Below Shines in 'Caps Victory (5/11 Recaps)

It was Duane Below's night to shine for the Whitecaps on Friday evening, as he struck out 14 while picking up with the victory for the 'Caps. Elsewhere, Erie's offense exploded for 12 runs, and Lakeland outlasted Daytona in 17 innings.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – PAWTUCKET 3, TOLEDO 2
16-19, 4th in West division
Zach Miner returned to old form Friday night pitching seven brilliant innings with no runs and only three hits. But it wasn't enough as Pawtucket edged Toledo 3-2 with a two run ninth inning to tie the game, and run in the bottom of the fourteenth inning to secure the win. Ryan Raburn and Brent Clevlen led the Mud Hens with two hits a piece and Timo Perez had a home run and a walk. Jack Hannahan recorded the other RBI for the 'Hens. Miner only allowed one walk against six strikeouts and lowered his maligned E.R.A below six. The outing was Miner's first quality start of the season, he remains winless. Right hander Dallas Trahern will take the mound for the Saturday at 6:05 against Pawtucket in his game this season as a Mud Hen. Trahern takes the spot of 'Hens ace Virgil Vasquez who will get his first major league start with the Tigers Sunday replacing Jeremy Bonderman who is skipping his spot in the rotation with a blister on his finger.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 12, AKRON 1
18-13, 2nd in Southern division
The Erie SeaWolves pounded out 16 hits on their way to a 12-1 victory over the Akron Aeros. The SeaWolves were led by Clete Thomas who was 4-for-5 with four runs scored and three RBI's. Thomas hit his second home run of the season in the fifth inning. Andres Torres added a home run in the ninth and was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBI's. Kody Kirkland also had three RBI's and went 2-for-5. Mike Hollimon, Jackson Melian, and Steve Torrealba all had two hits apiece. Starting pitcher Jon Connolly pitched eight innings and allowed nine hits in the victory. The win improved his record to 2-2. The third game of the series will be played on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Adam Miller (0-0, 0.00) debuts on the mound for the SeaWolves against Shawn Nottingham (3-2, 3.19 ERA).
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – Lakeland 6, DAYTONA 5
13-22, 5th in West division
The Flying Tigers beat the Daytona Cubs 6-5 in 17 innings on Friday night. Starting pitcher Kyle Denney pitched four innings and surrendered three runs. Six additional Lakeland pitchers were used in the game. Ultimately, newcomer Jacob Ramon was credited with the victory, as Freddy Dolsi registered his fourth save of the season. On the offensive end, Cameron Maybin batted 4-for-7 with two RBIs. Cody Collet doubled to score the winning run in the 17th inning. The Flying Tigers will look to even the series Saturday night at 7:05 PM. Starters have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 4, CDR. RAPIDS 2
18-15, 3rd in Eastern division

Duane Below (3-1, 2.19 ERA) struck out 14 in six innings of work as West Michigan avoided a sweep by Cedar Rapids Friday by defeating the Kernels 4-2. Below allowed no earned runs on four hits to get the win. Scott Sizemore had four hits and two stolen bases which led to two runs scored. Gorkys Hernandez had three hits, two RBI and a run scored. Hernandez drove in Sizemore in the fifth inning to give the Whitecaps a 1-0 lead. In the seventh, Audy Ciriaco singled in Sizemore, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Hernandez double. Hernandez then advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Deik Scram sacrifice fly. Scram also singled in the first to give him a hit in 13 of his last 14 games. Cedar Rapids' only runs came in the eighth inning on a two-run home run by Stantrel Smith allowed by Casey Fien. Brett Jensen picked up his sixth save with a scoreless ninth. West Michigan begins a new series with Great Lakes Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Former Detroit Tigers' teammates and 1984 World Series Champions Tom Brookens and Lance Parrish, manager of Great Lakes, will face off against each other for the first time.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

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