Clean Sweep on Thursday (5/17 Recaps)

It was a perfect day down on the farm, as the minor league clubs had five games and walked away victorious in all five. Jon Connolly got a win for Toledo; pitching a one-hit shutout, while a pair of middle infielders that had been struggling so far this season came up big; Will Rhymes and Audy Ciriaco.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – GM1: TOLEDO 1, L'VILLE 0
GM2: TOLEDO 4, L'VILLE 3

19-22, 4th in West division
Toledo edged Louisville by one run in each of the two team's doubleheaders Thursday by scores of 1-0, and 4-3 at Fifth Third Field. Chris Shelton had a double a walk and a run for the Mud Hens in game one and Jonathan Connolly recorded a one-hitter through seven innings. In game two Jack Hannahan went 2-for-3 with a run and Mike Hessman went 2-for-2 with a walk and two runs. Jeremy Johnson pitched six innings and allowed three earned runs on three hits while recording five strikeouts. Virgil Vasquez (4-2, 2.88 E.RA.), will take the mound for Toledo against Louisville Friday at Fifth Third Field.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 3, TRENTON 2
20-16, 2nd in Southern division
The SeaWolves received excellent pitching in a 3-2 win over the Trenton Thunder. Starting pitcher Dallas Trahern improved his record to 6-1 with the win. Trahern pitched seven strong innings allowing five hits and two earned runs while walking two and striking out two. Kyle Sleeth pitched the final two innings allowing only one hit to earn his first save of the season. Jeff Larish led the SeaWolves offense going 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI. The SeaWolves allowed the Thunder to tie the game at two in the top of the sixth but a RBI double by Erick Almonte in the bottom half of the inning put them back ahead for good. Almonte was 1-for-4 with a RBI. The SeaWolves will take on the Akron Aeros on Friday at 6:35 p.m. Erie will send Andrew Kown to the mound to face leftie Chuck Lofgren for the Aeros.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 7, DUNEDIN 4
17-23, 5th in West division
The Flying Tigers notched their fourth consecutive victory Thursday night, beating the Dunedin Blue Jays 7-4. Starting pitcher Kyle Denney pitched five innings and surrendered three runs. He was then relieved by Gabriel Benitez who pitched two innings, giving up one run, and then Paul Hammond who pitched a scoreless inning. New Flying Tiger Brendan Wise closed the game, registering his first save in his first appearance. On the offensive end, Ryan Roberson batted 2-for-4 with a 2-run home run. Will Rhymes also hit for three RBIs. The Flying Tigers will look for their fifth win in a row Friday night at 7:00 PM. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 5, QUAD CTS. 2
21-16, 2nd in Eastern division

Audy Ciriaco broke a tie game in the ninth inning with a three-run home run to give West Michigan a 5-2 victory over the Swing of the Quad Cities Thursday. The light-hitting short stop belted his first home run of the year and the three RBI bring his season total to 12. The Whitecaps didn't reach the scoreboard until the seventh when Louis Ott scored on a wild pitch and Scott Sizemore scored on a fielding error to make it 2-1. The Swing tied it in the bottom of the eighth when Brett Jensen allowed an RBI double for his first blown save. He picked up his third win, though, on Ciriaco's jack. Angel Castro started, going six innings and only allowing one unearned run in the first and Casey Fien got his first save by striking out the side while walking one in the ninth. The series continues Friday at 8:00 p.m. EST.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

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