'Hens Climbing Back Into Race (8/8 Recaps)

Don't look now, but it might not be time to write off the Toledo Mud Hens just yet. Certainly they're being helped by the additions of Alexis Gomez and Chris Shelton, but that doesn't change the fact that the club is now a game out of first place in the West division.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 4, COLUMBUS 2
62-55, 2nd in West division
It took six different pitchers to do so, but the Toledo Mud Hens defeated the Columbus Clippers 4-2 and sweep the short series on Tuesday afternoon in Columbus. Jordan Tata started for the Mud Hens but lasted only four innings before being replaced by Lance Davis for an inning and eventually Steve Green (3-5) who remained the pitcher of record picking up the win. Chris Shelton led the way for Toledo with a solo home run with two out in the fifth. Shelton went 3-for-3 including a double and a pair of RBI's for the Mud Hens, while Jack Hannahan and Kevin Hooper chipped in for the other two RBI's for Toledo. Lee Gardner was called upon for the ninth inning and came to close the deal and pickup his 24th save of the season. The two teams will exchange locations and continue their series in Toledo for the next two games.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - NEW BRITAIN 6, ERIE 5
49-65, 6th in Southern division
The bullpen failed to close out a victory for Erie Tuesday night, losing to New Britain 6-5. Eulogio De La Cruz gave up three runs on six hits and eight strikeouts in seven innings. Adam Haley's three-run homer sparked a four-run fourth inning for the SeaWolves. Chris Maples and Kody Kirkland also picked up RBIs, as Erie took a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth. Preston Larrison then took the mound and gave up three runs, one earned, on one hit and two walks. The series continues Wednesday night in New Britain at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 3, JUPITER 1
20-25, 6th in West division
Lakeland stops a four-game losing streak Tuesday night defeating Jupiter 3-1. Andrew Kown and three relievers combined for a three hitter. Kown got the no decision after going 4 innings and only allowing one unearned run. Jeff Hahn got the win by throwing 2 shutout innings. Kevin Whelan got the save (23) by throwing a scoreless 8th and 9th. Brent Dlugach drove in Clete Thomas in the 1st to tie the game 1-1. Thomas later broke the tie in the 5th with an RBI (30) single, and Jeff Frazier drew a bases loaded walk for the final L-Tigers run. Lakeland tries to stay on the winning track Wednesday night when they take on Jupiter at home at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - FT. WAYNE 2, W. MICH. 0
34-12, 1st in Eastern division

The Whitecaps were shut out on Tuesday evening, falling to Fort Wayne 2-0. Erik Averill gave up just two runs over eight innings with seven strikeouts, but that wasn't enough to pick up a win for the club, as the offense was anemic. The club managed seven hits, but weren't able to turn any of those hits into runs. Mike Hollimon went 2-for-4 with a triple, while Pedro Cotto also ripped a double for the club. The club has a day off in which they can regroup before heading out on the road for a four game series in Quad Cities. That starts on Thursday at 7:00pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - TRI-CITY 4, ONEONTA 3
25-22, 2nd in Stedler division

Zach Piccola didn't get much help from the defense as he fell to 0-5 on the year in Oneonta's loss to Tri-City 4-3. Piccola didn't get much help from the defense - he gave up all four runs, but just one was earned. Ronnie Bourquin got the club to within a run in the eighth inning when he ripped a two run homer, but they wouldn't get any closer than that. Deik Scram also chipped in with a pair of hits for the club. Oneonta now begins a homestand hosting Hudson Valley on Wednesday at 7:00pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - OFF DAY
26-13, 1st in North division

The GCL Tigers were off on Tuesday, but host the GCL Phillies on Wednesday at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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