Great Pitching Spoiled (4/27 Recaps)

Despite excellent starts from Virgil Vasquez, Eulogio de la Cruz and Chris Cody, the organization was able to muster just one victory, a come-from-behind effort by Toledo. Meanwhile, despite being the most heralded prospect of the four starting on Friday, Andrew Miller did not fare so well.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 6, ROCHESTER 2
11-10, 2nd in West division
Two seventh inning errors by Rochester turned into three runs for the Mud Hens en route to a 6-2 come from behind win at Fifth Third Field Friday night. Dane Sardinha's go-ahead sacrifice bunt scored Mike Hessman who reached base on a double. Sardinha advanced to second on a throwing error and then scored on a Kevin Hooper double. Later that play, Hooper scored following another throwing error. An insurance run was added in the eighth inning when Hessman, who finished 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI hit a solo home run, his seventh of the season. Jack Hannahan recorded his first home run of the season, a solo shot, in the sixth inning. Virgil Vasquez's scoreless innings streak was snapped at 12 innings, Vasquez only allowed two runs against six strikeouts in seven and 2/3 innings. The Mud Hens will face Rochester Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field with Ron Chiavacci scheduled for the start.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – BOWIE 3, ERIE 2
9-9, 4th in Southern division
The Erie SeaWolves went cold managing just four hits in a 3-2 loss to the Bowie Baysox. Brent Dlugach led the SeaWolves at the plate reaching base three times in four plate appearances. Dlugach was 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored. Pedro Cotto was 0-for-3 but had the SeaWolves only RBI. Starting pitcher Eulogio De La Cruz pitched a complete game allowing eight hits and three earned runs while striking out ten in the loss. The SeaWolves next game will be Saturday April 28 at 7:05 p.m. against the Bowie Baysox.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – CLEARWATER 8, LAKELAND 1
9-12, 5th in West division
The Flying Tigers and starting pitching prospect Andrew Miller fell to the Clearwater Threshers Friday night, 8-1. Miller pitched 4 and 2/3 innings while surrendering eight runs. A combined effort of three pitchers following Miller gave up zero runs, but the damage was already done and the offense failed to execute as well. Wilkin Ramirez scored the only Lakeland run thanks to a throwing error from the Threshers. Lakeland will look to avoid the sweep on Saturday night at 6:00 PM. Burke Badenhop will most likely make the start for Lakeland, while Josh Outman will get the nod for Clearwater.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – PEORIA 1, W. MICH. 0
10-9, 3rd in Eastern division

It was another stellar outing for Chris Cody Friday but the offense could not take advantage as the Whitecaps lost to Peoria 1-0. Cody was as good as he's been all season, allowing only two hits and no earned runs with six strikeouts in seven innings. His only glitch came in the seventh, when he allowed a one out double to Andrew Lopez, who moved to third on a fly ball. With two outs, Cody threw his first pitch to Yusuf Carter in the dirt, getting past catcher James Skelton and allowing Lopez to score. It was the only run Peoria needed, as the West Michigan bats could not capitalize on opportunities. With runners at the corners and two out in the second, Michael Bertram grounded into a force out. A one out double by Louis Ott in the third was wasted as Scott Sizemore struck out and Brennan Boesch flied out. Sizemore grounded out in the fifth with two on and two out. Ott did the same in the seventh. Cody picked up his first loss of the season despite the strong outing, but had his ERA drop to 0.27. Angel Castro will hope for better run support Saturday as he is the scheduled pitcher against Peoria and Jake Renshaw at 7:30 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

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