Pitching Can't Slow Opposition (8/5 Recaps)

It wasn't a pretty night for the pitchers in the organization. Excluding the GCL Tigers, who had a strong showing on Saturday, the five clubs gave up an average of nine runs. Kyle Sleeth especially struggled, walking six batters in less than three innings.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - L'VILLE 8, TOLEDO 7
60-55, 3rd in West division
It was a game that lasted 14 innings long, but in the end, the 'Hens came up short, giving up a pair of runs in the top of the 14th, and while the 'Hens put up a run in the bottom half, they couldn't get another across to knot the game back up. Corey Hamman pitched well as the starter, giving up three runs over 6 1/3 innings. But it was Steve Green who took the loss, giving up a pair of unearned runs after a Jack Hannahan fielding error would have been out #3. Kevin Hooper drove in a run in the bottom half, but was stranded on 2nd as Ryan Raburn struck out to end the game. Josh Phelps had a monster game, going 4-for-5 with a pair of RBI. Hooper and Ramon Santiago also drove in a pair of runs. Toledo wrapped up their series with Louisville, and now gets a day off before starting a home-and-home series with Columbus.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - N. HAMPSHIRE 6, ERIE 4
48-64, 6th in Southern division
Erie gave up a late lead Saturday, losing to New Hampshire 6-4. Nate Bumstead gave up four earned runs and one unearned on eight hits, four walks and six strikeouts in seven innings. Don Kelly went 3 for 4 with an RBI, a double and a run scored. Chris Maples went 2 for 4 with an RBI, and Kody Kirkland went 1 for 4 with a triple and two RBIs. Catcher Danilo Sanchez went 0 for 3 with a strikeout, a double-ply groundout and a passed ball in the field. The series continues Sunday at 1:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - DAYTONA 11, LAKELAND 2
19-23, 6th in West division
Lakeland was hammered on Saturday, losing to Daytona 11-2. Kyle Sleeth was chased from the game in the 3rd inning, as he gave up six runs in 2 2/3 innings, Sleeth struggled mightily with his control, as he gave up just two hits, but walked six. The bullpen wasn't able to hold serve either, giving up another five runs. Meanwhile, the offense didn't muster much. Garth McKinney blasted a solo home run, while Gilberto Mejia chipped in with a pair of hits. The L-Tigers wrap up their series with Daytona on Sunday at 6:05pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - FT. WAYNE 11, W. MICH. 2
33-10, 1st in Eastern division

The 'Caps tasted a little of their own medicine, as they came out on the other side of an offensive explosion to lose to the Wizards 11-2. Luke French (10-6) allowed seven runs on ten hits in just four innings of work, after being impressive in his last few starts. Phil Napolitan and Josh Kauten were both hit hard, allowing two runs in 2.2 innings and 2.1 innings of work respectively. Justin Justice drove in one of the two 'Cap runs, and finished 2-for-3 with a double. Rafael Mendez went 1-for-4 with an RBI triple, and Mark Haske went 2-for-3. The 'Caps face the Wizards again the 6th, as they look to rebound from one of their worst losses of the year.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - ABERDEEN 9, ONEONTA 3
24-20, 2nd in Stedler division

Chris Cody was roughed up as Oneonta fell to Aberdeen 9-3. Cody allowed eight runs, but just one was earned as Oneonta committed an astounding eight errors. Scott Sizemore was the chief culprit, committing four of those eight. Brennan Boesch also committed an error, but he did rip a pair of doubles and drive in a run. Ronnie Bourquin also had a pair of hits and scored a run. The O-Tigers wrap up their series with Aberdeen on Sunday at 5:35pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

24-13, 1st in North division

The GCL Tigers pulled out a win on Saturday, topping the GCL Braves 4-1. Matt Righter got the ball to start, but wasn't able to earn the win, as he made it just 4 1/3 innings. Jacob Ramos was the one to get the win, his first of the year. Audy Ciriaco had three hits and an RBI for the GCL Tigers, while Michael Bertram and Chris Carlson each had a pair of hits and an RBI. On Sunday, they host the GCL Yankees at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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