'Hens Tie for First (8/24 Recaps)

Going into the series, Toledo knew that this could be their best opportunity to close their two game deficit in the division and move into first, and by completing the sweep on Thursday, that's exactly what they did. Plus, while Erie has been eliminated from playoff contention for some time, they've quietly won five of their last seven games.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 8, INDIANAPLS. 7
71-61, t-1st in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens find themselves tied for first place in the IL West after edging the visiting Indianapolis Indians 8-7 on Thursday night. Toledo second baseman Jack Hannahan's RBI double in the bottom of the ninth broke a 7-7 tie to lift the Mud Hens to victory. Kevin Hooper went 3-for-4 on the night including a solo blast in the fifth inning, while Josh Phelps and Ryan Ludwick each brought home a RBI a piece. Toledo reliever Lee Gardner (5-5) picks up the victory after striking out all three Indians batters he faced in the visitors ninth. The Mud Hens will begin a three game series at home against the Louisville Bats on Friday night at fifth Third Field.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 7, BINGHAMTON 6
57-73, 6th in Southern division
Erie pulled off another victory on Thursday, squeaking by Binghamton 7-6. Eulogio de la Cruz got the start, giving up four runs in 6 1/3 innings. De la Cruz also struck out nine. But with Erie's quick start at the plate, that was enough to let de la Cruz leave with the lead, which he did, but then Bobby Jones promptly gave it up, giving up a pair of Binghamton runs. It would eventually be Kody Kirkland who would come up big in the end, blasting a solo home run in the 10th inning to break the 6-6 tie. Chris Maples also had a huge game, going 2-for-5, scoring three runs and driving in two more on his 18th homer. Jackson Melian also had a solo blast. The two teams have a doubleheader on Friday.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers – OFF DAY
27-32, 5th in West division
Lakeland had the day off on Thursday, but starts a three game series on Friday with Fort Myers at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – FT. WAYNE 5, W. MICH. 0
39-20, 1st in Eastern division

The Fort Wayne Wizards seem to have the Whitecaps number, as they shut down West Michigan in a 5-0 route. Erik Averill took the loss, giving up four runs in six innings. Averill also had seven strikeouts. Meanwhile, the offense had eight hits, including three from Pedro Cotto, but they were never able to convert any of those into runs. The ‘Caps host Fort Wayne again on Friday at 7:00pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – VERMONT 5, ONEONTA 3
34-28, 2nd in Stedler division

Vermont topped Oneonta on Thursday evening, using a late rally to take the lead skate by with a win. Cristhian Martinez turned in a strong start (one earned run in six innings), but Tim Robertson had a rough go of it in relief, giving up four runs in just 1 1/3 innings, all four of which came in the bottom of the eighth inning. Seven of the nine O-Tigers had hits in the game, with Scott Sizemore having a pair of hits, and Ronnie Bourquin crossing the plate a couple of times. The two teams wrap up their series on Friday night at 7:05pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

32-18, 1st in North division

The GCL Tigers closed the season as North division champs, but fell in the playoffs to the GCL Dodgers.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

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