DLC Pitches Another Gem (5/9 Recaps)

Eulogio de la Cruz has put together back-to-back outstanding outings now, after picking up a win from seven excellent innings on Wednesday night en route to a 'Wolves win. Toledo also had a big come-from-behind win with the help of Mike Hessman and Ryan Raburn in the ninth.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 11, ROCHESTER 9
15-18, 4th in West division
The Mud Hens went yard twice and scored five runs in the ninth inning for a comeback win over Rochester Wednesday. Every 'Hens fielder recorded a hit in an 11-9 offensive shootout including Ryan Raburn and Mike Hessman who each had four RBI and ninth inning homers. Closer Jason Karnuth recorded his first win of the season after two perfect innings of relief effort and Hessman also added a double and two runs. Jack Hannahan and Chris Shelton were perfect from the plate, Hannahan went 3-for-4 with a walk and Shelton was 2-for-3 with one RBI and a walk. Yorman Bazardo (1-3, 4.73, E.R.A) will take the mound for the Mud Hens Thursday at Rochester at 7:05 p.m.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 5, ALTOONA 1
16-13, 2nd in Southern division
Eulogio De La Cruz continued his dominance for the Erie SeaWolves guiding them to a 5-1 victory over the Altoona Curve. De La Cruz allowed just one run on two hits in seven innings of work. He walked two and struck out eight while improving his record to 4-2 on the season. Anthony Tomey and Danny Zell each pitched one inning and allowed no runs. The SeaWolves hitters came back to life putting up eleven hits. Mike Hollimon was 2-for-4 with a run scored and a solo home run. Kody Kirkland was also 2-for-4 with a home run. Kirkland also scored two runs to go along with his two RBI's. The SeaWolves also recieved two hits from Pedro Cotto who was 2-for-4. The SeaWolves will now travel to Akron for a four game series with the Aeros. The first game will be Thursday at 7:05 p.m. and the pitching matchup will be Eddie Bonine (2-1, 2.73 ERA) for Erie against Aaron Laffey (4-0, 2.25 ERA) for Akron.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – DAYTONA 5, LAKELAND 3
12-21, t-5th in West division
The Flying Tigers fell to the Daytona Cubs 5-3, despite an impressive performance by starting pitcher Luke French. The southpaw threw six innings while giving up zero runs on four hits. He was then replaced by Ricky Steik who pitched 1 and 2/3 innings while surrendering four runs. Zachary Piccola was brought in to finish the job, but instead managed to give up one run in 1/3 inning of work. On the offensive end, Justin Justice, Mark Haske, and Will Rhymes all hit home runs for the Flying Tigers. Cameron Maybin also registered an RBI as well. Lakeland will look to even the series at Daytona Thursday night at 7:05 PM. Eleazar Aponte will most likely make the start for Lakeland, while Jeff Samardzija should get the nod for Daytona.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – CDR. 9 RAPIDS, W. MICH. 2
17-14, 3rd in Eastern division

West Michigan surrendered 17 hits Wednesday as they were easily handled by Cedar Rapids 9-2. The Kernels scored twice in the first, fifth and sixth innings and once in the second, seventh and nine innings. Most of the damage came at the hands of Lauren Gagnier (1-4, 6.00 ERA), who surrendered seven runs, six earned, on ten hits including three home runs in 5 1/3 innings. The Whitecaps only runs came in the third on an RBI double by Michael Bertram and a sacrifice fly by Gorkys Hernandez. West Michigan will look for its first win in the series Thursday with an 11:00 a.m. start.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

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