GCL Tigers Keep Cruising (8/7 Recaps)

The GCL Tigers had struggled in past years both on the mound and at the plate, but they are having no such struggles this year. The offense put up 13 runs, but they weren't the only ones that put up big numbers. Toledo scored 15 on Monday, including an incredible four homer game from Alexis Gomez.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 15, COLUMBUS 8
61-55, 3rd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens pulled out the big bats and returned to winning form taking the opening game of their short two-games set with the Columbia Clippers 15-8 on Monday night. The visiting Mud Hens rallied for an 18-hit attack, highlighted by a four-home run performance by centerfielder Alexis Gomez. Gomez belted his first of four-round trippers in the first inning with a solo shot with no one out, following up with a second blast in the fourth with a man on picking up his first of 5 RBI's on the night. After a solo shot again in the sixth, Gomez capped off his four-homer display with one out in the ninth, scoring a total of four runs for the Mud Hens. Josh Phelps, Ryan Ludwick and Chris Shelton also homered; with Shelton pitching in for four-more RBI's along with Phelps chipping in for a pair as well. Ramon Santiago also contributed with two RBI's on the night for Toledo. Toledo starter Colby Lewis (6-7) worked five innings, surrendering six earned runs on eight hits, striking out one batter to pick up his sixth victory of the season. The Mud Hens and Clippers will conclude their series Tuesday afternoon before the series changes location back to Toledo Wednesday.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - OFF DAY
49-64, 6th in Southern division
The SeaWolves now get a day off before traveling to New Britain for a 7:05pm game on Tuesday.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - JUPITER 8, LAKELAND 5
19-25, 6th in West division
Lakeland blows the lead and loses 8-5 to Jupiter Monday night. Gilberto Mejia started the L-Tigers scoring with a solo home run (5) to lead-off the 3rd. Lakeland kept it going in the 4th when Jeff Larish doubled (30) and Jeffrey Frazier singled him in for the RBI (62). Garth McKinney finished the inning with a two-run two-out home run (11) to put the L-Tigers ahead 5-3. Kevin Ardoin couldn't hold the lead and took the loss (7-8) by allowing 10 hits and all 8 runs in 6 innings. Lakeland takes on Jupiter again Tuesday night at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - FT. WAYNE 5, W. MICH. 1
34-11, 1st in Eastern division

The 'Caps lost a tough battle on Monday night, falling to Fort Wayne 5-1. Josh Rainwater turned in an excellent start, pitching 5 1/3 shutout innings before handing the game over to the bullpen. This is where things got messy, as Ricky Steik couldn't hold the Whitecaps slim one run lead, as he gave up all five Wizards' runs. On offense, the club managed just four singles, with Matt Joyce driving in the lone run. The 'Caps take on Fort Wayne again on Tuesday at 7:00pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - TRI-CITY 5, ONEONTA 1
25-21, 2nd in Stedler division

Oneonta struggled a bit out of the gate and never recovered, as they fell to Tri-City 5-1. Cristhian Martinez took the loss, his first with Oneonta. Martinez gave up all five runs, three earned, over 5 2/3 innings. James Skelton and Scott Sizemore each had a pair of hits, with Ronnie Bourquin scoring the club's lone run. Oneonta faces Tri-City again on Tuesday at 7:00pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

26-13, 1st in North division

The GCL Tigers offense was firing on all cylinders once again, as the club crushed the GCL Indians 13-6 on Monday. Alfredo Figaro went five innings, giving up three unearned runs as he picked up his first win of the year. Gorkys Hernandez and Chris Carlson each blasted a home run, while Luis Arlet and Michael Sullivan each had three hits and three runs scored for the GCL Tigers. Michael Bertram also had a pair of hits and an RBI. The GCL Tigers host the GCL Phillies on Tuesday at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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