GCL Tigers Clinch Division! (8/21 Recaps)

The GCL Tigers clinched the division with a tight 3-2 victory on Monday. They'll now face the GCL Dodgers in a one game playoff on Tuesday. In other news, the Whitecaps finally got back into the win column, led by Justin Justice and his three run homer.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - COLUMBUS 3, TOLEDO 2
69-61, t-2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens were edged by the Columbus Clippers 3-2 on Monday night. Alexis Gomez went 2-for-3 with a solo shot in the eighth, collecting an RBI for Toledo along with Josh Phelps who picked up his 83rd RBI number on the season. After the Clippers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning, the Mud Hens battled back to tie it in the visitors fourth when Gomez led off with a walk , eventually making his way to third on Ryan Ludwick's double. Gomez then scored on Phelps' sacrifice fly to center to tie it 1-1. Columbus took a 3-1 lead in the sixth before the Mud Hens closed the gap once again in the eighth on Gomez's solo blast making it 3-2. Toledo starter Corey Hamman (2-7) worked 6-1/3 innings surrendering three runs on six hits, striking out six batters and taking the loss. The two teams continue series in Columbus on Tuesday night.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - TRENTON 7, ERIE 6
55-72, 6th in Southern division
The SeaWolves were edged by Trenton 7-6 on Monday evening. Jon Connolly turned in a quality start and left the game with a comfortable 6-3 lead, but the bullpen couldn't hold the lead as Mark Woodyard, then Chris Homer each gave up a pair of runs to hand the game over to Trenton. Don Kelly had two hits and scored two runs for the 'Wolves, while Kelly Hunt blasted a three run homer in the 6th inning to give the SeaWolves that three run lead that they weren't able to hold. Erie and Trenton square off again on Tuesday evening at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - DUNEDIN 7, LAKELAND 1
25-32, 6th in West division
Lakeland manages only six hits and lose to Dunedin Monday night 7-1. Kyle Sleeth started and lasted only 2/3 of an inning after allowing 4 runs, he also walked two batters in the loss (1-4). The only L-Tigers run of the game was scored in the 7th when Adrian Casanova singled in Gilberto Mejia. Mejia was 1-3 with a double. Lakeland tries to bounce back Tuesday night at Dunedin at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - W. MICH. 3, LANSING 1
39-19, 1st in Eastern division

Burke Badenhop turned in an excellent start as he helped get the 'Caps back in the win column as West Michigan topped Lansing 3-1. Badenhop, who picked up his 13th win of the season, gave up a run on six hits, including six strikeouts. The 'Caps managed just five hits, but Justin Justice ripped a three run home run which gave the 'Caps enough runs to take the victory. Anthony Claggett pitched a perfect ninth for his 9th save. The 'Caps now have a rare two day break before they host Ft. Wayne on Thursday at 7:00pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - ONEONTA 10, VERMONT 0
32-26, 2nd in Stedler division

Oneonta's pitching was stellar all night, and while it took a little while for the offense to get started, they eventually turned it on big time, putting up consecutive 5 spots in the 7th and 8th innings to run away with the game. Tom Thornton turned in an excellent start, pitching seven shutout innings, allowing just five hits while striking out eight. Ronnie Bourquin had two hits, including a two run homer, while Brian Ott went 3-for-4, driving in four runs. Scott Sizemore and Ryan Strieby each also had a pair of hits, with Sizemore adding a pair of RBI, and Strieby a pair of runs scored. Oneonta will have a doubleheader with Lowell on Tuesday, starting at 6:00pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

32-18, 1st in North division

It wasn't easy, but the GCL Tigers squeaked out a 3-2 victory over the GCL Yankees to clinch the GCL North division. Duane Below was outstanding on the mound, giving up one unearned run over eight innings, as he picked up the win. Things got a little shaky in the ninth, when Alfredo Figaro gave up a run to close the gap to a one run lead, but Guillermo Moscoso and Jesse Caraballo came on and closed out the game to preserve the win. Chris Carlson was the offensive power, driving in all three GCL Tiger runs, first on an RBI single in the 6th that scored Hayden Parrott, then on a two run homer in the 8th. The GCL Tigers will now take on the GCL Dodgers in a one game playoff, the winner of that game will advance to face the GCL Red Sox in a best-of-three series for the GCL crown.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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