A-Ballers Victorious on Tuesday (4/24 Recaps)

Both Lakeland and West Michigan walked away with victories on Tuesday evening, led by solid pitching and a couple big nights at the plate, including one from Jeramy Laster for the 'Caps and Mike Hernandez for the Flying Tigers.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens –CHARLOTTE 4, TOLEDO 2
10-9, 2nd in West division
Catcher Andrew Graham went 2-for-2 with a run and an RBI in a 4-2 Mud Hens extra-inning loss to Charlotte Tuesday afternoon at Knights Stadium. The 'Hens had a one run lead on two separate occasions; the first in the fifth inning when a David Espinosa triple scored Graham to break a scoreless tie and again in the seventh in inning when Graham's sacrifice fly scored Kevin Hooper. The Knights tied the game again in the eighth inning, and then in the eleventh a two-run Josh Fields homer ended the game-which was tied for eight of the eleven innings. Chris Shelton and Timo Perez each recorded two hits for the Mud Hens, and Yorman Bazardo had a stellar start allowing no earned runs off of three hits in six innings of work. Bazardo also retired three batters on strikes, before being relieved by Tim Byrdak who recorded the blown save. It was the Mud Hens third blown save since closer Aquilino Lopez's contract was purchased by Detroit last week. The Mud Hens will face the Knights (8-10) with Zach Miner (0-2, 10.69 E.R.A.) taking the mound, Wednesday at Knights Stadium.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves –AKRON 9, ERIE 2
8-7, 3rd in Southern division
The SeaWolves fell behind 9-0 before eventually losing 9-2 to the Akron Aeros. The SeaWolves allowed fourteen hits and committed four errors in the loss. Starting pitcher Jon Connolly allowed seven hits and three earned runs in five innings of work. The loss dropped Connolly to 0-2 on the season. Andres Torres was 2-for-4 with a RBI. It was the fourth consecutive game that Torres had two hits. Jeff Larish was also 2-for-4 and had a solo home run in the ninth. The SeaWolves and Aeros will play again Wednesday April 24 at 12:05 p.m. Dallas Trahern (3-0 0.93 ERA) will take the mound for Erie and Chuck Lofgren (2-1 3.60 ERA) is scheduled to start for Akron.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 7, SARASOTA 5
8-10, t-4th in West division
The Flying Tigers evened their series with the Sarasota Reds on Tuesday night, winning 7-5. Luke French started the game for Lakeland, pitching seven innings while surrendering two runs. The victory, however, was credited to reliever Freddy Dolsi, who pitched 2/3 of an inning in the 8th and gave up only one hit. Closing the game was Ricky Steik, giving him his first save of the season. On the offensive end, Ryan Roberson batted 1-for-5, with his lone hit being a solo home run. Cameron Maybin was 0-4 on the night with two strikeouts, but he also managed to score two runs. Lakeland looks to take the series at Sarasota Wednesday night at 7:00 PM. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps –W. MICH. 6, WISCONSIN 3
9-8, 3rd in Eastern division

Timely hitting and strong pitching gave the Whitecaps a 6-3 victory and a 3-1 series win over Wisconsin Tuesday at Fifth Third Ballpark. The Timber Rattlers managed only three hits off of four West Michigan pitchers, with Lauren Gagnier (1-2, 4.82 ERA) getting the win with five strikeouts and three earned runs in five innings. The 'Caps jumped out to an early lead on a Brennan Boesch base hit and throwing error that scored two in the first and a Jeramy Laster stolen base which led to a run on a force out in the second. Wisconsin came back with a Greg Halman two-run home run in the third. The only other time the West Michigan pitching faltered was in the fourth, when Gagnier walked Alex Liddi and then threw two wild pitches, allowing Liddi to move to third and eventually score on a Kuo Hui Lo single, tying the game 3-3. The Whitecaps immediately took the lead back in the fifth on a James Skelton single and a Ryan Strieby triple. Santo De Leon later singled to score Strieby, and the 'Caps never looked back. Laster put the icing on a solid night in which he reached base in every at-bat by doubling in the eighth and scoring on a Audy Ciriaco hit, giving Laster two hits and two runs scored. Jeff Gerbe struck out three in two innings and Brett Jensen pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save of the year. West Michigan has Wednesday off before embarking on an eight game road trip starting Thursday at Peoria. Duane Below is scheduled to pitch for the Whitecaps against Rafael Dolis at 7:30 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

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