'Caps Offense Erupts in Win (5/3 Recaps)

West Michigan's offense came to play on Thursday evening, providing plenty of run support for Jonah Nickerson. Meanwhile, Erie made things interesting before pulling out a come from behind victory, with Mike Hollimon driving in the game winning run.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens –SCRANTON/WB 7, TOLEDO 5
12-15, 3rd in West division
The Mud Hens dropped another close contest and Timo Perez had two runs, two hits and an RBI Friday night at Fifth Third Field. Ryan Raburn had two doubles and an RBI and Ramon Santiago had three hits one run and an RBI. Brent Clevlen went 2-for-5 with a run and a double for the Mud Hens, it what was one of their best offensive outputs of the season. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to earn the win as the Yankees turned 10 hits into seven runs. Ron Chiavacci (1-2, 4.75 E.R.A) recorded the loss for the 'Hens after allowing four earned runs off of seven hits in six innings of work. The Mud Hens will face the Yankees in the final game of a four game set Saturday at 7 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 5, READING 4
12-11, 2nd in Southern division
Matt Joyce and Mike Hollimon had big hits in the ninth inning to give Erie a 5-4 come from behind victory over the Reading Phillies. The SeaWolves led 3-0 going into the eighth inning before the Phillies put up four runs to take a 4-3 lead setting up the ninth inning comeback. Starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens pitched seven shutout innings before allowing three hits to start off the eighth. Jurrjens finished with seven innings pitched allowing eight hits and three earned runs. Danny Zell and Matt Rusch pitched the final two innings and Rusch earned his second victory of the season. Andres Torres extended his hit streak to twelve games going 3-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI. It was the first time this season Torres had three hits in a game. Kody Kirkland was 0-for-2 but had two RBI's for the SeaWolves. The SeaWolves will return to action on Friday May 4 against the Harrisburg Senators at 6:35 p.m. The SeaWolves will start Eulogio De La Cruz (2-2, 5.48 ERA) and Harrisburg as not yet announced a starting pitcher.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – DUNEDIN 6, LAKELAND 3
10-17, t-5th in West division
Starting pitcher Burke Badenhop struggled from the mound Thursday night as the Flying Tigers fell to the Dunedin Blue Jays 6-3. Badenhop pitched four innings and surrendered six runs. He was then followed by Derek Witt who pitched three innings while giving up only one hit and Paul Hammond who pitched one inning and surrendered only one hit as well. On the offensive end, Michael Hernandez hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. Also, Will Rhymes doubled in the eighth inning scoring Wilkin Ramirez and Cameron Maybin. Lakeland will look to avoid being swept Friday night in Dunedin at 7:00 PM. Luke French will most likely make the start for Lakeland, while Dunedin's starting pitcher has yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 9, KANE CTY. 3
13-12, 3rd in Eastern division

The Whitecaps finally found an offensive groove Thursday as they had 15 hits and defeated Kane County 9-3. The bats got hot quick with four runs on five straight hits in the first. James Skelton, Deik Scram, Ryan Strieby and Brennan Boesch all singled, with Strieby and Boesch each driving in one, before Louis Ott doubled in two more. Scram and Boesch added RBI singles in the fifth. A wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Skelton brought in two more runs in the sixth, and a sac fly by Michael Bertram added another in the seventh. Jonah Nickerson struck out five while allowing three hits, three walks and three earned runs over five innings to pick up the win. The Whitecaps return to Fifth Third Ballpark Friday to face Burlington at 6:35 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

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