Weather Dampens Opening Day (4/5 Recaps)

Minor League Opening Day had a bit of a damper put on it by poor weather across the country. Erie had their opener postponed due to the cold, while West Michigan and Toledo battled through it. Lakeland didn't have to worry about cold, but rain shortened the opener to five innings.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – LOUISVILLE 5, TOLEDO 4
0-1, t-3rd in West division
Ryan Raburn had two hits, two runs and a two-run home run Friday for the Mud Hens in a 5-4 extra-inning loss against the Louisville Bats at Louisville Slugger Park. Kevin Hooper had one run and two hits for the Mud Hens and Roman Santiago an Brent Clevlen each had two hits for the Mud Hens. Pitcher Zach Miner allowed four hits and two earned runs in four innings pitched. Corey Hamman recorded the loss for the Mud Hens, who will play the Bats on Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Louisville Slugger Park.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE vs. ALTOONA: PPD
0-0, t-3rd in Southern division
The opening night game between the Erie SeaWolves and the Altoona Curve has been postponed due to snow. No makeup date has been announced. The two teams are scheduled to play Friday April, 6 at 6:35 p.m. The scheduled pitching matchup is RHP Dallas Trahern for the SeaWolves and LHP Josh Shortslef will pitch for the Curve.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 3, TAMPA 0
1-0, t-1st in West division
Unshakable pitching and unyielding rain were essential factors in the Flying Tigers 3-0 victory in the season opener against Tampa and starting pitcher Guillermo Villalona. Southpaw Andrew Miller etched the first win of the season, pitching five innings while giving up only three hits. Heavy rain prevented the two teams from playing more than five innings, but that was enough to make the win official. The Flying Tigers managed to score three runs on four hits, including a home run from right fielder Justin Justice. Mark Haske and Wilkin Ramirez also notched an RBI apiece on the scorecard for Lakeland. The Flying Tigers will travel to Tampa on Friday night for their next game which begins at 7:00 PM. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – DAYTON 3, W. MICH. 2
0-1, t-5th in Eastern division

West Michigan lost its season opener 3-2 Thursday at Dayton. Whitecaps pitcher Josh Rainwater relieved starter Chris Cody in the sixth inning and gave up three runs on two walks and two singles. Brennan Boesch had a sacrifice fly in the first to get the Whitecaps on the board and Ryan Strieby added a solo home run in the sixth for the Whitecaps' two runs. Cody had five strikeouts in five innings pitched. The two teams face off again Friday at 7:00 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

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