Mud Hens Lay Claim to First (7/4 Recaps)

Toledo has been playing great baseball as of late, but for weeks weren't able to advance in the standings. That changed over the holiday weekend, as the 'Hens win on Tuesday put them in first place of the division. Meanwhile, the Whitecaps continue to prove to be unstoppable.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 10, LOUISVILLE 7
47-38, 1st in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens are in sole possession of first place in the IL West after defeating the Louisville Bats 10-7 on the road Tuesday night. Ryan Ludwick went 3-for-5, including two home runs, a triple and two RBI's, to lead the Mud Hens at the plate while David Espinosa and Ryan Raburn, who each cleared the fences as well. Raburn, who had three RBI's in the game, belted a three run home run that capped off a four-run, fourth inning that put Toledo up 5-0 at one point in the game. The Bats battled back to tie it 7-7, before Espinosa's blast broke the deadlock in the eighth as the Mud Hens, who accumulated 15 hits in the game, pulled away scoring two more runs in the eighth, adding a another in the ninth. After a five full innings from starter Colby Lewis, and an inning of work from Mark Woodyard, Lance Davis (3-2) came on in the seventh, pitching 1-2/3 innings of scoreless ball and picked up the win. Lee Gardner finished off the ninth and picked up his IL leading 18th save. The Mud Hens and Bats (44-40) will continue their series again Wednesday night. Toledo's Jordan Tata takes his 5-3 (3.75 ERA) record to the mound against Steve Kelly (1-1, 2.77) of Louisville.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - AKRON 2, ERIE 1
35-46, 5th in Southern division
Erie came out on the wrong side of a pitcher's duel Tuesday night, losing to Akron 2-1 in 10 innings. Virgil Vasquez, in his best start of the season, scattered eight hits over eight innings, giving up one earned run, striking out five batters and not walking any. Brian Rogers pitched the remaining two innings, giving up a solo home run in the tenth and recording his first loss of the season. Adam Haley went 0 for 3 with a strikeout and the team's only RBI. Erie combined for only four hits and six strikeouts, as Brent Clevlen went 1 for 4 with two Ks. The series continues at home Wednesday night, at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - CLEARWATER 8, LAKELAND 5
7-6 t-2nd in West division
Clearwater used a three run ninth to top Lakeland 8-5 on our nation's birthday. Andrew Kown turned in seven innings for Lakeland, giving five runs (four earned) with seven strikeouts. He did struggle a bit with his control though, walking four Threshers. Lakeland entered the eighth down 5-2, but put up three runs to knot the game at five. Unfortunately it was all for naught, as Clearwater turned it back on, putting up three runs on a trio of Lakeland relievers. Freddy Dolsi took the loss. Clete Thomas, Brent Dlugach and Jim Essian each had two hits and a run scored for Lakeland. Lakeland faces Clearwater again on Wednesday at 7:05pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 5, LANSING 3
11-2, 1st in Eastern division

On a night filled with fireworks, the Whitecaps hit two homers to beat the Lansing Lugnuts 5-3. Luke French earned the win, his seventh, pitching six innings while scattering three runs on nine hits. Matt Rusch and Ricky Steik both pitched an inning of scoreless relief and Orlando Perdomo pitched the ninth to earn his nineteenth save of the year. Cameron Maybin went deep in the first inning, hitting a two run shot, and finished 3-for-4. Cory Middleton was the hero, mashing a three run shot in the seventh to put the 'Caps ahead for good. Pedro Cotto went 2-for-4 with a double, and Matt Joyce and Will Rhymes were the only other 'Caps with hits. The 'Caps face the Lugnuts again Wednesday at 6:55.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - VERMONT 5, ONEONTA 3
10-4, 1st in Stedler division

Jeff Gerbe took his first loss of the season for Oneonta as they fell 5-3 to Vermont. Gerbe gave up all five Vermont runs in his five innings of work. Brandon Timm ripped a pair of hits and a drove a run for the O-Tigers, while Joseph Tucker had two hits and scored two runs. Jordan Newton had a hit and took three walks for the club. Oneonta faces Tri-City on Wednesday at 7:00pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - OFF DAY
4-8, 5th in North division

The GCL Tigers had Independence Day off but get back into things on Wednesday when they visit the GCL Phillies at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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