Florida Clubs Cruise (7/18 Recaps)

The GCL Tigers laid claim to first place on Tuesday, which has been unfamiliar territory for the team in the past years. The full season Florida club also squeaked out a 2-1 win with the help of Clete Thomas.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - PAWTUCKET 7, TOLEDO 7 - SUSP: RAIN
51-45, 3rd in West division
When the rain came, Toledo and Pawtucket were deadlocked at seven. The game will be finished up on Wednesday at 6:05pm before the regularly scheduled game between the two clubs at 7:05pm.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - BOWIE 7, ERIE 0
40-54, 6th in Southern division
Erie didn't show up Tuesday night, losing to Bowie 7-0. Jon Connolly gave up seven runs, six earned, on eight hits in six and one-third innings. Erie totaled only four hits, two of which came off the bat of outfielder Jackson Melian. Bowie pitchers struck out eight batters, with Brent Clevlen going 0 for 4 with three Ks. Don Kelly went 0 for 4 with two throwing errors in the field. The series continues Wednesday in Erie, at 12:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 2, ST. LUCIE 1
12-13, 5th in West division
Gilberto Mejia drives in Clete Thomas in the top of the 10th to beat St. Lucie 2-1 Tuesday night. With two outs and nobody on Thomas ripped a triple and Mejia came up next and singled to center for the game-winner. Miguel Linares went 3-4. Dallas Trahern went eight innings allowing one unearned run but got the no decision. P.J. Finigan picked up the win (9-2) by throwing 2/3 of an inning and inducing a double play. Kevin Whelan threw a scoreless 10th to notch his 20th save of the year. Lakeland plays Wednesday afternoon at St. Lucie at 10:30am.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - BELOIT 5, W. MICH. 4
19-7, 1st in Eastern division

The 'Caps rallied from a four run deficit to send the game into extra innings, but they couldn't pull out a win, losing to the Snappers 5-4 in the eleventh inning. Erik Averill (5-4) started for the 'Caps, and after a shaky first inning in which he allowed four runs (three earned), settled down to pitch seven innings allowing only seven hits and striking out four. Ricky Steik pitched two innings of scoreless relief, striking out two. Matt Joyce drove in two runs, finishing 2-for-4, and Cameron Maybin went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, a stolen base, and two runs scored. Will Rhymes went 3-for-6 with a double, and Mike Hollimon went 1-for-5 with a stolen base. The 'Caps open up a four game series against Dayton the 19th at Fifth Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - ONEONTA 4, BROOKLYN 2
16-11, 2nd in Stedler division

After getting delayed just before the bottom of the 9th inning, the two clubs finished the game up and Oneonta walked away with the win 4-2. Zach Piccola turned in a strong start but walked away with a no decision, pitching five innings of three-hit baseball, while not allowing a run. Piccola didn't get the win because the Oneonta offense didn't get on the board until the 5th inning, and didn't take the lead for good until the 7th inning. Deik Scram and Scott Sizemore each had a pair of hits and an RBI at the top of the lineup - Scram also scored a pair of runs. Brennan Boesch drove in the other two runs. The two clubs square off again on Wednesday at 7:00pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - GCL TIGERS 6, GCL INDIANS 2
14-9, 1st in North division

The Tigers staked sole claim of first place on Wednesday when they topped the GCL Indians in extra innings 6-2. Eleazar Aponte turned in the start, giving up two runs in six innings, but walked away with a no decision. The two clubs were tied at 2 after nine innings and needed extras to decide it, but the GCL Tigers turned it up by putting up a four-spot in the 10th. Nine GCL Tigers got a hit on Tuesday, yet none of them had a multi-hit game. Luis Arlet scored a pair of runs for the club, while Joe Bowen drove in a pair. The club is off on Wednesday but takes on the GCL Phillies at 7:00pm on Thursday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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