Split Day on the Farm (6/30 Recaps)

It wasn't a perfect day down on the farm, but Toledo had a great night, and Erie pulled out its second straight victory, something it hasn't done too often this season. Jordan Tata pitched a gem for the 'Hens, while Dallas Trahern turned in an impressive outing as well, even though he took the loss.

44-37, 3rd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens shutout Indianapolis 7-0 to take the opening game of their crucial four game series with the Indians on Friday night at Fifth Third Field. Toledo starter Jordan Tata (5-3) collected his fifth win of the season striking out a season high 11 batters through seven innings surrendering no walks, scattering just five hits. Tata received offensive support from Ryan Ludwick who snapped a scoreless tie in the fifth with a lead off home run to put Toledo up 1-0. Ryan Raburn had a hit and two RBI's along with newcomer Dustan Mohr who chipped in for two hits on the night. David Espinosa, Kevin Hooper and Max St. Pierre also had an RBI each. The Mud Hens and Indians, who are both just a half a game back from division leading Louisville, continue their all important series Saturday night in Toledo.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 5, READING 3
34-43, 5th in Southern division
Erie won for the second night in a row, beating Reading Friday night, 5-3. Bobby Jones allowed three earned runs on six hits in six innings, and John Ennis picked up his eight save of the season. Centerfielder Nook Logan went 3 for 5 with two runs scored in his first game with the SeaWolves after being sent down from Toldeo. Chris Maples went 1 for 3 with a double, a run scored, and 2 RBIs. Mike Rabelo, Jackson Melian and Brent Clevlen also recorded RBIs, and Kelly Hunt hit his seventh and eighth doubles of the season. The series continues Saturday night in Reading, at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - CLEARWATER 2, LAKELAND 1
5-4 3rd in West division
Dallas Trahern pitched spectacularly, but the Lakeland offense couldn't come through as the team fell 2-1 to Clearwater. Trahern pitched all eight innings for the L-Tigers, giving up two runs on five hits with five strikeouts. Gilberto Mejia had two hits and scored Lakeland's only run. Garth McKinney ripped a double, but only three other L-Tigers got hits, and they were just singles at that. Lakeland will host Sarasota on Saturday for a game that kicks off at 6:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 4, WISCONSIN 1
7-2, 1st in Eastern division

The 'Caps beat the Timber Rattlers 4-1 on the back of solid pitching and a two-run bomb by Mike Hernandez. Sendy Vasquez (5-6), was impressive through six innings, allowing only one run on six hits while striking out five. Loren Fraser then pitched two innings of scoreless relief, and Anthony Claggett pitched the ninth to earn his fifth save. Mike Hernandez was 2-for-4 with a double and the two run homer which put the 'Caps ahead in the second, and they didn't look back from there. Justin Justice was 1-for-2 with an RBI, and Pedro Cotto was 2-for-4. Mike Hollimon went 1-for-3 and stole his seventh base of the season, and Cameron Maybin also went 1-for-3, stealing his thirteenth base of the year. The 'Caps face the Timber Rattlers again the 1st at 7:00pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - LOWELL 4, ONEONTA 2
8-2, 1st in Stedler division

Oneonta's hot start slowed down a bit on Friday as they fell to Lowell 4-2. Zach Piccola took the loss, giving up all four runs in 3 2/3 innings. Chris Krawczyk pitched 4 1/3 shutout innings, but the Oneonta offense wasn't able to come back after taking the early lead. Scott Sizemore ripped his first home run, a solo shot, but Brandon Timm and Ronnie Bourquin were the only other players to record a hit. Oneonta plays at Lowell on Saturday at 5:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - GCL Phillies 3, GCL Tigers 2
3-6, 5th in North division

The GCL Phillies won 3-2 over the GCL Tigers on Friday. Jesse Caraballo took the loss, giving up two runs (one earned) in four innings. Gorkys Hernandez continued his hot hitting, but the rest of the team didn't follow suit. Hernandez drove in both of the team's runs; singling home Orlando Rodriguez in the 6th, and blasting a solo home run in the 8th. The Tigers travel to face the GCL Braves at 10:00am on Saturday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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