Starting Pitching Leads the Way (5/2 Recaps)

It's not possible to highlight just one pitcher on a day when each team's 'ace' takes the mound. Andrew Miller and Virgil Vasquez both came out and didn't allow a run in their start, while Chris Cody and Dallas Trahern weren't quite as impressive, but Trahern still got a win.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 2, SCRANTON/WB 1
12-14, 3rd in West division
The Mud Hens scored on a 10th inning Dane Sardinha single for a comeback win over the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees Wednesday morning at Fifth Third Field. Starter Virgil Vasquez pitched seven scoreless innings, and fanned five batters while allowing only five hits and Tim Byrdak earned his first win of the season in a relief effort. Jack Hannahan went 2-for-4 and added the winning run-he reached base on a single. Mike Hessman had a double and a run, Ramon Santiago had a triple and Ryan Raburn had two hits and a walk. The Mud Hens will try to even the four game series at one game a piece at 7 p.m. Thursday at Fifth Third Field. Ron Chiavacci (1-1, 4.44 E.R.A) will get the start for the 'Hens.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – GM1: ERIE 6, READING 4

11-11, t-3rd in Southern division
The Erie SeaWolves and Reading Phillies split a doubleheader this evening at Jerry Uht Park in Erie Pennsylvania. The SeaWolves came from behind to earn a 6-4 victory in the first game but fell 8-1 in the second game. In game one, Jeff Larish hit a three run home run in the fifth inning to break a 3-3 tie. Larish went 2-for-3 with four RBI's in the game. Mike Hollimon also had a productive game going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Brent Dlugach added two doubles on his way to a 2-for-3 effort. The SeaWolves pounded out ten hits in all to help starting pitcher Dallas Trahern earn his fifth victory of the season. Trahern allowed five hits and two earned runs while walking four and striking out five in his five innings of work. Danny Zell came in to retire the final two batters for his first save of the season.

The SeaWolves fell behind early in the second game an never recovered. Relief pitcher Andrew Kown was given the start in the second game and he lasted only three innings allowing six hits and six earned runs in the loss. The few bright spots in the loss were the solo home run by Jeff Larish in the seventh and Andres Torres extending his hit streak to eleven games. The home run by Larish tied him for the league lead with six and gave twenty eight RBI's which leads the league. The same two teams will complete their series on Thursday at 11:05 a.m. The scheduled pitching matchup is RHP Jair Jurrjens (1-1, 3.57 ERA) for Erie and RHP Landon Jacobson (3-2, 4.44 ERA) for Reading.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – DUNEDIN 5, LAKELAND 4
10-16, t-5th in West division
The Flying Tigers fell to the Dunedin Blue Jays tonight 5-4 despite an impressive performance from Andrew Miller. The young southpaw pitched six innings while giving up five hits and zero runs. He was then relieved by Gabriel Benitez who pitched one inning and surrendered three runs. The last inning was pitched by Ricky Steik who gave up two runs and ultimately the game as the Blue Jays handed him his second loss of the season. On the offensive side, Mike Hernandez batted 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the 3rd inning. Hernandez earned an additional RBI in the 7th inning on a sacrifice fly scoring Cameron Maybin. Catcher Adrian Casanova also batted 2-for-4 with an RBI. Lakeland will look to even the series at Dunedin Thursday night at 7:00 PM. Burke Badenhop 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 –W. MICH. 5, KANE CTY. 4
12-12, 3rd in Eastern division

Coming into Wednesday's game versus Kane County, Chris Cody had given up one earned run in 33 2/3 innings. He quadrupled that total in one inning Wednesday, allowing four earned runs in the fifth on four singles, a walk and a hit-batsman en route to a 5-3 loss for West Michigan. Cody had been perfect through the first four innings, facing the minimal number of batters while striking out six. Cody took the loss, which upped his ERA to 1.13. James Skelton led the Whitecaps' offense with three hits including an RBI single in the seventh. The other runs came on a double by Gorkys Hernandez and a single by Deik Scram in the fifth. West Michigan wraps up their road trip Thursday versus Kane County at 1:00 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

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