'Caps Cruise to 8th Straight Win (7/6 Recaps)

The Whitecaps are on a winning streak much like the Tigers' run of the past few weeks, as they picked up their 13th win in 15 games since the All Star break with Tiger general manager Dave Dombrowski watching. Meanwhile, Lakeland's offense came up big, putting up double digit runs.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - LOUISVILLE 4, TOLEDO 3
48-40, 2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens dropped the final game of their four game set with the Bats 4-3 on Thursday night in Louisville. After Toledo jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one inning, the Bats battled back to tie it in the fifth inning and score the go ahead run in the eighth, to edge the Mud Hens, containing them to just five hits in the game. Corey Hamman started for Toledo and managed 4-1/3 innings striking out a pair and walking just one batter, but it was Chris Spurling (0-2) who appeared in the eighth, and gave up the lead run and eventual winner for Louisville, taking the loss. Toledo center fielder Dustan Mohr continues to shine at the plate going 3-for-4, stretching a double and driving in two runs. Catcher Max St. Pierre also had a double bagger, while shortstop Kevin Hooper had a single and supplied the other Mud Hens' RBI. The Mud Hens now move on to Indianapolis where they'll begin a crucial three games series with the Indians in the battle for first place in the IL West. Currently the Indians hold a half-game lead over the Mud Hens going into the series.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - AKRON 2, ERIE 0
36-47, 5th in Southern division
Erie couldn't find any run support to back up a solid pitching performance Thursday night, losing to Akron 2-0. Starter Preston Larrison and reliever Eulogio De La Cruz combined to give up two earned runs on six hits, three walks and six strikeouts. Adam Haley went 2 for 4 with a double, and the only other SeaWolf to record a multi-hit game was DH Kurt Airoso. Three Akron pitchers struck out eight Erie batters, with outfielder Jackson Melian striking out three times himself. Third baseman Kody Kirkland went 0 for 3 with a K and his 17th fielding error of the season. Erie now stays home for a series against Altoona starting Friday night at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 10, CLEARWATER 4
8-7 4th in West division
Danny Zell picked up the win for Lakeland in relief as they jumped back to the sunny side of .500 for their 2nd half record. That was mostly due to Lakeland's six run 6th inning that broke a 4-4 tie and put the L-Tigers out in front for good. Jeremy Johnson got a no-decision as the starter, giving up four runs in three innings. Jeff Larish blasted a two run homer, his 15th on the year, while Jeff Frazier chipped in with a pair of RBI and Jim Essian scored three runs without ever actually getting a hit. On Friday, Lakeland opens up a four game series with Tampa.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 3, LANSING 2
13-2, 1st in Eastern division

The Whitecaps held on despite a late rally from Lansing to pick up a 3-2 victory. Josh Rainwater was spectacular in his start, giving up just two hits in 6 1/3 innings. Rainwater also struck out seven. The relievers then combined to give up seven hits over the final 2 2/3 innings, but held up to pull out the victory. Will Rhymes had a pair of hits at the top of the order, while Cameron Maybin and Mike Hernandez each drove in a run apiece. Cory Middleton also ripped a double and scored a run for the club. The Whitecaps now return home to begin a four game series hosting Cedar Rapids. Game one starts off on Friday at 7:00pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - TRI-CITY 10, ONEONTA 7
11-5, 1st in Stedler division

An error plagued 8th inning doomed the O-Tigers as they fell on Thursday 10-7 to Tri-City. Oneonta made a valiant comeback attempt, scoring three runs in the bottom half of the 8th, but it wasn't enough to climb out of the 10-4 hole. Zach Piccola pitched well as the starter, giving up a run in five innings. Tim Robertson got the loss for allowing six unearned runs in the 8th. Deik Scram had two hits and two RBI for the O-Tigers, while Brennan Boesch chipped in with a double and a triple. The two clubs tangle back at Tri-City's home on Friday evening at 7:00pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - GCL TIGERS 4, GCL BRAVES 3
6-8, 5th in North division

The rookie Tigers needed extra innings, but they took care of business in the 11th to walk away with a 4-3 victory. Paul Hammond pitched a perfect inning of relief in the 11th, but the whole bullpen deserves credit, especially Eleazar Aponte, who pitched seven shutout innings after relieving Kyle Sleeth in the 2nd inning. Aponte gave up just four hits and struck out eight. Chris Carlson had the game winning hit, an RBI double that scored Gorkys Hernandez. Hernandez went 3-for-5 on the day and Audy Ciriaco had a pair of hits and scored a run. The GCL Tigers faced the GCL Yankees on Friday at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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