Offense Explodes at Low Levels (7/15 Recaps)

It was a night to remember for the short season clubs on Saturday, as both teams shut out their opponents, all the while putting up double digit runs themselves. Eric Beattie turned in a strong outing at the GCL level, while everyone at the plate shined for Oneonta.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - SCRANTON/WB 9, TOLEDO 2
51-43, 2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens continue to slide after losing their second straight to the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Red Barons 9-2 on Saturday night. Toledo starter Chad Durbin (8-5) gave up a season high nine runs on 11 hits, managing three strikeouts through 4 2/3 innings of work. The Mud Hens (51-43), who accumulated 10 hits in the game, had their only scoring play in the sixth inning after the Barons (50-43) ran up a 9-0 lead after just five innings. Kevin Hooper singled to start the top half of the sixth inning and later scored on Ryan Raburn's triple to right field making it 9-1. Dmitri Young, playing in his second rehab game, singled to score Raburn making it 9-2, but that was all the Mud Hens offense had to offer for the night. The Mud Hens, with the loss, now fall back a half game from Indianapolis for the division race in the IL West, and will conclude their series Sunday afternoon with the Barons in Scranton. Toledo lefthander Corey Hamman (1-2, 3.80) will get the start for Toledo facing Eude Brito (8-5, 3.49) of the Barons.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ALTOONA 5, ERIE 2
39-51, 6th in Southern division
Erie lost to Altoona Saturday night, 5-2. Vigil Vasquez recorded his eighth loss of the season, giving up three runs on four hits in seven innings. Brent Clevlen hit a solo home run in the first inning, his eighth of the season. Vincent Blue went 0 for 4 with his 14th RBI of the season. Kody Kirkland went 0 for 4 with a strikeout and grounded into a double play, as the SeaWolves struck out seven times against Altoona's pitching. The series continues Sunday night in Altoona, at 6:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 11, SARASOTA 6
11-11, t-3rd in West division
Five L-Tigers had an RBI and Lakeland defeats Sarasota Saturday night 11-6. The offense got started early for the L-Tigers when Clete Thomas scored on a passed ball and Nick McIntyre singled in Brent Dlugach to put Lakeland ahead 2-0. The offense kept rolling in the 3rd when Adrian Casanova stepped up with the bases loaded and singled in Dlugach and Jeff Larish. In the 5th the L-Tigers put the game away when Garth McKinney crushed a two-out, two-run home run, his 7th, to cap off a 4 run inning. Jeff Larish went 1-2, scored 3 runs and walked three times. Eddie Bonine started but got the no decision after throwing 4 innings and allowing 4 runs. Freddy Dolsi picked up the win in relief (4-4). Dolsi threw two innings only allowing one run. Lakeland plays Sarasota at home Sunday night at 6:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 7, BELOIT 2
18-5, 1st in Eastern division

The 'Caps continue to win on their pitching and an explosive, yet streaky, offense beating the Snappers 7-2. Luke French (8-4) pitched eight brilliant innings, allowing just two runs on six hits while striking out five and walking one. Most of the 'Caps offense came in the second inning, as they stroked Snapper pitching for six runs. Mike Hollimon led the charge, driving in two and finished 2-for-4. Dusty Ryan also went 2-for-4, belting his tenth double on the year and driving in a run. Will Rhymes went 2-for-5 from the lead off spot, with a double, a stolen base - number fifteen on the year - and drove in a run. Cameron Maybin had an RBI single in the second, and Justin Justice finished 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. The 'Caps face the Snappers again the 16th.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - ONEONTA 14, MAHOONING VLY. 0
14-10, 2nd in Stedler division

The O-Tigers jumped all over Mahooning Valley and routed them 14-0. Jeff Gerbe picked up his first win of the season, pitching seven shutout innings, but the real story was the offense, who put up their 14 runs on 21 hits. Scott Sizemore went 4-for-6, scoring three runs, driving in four, including a solo homer. Joe Tucker had four hits and two RBI, Brennan Boesch had three hits and two RBI, Ronnie Bourquin had two hits and crossed the plate three times, and Brandon Timm and Jeff Kunkel each drove in a pair of runs. The two clubs square off again on Sunday evening at 6:00pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

10-9, 2nd in North division

The GCL Tigers also saw an offensive explosion, as they destroyed the GCL Phillies 11-0. Eric Beattie has had his struggles, but picked up a win on Saturday, pitching five no-hit innings for the GCL Tigers. He did walk four batters, but not allowing a hit makes that less frustrating. Kyle Sleeth then came on and pitched four shutout innings of relief, earning the save. Five GCL Tigers had multi-hit games, and three of those players also had multi-RBI games; Chris Carlson, Michael Bertram, and Joe Bowen. The club hosts the GCL Braves on Sunday at noon as they look to move in on the top slot.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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