French Just Short Of No Hitter (7/21 Recaps)

Luke French had a no hitter going into the ninth inning, but a leadoff double ended his no hit bid. That didn't stop him from retiring the side from that point forward to finish up the complete game shutout.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 4, DURHAM 3
53-47, 3rd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens wasted no time relieving Durham starter Jason Hammel after three innings as they went on to win the opening game of their home series with the Bulls 4-3 on Friday night. Ryan Raburn picked up his 68th RBI of the season as he lined home Kevin Hooper to put Toledo up 1-0. The Mud Hens picked up another pair of runs in the home half of the second jumping out to a 3-0 lead that they held through six innings. Despite a rally in the late innings in the late innings by Durham, the Mud Hens scored the winning run in the eighth when Mike Rabelo singled home Raburn to make it 4-3 edging by the Bulls. Corey Hamman (2-3) picks up the win after six innings of work striking out one, walking a man and giving up just one run on seven hits. The Mud Hens and Bulls continue their series Saturday in Toledo.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 7, NEW BRITAIN 2
42-55, 6th in Southern division
Erie got ahead early and stayed there Friday night, beating New Britain 7-2. Erie had three walks in the first inning before Jackson Melian cleared the bases with a double. Melian scored when the next batter, Adam Haley, hit his second triple of the season. Haley finished the night 2 for 4, also adding his first homer of the year. Eulogio De La Cruz, Mark Woodyard and Ian Ostlund combined to give up one earned run on ten hits and one walk, with Woodyard picking up his first win for the SeaWolves. The series continues Saturday night at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 8, ST. LUCIE 5
13-15, t-5th in West division
Lakeland blows a three run lead in the ninth but comes back to win Friday night 8-5 in ten innings. Kevin Whelan allowed three runs in the ninth for a blown save but picked up the win (2-1). Danny Zell threw a scoreless 10th to get his first save of the year. After the ninth Gilberto Mejia led off the 10th with a walk and later scored on a Jeff Larish sacrifice fly for the go-ahead run. Chris Robinson singled in Brent Dlugach and Garth McKinney drove in Jeff Frazier for the final runs. Larish ended the game with 4 RBI (52). McKinney had 3 RBI with a two-run homer in the 2nd (8). Clete Thomas went 3-5 with 2 doubles and scored 3 runs. The L-Tigers play at 6:05pm Saturday night at Jupiter.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 4, DAYTON 0
21-7, 1st in Eastern division

The Whitecaps shut-out the Dragons 4-0 as Luke French lost his bid for a no-hitter in the ninth. French (9-4), allowed a double to lead off the ninth, but then retired the side to maintain his complete game shut-out, striking out seven and walking three. Will Rhymes had an impressive night for the 'Caps, going 2-for-3 with two stolen bases, a run scored, and an RBI. Jeramy Laster and Mark Haske both went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Cameron Maybin went 1-for-4 with a stolen base, his twenty-first of the year. The 'Caps face the Dragons again the 22nd at 7pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - STATE COLLEGE 7, ONEONTA 5
18-12, 2nd in Stedler division

The O-Tigers gave up a pair of runs in the ninth to fall to State College 7-5 on Friday evening. Brendan Wise gave up three runs over the final three innings, including the go-ahead runs in the ninth - Wise has fallen to 0-3 on the year. Deik Scram had a double and a triple and scored two runs for Oneonta, while Brandon Timm, Brennan Boesch and Ryan Strieby each drove in a run. Oneonta will try and get back in the win column on Saturday against State College at 7:00pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - GCL TIGERS 4, GCL BRAVES 3
15-9, 1st in North division

Jesse Caraballo picked up the win on Friday night for recording just one out, in large part because of the GCL Tigers' three run ninth inning. With the game tied and the bases loaded, Mike Sullivan took a walk, scoring Audy Ciriaco for the game winning run. Before that, Ciriaco tied the game with a two run double. Kyle Sleeth got the start for the GCL Tigers, and improved once again; going four innings, giving up a run on two hits with seven strikeouts. Earlier in the game, Ciriaco also blasted a solo home run. The GCL Tigers have a doubleheader with the GCL Yankees starting at 11:00am on Saturday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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