'Hens Use Long Ball (9/12 Recaps)

Toledo got off to a slow start once again, but came back late with the help of Mike Hessman's two home runs, as the 'Hens took a 1-0 series lead. Meanwhile, West Michigan came back to force extras, only to lose in the 11th.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 6, ROCHESTER 3
1-0 Toledo, Best of Five
The Toledo Mud Hens defeated the Rochester Red Wings 6-3 on Tuesday night to take the opening game of the International Leagues Governor's Cup Championship. Mike Hessman led the way with two home runs and four RBI's , while Jack Hannahan went three-for-four with a pair of singles and a double, driving home one run as well. After Rochester took a commanding 3-0 lead after five frames, the ‘Hens began to battle back , getting on the scoreboard in the visitor's seventh, before a five run rally in the eighth to take the lead and hold on through nine. Colby Lewis started and worked six full innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, striking out five before making way for Steve Green , who gets the win, pitching one scoreless inning in the seventh , striking out a pair. Lee Gardner came on in the ninth to seal the victory. The two teams will play game two on Wednesday night again in Rochester.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – END OF SEASON
60-81, 6th in Southern division
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers – END OF SEASON
31-36, 5th in West division
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – KANE CTY. 4, W. MICH. 3
1-0 Kane County, Best of Five

The 'Caps rallied late to send the game into extra innings, but Kane County got the game winning run in the 11th to take 1-0 series lead. Burke Badenhop pitched well as the starter, giving up two runs over 6 2/3 innings. He gave way to the bullpen, who gave up just one run up until the 11th, when Josh Kauten gave up the go ahead run. Will Rhymes went 3-for-4 in the losing effort, including a solo home run. Matt Joyce drove home the game tying run in the 9th on a sacrifice fly that scored Mike Hollimon. The 'Caps will try and tie the series up at one on Wednesday at 6:30pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – END OF SEASON
40-34, 2nd in Stedler division

Oneonta came up just a few games short of making the playoffs in the Stedler division.
- 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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