A-Ballers Out in Front (6/27 Recaps)

Oneonta, West Michigan and Lakeland now have more than common besides all being characterized as 'A' level clubs - they all sit in first place in their division and all three combined for a 4-0 record on Tuesday.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - NORFOLK 5, TOLEDO 1
41-37, 3rd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens dropped the final game of their three game series with the Norfolk Tide 5-1 on Tuesday afternoon. Toledo starter Chad Durbin (7-4) took the loss after going 7 1/3 innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits, walking three and striking out four hitters. Hector Mercado finished the final 1-2/3 innings, pitching one hit ball. Josh Phelps drove home the Mud Hens only run of the game picking up his 41st RBI on the season scoring David Espinosa. Espinosa reached base belting his sixth triple of the season, keeping him fourth in the IL for three baggers. Ryan Raburn reached base with a double, with Brian Peterson, Ryan Ludwick and Kevin Hooper each chipping in for a single in the losing effort for Toledo. The Mud Hens will now begin a short two-game series at home with the Charlotte Knights beginning Wednesday night at Fifth Third Field sending Humberto Sanchez (3-1, 1.80) to the mound to face Heath Philips (10-2, 1.76) of the Knights.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - AKRON 9, ERIE 7
32-42, 5th in Southern division
Erie's pitching couldn't stop Akron's bats Tuesday night, as the SeaWolves lost 9-7. Starter Nate Bumstead lasted five innings, giving up five earned runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out eight batters. Ian Ostlund pitched to two batters in the sixth without recording an out, and was charged with two earned runs and a blown save. After Brian Rogers held Akron scoreless for the next two innings, Eulogio De La Cruz gave up two unearned runs and recorded his fifth loss of the season. Erie's offense played well, as Chris Maples hit his ninth homer of the year and Adam Haley went 1 for 3 with a walk, a double and 2 RBIs. The series continues Wednesday night, at 7:05 pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 6, SARASOTA 2
5-1 1st in West division
Jon Connolly allows two runs and Lakeland wins 6-2 Tuesday night at Sarasota. Connolly threw 7 2/3 strong innings and stayed perfect on the season(3-0). Gilberto Mejia got the scoring started in the 3rd with a single that drove in Garth McKinney. Brent Dlugach kept it rolling in the fourth with a two out homerun, his third of the year, that put the L-Tigers up for good. With the bases loaded and two outs in the 8th, James Essian drew a walk which allowed Clete Thomas to score his first of two runs on the night. Thomas also scored in the 9th from a Chris Robinson two-out single. Gilberto Mejia scored the sixth and final run of the game on a wild pitch. The L-Tigers travel to Clearwater Wednesday night and play at 7:05pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 6, S. BEND 3
5-1, 1st in Eastern division

The Whitecaps jumped out to an early lead over the Silver Hawks and won 6-3. Erik Averill got his fourth win of the year, pitching six and two-thirds innings allowing only three runs on eight hits. Anthony Claggett pitched an inning and a third of scoreless relief, and then Orlando Perdomo came on to earn his seventeenth save. Justin Justice went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored, and Pedro Cotto went 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Dusty Ryan and Mike Hernandez both had two hits on the evening. The 'Caps face the Silver Hawks again the 28th as Burke Badenhop squares off against Kyle Wright.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - GM1: Oneonta 8, VERMONT 3
GM2: Oneonta 5, VERMONT 0

6-1, 1st in Stedler division

Chris Cody gave up two unearned runs and he got plenty of run support as the O-Tigers rolled to an 8-3 victory in the first game. Cody gave up just two hits over five innings and was then relieved by Brendan Wise, who gave up the final run over two innings. Oneonta's six run 6th put the game out of reach early though, with Casper Wells blasting a three run homer and Brandon Timm also driving in a pair of runs. In the nightcap, Matt O'Brien pitched a seven inning complete game shutout en route to picking up his first win of the year. O'Brien allowed just two hits with seven strikeouts. Things were a bit shaky without a run being scored, until the 6th inning that is, when the O-Tigers put up a six spot. Scott Sizemore ripped a pair of hits, while Brandon Timm, Brennan Boesch and Deik Scram each had a hit, a run and an RBI. The two clubs finish up their series on Wednesday at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

3-4, 4th in North division

Cristhian Martinez took his first loss for the GCL Tigers in a 7-1 loss to the GCL Yankees. He gave up four runs in four innings, but just one was earned. Paul Hammond and Alec Shephard combined for three shutout innings, but the GCL Tiger offense couldn't get much going, with Gorkys Hernandez's solo home run being the team's lone run. Cody Collet also chipped in with a pair of hits. The GCL Tigers travel to the GCL Indians on Wednesday for a game at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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