'Hens, 'Caps, O-Tigers Stake 1st (7/8 Recaps)

Success at the minor league level is never a clear indication of success to come at the big league level - but it can never hurt. And right now, the Tigers have three farm clubs all sitting atop their divisions.

50-40, 1st in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens manufactured a two run rally in the top of the ninth to come from behind and defeat the Indianapolis Indians 7-6 on Saturday night. Down 6-5 going into the final stanza, Brian Peterson reached base on a bunt and came home on Kevin Hooper's triple to centerfield to tie the game. Ryan Raburn then cracked a sacrifice fly to center scoring Hooper, giving the Mud Hens a 7-6 lead, as they went on to retire the side in the home half of the ninth. Dustan Mohr and Josh Phelps each homered and had two RBI's, while Hooper, Raburn and Jack Hannahan each chipped in for one RBI a piece in a 16-hit performance by the Mud Hens. Toledo starter Lance Davis managed just 4-2/3 innings of work surrendering four runs on seven hits. After an appearance by Mark Woodyard, reliever Chris Spurling (1-2) came on in eighth, and despite allowing a pair of runs, picked up his first win of the season. Lee Gardner worked the home half of the ninth to pick up his 19th save of the season and seal the win for Toledo who now extend their lead in the IL West to 1-1/2 games over Indianapolis. The two teams continue their series Sunday afternoon.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 3, ALTOONA 0
37-48, 5th in Southern division
Erie's offense backed up some dominant pitching Saturday night, as the SeaWolves beat Akron 3-0. Starter Nate Bumstead pitched seven strong innings, giving up no runs on four hits, four walks and six strikeouts. Mike Nannini pitched a scoreless for his third hold of the season, and John Ennis got the final three outs, two of which were strikeouts, to pick up his ninth save for Erie. Kurt Airoso scored on Don Kelly's RBI sac fly in the sixth, and Kelly Hunt added his 29th RBI of the season wih a single later that inning. Adam Haley reached base all four times he was up, going 2 for 2 with two walks. The series continues Sunday afternoon at 1:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - TAMPA 5, LAKELAND 3
8-9, 4th in West division
Lakeland commits two costly errors and allows three unearned runs to lose to Tampa Saturday night 5-3. Eddie Bonine took the loss (2-2) after going 5 innings, allowing 2 earned runs but five altogether. The L-Tigers scored their first run in the 5th when with 2 outs Andrew Graham got hit by a pitch and Clete Thomas came up next and hit a double (18) for the RBI (23). Lakeland scored it's final two runs in the ninth when Garth McKinney and James Essian had back to back two out doubles, Essian's drove in Nick McIntyre and McKinney. The L-Tigers play Sunday at home at 6:00pm against Tampa.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 1, CDR. RAPIDS 0
14-3, 1st in Eastern division

The 'Caps rebounded from their streak ending loss last night to two-hit the Kernels and win 1-0. Burke Badenhop (8-2) was masterful over seven innings, allowing only two hits while striking out three. Anthony Claggett came in and pitched two innings of scoreless relief to earn his seventh save on the year. The only 'Caps run was scored by Will Rhymes who walked in the first, stole second and scored. Matt Joyce drove in Rhymes, and finished the night 2-for-3. Mike Hollimon also finished 2-for-3, mashing a double, the only extra base hit in the game, and stealing a base. The 'Caps face the Kernels again the 9th at 2pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - ONEONTA 9, JAMESTOWN 6
13-5, 1st in Stedler division

Chris Cody got the start, but Derek Witt took the win as Oneonta rolled over Jamestown 9-6. Despite Witt moving to 4-0 on the year, he didn't have his best outing, giving up five runs in his five innings of relief work. Oneonta had built up a huge 9-1 lead though, so Witt struggled through the final two innings, giving up all five of those runs, likely to save from using another bullpen arm. Deik Scram had three hits and three RBI from the top slot in the order, while Casper Wells had a pair of hits and three more RBI from the bottom slot. Four other O-Tigers also had multi-hit games on the day. Oneonta plays at Jamestown again on Sunday at 6:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

6-9, t-4th in North division

It was a rough day for the GCL Tigers, as they fell to the Indians' rookie club 10-1 on Saturday. Alfredo Figaro turned in a strong start, giving up just one hit and no runs over four innings, but it all fell apart in the 8th. Eric Beattie took the loss, giving up five earned runs while recording just one out before handing the ball over to other relievers, who didn't manage much more success. Audy Ciriaco managed two hits in the losing effort, and Orlando Rodriguez drove in the club's only run. The team has Sunday off before returning to action on Monday, hosting the GCL Phillies at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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