And Down the Stretch They Come (8/17 Recaps)

Four of the six Tiger farm clubs are hoping to make it into the postseason, and with that in mind, all four of those clubs picked up wins on Thursday. The GCL Tigers are close to becoming the first to clinch, as they hold a 1.5 game lead with just three games to play.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 3, RICHMOND 2
67-59, 2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens edged by the Richmond Braves 3-2 after a walk-off RBI single by Ryan Ludwick in the 12th inning. After Richmond jumped out to a 1-0 lead after one inning, Chris Shelton doubled in the bottom of the second inning, eventually coming home to score on Dustan Mohr's RBI single to tie it 1-1 where it stood through the next 11 innings. Brian Boehringer (2-0) picks up the win for Toledo allowing one run on one hit with two strikeouts. Toledo starter Colby Lewis gave up the lone Richmond run on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts working nine innings. The two teams continue their brief series again on Friday night in Toledo.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - NEW BRITAIN 12, ERIE 4
52-71, 6th in Southern division
Erie played sloppily Thursday night, losing to New Britain 12-4. Nate Bumstead got rocked, giving up eight runs, seven earned, on nine hits and four walks in three and two-thirds innings. Mark Woodyard gave up four unearned runs in two innings, giving up four hits while striking out three batters. Jackson Melian went 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs, and Vince Blue went 2 for 5 with two runs scored. Chris Maples and Don Kelly also added RBIs for the SeaWolves. The team now stays home for a series against Connecticut, starting Friday night at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - PPD: RAIN
23-30, 6th in West division
Lakeland's game on Thursday evening was postponed due to rain. No makeup date has been announced.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 4, KANE CTY. 3
37-17, 1st in Eastern division

The Whitecaps got back in the win column on Thursday with a 4-3 victory. Luke French led the charge as he earned his 11th victory of the year, giving up three runs (though just one earned) in 6 1/3 innings. Justin Justice led the offensive charge at the top of the order, ripping three hits, scoring two runs and driving in two more. Cameron Maybin went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a stolen base as well. The 'Caps return home to kick off a four game series with Lansing. Game time on Friday is 7:00pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - ONEONTA 8, BATAVIA 5
30-24, 2nd in Stedler division

There are just a few weeks until the end of the season, but Oneonta got its abbreviated second half kicked off on the right foot on Thursday with an 8-5 win. Chris Cody got the start but made it just two innings before being removed. Randor Bierd came on in relief, giving up two runs in 3 2/3 innings to get his second win. Scott Sizemore continues to hit, ripping three hits. James Skelton also had a big night, knocking two doubles and driving in three runs. Brennan Boesch also drove in a pair for the O-Tigers. The club takes on Batavia again at 7:05pm on Friday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

30-18, 1st in North division

The GCL Tigers extended their lead in the North to 1.5 games with a 6-5 win over the GCL Indians. Matt Righter earned the victory, surrendering three runs over five innings - it was his 4th win of the year. Three relievers combined to close out the game and preserve the victory, which was no easy task as the Tigers jumped out to an early lead, but got pushed by the Indians at the end. Chris Carlson had three hits, scored a run and drove another one in. Just four other players managed hits, and just one apiece, but it was enough to get the necessary runs to get the win. The club hosts the GCL Phillies at 10:00am on Friday.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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