Erie Slams Binghamton (4/11 Recaps)

It was one of those nights for Erie, where everything came together offensively, and the pitching was solid. Jeff Larish had another big night, while Matt Joyce, Kody Kirkland and Joel Roa got in on the fun as well. Plus, the Flying Tigers fell, but Cameron Maybin's bat finally awoke from its slumber.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – INDY 7, TOLEDO 3
2-5, 4th in West division
Kevin Hooper went 3-for-4 with two runs and a walk for the Mud Hens in a 7-3 loss against Indianapolis at Victory Field Wednesday afternoon. Timo Perez scored the only other run for the Mud Hens while Chris Shelton added two RBI off of a sixth inning single. Ryan Raburn had the other RBI off of a first inning double- which gave the Mud Hens their only lead of the game, before Virgil Vasquez (0-2, 7.45) gave up three runs in the first inning. The right-hander allowed twelve hits and four earned runs while recording one walk and one strikeout in six innings of work. The Mud Hens will take Thursday off and Dennis Tankersley (1-0, 1.80) will get the start Friday in the Mud Hens home opener against the Durham Bulls (3-4) at 5:30 p.m at Fifth Third Field.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves –ERIE 12, BINGHAMTON 4
2-1, t-2nd in Southern division
The Erie SeaWolves returned to their winning form beating the Binghamton Mets 12-4. The SeaWolves started their night with a triple by Clete Thomas and they never looked back. Thomas was 3-for-4 and scored three runs. Jeff Larish hit his second home run of the season and went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI's. Catcher Joel Roa made his first start of the season. He went 2-for-4 and added a solo home run. The SeaWolves had 16 hits in total. Kody Kirkland went 2-for-4 with two RBI's. Matt Joyce was 1-for-4 and added four RBI's and Jackson Melian was also 1-for-4 and added two RBI's. Starting pitcher Eulogio De La Cruz earned the victory despite allowing four runs including two home runs in five innings pitched. The bullpen was solid once again for Erie. Ian Ostlund pitched two innings and struck out four batters while allowing just one hit and Kevin Ardoin pitched two innings, striking out two while not allowing a hit. The SeaWolves will begin a seven game road trip tomorrow at 6:35 p.m. against the Harrisburg Senators. The pitching matchup will be Eddie Bonine for Erie and Collin Balester for Harrisburg.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – GM1: FT. MYERS 5, LAKELAND 4

2-4, t-5th in West division
The Flying Tigers dropped both games in a double header Wednesday night against Ft. Myers. Andrew Miller started the first game and pitched 5.2 innings giving up 4 runs. Ultimately, Freddy Dolsi was credited with the loss for Lakeland, pitching one inning and surrendering one run. On the offensive side, Cameron Maybin registered his first hit of the season, a home run, in the first inning. Catcher Dusty Ryan also managed to hit two home runs for the Flying Tigers, but four runs was not enough to outlast the last scoring surge by the Miracle in the 6th and 7th innings, which brought the game to its final score of 5-4 Ft. Myers.

The second game, much like the first, was a disappointing loss for Lakeland. Matt Righter and Ricky Steik pitched the first 5 1/3 innings and yielded four runs. Paul Hammond pitched the final 1 2/3 innings, giving up two runs and receiving the blown save and the loss. If there is anything positive to take from this game, it has to be from bats of Cameron Maybin and Michael Hernandez. Continuing his success from the first game, Maybin launched a home run into center field with two outs. Also, Hernandez went 3-for-3 with two runs batted in. Ft. Myers entered the night with no victories for the season and left with two, as they took the second game of Wednesday night's double header 6-4. The Flying Tigers will play Ft. Myers once again Thursday morning at 10:30 AM. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – PPD: SNOW
1-3, 5th in Eastern division

Snow showers caused the postponement of Wednesday's Whitecaps game in Lansing. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on May 31, when the teams are scheduled to play their second series at Oldsmobile Park. The Whitecaps and Lugnuts will try to get in the final game of this brief series Thursday at 6:05 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

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