Rain, Rain Go Away (6/26 Recaps)

Despite only three teams getting their game in, the organization managed a 4-1 record for the day, with both Toledo and Lakeland taking both games of their doubleheader. Lakeland was powered by Wilkin Ramirez, who had a homer in both games, while Ryan Raburn helped provide the offense for the 'Hens.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - GM1: TOLEDO 4, NORFOLK 3

41-36, 3rd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens completed a mini-sweep of the Norfolk Tide winning both games of a doubleheader on Monday. In the opening match it was David Espinosa's lead off homer that opened a four-run fifth inning, boosting Toledo to a 4-3 win over the Tide After the Tide quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one inning, Espinosa knocked his fifth homer of the season to put Toledo on the scoreboard to close the gap to 2-1. Kevin Hooper then singled with two outs before Ryan Raburn belted a double, scoring Hooper to make it 2-2 to tie it. Again with two-out, Ryan Ludwick singled to score Raburn, giving the Mud Hens a 3-2 advantage with Josh Phelps tripling home Ludwick to cap off the four-run rally. Corey Hamman (1-2) started for Toledo and went on to pickup his first win of the season pitching five innings, striking out one, walking a batter and allowing both Norfolk runs. Lee Gardner earned the save coming in the seventh to close it for Toledo. In the second game, Jack Hannahan, Mike Hessman and Raburn all homered to lead Toledo past Norfolk 7-2. Hannhan and Hessman hit back to back homers in the second inning and collected two RBI's each in the game with Raburn hitting his 13th of the year, a solo blast in the fourth. Espinosa remained hot at the plate with another homer run going 3-for-4 in the game as well, while Don Kelly picked up another RBI on the season earning him second spot in that category in the IL Steve Green (2-1) earned the win for Toledo giving up just two runs on four hits over five innings, striking out two batters and walking none. The Mud Hens, who remain a game back of first place Indianapolis will play the third a final game of their series against Norfolk Tuesday afternoon, sending Chad Durbin (7-3, 2.86) to the mound to face John Maine (2-5, 3.71) of the Tide.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - PPD: RAIN
32-41, t-4th in Southern division
The doubleheader for Monday was rained out as the massive storm that is blanketing the east coast cancelled another game. No make-up dates have been announced yet. Erie will try and get a game in against Akron on Wednesday at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - GM1: LAKELAND 2, SARASOTA 1

4-1 1st in West division
Lakeland took both games of their doubleheader against Sarasota on Monday. In the first game, Garth McKinney scores the winning run in the bottom of the 11th as Lakeland wins 2-1 Monday night over Sarasota. The first L-Tigers run came courtesy of Wilkin Ramirez's seventh homerun. Ramirez hit it in the 4th with two out and noone on. In the 11th McKinney singled and scored the game winner on a Nick McIntyre sacrifice fly. Eddie Bonine got the win (2-1) by throwing three scoreless innings. Jeremy Johnson pitched a strong game but got the no decision after allowing 1 run in 7 innings. In the second game, P.J. Finigan got the spot start for the club, but got a no decision for his efforts, giving up two runs in four innings. Jeff Larish and Wilkin Ramirez each blasted solo home runs for the club, with Larish's being the go-ahead run. Kevin Whelan came on in the 7th to seal the win. The L-Tigers travel to Sarasota Tuesday night to finish the series at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - S. BEND 6, W. MICH. 3
4-1, t-1st in Eastern division

The Whitecaps watched their seven game win streak slip away, along with a two-run lead, during a 6-3 loss at the hands of the Silver Hawks. Josh Rainwater (2-2) took the ball for the 'Caps and was hit hard, allowing six runs, four unearned in just four innings of work. Ricky Steik pitched two innings of scoreless relief for the 'Caps, striking out five and allowing only one hit. Cameron Maybin was 1-for-4 with an RBI double, a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored. Mike Hollimon had an RBI single, finishing 1-for-3, and Joel Roa had an RBI single, finishing 1-for-3. The 'Caps face the Silver Hawks again the 27th at 7pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - PPD: RAIN
4-1, 1st in Stedler division

Oneonta's game at Vermont was rained out as they had their second straight game cancelled. They'll attempt to play a doubleheader on Tuesday, starting at 6:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

2-3, t-3rd in North division

There were no reports coming in from the Gulf Coast League, likely indicating the game was rained out. They'll host the GCL Yankees on Tuesday at 12pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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