AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 5, L'VILLE 4
59-54, 3rd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens edge the visiting Louisville Bats 5-4 on Thursday night at Fifth Third Field. Ryan Raburn went 2-fo-4 and broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning with a two-run home run, his 17th on the season, to put Toledo (59-54) ahead as they went on to win the opening game of a three game set at home against the Bats(58-54). Ramon Santiago, Mike Rabelo and recently reassigned Chris Shelton from the Tigers each knocked a pair of hits and scored a run. Toledo starter Bobby Seay (1-2) picks up the win after retiring the Bats in the seventh with the bases loaded, before Lee Gardner closed the ninth to pickup his 23rd save on the season. The two teams will continue their series on Friday night in Toledo.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 5, PORTLAND 2
48-62, 6th in Southern division
Erie slugged it's way to victory Thursday night, beating Portland 5-2. Danilo Sanchez' only hit of the day was a three-run homer in the fourth inning. Chris Maples hit a solo shot in the eighth, his 14th of the year, and two batters later Kelly Hunt added his 15th of the season. Jair Jurrjens picked up his fourth win of the year, giving up two earned runs on four hits and five strikeouts in seven innings. P.J. Finigan pitched two scoreless innings for his first save in Erie this season. The series continues Friday night, at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent
HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 6, DAYTONA 5
19-21, 6th in West division
Lakeland scores six runs in the first four innings and hold on to beat Daytona Thursday night 6-5. James Essian drove in the first run with a sac fly in the 2nd. Later in the inning, with two outs, Gilberto Mejia doubled in Chris Robinson and Clete Thomas came up next and drove in Mejia. Mejia struck again in the 4th with a two-run home run (4) to put the L-Tigers up for good. Andrew Kown started and got the win (6-4) after allowing 5 runs in 6 1/3 innings. Jeff Hahn picked up the save (2) by throwing 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Lakeland goes for three in a row Friday night at Daytona at 7:05pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 9, S. BEND 3
32-9, 1st in Eastern division
The 'Caps bounced back quickly after their loss, scoring nine runs in the first four innings to beat the Silver Hawks 9-3. Erik Averill started for the 'Caps got the win, to improve to 8-4, lasting three runs on five hits over six innings while striking out five. Matt Joyce led the offensive explosion, going 3-for-5 with a three RBI triple, and was closely followed by Mike Hernandez who also went 3-for-5 with a two run homer. Mike Hollimon went 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI and Pedro Cotto went 3-for-5 with three runs scored. Will Rhymes went 2-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored, and Dusty Ryan was 1-for-4 with a double. The 'Caps wrap up the series with the Silver Hawks the 4th at 7pm as Burke Badenhop (11-2) squares off against Anthony Cupps (7-4).
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent
SS-A Oneonta Tigers - BROOKLYN 5, ONEONTA 4
23-19, 2nd in Stedler division
Brooklyn jumped all over Oneonta as the O-Tigers fell 9-2 on Thursday. Zach Piccola took the loss as he fell to 0-4 on the season; he gave up four runs in four innings of work. Oneonta got within three in the 6th inning, but then Brooklyn put up a four spot on Randor Bierd in the 8th to seal the victory. Deik Scram went 2-for-4, including a solo home run, and Brennan Boesch also had a pair of hits for the O-Tigers. Oneonta now travels to Aberdeen to kick off a three game series, with game one at 7:05pm on Friday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
R GCL Tigers - GCL TIGERS 3, GCL INDIANS 2
23-13, 1st in North division
The club had the day off on Thursday, but returns to the field on Friday to take on the GCL Phillies at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
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