'Hens Control Their Own Destiny (9/3 Recaps)

Toledo has been losing players left and right to the big league club, but their win on Sunday along with an Indianapolis loss means that they control their fate - a win on Monday and they lock up their division title and head to the IL playoffs with the chance to defend their Governor's Cup title. Meanwhile, Lakeland's season came to an end on Sunday without ever taking the field.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 4, COLUMBUS 3
76-65, t-1st in West division
A Mud Hens win coupled with an Indianapolis loss means that Toledo now controls its own destiny - win on Monday, and they clinch the division. Toledo held on Sunday evening after coming back from an early deficit and took the one run lead in the 5th. Eulogio de la Cruz gave up all three Columbus runs over 2 1/3 innings - but then the bullpen stepped and pitched more than six innings of shutout innings. Ryan Ludwick and Josh Phelps each had home runs that tied things up in the 3rd, and Mike Rabelo's sacrifice fly brought home Ryan Raburn to take the lead. Toledo tries to close out the season and secure the division crown on Monday at 1:00pm.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – GM1: AKRON 7, ERIE 1
GM2: AKRON 5, ERIE 3

60-80, 6th in Southern division
The SeaWolves dropped both games of their doubleheader on Sunday, falling to Akron 7-1 and then 5-3. Eddie Bonine took the loss, giving up six runs over six innings. Don Kelly had a pair of hits, while Victor Mendez drove in the team's lone run.

In the second game, things were closer but still ended in a loss. Nate Bumstead gave up five runs over five innings, including five walks and five strikeouts. P.J. Finigan pitched two shutout innings of relief, but the offense couldn't make up the difference. Kody Kirkland went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, and Danilo Sanchez drove in another run for the club. The team wraps up the season on Monday against Akron at 1:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers – CCLD: RAIN
31-36, 5th in West division
Lakeland's season came to an end with a big, giant thud on Sunday, as their game was cancelled with Tampa, ending their season without even playing.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 2, DAYTON 0
47-22, 1st in Eastern division

The Whitecaps pulled off a 2-0 win on Sunday as they continue to close out the regular season strong. Erik Averill picked up the victory, pitching 6 1/3 shutout innings. The 'Caps picked up two runs in the 6th inning, the first coming home via an error, and the second when Mike Hernandez stole home. Mike Hollimon also had a pair of hits for the club. The team wraps up the series on Monday at 2:00pm, before preparing for their playoff run.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – GM1: ONEONTA 4, STATEN ISLAND 2
GM2: STATEN ISLAND 5, ONEONTA 0

37-33, 2nd in Stedler division

Oneonta split its doubleheader on Sunday, but now remaing four games back with just four games to play. Simply put, one Oneonta loss, or one Tri-City win and Oneonta's shot at the division crown will go by the wayside. In game one, Duan Below got the start, but Randor Bierd got the win in relief. Below gave up two runs over 3 2/3 innings, but it'd be Bierd who locked it down, pitching 2 1/3 innings of shutout ball as Oneonta took the lead in the 5th. Brennan Boesch got the scoring started in the 2nd inning with a two run homer, and Deik Scram brought home the go-ahead run after Louis Ott tripled.

In the second game, Zach Piccola gave up four runs (though just one earned) in 5 1/3 innings, as he took his 7th loss on the year. Meanwhile the offense managed just three singles as they got very little going at the plate. They face Staten Island again on Monday at 7:10pm.
- Paul Wezner, Senior Editor

R GCL Tigers – END OF SEASON
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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