Hernandez Hits for Cycle Again! (7/25 Recaps)

Mike Hernandez was a virtual unknown when the 2006 season got underway - it's unlikely that fans won't know him anymore. He may not be a prospect on the level with Cameron Maybin, but will certainly always be remembered by Whitecap fans for years to come.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 3, PAWTUCKET 1
54-50, 3rd in West division
Dustan Mohr's pinch hit two run home run broke a 1-1 deadlock in the bottom of the ten inning to lead the Toledo Mud Hens to a 3-1 win over visiting Pawtucket on Tuesday night. Both teams took the tie into extra innings before some late game heroics by Mohr who belted his fifth home run of the season to win it for the Mud Hens. Pawtucket scored early in the opening inning taking a 1-0 lead which they held on to for three innings before David Espinosa cranked a solo shot in the home half of the fourth to tie it 1-1 for Toledo. Mike Rabelo went 3-for-4 including a double, with Josh Phelps stretching a triple as well. Toledo starter Chad Durbin worked nine innings scattering just three hits in the game, striking out seven batters and walking just one. The right-hander retired 13 consecutive hitters during one stretch of the game, allowing Pawtucket's only run which was earned. Lee Gardner (4-5) came on to close the visitor's tenth and picked up the win being the hurler of record for Mohr's winning home run. Left-hander Corey Hamman (2-3, 3.45) will get the call to start for Toledo on Wednesday night as he'll face another left-hander, Abe Alvarez (5-7, 5.55) of Pawtucket at 7:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - GM1: AKRON 6, ERIE 5

43-58, 6th in Southern division
Erie lost both ends of a double header in Akron Tuesday night, losing the first game 6-5. Nate Bumstead gave up six runs, four earned on nine hits in six innings. Jackson Melian went 2 for 4 with a run scored and his 13th RBI of the season. Nook Logan went 1 for 4 with a run scored and a stolen base. Kurt Airoso, Don Kelly, Kelly Hunt and Chris Maples all added RBIs for the SeaWolves.

It was much more of the same for the second game, as Erie lost 7-4. Mark Woodyard gave up three earned runs and four runs total on four hits, three walks and three strikeouts. Brian Rogers gave up one run on two hits and P.J. Finigan gave up two runs on three hits. Melian stayed hot, going 2 for 4 with a double, a home run, a run scored and 2 RBIs. Don Kelly went 2 for 3 with a run and a walk, while Kurt Airoso hit his 12th homer of the season. The series continues in Akron on Wednesday at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - JUPITER 2, LAKELAND 0
15-17, t-5th in West division
Lakeland gets shutout Tuesday night 2-0 at Jupiter. Eddie Bonine pitched 7 strong innings allowing 2 runs and striking out 5, but took the loss (2-3). Clete Thomas and Miguel Linares combined for four of the L-Tigers 5 hits. Lakeland couldn't get anything going and left 6 men on base. The L-Tigers look to rebound Wednesday night at home against St. Lucie at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 10, PEORIA 0
25-7, 1st in Eastern division

The 'Caps offense erupted as Mike Hernandez hit for the cycle, and the pitching shutout the Chiefs to win 10-0. Burke Badenhop was brilliant through seven innings, allowing only five hits while striking out eight and walking none. Hernandez, who has now hit for the cycle twice this season, went 4-for-5 with a single, double, triple, and a two run homer. Top prospect Cameron Maybin went 2-for-4, raising his average to .317. Pedro Cotto went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI, and Will Rhymes went 3-for-5. Matt Joyce drove in a run on a 1-for-4 night, as did Mike Holliman. The 'Caps have now won six in a row, and will go for the sweep of the Chiefs the 26th at 7pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

19-13, 2nd in Stedler division

Matt O'Brien picked up his 4th win of the season as Oneonta cruised to a 4-1 victory over Williamsport. O'Brien gave up just one run over six innings - he also struck out four. Oneonta jumped out to the lead quickly with a run in the first, and then when Williamsport tied it with a run in the 4th, they snagged the lead right back in the top half of the fifth, and then added an couple insurance runs later on. Joe Tucker went 2-for-3 with a run scored, and Ryan Strieby went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Brandon Timm also had a triple, a run scored, and an RBI. The two clubs face off again on Wednesday at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor


19-10, 1st in North division

The GCL Tigers took both games of their doubleheader with the GCL Phillies on Tuesday, winning 4-3 and 2-0. Matt Righter went 3 2/3 innings, giving up three runs, but none earned. But he didn't get the win; that went to Adriano Santos. The offense was led by three homers; one each from Chris Carlson, Luis Arlet and Maxwell Leon. All that despite committing four errors in the seven inning game.

In game two, Eleazar Aponte picked up the win in the second game, pitching a complete game shutout for the team. He allowed five hits and struck out one as he brought his ERA down below two for the season. Orlando Rodriguez got the scoring started with a solo home run to take the lead, while Cody Collet added an insurance run in the fifth. The club faces the GCL Braves at noon on Wednesday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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