AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 7, CHARLOTTE 3
42-37, 3rd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens took the opening game of their four game home series with the Charlotte Knights with a 7-4 win on Wednesday night. Ryan Raburn and David Espinosa, who have managed to homer in three of their last five games, had back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning as the Mud Hens continue to lead the entire IL in home runs as a team this season with 73. Josh Phelps doubled and picked up two RBI's, while Don Kelly, Max St. Pierre and Mike Hessman each picked up one RBI. Humberto Sanchez (4-1) continues to pitch well, picking up his fourth win on the season. Sanchez went 5-2/3 innings giving up two runs on six hits, striking out a pair, walking three batters. The Mud Hens and Knights will continue their series Thursday night.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - AKRON 7, ERIE 6
32-43, 5th in Southern division
Erie's comback wasn't quite enough Wednesday night, as they fell to Akron 7-6. Virgil Vasquez gave up four earned runs in five innings, on eleven hits with six strikeouts. Chris Homer gave up two more earned runs in two innings pitched, including a home run. Mike Rabelo, Jackson Melian and Adam Haley all had RBI doubles for the SeaWolves, who scored all but one of their runs in the second half of the game but failed to complete the comeback. Rabelo went 2 for 4 on the day with two RBIs and a run scored, and first baseman Kelly Hunt went 2 for 4 with a double. The series concludes tomorrow in Erie, at 12:05 pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent
HiA Lakeland Tigers - CLEARWATER 7, LAKELAND 3
5-2 t-1st in West division
Lakeland can only score three runs and loses to Clearwater Wednesday night 7-3. Kevin Ardoin took the loss (6-5) after allowing 5 runs in only four innings of work. James Essian and Nick McIntyre had three hits each, but Garth McKinney supplied all the pop for the L-Tigers. With McIntyre and Brent Dlugach on in the 5th, McKinney blasted a three-run homer for the L-Tigers only runs and the only extra base hit of the game. Lakeland tries again tomorrow night at Clearwater at 7:05pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - S. BEND 7, W. MICH. 6
5-2, t-1st in Eastern division
Burke Badenhop couldn't put together another strong start as the 'Caps fell 7-6 to South Bend. But Matt Rusch was the one that ultimately took the loss, giving up a run in two innings. West Michigan's offense all came early and sputtered out late; five runs in the first two innings, but very little late. Pedro Cotto went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, while Cameron Maybin had a pair of hits as well. Dusty Ryan also drove in a pair of runs for the 'Caps. West Michigan will host Wisconsin on Thursday at 7:00pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent
SS-A Oneonta Tigers - ONEONTA 10, VERMONT 4
7-1, 1st in Stedler division
Jeff Gerbe struggled in his start for the O-Tigers, but the club still walked away with a 10-4 win over Vermont. After Gerbe gave up four runs in 4 1/3 innings, Jose Fragoso pitched 3 2/3 innings of shutout baseball, giving up just one hit as he picked up the win. Deik Scram drove in four runs for Oneonta, while six O-Tigers had multi-hit games, including Scott Sizemore and Jordan Newton, who each scored three runs for the team. Oneonta travels to Lowell on Thursday to start a new series at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
R GCL Tigers - GCL INDIANS 4, GCL TIGERS 3
3-4, 4th in North division
The GCL Tigers lost a close one on Wednesday, giving up a late run to the GCL Indians in their 4-3 loss. Matt Righter gave up three runs in five innings but got a no decision. Dana Arrowood took the loss, giving up a run that broke the tie. Michael Sullivan had a pair of hits and scored a run for the GCL Tigers, while Carlos Ramirez had a pair of hits for the club as well. The GCL Tigers have Thursday off before returning to action on Friday against the GCL Phillies at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
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