs. Oneonta returns home Friday to host Lowell at 7:00pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
R GCL Tigers - GCL Yankees 5, GCL Tigers 0
1-2, 3rd in North division
Matt Righter took the loss as the GCL Tigers fell 5-0 to the GCL Yankees on Thursday. Righter gave up two unearned runs, but with no run support, that was enough to saddle him with the loss. Gorkys Hernandez managed another two hits and a walk atop the order, but Chris Carlson was the only other member of the team to get a hit. They'll host the GCL Indians on Friday at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
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