Hollimon Gets 'Caps 2nd Cycle (7/9 Recaps)

The West Michigan Whitecaps are on an incredible roll, and pulled out another big victory on Sunday on the legs of Mike Hollimon, who became the 2nd Whitecap this season to hit for the cycle. Things weren't so good across the rest of the organization, but Lakeland was still able to pull out a win.

50-41, 1st in West division
The Indianapolis Indians exploded for four runs in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 deadlock and go on to defeat the Toledo Mud Hens 6-2 on Sunday afternoon. After five straight innings of scoreless baseball, the Mud Hens scored their only two runs of the game in the top of the sixth when with two outs, Kevin Hooper reached first base on a third-strike pass ball. David Espinosa singled to move Hooper to third before Ryan Raburn doubled to score both Hooper and Espinosa putting Toledo up 2-0. The Indians would tie it 2-2 in the home half of the sixth before their four-run rally in the eighth. Toledo starter Colby Lewis went seven full innings striking out four, allowing two runs on six hits. Bobby Seay (0-1) came on to start the eighth and allowed two more runs on a pair of hits and became the pitcher of record taking the loss. Despite the loss, the Mud Hens still remain 1-1/2 games ahead of the Indians in the IL West and will begin a series against Scranton Monday night.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ALTOONA 5, ERIE 4
37-49, 6th in Southern division
Erie blew a late lead Sunday afternoon, losing to Altoona 5-4. Virgil Vasquez pitched well, allowing two earned runs, both solo homers, on four hits in six innings, striking out seven batters. John Ennis entered the game with a one-run lead but gave up two runs in the ninth to pick up his third blown save of the season. Jackon Melian went 2 for 4 with a double, a home run and three RBIs. Kody Kirkland hit his seventeenth homer of the year, a solo shot in the sixth inning. The series concludes Monday night at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 4, TAMPA 3
9-9, 4th in West division
Lakeland scores 4 in the 5th and beats Tampa 4-3 Sunday night. With the bases loaded and no outs, Gilberto Mejia singled in Chris Robinson for the first L-Tigers run. Later in the inning with the bases loaded again and two outs, Jeff Larish drove in two with a single. Jeff Frazier followed with a single of his own to drive in the eventual game winner. Kevin Ardoin allowed only one run to pick up the win (7-6). Kevin Whelan struck out two and threw a scoreless ninth to pick up his nineteenth save of the year. Lakeland travels to Tampa Monday night to play the Yankees at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 11, CDR. RAPIDS 8
15-3, 1st in Eastern division

The 'Caps offense struck again, this time beating the Kernels 11-8 in a classic slug-fest led by Mike Holliman who hit for the cycle. Luke French started for the 'Caps and didn't last long, pitching only four innings while giving up six runs, three earned, on seven hits. Matt Rusch (7-3) pitched in relief and was the opposite - effective - pitching three innings and allowing only one run on three hits. Ricky Steik pitched an inning of scoreless relief, dropping his ERA to 2.09. Mike Hollimon led the offensive surge for the 'Caps, finishing 4-for-4 with a single, double, triple, two-run homer, and four RBI. The onslaught didn't stop there, however, as Matt Joyce was 3-for-4 with two doubles, four runs scored, and an RBI. Pedro Cotto also had three hits on the night, one of which was an RBI triple. Justin Justice had an odd night, driving in three runs without any hits, on a ground out and two sacrifice flies. The 'Caps face the Kernels again the 10th at 7pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - JAMESTOWN 4, ONEONTA 3
13-6, 1st in Stedler division

Jeff Gerbe took the loss for the O-Tigers as he fell to 0-2 in their 4-3 loss to Jamestown. Gerbe didn't pitch poorly, but gave up all four runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings. The offense managed ten hits but couldn't convert enough of those hits into runs, as they came up short of Jamestown's tally. Deik Scram did have a pair of hits for the club, while Ryan Strieby, Jeff Kunkel and Scott Sizemore each drove in a run apiece. The two clubs square off again on Monday in Jamestown at 6:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - OFF DAY
6-9, t-4th in North division

The team had Sunday off but returns to action on Monday, hosting the GCL Phillies at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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