'Hens Back in First! (8/18 Recaps)

Jordan Tata turned in a strong start and Ryan Ludwick had a monster game, and that combined effort elevated the Mud Hens to first place in the division. Meanwhile, the GCL Tigers are clinging to a small division lead.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 5, RICHMOND 3
68-59, 1st in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens completed a two-game sweep of the visiting Richmond Braves with a 5-3 win on Friday night at home. Ryan Ludwick led the Mud Hens offensively belting two home runs in the game. Ludwick went 3-for-4 with solo shots in the first and fifth innings tying team-mate Josh Phelps with 23 homers for the team lead in round trippers on the season. Kevin Hooper, Kody Kirkland and Mike Hessman each had RBI producing singles as well. Jordan Tata (9-6) picks up win number nine after going eight innings, surrendering one run on three hits, striking out three, and walking two batters. Lee Gardner appeared in the ninth to secure the win, picking up his 28th save of the season for Toledo. The Mud Hens remain home and begin another two-game set with the Columbus Clippers beginning Saturday night 7 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 3, CONNECTICUT 2
53-71, 6th in Southern division
Erie came from behind Fruday night, beating Connecticut 3-2. Kurt Airoso hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, his 15th of the year, to win the game for the SeaWolves. Victor Mendez hit a solo shot in the first and Nick McIntyre collected an RBI in the second. Virgil Vasquez pitched a complete game, giving up two earned runs on nine hits, two walks and four strikeouts. The team played very good defense, converting five double-plays and not commiting any errors. The series continues Saturday night at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 4, FT. MYERS 2
24-30, 6th in West division
Lakeland goes up early and beats Ft. Myers Friday night 4-2. Dallas Trahern allowed a run in the 1st but didn't allow another for 5 innings and picked up the win (5-11). The second inning is where the L-Tigers did their damage. Jeff Larish led-off with a single, Brent Dlugach followed with a double, and Gilberto Mejia knocked them both in with a single. Clete Thomas drove in the final run of the inning with a bases loaded sac fly scoring Mejia. Jeff Frazier drove in Thomas in the 7th for the final run and his 66th RBI of the season. Kevin Whelan threw a scoreless 9th with 2 K's to pick up the save(24). Lakeland goes for two in a row Saturday night at Ft. Myers at 7:05pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 5, LANSING 4
38-17, 1st in Eastern division

The Whitecaps held off a late rally from Lansing to pull out a 5-4 victory. Sendy Vasquez gave up two runs over five innings, before handing the game over to the bullpen. Orlando Perdomo almost lost the game, as he came on in the ninth to save it but then gave up a pair of runs without recording an out. Ricky Steik though was able to come in and record the final three outs to earn his 2nd save. Mike Hernandez blasted a two run homer for the 'Caps, and Justin Justice had a pair of hits and scored a run as the leadoff man. They continue their series with Lansing at 7:00pm on Saturday.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - BATAVIA 3, ONEONTA 1
30-25, 2nd in Stedler division

Oneonta ripped nine hits, but could only convert that into one run as the O-Tigers fell 3-1 to Batavia. Brendan Wise took the loss but pitched well, giving up three runs over seven innings. Deik Scram, Ryan Strieby and Brandon Timm each had a pair of hits, while James Skelton drove in the lone run on a sac fly. The two clubs wrap up the series on Saturday night in Batavia at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

30-18, 1st in North division

The GCL Tigers had the day off, and are holding just a one game lead. Unfortunately, the game with the GCL Phillies won't take place because of the wet field conditions. A makeup date has yet to be scheduled.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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