Vasquez Charges Ahead for 'Hens (4/21 Recaps)

Virgil Vasquez, much like his stint in the Arizona Fall League, had one poor start to begin the year, but has been rolling ever since. That continued on Saturday with a ten strikeout performance. Elsewhere on the farm, Jair Jurrjens got his first win of the year and West Michigan picked up a come-from-behind victory.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 10, DURHAM 2
8-8, 2nd in West division
The Mud Hens offense hit their stride and Virgil Vasquez had 10 strikeouts in a 10-2 win over Durham Saturday night at Athletic Park. Kevin Hooper led the Mud Hens offensive going 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI including a solo home run in the fourth inning. Mike Hessman also had a home run along with two runs and two RBI. Timo Perez, Brent Clevlen, and Ramon Santiago also had multi-hit games for the 'Hens who with the win reached the .500 mark and moved into second place in the International League West Division. Vasquez (2-2, 3.48 E.R.A) allowed zero runs off of four hits and one walk in six innings of work. Right-hander Ron Chiavacci (1-0, 5.25) will get the start against the Bulls at 5 p.m. Sunday at Athletic Park
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 8, BOWIE 4
6-6, t-3rd in Southern division
The SeaWolves offense got back on track in an 8-4 win over the Bowie Baysox. They also received a strong outing from starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens . Jurrjens lasted six innings giving up seven hits and two runs while striking out five. Jeff Larish was one of only two SeaWolves who did not record a hit but he did record three RBI's. Andres Torres broke out of his season long slump going 2-for-4 with 2 RBI's. The SeaWolves also received two hits each from Clete Thomas (2-for-3), Kody Kirkland (2-for-4), and Steve Torrealba (2-for-3). Torrealba also added a RBI. Mike Hollimon contributed 2 RBI's and he was 1-for-4 on the night. The SeaWolves return to action at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday April 22.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers –DUNEDIN 8, LAKELAND 1
7-9, t-4th in West division
The Lakeland Flying Tigers failed to sweep their series with the Dunedin Blue Jays Saturday night, losing 8-1. Starting pitcher Andrew Miller struggled from the mound, pitching five innings and surrendering five runs. Miller received no help from his teammates on the field, as they committed four errors; players were played in unnatural positions tonight and it showed. On the offensive side, Lakeland registered only five hits. Their lone RBI came from the bat of Justin Justice who batted 1-4 on the night. The Flying Tigers have Sunday off and will resume their season Monday night 7:00 PM at Sarasota. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps –W. MICH. 4, WISCONSIN 3
7-7, 3rd in Eastern division

A two-run rally in the ninth inning gave West Michigan a 4-3 victory over Wisconsin Saturday at Fifth Third Ballpark. Scott Sizemore delivered the game-winning hit with the bases loaded after Gorkys Hernandez tied the game with an RBI single. Sizemore also had an RBI double in the sixth and Brennan Boesch singled in a run in the eighth. Starter Duane Below struck out nine in six innings of work but Brett Jensen picked up the win with a perfect ninth inning, striking out two of three batters faced. The series continues Sunday at 2 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

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