Low-Levels Pick Up Wins (6/23 Recaps)

Things didn't go so well at the upper levels of the organization, with Toledo, Erie and Lakeland all coming up short. But, the low level clubs all rolled to victories, including a 15-run showing from the GCL Tigers and the game winning RBI double from Michael Hollimon.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - SYRACUSE 6, TOLEDO 4
38-35, t-2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens had their series with the Syracuse Sky Chiefs even out at one game a piece after a after a 6-4 loss Friday night on the road. The Sky chiefs took off with a 4-0 lead after two innings and never looked back. Mike Hessman was the lone standout for the Mud Hens cranking his 15th home run of the season. Hessman led off the fifth with his fourth round tripper in nine games. Don Kelly and Max St. Pierre also had an RBI each with Kevin Hooper chipping in for two hits on the night. Humberto Sanchez (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season after going six full innings striking out eight, walking one and giving up four runs, all earned on nine hits. The Mud hens and Sky Chiefs will play game three of series Saturday night beginning at 7 p.m. Colby Lewis (3-5, 2.89) will get the start for Toledo where he'll face Josh Banks of the Sky Chiefs (4-5, 5.12).
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - READING 4, ERIE 2
32-40, 4th in Southern division
Erie was unable to keep up with the Phillies Friday night, losing 4-2. Preston Larrison recorded his seventh loss of the season, giving up four earned runs on seven hits and three walks in seven innings. Jackson Melian hit a solo home run in the fourth to tie the game 1-1, his fifth of the season. Kelly Hunt hit a solo shot of his own an inning later, but that was all the offense Erie could muster up. Three Reading pitchers combined to give up only five hits on the night, striking out seven batters. Erie now travels to Bowie for a Saturday night game starting at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - DUNEDIN 3, LAKELAND 2
1-1 t-2nd in West division
Lakeland comes up short against Dunedin Friday night 3-2. Eddie Bonine took the loss after allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, in 6 2/3 innings. The L-Tigers offense got off to a good start when Clete Thomas led off the game with a triple and Gilberto Mejia immediately followed with an RBI single. But Lakeland didn't score again until the 7th when Wilkin Ramirez tripled and Nick McIntyre drove him in with a sacrifice fly. Ramirez made two errors on the night which led to an unearned run. Lakeland closes the series with Dunedin Saturday night at home at 6:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 2, BURLINGTON 0
2-0, t-1st in Eastern division

The 'Caps won 2-0 against the Bees, breaking a scoreless game in the top-half of the ninth. Burke Badenhop (7-2) pitched seven scoreless innings of five hit ball, striking out three, but failed to factor in the decision. Orlando Perdomo pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out two, to earn his sixteenth save. Mike Hollimon went 3-for-4 with two doubles, driving in the go-ahead run in the ninth. Dusty Ryan went 2-for-3, and Justin Justice went 2-for-4 with a run scored. The 'Caps face the Bees the 24th at 8pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - Oneonta 8, Lowell 5
3-1, 1st in Stedler division

Thomas Thornton got the start for Oneonta but didn't factor into the decision as they cruised to an 8-5 victory. Casey Fien, who relieved Thornton after three innings, got the victory, pitching three innings of shutout relief. Scott Sizemore continues to be a terror at the top of the order, getting two hits and scoring a pair of runs for the club. Santo de Leon ripped three hits and drove in two runs, and Louis Ott also chipped in with a pair of hits. Oneonta hosts Lowell again on Saturday at 7:00pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - GCL Tigers 15, GCL Indians 5
2-2, 3rd in North division

Eleazar Aponte picked up the win, but the offense was the story in their 15-5 route of the GCL Indians. Aponte got the win, going five innings and allowing four runs, and he got all the run support he needed right out of the gate, with the Tigers putting up five runs in the first, and four more in the second. Audy Ciriaco blasted a grand slam in the first to get things going, while Michael Sullivan had two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI, and Michael Bertram had three hits and drove in three more. The club has Saturday off before traveling to the GCL Phillies home on Sunday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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