Farm Clubs Battling in Stretch (8/16 Recaps)

There are just a couple weeks left before the end of the minor league season (and just a few games left for the rookie level clubs) - and that means playoff races. Toledo picked up a tight win to move closer to a shot at a playoff berth, while the GCL Tigers cling to a one game lead with just four games left.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 2, DURHAM 1
66-59, 2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens concluded their series with Durham with a narrow 2-1 victory on Wednesday night. After both teams played to a 1-1 tie after nine innings, Chris Shelton's 11th inning double scored Ryan Ludwick to break the deadlock and win it. Durham got on the scoreboard in the fifth inning to take a 1-0 lead before Toledo eventually tied it in the home half of the sixth when Alexis Gomez doubled to left, scoring Kody Kirkland to make it 1-1, where it stood until Shelton's late inning heroics. Toledo's Jason Karnuth (1-0) came on in relief to replace John Ennis and pitch the bottom of the 11th inning, keeping Durham off the scoreboard, picking up his first win of the season. Corey Hamman started for Toledo and worked eight full innings surrendering one run on eight hits, striking out four batters before giving way to Ennis in the ninth. Toledo continues their long home-stand as they now begin a series against the Richmond Braves starting Thursday night.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - GM1: ERIE 5, NEW BRITAIN 0
GM2: ERIE 6, NEW BRITAIN 2

52-70, 6th in Southern division
Erie swept both ends of a double-header Wednesday night, winning the first game 5-0. Jon Connolly pitched seven shutout innings, giving up only two hits while striking out six batters. Jackson Melian went 1 for 2 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Victor Mendez was the only player with a multi-hit game, going 2 for 3 with a run scored. Kelly Hunt and Kurt Airoso had RBIs for Erie, and both Vince Blue and Adam Haley stole bases.

The second game was a similar story, as Erie beat New Britain 6-2. P.J. Finigan, Danny Zell and Chris Homer combined for two earned runs, eight hits, three walks and seven strikeouts. Jackson Melian stayed hot, going 2 for 4 with three RBIs, and Don Kelly went 2 for 4 with two runs scored. Kurt Airoso and Andrew Graham each batted in runs in the game. Kelly Hunt went 2 for 4 with a run scored and Victor Mendez went 1 for 2 with two runs and two walks. The series concludes Thursday night at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - PALM BEACH 7, LAKELAND 6
23-30, 6th in West division
Lakeland blows an early lead and loses to Palm Beach Wednesday night 7-6. The L-Tigers struck early as Clete Thomas led off the game with a single, stole second, and scored on a Jeff Larish RBI(60) groundout. Still in the 1st with two outs, Jeff Frazier, Gilberto Mejia and Chris Robinson all had RBI singles to put Lakeland up 4-0. With Lakeland down by two in the 4th, Mejia led-off with a triple and scored on a Robinson single, his second hit and RBI of the game. Thomas tied the game at 6 with a two out triple in the inning. Eddie Bonine got the start but only lasted 3 1/3 innings after allowing 10 hits and 6 runs. Anthony Tomey took the loss (1-3) by giving up the go ahead run in his 3 2/3 innings of work. The L-Tigers finish off the series with Palm Beach Thursday night at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - KANE CTY. 6, W. MICH. 3
36-17, 1st in Eastern division

The 'Caps fell again on Wednesday night, losing to Kane County 6-3. Burke Badenhop took the loss, surrendering four runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. Mike Hernandez led the way at the plate, going 2-for-4, and driving in all three Whitecap runs via a three run homer. Mark Haske and Jeramy Laster also managed a pair of hits each, but it wasn't enough to keep up with Kane County. The two clubs wrap up their series on Thursday at 6:30pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - ALL STAR BREAK
29-24, 2nd in Stedler division

Oneonta was off as the NYPL breaks for the All Star game. The game, in just its 2nd season, will feature six members of the club; pitchers Matt O'Brien, Derek Witt and Brett Jensen, infielders Scott Sizemore and Ronnie Bourquin, and outfielder Brennan Boesch.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers - GCL YANKEES 5, GCL TIGERS 1
29-18, 1st in North division

The GCL Tigers entered the ninth inning clinging to a 1-0 lead, but the GCL Yankees battled and came out of the game with a victory, tying it up in the ninth, and then pouring on four more runs in the tenth inning. Duane Below was outstanding as the starter, pitching six shutout innings, allowing just four hits. It was Jesse Caraballo that struggled though, as he earned all five Yankee runs, earning the loss as well as his third blown save on the season. Hayden Parrott had three hits for the club, while Joe Bowen drove in the team's lone run. The Tigers face the GCL Indians on Thursday at noon.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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