Hollimon's Homers Not Enough (7/17 Recaps)

Mike Hollimon had a monster night on Monday, blasting three home runs, but it wasn't enough to get West Michigan a victory. The GCL Tigers on the plus side keep winning, as they took both games of a doubleheader on Monday.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - PAWTUCKET 8, TOLEDO 6
51-45, 3rd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens dropped the opening game of their four game set with the Pawtucket Red Sox on Monday night 8-6. Despite an RBI double by Dmitri Young and run scoring single by Ryan Raburn in the opening inning, the Mud Hens weren't keep their 2-0 lead long as the Red Sox came back to score five unanswered runs through the next four innings. Toledo regained the lead with a four-run fifth, but again lost the lead as the Red Sox battled back once again scoring a run in the seventh, adding two more in the eighth as Pawtucket went on to win their third straight game. Young led the way for the Mud Hens at the plate going 3-for-5 including two doubles and a pair of RBI's on the night. Raburn went 3-for 4, including a double and a pair of RBI's, while Dustan Mohr and Jack Hannahan each chipped in for an RBI as well. Toledo starter Colby Lewis worked six full innings surrendering six runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out four batters. Steve Green (2-3) took over in the seventh, giving up the go ahead run for Pawtucket and becoming the pitcher of record taking the loss on the night. The Mud Hens and Red Sox continue their series in Pawtucket on Tuesday night. Jordan Tata (7-3, 3.57) takes the hill for Toledo, where he'll face Kason Gabbard (1-3, 4.92) for Pawtucket.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - GM1: BOWIE 4, ERIE 2
GM2: ERIE 5, BOWIE 4

40-53, 6th in Southern division
Erie split a double header Monday night, losing to Bowie in the first game 4-2. Bobby Jones pitched well, going four and two thirds innings and giving up only two earned runs while striking out six batters, despite picking up his fourth loss of the season. Erie's only scoring came off of two solo home runs, one by Danilo Sanchez in the fifth inning, and another by Brent Clevlen in the seventh. Juan Francia had a rough first game, going 1 for 3 at the plate while picking up his eighth fielding error of the season, getting picked off at first base and getting thrown out at second during a steal attempt. Don Kelly also picked up two fielding errors, while going 0 for 3 at the plate.

The second game was a different story for the SeaWolves, as they beat Bowie 5-4. Eulogio De La Cruz, Ian Ostlund, and Brian Rogers combined to give up four earned runs in seven innings on nine hits and four walks, with Ostlund picking up his fifth win of the season. Outfielder Vincent Blue went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. Erie newcomer Nick McIntyre went 2 for 4 with a run scored in the lead off spot for Erie. Kelly Hunt went 2 for 3 with a run scored and another newcomer Andrew Graham went 1 for 3. The series coninues in Erie Tuesday night, at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - SARASOTA 6, LAKELAND 3
11-13, 5th in West division
Lakeland allows three unearned runs and loses to Sarasota 6-3 on Monday night. Andrew Kown took the loss (3-4) after throwing 7 1/3 innings and allowing 6 runs, but only three were earned. Casper Wells got the L-Tigers on the board with an RBI double in the 2nd. Jeff Larish went 2-4 with a double and a solo homer in the 6th, his 16th. Jeffrey Frazier drove in the final run in the 8th with a groundout that scored Clete Thomas. Lakeland goes to St. Lucie on Tuesday night and play at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - BELOIT 10, W. MICH. 4
19-6, 1st in Eastern division

The 'Caps were shelled by the Snappers 10-4, despite the fact that Mike Holliman launched three homers. Josh Rainwater (4-3), was knocked out of the game quickly, allowing seven runs (six earned) in just three and a third innings of work. The 'Caps pitchers gave up a total of eighteen hits, including three deep blasts. Mike Hollimon was the lone bright spot for the 'Caps, finishing 3-for-4 with the three home runs. Will Rhymes, Pedro Cotto, Dusty Ryan and Justin Justice all had one hit for the game. The 'Caps wrap up the four game series with Beloit the 18th as Erik Averill squares off against Adam Hawes.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - ONEONTA 7, MAHOONING VLY. 1
15-11, 2nd in Stedler division

Brendan Wise turned in a strong outing as Oneonta got back into the win column, topping Mahooning Valley 7-1. Wise gave up a run in four innings of work, but because he didn't make it the requisite five innings, he walked away with a no decision. Instead, Lauren Gagnier picked up the win, throwing three shutout innings for the O-Tigers. Brennan Boesch blasted a solo home run for Oneonta, while Ronnie Bourquin had three hits for the club, including a double. Scott Sizemore also chipped in with two hits and two RBI. After wrapping up their series with Mahooning Valley, Oneonta starts a series with Brooklyn on Tuesday at 7:00pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - GM1: GCL TIGERS 6, GCL YANKEES 1
GM2: GCL TIGERS 2, GCL YANKEES 1

13-9, t-1st in North division

The Tigers swept both games of a day doubleheader from the GCL Yankees, winning 6-1, 2-1. In the opener, Matt Righter picked up the victory, pitching five shutout innings to get his second victory of the year. Paul Hammond pitched 1 1/3 shutout innings to close it out for his 2nd save. Luis Arlet had two hits and scored two runs, but the real star was Chris Carlson, who had two home runs and drove in four runs for the GCL Tigers.

In the second game, things weren't so cut and dry, but the GCL Tigers still squeezed out a 2-1 victory on the back of Santo Franco, who pitched five for the team while allowing just one run. Adriano Santos pitched the final two innings to pick up his first save. The GCL Tigers started hot, scoring two runs in the first inning, but couldn't manage anything from that point on. Luckily, that turned out to be enough. Gorkys Hernandez had two hits for the team, while Carlson and Michael Bertram each drove in a run. The club takes on the GCL Indians at 7:00pm on Tuesday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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