Three of Four Victorious (4/17 Recaps)

Toledo, Lakeland and West Michigan all walked away with victories on Tuesday evening, largely on the back of excellent pitching from Chris Cody and Burke Badenhop. Only the Erie SeaWolves came up short in the quest to have a clean sweep across the organization.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 5, BUFFALO 4
6-6, 3rd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens recorded their first back-to-back wins of the season with a 5-4 come from behind win over Buffalo Tuesday night at Fifth Third Field. A sacrifice fly by Kevin Hooper in the bottom of the eighth inning scored Ramon Santiago breaking a 4-4 tie. Santiago, who finished 2-for-4 with two RBI, reached base on one of his two doubles and a Dane Sardinha single moved him to third. Sardinha also added a solo home run in the fifth inning, but it was Ryan Raburn's lead off home run in the sixth inning that really spurred the Mud Hens comeback. Later in the inning Brent Clevlen reached base on a fielding error, and Santiago sent him home with the first of his two doubles. Hooper finished 2-for-4 with a run, and Timo Perez also went 2-for-4 extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Perez leads the Mud Hens with a .356 batting average. Relief pitcher Vic Darensbourg (1-0, 0.00 E.R.A) recorded the win for the Mud Hens after pitching only two-thirds innings and Aquilino Lopez recorded his third save of the season. Dennis Tankersley (2-0, 3.97 E.R.A) will get the start for the Mud Hens against the Bisons at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Fifth Third Field.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – AKRON 5, ERIE 1
4-4, t-3rd in Southern division
It was a rough night for the Erie SeaWolves as they dropped a 5-1 decision to the Akron Aeros. Starting pitcher Eulogio De La Cruz (1-1 7.00 ERA) pitched four innings allowing five hits and three earned runs on the way to his first loss of the season. The SeaWolves defense didn't do much to help out the pitching, committing five errors including three by third baseman Kody Kirkland. Erie managed only three hits the entire evening but avoided a shutout when Brent Dlugach singled home Matt Joyce for the only SeaWolves run. The SeaWolves will have an opportunity to rebound quickly. They will play the final game of the series on Wednesday April 18 at 10:35 a.m. It will be RHP Eddie Bonine pitching for Erie while LHP Scott Lewis goes for Akron.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 5, FT. MYERS 0
5-7, 5th in West division
Lakeland pitcher Burke Badenhop improved his record to 2-0 on Tuesday night as the Flying Tigers defeated the Ft. Myers Miracle 5-0. Badenhop pitched 6 2/3 innings and struck out eight batters while surrendering only one walk. On the offensive side, Mike Hernandez and Cameron Maybin each blasted a home run, while Ryan Roberson and Ovandy Suero each registered an RBI as well. The Flying Tigers will look to take the series in Ft. Myers on Wednesday night at 7:05 PM.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 5, CLINTON 0
5-5, 3rd in Eastern division

Chris Cody pitched eight shutout innings Tuesday as the Whitecaps defeated Clinton 5-0 at Fifth Third Ballpark. Cody struck out five and allowed four hits to pick up his first victory of the season. Gorkys Hernandez and James Skelton each had two base hits and an RBI. Jeramy Laster hit an RBI double and Santo De Leon an RBI base hit. The series continues Wednesday with a 6:35 p.m. start.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

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