GCL Tigers a Win Away (8/20 Recaps)

It all comes down to the final game for the GCL Tigers - if they win, they take the division, if they lose, they're on the outside looking in. Plus, how was Matt O'Brien's debut for the Whitecaps, and where do the 'Hens sit in the division race?

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - COLUMBUS 5, TOLEDO 2
69-60, t-2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens had their six game winning streak come to end after losing to the visiting Columbus Clippers on Sunday night 5-2 After Columbus jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, the Mud hens battled back to tie it 2-2. Chris Shelton picked up an RBI single in the third scoring Alexis Gomez closing the gap to 2-1 before Mike Hessman singled home Jack Hannahan in the fourth to tie it up at 2-2. Columbus came back with a three run sixth to regain and hold the lead until the end. Chad Durbin (10-7) started for Toledo and worked 5-1/3 innings giving up all five Columbus runs on six hits, striking out six batters taking the loss. The two teams will resume their series in Columbus beginning on Monday night.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 1, CONNECTICUT 0
55-71, 6th in Southern division
Erie won a pitchers duel Sunday night, beating Connecticut 1-0. Jair Jurrjens gave up no runs and four hits in seven innings, striking out five. Ian Ostlund and P.J. Finigan pitched the last two innings, combining for one hit and two strikeouts as Ostlund picked up his eighth win of the season. Victor Mendez' second single of the game plated pinch-runner Nick McIntyre in the bottom of the ninth inning. Chris Maples went 2 for 4 on the day and Andrew Graham went 2 for 2 with two walks. Erie now travels to Trenton for a Monday night game at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - GM1: FT. MYERS 4, LAKELAND 3

25-31, 6th in West division
The L-Tigers split their doubleheader on Sunday, falling in the first game but taking the second. Eleazar Aponte gave up three runs over 5 1/3 innings, but it would be Jeff Hahn that would lose it for Lakeland, giving up three runs after being spotted a 3-1 lead. Gilberto Mejia had two hits and two RBI for Lakeland, while Juan Francia chipped in with a pair of hits.

In the second game, Lakeland defeats Ft. Myers in seven innings Sunday 5-3. Clete Thomas went 2-4 and Jeffrey Frazier went 3-4, each hitting 2 doubles for the game. Frazier doubled in the 1st and later scored on a throwing error. Thomas led-off the 3rd with a double and later scored on Frazier's second double of the game. Thomas later knocked in Miguel Linares in the 4th to end the L-Tigers scoring. Kevin Ardoin picked up the win after going 5 innings and allowing 2 runs, that brings his record to 8-9. Kevin Whelan allowed one run in the 7th but still picked up his 25th save of the year. Lakeland travels to Dunedin Monday night and play at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - LANSING 4, W. MICH. 0
38-19, 1st in Eastern division

West Michigan fell again on Sunday, losing to Lansing 9-3. Matt O'Brien made his Midwest League debut, and started off strong but got roughed up as he went through the order the second time around. O'Brien gave up six runs (five earned) over four innings before being pulled. That deficit proved to be too big for the club to climb out of. Jeramy Laster blasted a two run home run, and Will Rhymes added a pair of hits, but it wasn't nearly enough to overcome the deficit. The 'Caps will try and get back in the win column in the final game of the series, Monday at 7:00pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - VERMONT 8, ONEONTA 5
31-26, 2nd in Stedler division

Vermont jumped out to an early lead on Sunday and then added more runs after Oneonta made an attempt to get back in the game, as Vermont topped the O-Tigers 8-5. Zach Piccola got roughed up in the loss, giving up all eight Vermont runs in 4 2/3 innings of work. Piccola also gave up 11 hits while not recording a strikeout. Scott Sizemore ripped a pair of doubles and scored a run, while four other O-Tigers drove in one run apiece in the losing cause. The two clubs wrap up their series on Monday at 7:00pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

31-18, 1st in North division

One game left, win the game, they win the division. Lose the game, and they're out. That's what it has come down to for the GCL Tigers, after they beat up on the GCL Braves on Sunday, winning 9-5. Eric Beattie gave up a run over 3 1/3 innings while Alfredo Figaro got the win in relief. Chris Carlson ripped a two run homer for the GCL Tigers, while Michael Bertram ripped two doubles and drove in two runs. The GCL Tigers finish up the regular season on Monday against the GCL Yankees, who are just a half game back in the division. The game takes place at 10:00am.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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