Starters Shine in Victories (8/1 Recaps)

Colby Lewis, Virgil Vasquez and Sendy Vasquez all turned in strong starts, and not coincidentally, all three of their clubs walked away with victories. The same can't be said for Eleazar Aponte, who pitched well, but couldn't get any offensive support in the GCL.

58-53, 3rd in West division
The Mud Hens defeated Indianapolis 5-2, tying their crucial series with the Indians at a game a piece Tuesday night. Colby Lewis (5-7) won his fifth game of the season pitching six strong innings allowing two runs on just five hits, walking one batter. Dustan Mohr went 3-for-4, pushing the envelop for the cycle with a single, double and triple on the night, scoring twice. Josh Phelps brought home two runs which ties him with Ryan Raburn for 71 RBI's on the season, as both now sit second in the IL for runs batted in. Ryan Ludwick and Ramon Santiago each chipped in with an RBI as well in the winning effort that saw the Mud Hens improve their record to 58-53 and move to just 2-1/2 games behind Indianapolis (59-49) who lead the IL West. The Mud Hens and Indians wrap up their series on Wednesday afternoon in Indianapolis.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 4, PORTLAND 2
46-62, 6th in Southern division
Erie started off its homestand the right way Tuesday night, beating Prtland 4-2. Virgil Vasquez picked up his fifth win of the season, giving up two runs and four hits in eight and two-thirds innings, while striking out nine batters. Preston Larrison recorded the final out, picking up his first save of the season. Kelly Hunt had a big day, going 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Kody Kirkland also went 2 for 4, collecting his 22nd double and his 49th RBI of the season. The series continues Wednesday at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - SARASOTA 10, LAKELAND 4
17-21, 6th in West division
Lakeland takes an early lead Tuesday night, but commits four errors and loses to Sarasota 10-4. Eddie Bonine took the loss (2-4) by throwing 5 1/3 innings and giving up seven runs, but only three of those runs were earned. The L-Tigers started off strong when in the 1st Juan Francia singled and Brent Dlugach tripled him in, and Garth McKinney's 2nd inning homerun(9) put Lakeland up 2-1. McKinney scored again in the 4th when he stole home while Francia was batting. The L-Tigers tried to rally in the 9th when Dlugach singled in Francia for his second RBI(43) of the night, but fell short. Lakeland plays at Sarasota Wednesday night at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 7, S. BEND 6
31-8, 1st in Eastern division

The Whitecaps jumped to an early lead and held off a Silver Hawks rally, winning their sixth game in a row 7-6. Sendy Vasquez (9-6) pitched five innings, allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out five. Orlando Perdomo earned his 26th save, pitching a scoreless ninth and striking out one. Matt Joyce went 3-for-4 with a triple, his fourth, and two runs batted in and Cameron Maybin went 2-for-5 with a homer, his sixth, and one RBI. Mark Haske went 2-for-4 with two batted in, and Mike Hollimon went 1-for-4 with a triple. The 'Caps face the Silver Hawks again the second, and look to extend their winning streak to seven.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - BROOKLYN 9, ONEONTA 1
23-17, 2nd in Stedler division

Jeff Gerbe got hammered on Tuesday night, as the O-Tigers fell to Brooklyn 9-1. Gerbe gave up all nine runs in just two innings before getting the hook, and while the bullpen was able to hold serve for the final seven innings, the Oneonta offense wasn't nearly up to the task. Joe Tucker and Ryan Strieby each had a pair of hits for the club, while Ronnie Bourquin scored the club's lone run. Oneonta takes on Brooklyn again on Wednesday at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

22-13, 1st in North division

The GCL Yankees put up two runs in the first inning, and that was enough to hold on for a 2-1 win. Alfredo Figaro gave up those two runs in five innings of work, but took the loss for his efforts. Michael Bertram got the club back to within a run in the second inning by blasting a solo home run, but the GCL Tigers weren't able to cross the plate again. In fact, besides Bertram's homer, Joe Bowen's single was the only other hit the club managed for the night. The Tigers host the GCL Indians on Wednesday at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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