And the Story Continues (6/24 Recaps)

Saturday ended up much like Friday, with both Erie and Toledo struggling, but all three A-ball clubs picking up victories. The Whitecaps had to go 16 innings to get their victory, but they did it with the help of Matt Joyce. Meanwhile, Dallas Trahern turned in a strong start for Lakeland but didn't get the win, because the offense didn't turn it on until after he exited.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - SYRACUSE 7, TOLEDO 4
38-36, 3rd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens suffered a 7-4 loss, dropping their second straight to the Syracuse Sky Chiefs on Saturday night. Syracuse, like it has throughout the series thus far, got off to an early 7-0 lead after just three innings. The Mud Hens only scoring came in the top of the fourth when Kevin Hooper led off with a single making it to third on Jack Hannahan's one out single to right. Ryan Raburn then doubled, scoring Hooper to get Toledo on the board, before Ryan Ludwick's three run homer scored Hannahan and Raburn making it 7-4 where it stood through nine innings. Toledo starter Colby Lewis (3-6) was roughed up for all seven Syracuse runs through only three innings. Mark Woodyard, Lance Davis and Hector Mercado combined for five scoreless innings of relief following Lewis' exit. The Mud Hens and Sky Chiefs will conclude their series on Sunday afternoon before Toledo returns home Monday to begin a three game series with the Norfolk Tide.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - READING 7, ERIE 0
32-41, t-4th in Southern division
Erie got rocked Saturday night, losing to Bowie 7-0 in six innings. Bobby Jones picked up the loss, giving up six runs, five earned, in four innings. Erie managed only three hits and four walks all game, as Mike Rabelo went 1 for 2 with a single and a walk. Erie's first three hitters in the lineup-- Vince Blue, Brent Clevlen and Chris Maples-- combined to go 0 for 8 with three strikeouts. Secondbaseman Max Leaon went 0 for 2 with a strikeout, and recorded his second error of the season with a missed catch. The series continues Sunday night in Bowie, at 6:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 5, DUNEDIN 2
2-1 t-2nd in West division
Lakeland scores three in the 7th to beat Dunedin 5-2 Saturday night. Nick McIntyre drove in Jeff Larish for the first L-Tigers run of the game after Larish had doubled. Brent Dlugach blasted his second home run of the year, a solo shot,in the 4th with two outs. Clete Thomas drove in the go ahead run with an RBI triple in the 7th. Jeff Frazier followed with an RBI single. Frazier later scored the final run after an error on a Wilkin Ramirez hit. Dallas Trahern pitched six innings but got a no decision. Freddy Dolsi picked up the win (3-3) by throwing a scoreless inning. Kevin Whelan struck out the side in the ninth for his 16th save. The L-Tigers take on Sarasota Sunday night at home at 6:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 5, BURLINGTON 1
3-0, t-1st in Eastern division

The 'Caps won a marathon sixteen inning game against the Bees 5-1 thanks to a four run explosion in the top half of the sixteenth. Luke French started things off well for the 'Caps, lasting seven innings allowing only one run on four hits, with a strikeout and a walk. Four 'Caps relievers pitched nine innings of scoreless relief from that point. Matt Rusch pitched three innings, allowing only one hit while striking out five and Loren Fraser pitched three innings of relief as well, allowing three hits and striking out four. Matt Joyce drove in the go-ahead runs in the sixteenth with two outs and the bases loaded, and Mike Hollimon went 2-for-6 with a double and a triple. Dusty Ryan went 1-for-2 with an RBI triple and Cameron Maybin was 3-for-7 with two runs scored and a stolen base, his tenth. The 'Caps face the Bees again the 25th and go for the sweep of the series.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - Oneonta 5, Lowell 2
4-1, 1st in Stedler division

The Tigers top draft picks led the way for Oneonta in the middle of the order as the O-Tigers cruised to victory on Saturday. Scott Sizemore, Brennan Boesch and Ronnie Bourquin (the Tigers 5th, 3rd and 2nd round picks, respectively) each had two hits, with Boesch driving in a pair of runs as well scoring a pair. Santo De Leon came up big as well, blasting a three run home run. Zach Piccola got the start but only went four innings, so he didn't factor into the decision. Derek Witt picked up the win in relief, his second of the year. Oneonta and Lowell face off again on Sunday at 6:00pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - OFF DAY
2-2, 3rd in North division

The club had Saturday off but returns to actions to action against the GCL Phillies at home on Sunday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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