AAA Toledo Mud Hens - PAWTUCKET 9, TOLEDO 8
52-47, 3rd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens could not hold on to a two-run lead going into the ninth inning, as the Pawtucket Red Sox picked up a pair of runs to win it 9-8 on Thursday night. The Mud Hens led 7-0 through four innings, before the Red Sox battled back to tie it 7-7 in the seventh. Ryan Ludwick led off the eighth with a single, moving to second base on Dustan Mohr's sacrifice bunt, eventually scoring on Kevin Hooper's RBI single to right field to allow Toledo to regain the lead at 8-7. Lee Gardner (3-5), who takes the loss, came on to close the ninth for Toledo, but served up a two run homer to Ron Calloway, as the Red Sox in never-die-fashion , went on to win it with some late game heroics. Jack Hannahan had three RBI's including his seventh round tripper for Toledo, while David Espinosa went 3-for-5, including an RBI as a result of his eighth home run of the season as well. The Mud Hens return home to begin a four game set with Durham beginning Friday night at Fifth Third Field in Toledo.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - NEW BRITAIN 4, ERIE 0
41-55, 6th in Southern division
Erie lost 4-0 to New Britain Thursday night. Virgil Vasquez gave up three earned runs off of six hits and two walks in seven innings, striking out eight batters. Vince Blue went 1 for 1 with a single and three walks, but was caught stealing for the 12th time this season. Kelly Hunt went 1 for 3 with a double and an unassisted double-play in the field. The SeaWolf had a multi-hit game, and Kurt Airoso went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. The series continues Friday night at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent
HiA Lakeland Tigers - ST. LUCIE 4, LAKELAND 3
12-15, t-5th in West division
Lakeland loses in 13 innings to St. Lucie Thursday night 4-3. Anthony Tomey gave up the run in the 13th and got the loss (0-2). The L-Tigers got on the board in the 2nd when Garth McKinney singled in Jeff Larish for his 27th RBI. Brent Dlugach hit a solo home run in the 3rd, his fourth, and then in the 7th he walked with the bases loaded to drive in McKinney for the final run. Lakeland tries to win the final game of the series Friday night against St. Lucie at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 4, DAYTON 2
20-7, 1st in Eastern division
The Whitecaps rallied to beat the Dragons 4-2, after Anthony Claggett allowed the Dragons to tie the game. Burke Badenhop (9-2), pitched 6.2 innings, allowing only one run on four hits while striking out seven. Claggett took over from there, and gave up a double to tie the game, but bounced back with a shut-out eighth inning to earn his fifth win. Orlando Perdomo then pitched the ninth and earned his twenty-first save. Mark Haske and Jeramy Laster both went 2-for-4 with an RBI, driving in the go-ahead and insurance run for the 'Caps. Cameron Maybin was 1-for-3 with two runs scored, and Dusty Ryan went 1-for-2 with two runs scored. The 'Caps face the Dragons again the 21st at 7pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent
SS-A Oneonta Tigers - ONEONTA 6, BROOKLYN 1
18-11, 2nd in Stedler division
In a marathon game that lasted nearly 7 hours and spanned 26 innings and was the longest ever in New York-Penn League history, Oneonta finally pulled ahead in the top of the 26th inning with a five run spot to secure the win 6-1. After Chris Cody went six innings, giving up a run on four hits, the bullpen took over and was masterful. Seven O-Tiger relievers pitched, as they combined to throw 20 innings of shutout baseball. Randor Bierd picked up the win, pitching the final two innings for the club. Scott Sizemore got on base an astounding seven times, going 5-for-10 and walking twice. Deik Scram on the other hand had just one hit, but it was a big one, as it drove in the go-ahead runs. Oneonta now moves on to host a three game series with State College, starting on Friday night at 7:00pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
R GCL Tigers - PPD: RAIN
14-9, 1st in North division
The GCL Tigers game with the GCL Phillies was postponed on Thursday due to rain. No makeup has been scheduled yet. The club faces the GCL Braves Friday at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
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