Hens Shine in AAA All Star Game (7/12 Recaps)

The big league All Star break meant the day after the Midsummer Classic, the Double-A and Triple-A All Star games were underway. Toledo, who hosted the game, had their players make a big impact. Meanwhile, in the games that counted, Jeff Larish was once again mashing the ball, but the short season clubs couldn't even play because of rain.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - ALL STAR BREAK
50-41, 1st in West division
Ryan Raburn helped lead the IL All Stars at Fifth Third Field on Wednesday night, as he blasted a solo home run for the team. Ryan Ludwick also went 1-for-2 for the All Star team. Chad Durbin also pitched an inning of scoreless relief, representing the 'Hens well.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ALL STAR BREAK
37-50, 6th in Southern division
The SeaWolves didn't quite show well in the Eastern League's All Star game. Kody Kirkland and Mike Rabelo made appearances at the plate for the Southern squad, but neither got a hit, and Kirkland struck out in his lone appearance. Nate Bumstead and Brian Rogers took the mound as well, but only Rogers performed well. Bumstead gave up three runs in just 2/3 of an inning. His control was all over the place as well, walking four batters. Rogers though relieved him and was excellent going 1 1/3, striking out three. Erie returns to action on Thursday at Altoona at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 8, CLEARWATER 3
10-9, t-3rd in West division
Lakeland scores 6 runs in the 5th and defeats Clearwater 8-3 Wednesday afternoon. With two outs and the bases loaded in the 5th, Jeff Larish hit a bases clearing double scoring Garth McKinney, Gilberto Mejia, and Clete Thomas. Jeff Frazier followed Larish with his eighth homerun of the year to put the L-Tigers up 7-1. Nick McIntyre went 2-3 with a solo home run in the 8th, and also scored 3 runs. Brent Dlugach went 3-4 with a double and a RBI. Andrew Kown picked up the win (3-3) by throwing 6 innings and allowing 3 runs. Danny Zell and Tony Peralta threw three scoreless innings in relief. Lakeland travels to Clearwater Thursday night, gametime is 7:05pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - SW. MICH. 5, W. MICH. 4
15-5, 2nd in Eastern division

The 'Caps dropped their second game in a row, losing to the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays 5-4 in a rare late inning meltdown. Josh Rainwater (4-2) started and pitched five innings, allowing three runs while striking out three and walking two. Matt Rusch pitched two and a third innings of scoreless relief, striking out three. The usually reliable Anthony Claggett (4-2) was anything but, registering only a third of an inning of work in the ninth, allowing two runs on three hits. Offensively, Matt Joyce carried the 'Caps, driving in three runs on a 2-for-3 night - including a two RBI triple and a stolen base. Cameron Maybin was also on the top of his game, going 2-for-3 with a triple, his fifth, and a stolen base, his seventeenth. Pedro Cotto and Will Rhymes were the only other 'Caps with hits, finishing 1-for-4 and 1-for-5 respectively. The 'Caps face the Devil Rays again the 13th.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - PPD: RAIN
13-7, 1st in Stedler division

Oneonta's game with Jamestown on Wednesday was postponed due to rain; no make-up date has been announced. They play at Jamestown again on Thursday at 7:00pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - PPD: RAIN
7-9, 4th in North division

The GCL Tigers had a doubleheader with the GCL Yankees rained out on Wednesday. The games have yet to be re-scheduled. The GCL Tigers are slated to host the GCL Indians at noon on Thursday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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