Trahern Leads Way for 'Wolves (4/20 Recaps)

Dallas Trahern has quickly emerged as having one of the most impressive starts of the '07 season; backing that up with another great showing on Friday to lead Erie to a win. Meanwhile, Justin Justice continues to be the RBI machine with three more on Friday night.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – BUFFALO 6, TOLEDO 5
7-8, 3rd in West division
Timo Perez had two doubles, two runs and two RBI for the Mud Hens in a 6-5 loss against Buffalo Friday night at Fifth Third Field. The loss gave the Mud Hens a 5-3 record in their first home stand of the season. Chris Shelton went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a walk and Ryan Rayburn went 1-for-2 with a run and an RBI. Perez's hit extends his streak to 14 games, longer than any hit streak for the Mud Hens in 2006. Perez leads the International league with 20 hits. Zach Miner dropped to 0-3 on the season after allowing five runs if five innings pitched. Miner fanned five batters, and Cleveland Indians prospect Adam Miller led the Bisons (9-3) hurlers with seven of the staff's 15 strikeouts. Virgil Vasquez (1-2, 4.91 E.R.A) will get the nod for the Mud Hens in a series opener against Durham (6-9) at 5 p.m. Sunday.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 4, BOWIE 1
5-6, t-4th in Southern division
A three run first inning was enough to propel the SeaWolves to a 4-1 victory over the visiting Bowie Baysox. Starting pitcher Dallas Trahern earned his third victory of the season pitching seven quality innings. He allowed six hits and one run while walking one and striking out three. The bullpen was able to shut down the Baysox as Matt Rusch pitched one inning and struck out two batters and Ian Ostlund struck out the side in the ninth to earn his first save. Pedro Cotto started things off with an RBI single. Kody Kirkland and Jeff Larish each had doubles and Brent Dlugach had an RBI triple. The SeaWolves will take on Bowie again Saturday April 21 at 6:35 p.m. Jair Jurrjens (0-0 0.00 ERA) is expected to start for Erie and Oscar Alvarez (2-0 2.45 ERA) will start for Bowie.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers –LAKELAND 7, DUNEDIN 5
7-8, t-4th in West division
Despite starting pitcher Sendy Vasquez struggling from the mound, the Flying Tigers managed to beat Dunedin 7-5. Vasquez pitched five innings and surrendered four runs. He was then replaced by Matt Righter, who pitched two innings while surrendering one hit and zero runs. Freddy Dolsi also picked up his first save of the season. Highlighting Lakeland's offense were Wilkin Ramirez, Justin Justice, and Adrian Casanova. Ramirez batted 1-3 with one home run. Next, Justice only batted 1-4, but he did register three RBIs. Finally, Casanova batted 2-4 with two runs batted in which included a game-winning single. The Flying Tigers look to sweep their series with Dunedin on Saturday night at 6 PM. Andrew Miller will most likely make the start for Lakeland, while Kurt Isenberg will get the nod for Dunedin.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – CLINTON 3, W. MICH. 1
6-7, 3rd in Eastern division

The long ball did in the Whitecaps Friday as they lost to Clinton 3-1. Starting pitcher Angel Castro struck out seven and allowed four hits in 7 innings of work, but three of those hits were solo home runs. Ryan Strieby got the only West Michigan RBI on a sacrifice fly in the sixth. A new series with Wisconsin starts Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

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