AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 2, ROCHESTER 1
16-18, 4th in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens scored on the first play of the game, a Ramon Santiago home run, and never trailed in a 2-1 victory over Rochester Thursday. Jack Hannahan had one RBI and Ryan Raburn had a double in a night that featured much less offense than the two teams were accustomed to. Last night Rochester and Toledo combined for 20 runs. After pitching eight scoreless innings, Yorman Bazardo (2-3) earned the win for the 'Hens. He allowed only two hits against seven strikeouts. One night after earning his first win, Jason Karnuth recorded his second save of the season. Zach Miner will get the start for the Mud Hens Friday at 7:05 p.m.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 5, AKRON 4
17-13, 1st in Southern division
It was a slow start for the Erie SeaWolves but a four run eighth inning was enough for a 5-4 victory over the Akron Aeros. Mike Hollimon had an RBI single in the seventh to get Erie on the board and Kody Kirkland and Matt Joyce each drove in two runs in the eighth. Kirkland and Joyce were each 2-for-4 in the game. Starting pitcher Eddie Bonine earned the victory and improved his record to 3-1 on the season. Bonine allowed eight hits and four earned runs in his seven innings of work. Matt Rusch pitched the final two innings and allowed just one hit and struck out three earning his first save of the season. The same two teams will meet again tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. The SeaWolves will send Jon Connolly (1-2, 4.56 ERA) to the mound and the Aeros will start Scott Lewis (0-1, 3.04 ERA).
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – DAYTONA 9, LAKELAND 4
12-22, t-5th in West division
The Flying Tigers fell to the Daytona Cubs Thursday night with a score of 9-4. Starting pitcher Eleazar Aponte pitched four innings and surrendered seven runs. Matt Righter then followed Aponte with three hitless innings of baseball. Derek Witt attempted to end the game on a good note, but surrendered two runs in only one inning of work. On the offensive side, Michael Hernandez batted 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Cameron Maybin was 1-for-3 as well and also managed an RBI. Lakeland will continue their series in Daytona Friday night at 7:05 PM. Kyle Denney will most likely make the start for Lakeland, while Todd Blackford should get the nod for Daytona.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps – CDR. RAPIDS 3, W. MICH. 2
17-15, 4th in Eastern division
West Michigan dropped its third straight game to Cedar Rapids Thursday 3-2. The Whitecaps took an early lead when Gorkys Hernandez doubled to lead off the first, stole third and scored on a Jeramy Laster ground out. The lead didn't last long, however, as Angel Castro (3-2, 2.20 ERA) surrendered solo home runs in the third and fourth innings. The score remained 2-1 until the ninth, when Josh Rainwater allowed back-to-back doubles to make it 3-1. The Whitecaps started to brew a comeback in the bottom of the ninth as Scott Sizemore doubled, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a Michael Bertram single. Jeffrey Kunkel singled next to put two on with two out, but Audy Ciriaco struck out to end the game. Castro took the loss despite allowing only four hits over seven innings while striking out five. West Michigan will try to salvage one win in the series Friday at 6:35 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent
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