Five Wins Close the Week (7/23 Recaps)

The day was about as good as it could get for the organization on Sunday - not only did the Tigers maintain their 6.5 game lead in the AL Central, but five of their six minor league clubs walked away with victories, with the help of some great pitching, including that from Dallas Trahern.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - DURHAM 4, TOLEDO 3
53-49, 3rd in West division
The Durham Bulls edged the Toledo Mud Hens 4-3 in a close one on Sunday. Despite six strong innings of pitching, Toledo starter Jordan Tata (7-4) takes the loss giving up four runs on seven hits, striking out four and walking four. Mike Hessman knocked in two RBI's, including belted his 19th home run of the season. Hessman cleared the fences with one on and two out in the fifth inning, while Mike Rabelo belted a solo shot, his third of the year, previously in the third inning. Durham's Darnell Mcdonald saw his 27-game hitting streak come to an end in Sunday's game as he went hitless for the first time since June 22. The Mud Hens and Bulls will conclude their series Monday night as Humberto Sanchez (5-3, 3.61) takes the mound for Toledo where he'll face Brian Stokes of Durham (6-5, 3.66).
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 4, NEW BRITAIN 1
43-55, 6th in Southern division
Erie got great pitching from both their starter and bullpen Sunday, beating New Britain 4-1. Bobby Jones went five strong innings, giving up one earned run on four hits and two walks, picking up his third win. Brian Rogers, Preston Larrison, Ian Ostlund and John Ennis finished out the game, combining for only one hit and one walk. Jackson Melian went 2 for 3 with a double, a triple, an RBI and a run scored. Vince Blue went 2 for 4 with a triple and a run scored, while Chris Maples, Don Kelly and Nick McIntyre also added RBIs for the SeaWolves. The team now travels to Akron for a Monday night game at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 6, JUPITER 1
15-15, 5th in West division
Lakeland defeats Jupiter 4-1 Sunday for it's third win in a row. Dallas Trahern got the win (4-10) by throwing 6 innings and allowing only the one run. Trahern was ejected in the 7th after hitting a batter. Jeff Larish put the L-Tigers up 2-0 in the 3rd with an RBI single. Larish again drove in a run in the 5th with a ground-rule double. Jeff Frazier drove in two more in the 5th and Brent Dlugach finished the four-run inning with an RBI single. Lakeland goes for four in a row Monday night at 7:05pm at Jupiter.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 6, DAYTON 5
23-7, 1st in Eastern division

The 'Caps fell behind quickly again against the Dragons, but rallied back and held off a Dayton rally in the ninth to win 6-5. Josh Rainwater (5-3) was solid through six innings of work, allowing four runs, one earned, on six hits while striking out seven and not allowing a walk. Orlando Perdomo earned his 22nd save of the year, but struggled a little, allowing a run on two hits. Jeramy Laster went 2-for-4 with a three run blast, and Mike Hernandez was perfect, finishing 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Cory Middleton also went deep for the 'Caps with a solo shot, and Matt Joyce was 1-for-4 with an RBI double. Pedro Cotto went 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base, and Cameron Maybin went 1-for-5 with his 22nd stolen base of the year. The 'Caps face the Peoria Cheifs the 24th at 7pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - GM1: ONEONTA 7, STATE COLLEGE 6
GM2: STATE COLLEGE 5, ONEONTA 2

19-13, 2nd in Stedler division

Oneonta split their doubleheader with State College on Sunday, winning the first game 7-6 but falling in the nightcap. The first game was no walkin the park, as Oneonta was scoreless heading into the 6th inning, but the club put up six runs over the final two innings to tie the game at 6, then scored the game winner in the 8th via a Brennan Boesch single. Tom Thornton gave up six runs (four earned) in five innings, but Tim Robertson picked up the win, giving up just two hits and no runs over three innings. James Skelton went 3-for-3 with three RBI, while Deik Scram chipped in with two hits and two runs.

Zach Piccola took the loss in the second game, as he gave up five runs in 4 2/3 innings. The offense wasn't clicking like it was in the first game, with Brennan Boesch managing three hits and driving in a run, but the rest of the team combining for just five hits. The club gets Monday off before traveling to Williamsport to start a three game series at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - GCL TIGERS 10, GCL INDIANS 5
17-10, 1st in North division

The GCL Tigers picked up yet another win on Sunday, downing the GCL Indians 10-5. Cristhian Martinez turned in a strong start for the club, giving up a run over five innings. Santo Franco made things interesting out of the 'pen, giving up four runs in 2 2/3 innings, but the club's seven-spot in the 4th inning staked the club to a big lead. The offense was able to score those double digit runs on just nine hits, with not a single Tiger managing more than one hit. Carlos Ramirez drove in a pair of runs, while Joe Bowen had a hit with three walks and scored two runs. Audy Ciriaco and Max Leon also had a hit, scored a run and drove another in. The club is off on Monday, but has a doubleheader with the GCL Phillies starting Tuesday at 11:00am.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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