Outfielders Lead Charge (7/13 Recaps)

Two of the top prospects in the organization - Brent Clevlen and Cameron Maybin - have each had some struggles in '06, Clevlen with Double-A pitching, Maybin with a finger injury that wouldn't go away. But both blasted big home runs on Thursday night to help their clubs pick up wins.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 6, SCRANTON/WB 5
51-41, 1st in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens return to action following the All-Star break on a winning note defeating the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Red Barons 6-5 on Thursday night. The Mud Hens got right to business in the first inning as Josh Phelps knocked a two-out, two-run home run with Jack Hannahan on base to put Toledo up 2-0 after the opening inning. Scranton edged their way back in the game, eventually tying it 2-2 in the fifth, and going on to take a 4-2 lead after six innings. Toledo came back with a four run seventh inning rally to regain the lead once again making it 6-4. Phelps, who belted his 15th homer of the season, also had three RBI's on the night for Toledo who started the second half of the season in a first play tie with Indianapolis in the IL West. Ryan Raburn picked up his 62nd RBI of the season keeping him in second place in the IL in that category. Ryan Ludwick had two hits including a double and two runs batted in, to bring his RBI total on the season to 54. Jordan Tata pitched six full innings allowing four runs on six hits. Tata walked one and struck out four batters. Following a scoreless seventh pitched by Chris Spurling, Bobby Seay came on and pitched the eighth inning setting it up for Lee Gardner to close the ninth. Despite a late game rally that saw the Barons come within a run to make it 6-5, Gardner was able to close it out and pick up his 19th save of the season. The two teams will play game two of their series Friday night in Scranton.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 5, ALTOONA 2
38-50, 6th in Southern division
Erie used a big inning and a big bat to defeat Altoona 5-2 Thursday night. Early RBIs by Don Kelly and Jackson Melian gave Erie a lead that they would soon blow. But, Brent Clevlen's three run homer in the seventh inning, his seventh of the year, put the SeaWolves ahead for good. Jon Connolly gave up two earned runs on eight hits and two strikeouts. Ian Ostlund and John Ennis each threw a scoreless inning in relief, with Ennis picking up his tenth save of the season. The series continues in Altoona Friday night at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - CLEARWATER 2, LAKELAND 1
10-10, 4th in West division
Lakeland gets no extra base hits and loses to Clearwater Thursday night 2-1. Dallas Trahern threw a complete game only allowing two runs but took the loss (3-10)after getting little support. Chris Robinson supplied the only RBI of the night when in the 4th he singled in Jeffrey Frazier with two outs, who had led-off the inning with a single. Frazier and Robinson accounted for 3 of the 5 total hits for the L-Tigers. Lakeland tries to get back on track Friday night at Clearwater at 7:05pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 6, SW. MICH. 4
15-5, 2nd in Eastern division

The 'Caps rallied late to beat the Devil Rays 6-4, as Cameron Maybin hit a game winning three run blast in the eighth. Erik Averill pitched seven solid innings, allowing only three runs, two earned, on seven hits, while striking out three and walking three. Anthony Claggett rebounded from his poor performance to close the game and earn his eighth save. The 'Caps lived on the long ball, hitting three on the evening. Maybin hit the three run shot, his fourth, in his only official at-bat as he was walked the three other times he came to the plate. He managed to steal two bases, giving him nineteen on the year. Mike Hollimon hit his eighth homer of the year, and Dusty Ryan hit his sixth bomb of the year. Justin Justice drove in the only 'Caps run that didn't come on a homer, with an RBI single. The 'Caps face the Devil Rays again the 14th.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - GM1: STATEN ISLAND 5, ONEONTA 4

13-9, 1st in Stedler division

Oneonta came up short in a doubleheader onThursday, falling to Staten Island 5-4 and 8-5. In the first game, Zach Piccola struggled as the starter, allowing four runs in two innings before being removed in favor of Casey Fein. Fein turned in five strong innings, before turning it over to Derek Witt, who let the go-ahead run cross the plate in the 8th inning. Ronnie Bourquin and Brandon Timm each had a pair of hits for Oneonta, while Brennan Boesch came through with a triple and an RBI. In game two, Matt O'Brien got rocked, giving up eight runs on 11 hits in four innings. Casper Wells had a pair of hits, while Scott Sizemore drove in two runs. The O-Tigers take on Staten Island again on Friday at 7:00pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

9-9, 3rd in North division

Eleazar Aponte turned in a strong start as the GCL Tigers pulled out a 7-2 victory over the GCL Indians. Aponte gave up a run on three hits in five innings as he moved to 2-0 on the year. Six GCL Tigers had two hits, including Orlando Rodriguez who had a two run homer. Audy Ciriaco also drove in a run and scored two more himself. The team is off on Friday, but they face off against the GCL Phillies on Saturday at 10:00am.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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