'Wolves Explode, 'Caps Cruise (6/29 Recaps)

Erie's core group of players won a title in West Michigan in 2004, and came up just short in 2005 - so their struggles this season have been new to many of the team's players. But there were no struggles on Thursday. Plus, West Michigan and Oneonta continue to roll; with Ricky Steik picking up the win for the 'Caps.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 5, CHARLOTTE 3
43-37, 3rd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens took their second in a row against Charlotte, defeating the Knights 5-3 on Thursday night. Josh Phelps and Jack Hannahan led the Mud Hens knocking in two runs each. Phelps and Tike Redman each tripled, with Hannahan and Ryan Raburn, who also scored, each produced a double. Kevin Hooper went 4-for-5, scoring a pair of runs as well. Toledo starter Colby Lewis (4-6) won his fourth game of the season, going six full innings, striking out three, walking just one, allowing two runs on just seven hits. Reliever Lee Gardner picked up his 16th save of the season making an appearance in the ninth to seal the victory for Toledo. The Mud Hens will now begin a home series with the division leading Indianapolis Indians on Friday night, with Jordan Tata (4-3, 4.26) getting the nod for Toledo facing Sean Burnett (6-5, 5.23) of the Indians.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 13, AKRON 6
33-43, 5th in Southern division
Erie's offense scored more runs than ten runs for the third time this season, beating Akron 13-6 Thursday afternoon. Jair Jurrjens picked up his second win for the SeaWolves, giving up three runs on six hits in five innings, while striking out five batters. Shortstop Tony Giarratano, in his first game back from being on the DL, went 3 for 4 with a walk, a double and three runs scored. Both of Kelly Hunt's hits were homers, as he drove in three runs on the day. Jackson Melian, Brent Clevlen and Chris Maples also homered for the club. DH Kody Kirkland went 1 for 4 with three RBIs, a runs scored, and his third triple of the season. Erie now travels to Reading for a game Friday night, starting at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - CLEARWATER 8, LAKELAND 7
5-3 2nd in West division
Lakeland lost a high scoring game on Thursday, giving up a run in the 11th inning to fall 8-7 to Clearwater. Andrew Kown earned a no decision for his start, giving up four runs (three earned) in 5 2/3 innings. He did struggle a bit with his control, walking three while striking out just two. Lakeland trailed early, traded the lead, then climbed back and tied it up with a run in the 9th via a Miguel Linares single. But, two innings later, Anthony Tomey would lose the lead, giving up the winning run. Jeff Larish had two hits and an RBI in the losing effort, while Garth McKinney went 3-for-5, including a home run. Lakeland plays again at Clearwater on Friday at 7:05pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 4, WISCONSIN 1
6-2, t-1st in Eastern division

The Whitecaps got back in the win column on Thursday with a 4-1 victory over Wisconsin. Lucas French led the charge but walked away with a no decision, as the 'Caps offense didn't wake up until the 7th inning, and didn't take the lead until their three-run 8th. Ricky Steik pitched a scoreless 8th to get the win, while Orlando Perdomo pitched a perfect 9th for his 18th save. Mike Hollimon ripped a pair of hits and scored a run for the 'Caps, as did Cameron Maybin. West Michigan hosts Wisconsin again on Friday at 7:00pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - ONEONTA 3, LOWELL 1
8-1, 1st in Stedler division

The O-Tigers were successful yet again on Thursday, topping Lowell 3-1. Thomas Thornton turned in another strong start, but only made it four innings, so he didn't record a decision. Phil Napolitan got the win in relief. Brett Jensen recorded his 4th save, pitching a perfect 9th inning. Scott Sizemore continued his hot hitting at the top of the order, ripping a pair of hits and scoring a run. Brennan Boesch provided the highlight of the game, blasting a two run homer in the 3rd inning that gave the team the lead for good. The O-Tigers face Lowell on Friday at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - OFF DAY
3-5, 4th in North division

The GCL Tigers were off on Thursday, but return to the field on Friday when they host the GCL Phillies at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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