Sleeth Struggles in Return (7/31 Recaps)

After getting work in for the GCL Tigers, Kyle Sleeth made his return to the Lakeland Tigers; but it wasn't the return he was hoping for. On the plus side, Luke French and Chris Cody turned in strong starts for West Michigan and Oneonta, respectively.

57-53, 3rd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens were doubled up by the Indianapolis Indians 4-2 on Monday night surrendering the first game of an all important four game set with the Indians. After both teams went through six innings deadlocked at 1-1, the Indians exploded for a three run seventh to break the tie, going on to take the opening game of the series. Mike Hessman and Jack Hannahan each produced RBI's for Toledo, with Ryan Raburn and Alexis Gomez going 2-for-4 on the night. Starter Corey Hamman (2-5) takes the loss after working 6-2/3 innings, giving up all four Indian runs on seven hits, walking one man. The Mud Hens and Indians will play game two of their series on Tuesday night as the Indianapolis extends their lead on Toledo to 3-1/2 games.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - OFF DAY
45-62, 6th in Southern division
Erie had the day off before returning home for a game against Portland Tuesday night at 6:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - SARASOTA 7, LAKELAND 0
17-20, 6th in West division
Lakeland struggles all night with runners in scoring position and lose to Sarasota 7-0. The L-Tigers best chance came in the third when Brent Dlugach singled with two on, but Juan Francia was thrown out at the plate to end the scoring threat. Dlugach ended the game 2-2. Kyle Sleeth took the loss (0-2) after allowing 4 runs in four innings. Jeremy Johnson threw the final 5 innings allowing 3 runs, but one run was unearned due to an error. Lakeland travels to Sarasota Tuesday night and plays at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 7, CLINTON 0
30-8, 1st in Eastern division

The 'Caps swept the LumberKings Monday evening, winning their fifth game in a row 7-0 on the back of a well pitched game by Luke French. Luke (10-5) pitched seven innings of shut-out baseball, allowing only six hits while striking out three. Josh Kauten pitched two innings of scoreless relief, allowing only two hits, while striking out one. Matt Joyce connected for a two-run blast, his eighth, and finished 1-for-2. Mike Hernandez drove in two on a 2-for-4 night, and Pedro Cotto also went 2-for-4, driving in a run. Dusty Ryan had an RBI single, and Justin Justice and Mike Hollimon both doubled. The 'Caps face South Bend the 1st, at 7pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - ONEONTA 7, TRI-CITY 3
23-16, 2nd in Stedler division

Oneonta picked up another win on Monday, topping Tri-City 7-3. Chris Cody improved to 3-0 on the season, giving up two runs in six innings with six strikeouts. Tim Robertson then came on and closed things, pitching the final three innnings to get his first save of the season. The offense didn't need a big night, but they put one up anyway, including Brennan Boesch, who went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Ryan Strieby also had three hits and two RBI for the O-Tigers, while Angel Reyes went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Oneonta now returns home to take on Brooklyn for a three game set, starting Tuesday at 7:00pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

22-12, 1st in North division

You can't win 'em all, and the GCL Tigers learned that on Monday, falling to the GCL Braves 7-5. It was just their 2nd loss in the last nine games. Eleazar Aponte turned in a great start but the bullpen couldn't hold the lead for the team. Aponte gave up a run in 5 2/3 innings, including four strikeouts as he lowered his ERA to 1.86. Alec Sheppard would be the one that would take the loss, as he surrendered three runs while recording just two outs. Orlando Rodriguez had a pair of hits, including a two run home run. Michael Bertram also scored a couple of runs for the team. They take on the GCL Yankees at noon in Tampa on Tuesday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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