'Hens Keep Trying to Close Gap (8/22 Recaps)

After a brief stay in first, Toledo is now desperate trying to get back and reclaim the top spot, and just two games back of Indianapolis, they now have a brief two game set with the Indians starting on Wednesday in Toledo. On the downside, the GCL Tigers season came to an end on Tuesday, as they lost their one game playoff to the GCL Dodgers.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 10, COLUMBUS 5
70-61, 2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens doubled up the Columbus Clippers 10-5 on Tuesday night. Ryan Ludwick cleared the fences twice and collected three RBI's on the night helping to guide the Mud hens to their seventh win in nine games. Jack Hannahan scored a pair of runs and racked up three hits along with Mike Hessman who belted a three run home run as well. Toledo starter John Ennis worked three innings giving up four unearned runs before Steve Green (4-5) came on to become the pitcher of record , picking up the win. The Mud Hens remain two games back of the West division-leading Indianapolis Indians and will begin a two game series at home against the Indians Wednesday night.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - TRENTON 5, ERIE 4
55-73, 6th in Southern division
Nate Bumstead took the loss, as Trenton squeaked by Erie 5-4 on Tuesday. Bumstead, who fell to 7-12 on the year, gave up four runs (three earned) in 5 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts, before he handed the game over to the bullpen. Erie's offense put up a comeback in the ninth, with a pair of runners crossing the plate via singles from Kelly Hunt and Adam Haley, but they would strand the tying run at second base. Erie and Trenton face off again on Wednesday at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 5, DUNEDIN 3
26-32, 6th in West division
Lakeland bounces back Tuesday night to defeat Dunedin 5-3. Clete Thomas was the star of the night when he drove in three runs in the 3rd with a double. Thomas later stole home in the third for the eventual winning run. Adrian Casanova went 2-2 scoring two runs. Juan Francia drove in Casanova in the 4th for the final run of the game. Eddie Bonine got the win after going eight innings and allowing 2 runs and striking out 6. Kevin Whelan struggled in the 9th allowing a run but still picked up his 26th save. The L-Tigers go home Wednesday night to finish the series against Dunedin. Game time is 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - OFF DAY
39-19, 1st in Eastern division

The 'Caps had the day off on Tuesday, and will get another day off on Wednesday before returning to action on Thursday, hosting Ft. Wayne at 7:00pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers - GM1: LOWELL 4, ONEONTA 2

33-27, 2nd in Stedler division

Oneonta split their doubleheader with Lowell on Tuesday night, dropping the first game 4-2, but taking the second 4-3. In game one, Lauren Gagnier got the start, but Casey Fien would take the loss. Gagnier gave up a run on two hits over five innings before handing the game over to Fien, who would give up three more runs in relief. Oneonta's offense didn't show up until the end, when they tied it at two in the 7th and forced extra innings, but an error and a wild pitch helped get a pair of runs across the plate for Lowell, and that was that was needed. Scott Sizemore and Brennan Boesch each went 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Jeff Kunkel and Deik Scram also had multi-hit games.

In game two, even more extra innings were needed, as the O-Tigers couldn't finish off Lowell until the 10th inning, with a walkoff single from Joe Tucker. Randor Bierd struggled as the starter, giving up all three Lowell runs in three innings before being removed in favor of Jonah Nickerson. But it was Derek Witt, who pitched four shutout relief innings, who got the win. Casper Wells went 3-for-5, including a pair of doubles, while Brian Ott had two hits and scored two runs. Oneonta, who is now four games back of Tri-City, will hope to gain some ground on Wednesday when they wrap up their series with Lowell at 7:00pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

32-18, 1st in North division

And so the GCL Tigers' season comes to an end, as they fell to the GCL Dodgers in a one game playoff on Tuesday. The Dodgers will advance to take on the GCL Red Sox in a best of three series for the league crown, while the Tigers will return home with a third place finish and the division crown. The game was tied through nine innings, sending the do-or-die playoff game into sudden death mode, where the GCL Dodgers put up a pair of runs on Alfredo Figaro in the top half of the 10th to take the lead and eventually, the game. The GCL Tigers started off the bottom half of the 10th strong with a pair of singles, but a flyout and a double play ended the really, and the season. Audy Ciriaco went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI in the losing effort, while four other Tigers had two hits each. That wraps up the GCL Tigers season.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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