Clubs Close Week on Sour Note (7/16 Recaps)

It wasn't the way the organization wanted to finish out the week. Besides the big league club dropping a game to Kansas City for the first time all year, Toledo fell from 1st to 3rd in just a few days, with Lakeland, Erie and Oneonta suffering defeat as well. Mike Hollimon was a bright spot for the 'Caps though.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - SCRANTON/WB 4, TOLEDO 1
51-44, 3rd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens dropped their third in a row after suffering another defeat to the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Red Barons 4-1 on Sunday afternoon. After Scranton held a 1-0 lead through five innings, the Mud Hens managed to come back and tie it in the top half of the sixth on Josh Phelps 16th home run of the season making it 1-1. Scranton then pulled away to manufacture a run in the home half of the sixth to regain the lead, adding another two in the seventh. Dmitri Young continues to have a productive rehab as a Mud Hen, knocking a pair of hits including a double in the game. Toledo starter Corey Hamman (1-3) managed 6-1/3 innings allowing all four runs on six hits with three strikeouts and a pair of walks. The Mud Hens, who now fall back 1-1/2 games out first place, now move on to Pawtucket, where they'll begin a four-game series Monday night against the Red Sox.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ALTOONA 4, ERIE 3
39-52, 6th in Southern division
Erie came up short again against Altoona Sunday night, losing 4-3. Jair Jurrjens lost his second game in a row, giving up four earned runs in five and a third innings, striking out five batters while walking two. Adam Haley went 2 for 3 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored. Don Kelly and Kody Kirkland also recorded RBIs for the SeaWolves. Kirkland was removed from the game in the second inning after hitting his 44th double of the year, and was replaced by Kurt Airoso. The 'Wolves now head over to Bowie for a double header Monday night, with the first pitch scheduled for 6:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - SARASOTA 3, LAKELAND 2
11-12, 4th in West division
Lakeland leaves 12 men on base and lose Sunday night 3-2 to Sarasota. Kevin Ardoin took the loss (7-7) after going 6 1/3 innings and allowing all three runs. The L-Tigers got on the board early when Clete Thomas led off the game with a walk and then stole second (15). Thomas scored later when Chris Robinson walked with the bases loaded. Jeff Larish had the only other RBI (47) for the game when he grounded out in the 7th to drive in Brent Dlugach. Jeff Frazier went 3-5. Lakeland plays at home again Monday night at 7:00pm against Sarasota.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 4, BELOIT 1
19-5, 1st in Eastern division

The 'Caps nearly shut-out the Snappers, winning 4-1 as they watched the only run come across the plate in the bottom of the ninth. Sendy Vasquez (7-6), pitched five shut-out innings, allowing only three hits while striking out five Beloit batters. Matt Rusch pitched two innings of scoreless relief, and Anthony Claggett pitched an inning as well. The 'Caps teed off for two homers, as Mike Hollimon hit his ninth and Jeramy Laster hit his fifth. Will Rhymes went 3-for-4 and Rafael Mendez drove in a run. The 'Caps pulled out the win, even though they struck out eleven times - relying on the deep ball and costly errors by Snapper fielders. The 'Caps face the Snappers again the 17th.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - MAHOONING VLY. 7, ONEONTA 3
14-11, 2nd in Stedler division

Oneonta wasn't able to get back into first place, as the club fell to Mahooning Valley 7-3. Tom Thornton got the loss but didn't pitch poorly; he allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings. Unfortunately the Oneonta offense didn't arrive until Mahooning Valley was already up 5-0, and even putting up three runs wasn't enough. Scott Sizemore once again led the way at the plate, driving in two of Oneonta's three runs. Ryan Strieby also scored a run and drove one in. The O-Tigers wrap up their series with Mahooning Valley on Monday at 7:00pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

11-9, 2nd in North division

Cristhian Martinez led the way as the GCL Tigers topped the GCL Braves 8-3. Martinez gave up two unearned runs in four innings of work as he continues to strengthen his arm and shake off any side effects from his injury that sent him to the training room back in April. Guillermo Moscoso though would pick up the win in relief, giving up a run in three innings. Gorkys Hernandez had a double and a triple and scored three runs for the club, while Chris Carlson drove in an astounding six runs, including a grand slam, his fourth homer of the season. Michael Sullivan also scored a pair of runs via a pair of walks. On Monday, the Tigers have a doubleheader with the GCL Yankees, starting at 11:00am.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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