Vasquez Leads Way for 'Hens (4/16 Recaps)

Virgil Vasquez had a shaky first outing, but has calmed down since with a dominant performance on Monday night, striking out nine in five innings of work to lead Toledo to a win. Jonah Nickerson also picked up his first win as a Whitecap on Monday.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 6, DURHAM 0
5-6, 3rd in West division
One day after being shutout, the Toledo Mud Hens responded with a shutout of their own- a 6-0 win over the Durham Bulls Monday night at Fifth Third Field. The Mud Hens flew to a 2-0 lead in the second inning after a Brent Clevlen single scored Mike Hessman, followed by a Dane Sardinha sacrifice bunt which scored Chris Maples. Hessman reached base on a fielding error, while Maples reached base on a single to left field. Hessman finished 1-for-2 with two walks. Shortstop Kevin Hooper led the team with two hits and added one RBI, in a game that was spread fairly evenly for the Mud Hens offense. Sardina, Jack Hannahan, Ryan Raburn and Timo Perez, each added runs for the Mud Hens who, in a much better outing than Sunday night, reached base as many times on walks, five, as they did on strikeouts. Perez also recorded a single, to extend his hitting streak to nine games. Just as the Bulls pitching staff limited the Mud Hens batters Sunday, the Mud Hens bullpen controlled the Bulls Monday, combining for 11 strikeouts. Winning pitcher Virgil Vasquez (1-2, 4.91 E.R.A.) recorded nine of those aforementioned strikeouts while allowing only three hits and one walk in five innings pitched. Pitchers Tim Byrdak and Jason Karnuth each added two innings of solid relief effort for the Mud Hens. Together they allowed only three hits and one walk in four innings. Ron Chiavacci (1-0, 7.11 E.R.A) will get the call for the Mud Hens in a series opening game against Buffalo at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fifth Third Field.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 6, AKRON 4
4-3, 2nd in Southern division
The Erie SeaWolves used a balanced attack to hang on for a 6-4 victory against the Akron Aeros. The SeaWolves scored three runs in the first and led 6-0 before the Aeros got on the board with four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens pitched two perfect innings before a rain delay ended his night. He was replaced by Kyle Sleeth who pitched well for two innings but allowed four runs in the fifth. Reliever Matt Rusch earned the victory allowing just one hit over 3 1/3 innings pitched. P.J. Finigan earned his first save of the season. He struck out three batters and he didn't allow a hit in 1 2/3 innings pitched. The SeaWolves recieved contributions from their entire lineup with five different players recording RBI's and six different players scoring runs. Clete Thomas, Kody Kirkland, and Brent Dlugach each had two hits and were 2-for-5. The SeaWolves will return to action at 7:05 p.m. against the Akron Aeros. The pitching matchup is Eulogio De La Cruz for Erie and Aaron Laffey for the Akron.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – FT. MYERS 1, LAKELAND 0
4-7, 5th in West division
The Flying Tigers fell 1-0 in Ft. Myers Monday night, despite a remarkable performance by pitching ace Andrew Miller. The young southpaw pitched eight innings, while allowing three hits and no walks. On the offensive end, Cameron Maybin and Mark Haske both registered two hits for Lakeland. The Miracle scored their only run following a line drive single that followed a throwing error by Lakeland third baseman Miguel Linares. The Flying Tigers will look to even the series in Ft. Myers Tuesday night at 7:05 PM. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 3, S. BEND 2
4-5, 3rd in Eastern division

A wild pitch in the 7th inning that allowed Scott Sizemore to score while stealing second base was the difference Monday as the Whitecaps defeated South Bend 3-2. Ryan Strieby had two doubles and an RBI and Jeramy Laster hit a solo home run for West Michigan. Starter Jonah Nickerson picked up his first professional victory with five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. The Whitecaps return to Comstock Park Tuesday for a 6:35 p.m. game against Clinton.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

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