'Caps Back in the Win Column (8/25 Recaps)

The Whitecaps went through a bit of a rough patch, but got back into the win column with the help of a couple of Matt's - O'Brien (who got his first win) and Joyce (who blasted the game winning homer). Plus, Toledo has now taken sole possession of first place.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 10, L'VILLE 4
73-61, 1st in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens toppled the visiting Louisville Bats 10-4 on Friday night to take sole possession of first place in the IL West in front of another sellout crowd at Fifth Third Field. After the Mud Hens spotted the Bats a 2-0 lead in the top half of the first, they quickly replied with a five-run rally that included Mike Hessman's 23rd home run of the season, a two-run blast, as Toledo built up a 5-2 lead after one inning. Both teams then settled in for three scoreless innings, before the ‘Hens rallied for two more tallies in the home half of the fifth when Ryan Ludwick belted a two-run blast that extended Toledo's lead to 8-2. The ‘Hens would add two more in the sixth to make it 10-2, before the Bats struggled back, adding another two runs through the late innings. Ludwick collected his 27th home run and drove in three runs, while Gomez, Hessman and Mike Rabelo each collected a pair of RBI's, with Rabelo's coming off a bases loaded double in the opening frame. Toledo starter Mike Maroth (3-0) gets the win after tossing 79 pitches over six innings of work, striking out four, surrendering two Louisville runs on seven hits. The Mud Hens (72-61) will entertain the Bats (70-64) again on Saturday night as they try to defend their narrow West Division lead over Indianapolis.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – GM1: ERIE 3, BINGHAMTON 2

58-74, 6th in Southern division
The SeaWolves split their doubleheader with Binghamton on Friday evening, taking the first game 3-2, but falling in the nightcap 5-0. In game one, Danny Zell got the win in relief of Jair Jurrjens. Jurrjens gave up two runs over five innings, including five strikeouts. Zell pitched an inning of relief in the 6th, but then facing a 2-1 deficit, Erie put up a pair of runs via a single and a sacrifice fly. Chris Homer closed it out in the bottom half of the inning. Vince Blue went 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Kelly Hunt blasted a solo shot.

In game two, P.J. Finigan, who was promoted from Lakeland, got the start but struggled, giving up all five Binghamton runs over four innings. The offense managed just four hits, two of which came from Chris Maples. Erie and Binghamton face off again on Saturday.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers – LAKELAND 7, FT. MYERS 6
28-32, 5th in West division
Lakeland starts off the series against Ft. Myers with a win Friday night 7-6. Kevin Ardoin improved his record to 9-9 by throwing 5 innings and allowing 5 runs. Kevin Whelan threw 1 1/3 innings and struck out four for his 27th save. DH Ryan Roberson went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI. Roberson drove in one in the 3rd and one in the 7th, the second the game winner. James Essian and Jeff Larish both went 1-2 with a RBI. The L-Tigers did most of the damage in the 3rd when the first three hitters reached base and scored 5 runs. Lakeland plays at home against Ft. Myers Saturday night at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 3, FT. WAYNE 2
40-20, 1st in Eastern division

Fort Wayne has had the 'Caps number much of the year, but West Michigan pulled out a victory on Friday, topping the Wizards 3-2. Matt O'Brien's second start was much stronger than his first, as he gave up a pair of unearned runs over six innings to get his first win in the Midwest League. Anthony Claggett also pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his 10th save. West Michigan put up a pair of runs in the sixth via a Matt Joyce two run homer to take the lead for good. Mike Hollimon and Cameron Maybin each had two hits also for the 'Caps. West Michigan hosts Fort Wayne again on Saturday at 7:00pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 12, VERMONT 3
35-28, 2nd in Stedler division

Zach Piccola finally earned his first win of the season on Friday night as Oneonta routed Vermont 12-3. Piccola gave up two runs (one earned), with six strikeouts over six innings. Santo de Leon, Brennan Boesch and Ronnie Bourquin each had three hits, and combined to score seven runs. Brian Ott and Jordan Newton each drove in a pair of runs as well. The O-Tigers, still four games back in the Stedler, will try and cut that lead on Saturday when they face Lowell at 2:00pm.
- 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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