'Caps Offense Shines in Win (5/13 Recaps)

The Whitecaps offense came to play on Sunday, putting up 12 runs on the Loons, giving Jonah Nickerson plenty of support. Meanwhile, both Erie and Toledo lost leads late in the game to walk away with a loss.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – PAWTUCKET 4, TOLEDO 3
17-20, 4th in West division
The Mud Hens squandered a three run lead and dropped another one run contest Sunday night, a 4-3 extra-innings affair with Pawtucket. Chris Shelton went 2-for-4 with a double and one walk and Mike Hessman went 3-for-3 with a double. Chris Maples went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, Dane Sardinha had a home run, two walks and two RBI, and Jack Hannahan had two hits. Right-handed reliever Jeremy Johnson (1-2) earned the loss after taking over for Jason Karnuth who recorded his second blown save of the season. Johnson and Karnuth combined to allow three hits and three earned runs in the final one and 1/3 innings. Starter Ron Chiavacci allowed only one earned run on five hits against five strikeouts in six and 2/3 innings. Right-hander Dennis Tankersley (3-1, 4.10 E.R.A) will get the start for the 'Hens Monday in the series finale against Pawtucket.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – AKRON 4, ERIE 3
18-15, 2nd in Southern division
The Erie SeaWolves gave up an eighth inning lead and fell 4-3 to the Akron Aeros. The SeaWolves scored two runs in the top of eighth to take a 3-1 lead despite not having a hit in the first seven innings. The SeaWolves only two hits came in the eighth by Jackson Melian and pinch hitter Pedro Cotto. Melian was 1-for-3 with a run scored and Cotto was 1-for-1 with two RBI's. The SeaWolves other RBI was on a Jeff Larish sacrifice fly in the fourth. Starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens pitched well in the no decision, lasting seven innings allowing four hits and one earned run while walking five and striking out five. Kevin Ardoin suffered the loss allowing two hits and an earned run in the ninth. The SeaWolves will be off on Monday and will return to action on Tuesday against the Trenton Thunder. Eulogio De La Cruz (4-2, 3.46 ERA) is expected to start for Erie and Jeffrey Marquez (4-2, 1.93 ERA) will pitch for Trenton.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – OFF DAY
13-23, 5th in West division
The Flying Tigers had Sunday off with their next game coming at home against Sarasota Monday night at 7:00 PM.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 12, GREAT LAKES 5
19-16, 2nd in Eastern division

Lack of run support was definitely not an issue for Jonah Nickerson Sunday as West Michigan pummeled Great Lakes 12-5. Six Whitecaps players had multiple hits, led by James Skelton, who had four hits including two doubles and three RBI to raise his batting average to .366. After falling behind 3-1 in the top of the second, West Michigan put up six runs in the bottom of the inning. Great Lakes pitcher Clayton Kershaw walked the bases loaded with one out and allowing back-to-back singles to Ryan Strieby and Scott Sizemore to bring in two runs. He then walked in another run before a Skelton double cleared the bases, ending Kershaw's day early. The 'Caps added four more runs in the fourth on RBI hits by Jeramy Laster, Brandon Timm, Audy Ciriaco (a double) and Gorkys Hernandez and one more in the seventh on an RBI triple by Laster. Nickerson allowed five hits and three walks for five earned runs with one strike out over six innings to get the win. The Whitecaps will begin a twelve game road trip Monday as they face Great Lakes at their new ballpark in Midland at 7:00 p.m. Lauren Gagnier is scheduled to start against the Loons' Thomas Melgrarejo.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

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