'Wolves Finally Open with Win (4/9 Recaps)

It took an extra four days, but Erie finally played their Opening Day game on Monday, toppling Binghamton with the help of Dallas Trahern and Jeff Larish. Meanwhile, West Michigan dropped its home opener as the 'Caps still look for their first win of the season.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens –TOLEDO 6, INDY 2
2-3, 3rd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens never trailed Monday on their way to a 6-2 win over the Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field. A second inning Timo Perez double gave the Mud Hens a 2-0 lead as Kevin Hooper and Chris Shelton scored. Hooper, who reached base on a walk finished with three runs while Chris Shelton, who reached base in the first on a double, went 2-for-3 with one RBI. Perez completed the night 2-for-4 with one run and three RBI- he leads the team with six RBI this season. Right-handed pitcher Ron Chiavacci (1-0 7.11 E.R.A.) earned the win for the Mud Hens after only allowing one earned run off of five hits in five innings pitched. Chiavacci also recorded three strikeouts. Right-hander Jason Karnuth recorded the hold, his first of the season for the Mud Hens who will face the Indians at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at Victory Field. Zach Miner, who went 7-6 last season with the Detroit Tigers is scheduled to start for the Mud Hens.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 8, BINGHAMTON 8
1-0, t-1st in Southern division
The Erie SeaWolves used an early offensive outburst and outstanding pitching to beat the Binghamton Mets 8-0 in their home opener. The SeaWolves scored four runs in the first inning and added three runs in the second on a three-run home run by first baseman Jeff Larish, who finished 3-for-4 with four RBI's. Right fielder Matthew Joyce also added two hits for the SeaWolves going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Starting pitcher Dallas Trahern pitched great in his first start for the SeaWolves, scattering six hits over six innings and adding three strikeouts. Trahern was replaced in the seventh by P.J. Finnigan who struck out five of the six hitters he faced. The same two teams will meet tomorrow at 6:35 p.m. in the second game of a three game series. The scheduled pitching matchup will be RHP Jair Jurrjens for the SeaWolves and RHP Jose Sanchez for Binghamton.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – TAMPA 10, LAKELAND 4
2-2, t-2nd in West division
The Lakeland Flying Tigers and starting pitcher Sendy Vasquez fell to the Tampa Yankees tonight, 10-4. Vasquez pitched 4 2/3 innings and surrendered five runs while Lakeland managed to score only four runs total. Wilkin Ramirez and Ryan Roberson each hit a home run for the Tigers. Top prospect Cameron Maybin continues to struggle at the plate, as he is now 0-for-11 with six strikeouts. Former Whitecaps pitcher Anthony Claggett picked up his first save of the season with the Yankees organization, as he was included in the offseason deal to send Gary Sheffield to Detroit and now resides in the Tampa bullpen. The Flying Tigers next game is at home against Ft. Myers on Tuesday night at 7 PM. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – LANSING 8, W. MICH. 3
0-3, t-5th in Eastern division

West Michigan dropped its home opener to Lansing 8-3 on Monday. Whitecaps starter Duane Below walked six in 2 2/3 innings, including walking the bases loaded in the first before giving up a two-run single to Brian Pettway. Jeff Kunkel had two base hits and two RBIs and Ryan Strieby two base hits and an RBI for West Michigan. The two teams play again Tuesday at Fifth Third Park at 6:35 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

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