Erie with a Monster Showing (8/2 Recaps)

Things haven't been great for the SeaWolves so far in 2006, but Wednesday wasn't a day to think about the struggles, as the club combined a great start from Eulogio de la Cruz and a great showing by the offense. Lakeland, who has also found themselves in the cellar as of late, also pulled out a win in an attempt to get out of the basement.

58-54, 3rd in West division
Despite Toledo starter Jordan Tata containing Indianapolis to just five hits, the Mud Hens fell to the Indians 4-1 on Wednesday night. Tata (8-5) took the loss surrendering three runs, walking three and striking out seven in six innings of work. The Mud Hens only scoring play came in the top half of the sixth inning when Alexis Gomez led off the frame with a ground rule double. Gomez later made his way to third on Kevin Hooper's sacrifice bunt and came home on an RBI single by Ryan Raburn. Raburn picks up his 72nd RBI on the season moving ahead of team mate Josh Phelps by one and second in the IL Batting chart for runs batted in behind league leader Kevin Whitt of Durham. The Mud Hens will now begin a three game home stand with the Louisville Bats on Thursday night at Fifth Third Field.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 13, PORTLAND 6
47-62, 6th in Southern division
Erie started Wednesday night's game fast and finished it the same way, beating Portland 13-6. Eulogio De La Cruz pithched seven strong innings, giving up one run on three hits while striking out five batters. Kurt Airoso hit a three run homer in the first inning, and two batters later Kody Kirkland added a solo shot of his own. Doubles by Airoso, Chris Maples and Adam Haley sparked a six run eighth inning that put Portland away. Both Airoso and Maples, who also hit a two-run home run in the fifth, ended up with five RBIs. The series continues Thursday night at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 5, SARASOTA 1
18-21, 6th in West division
Lakeland turns a triple play and defeats Sarasota 5-1 Wednesday night. In the 6th inning James Essian caught a bunt pop up, threw to Brent Dlugach for the force, who threw to Juan Francia covering first for the third and final out. The game was tied 1-1 until the 8th when the L-Tigers put it away. Garth McKinney and Jeffrey Frazier scored on a fielder's choice. Chris Robinson singled in Essian and with two outs Clete Thomas drove in Robinson for the 4th and final run. Kevin Ardoin started but got the no decision after going 6 1/3 innings and allowing 1 run. Kevin Whelan threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win (3-1). Lakeland travels to Daytona Thursday night to play at 7:05pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - S. BEND 5, W. MICH. 3
31-9, 1st in Eastern division

You can't win 'em all, and that held true for the 'Caps, as the SilverHawks broke West Michigan's six game win streak, winning 5-3. Josh Rainwater took the loss for the Whitecaps, giving up four runs over five innings as he fell to 6-4 on the year. Matt Joyce and Justin Justice each had two hits and scored a run, while Mike Hernandez and Dusty Ryan each chipping in with an RBI. The 'Caps take on South Bend again on Thursday at 7:00pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - BROOKLYN 5, ONEONTA 4
23-18, 2nd in Stedler division

Cristhian Martinez made the jump up from rookie ball, and took a no decision in the O-Tigers' 5-4 loss. The loss would go to Chris Krawczyk, who gave up two runs in 3 1/3 innings. Down 5-3 in the ninth, Oneonta put together a comeback, but saw out number three come with the tying run on third. Deik Scram and Brennan Boesch each ripped a pair of hits, while James Skelton blasted a solo home run. Oneonta wraps up their series with Brooklyn on Thursday at 7:00pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

23-13, 1st in North division

Guillermo Moscoso returned to the rotation as the GCL Tigers squeezed out a 3-2 victory on Wednesday. Moscoso gave up a run in 4 1/3 innings, but it was Duane Below who got the win, as he gave up the other Indian run in 1 2/3 innings. After Eric Beattie pitched an inning of scoreless relief, Paul Hammond came on and shut out the Indians for the final two innings for his 3rd save. The GCL Tigers offense managed just five hits, but that was enough to get a win. Gorkys Hernandez, Max Leon, and Victor Mendez each had a hit and a run for the club. The club has the day off on Wednesday, but returns to the field on Friday to take on the GCL Phillies at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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