'Wolves Take Over First Place (5/21 Recaps)

Harrisburg made it interesting, but Erie squeaked by with a 5-4 victory, which gave the 'Wolves sole possession of first place. Meanwhile, Toledo needed extra innings to get past Charlotte, and things weren't so pretty for Lakeland.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 6, CHARLOTTE 5
22-23, 3rd in West division
The ‘Hens needed extra innings, but they were able to pull out a 6-5 victory in 11 innings on Monday. Yorman Bazardo gave up four runs over five innings as the starter, walking away with a no decision. Instead it was Jeremy Johnson who picked up the win, pitching a scoreless inning of relief. Toledo got the winning run the old fashioned way; David Espinosa singled, then stole second, and came home on a Chris Maples single. Maples was 2-for-5 with two RBI on the night. Mike Hessman also drove in a pair of runs. Toledo faces Charlotte again on Tuesday in a matinee game at 10:30am.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 5, HARRISBURG 4
23-17, 1st in Southern division
The Erie SeaWolves built a lead and held on to a 5-4 victory against the Harrisburg Senators. The SeaWolves led 3-2 after seven innings and received some insurance on a two run double by Matt Joyce in the eighth. The Senators scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth but Matt Rusch struck out the final hitter with the tying run on second. It was the second save of the season for Rusch. Starting pitcher Eddie Bonine pitched eight innings allowing six hits and two earned runs while walking one and striking out three. Matt Joyce led the way going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, and three RBI's. Mike Hollimon was 2-for-5 with a run scored. The SeaWolves and Senators will play a doubleheader on Tuesday with game one set for 5:35 p.m. The game one starter for Erie will be Dallas Trahern (6-1, 1.99 ERA) against the Senators Collin Balester (1-2, 2.38 ERA). Game two Erie will go with Andrew Kown (0-2, 5.85 ERA) and the Senators pitcher will be Josh Hall (0-2, 4.56 ERA).
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – VERO BEACH 15, LAKELAND 4
18-25, 5th in West division
The Flying Tigers fell to Vero Beach Monday night, 15-4. Starting pitcher Eleazar Aponte pitched 2 and 1/3 innings and allowed ten runs. Lakeland followed with three additional pitchers, and their luck was not much better as they surrendered five runs. On the offensive side, Ryan Roberson batted 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs. The Flying Tigers next game will be in Vero Beach Tuesday night at 7:00 PM. Kyle Denney will most likely make the start for Lakeland, while Vero Beach's pitcher has yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – BELOIT 8, W. MICH. 2
23-18, 2nd in Eastern division

A sloppy game led to an 8-2 loss to Beloit for West Michigan Monday. With one out in the fourth, Lauren Gagnier (2-5, 5.63 ERA) walked two batters in a row and threw a wild pitch to allow them to advance before giving up a single that scored them both. After striking out the next batter, Gagnier served up a two run home run to Danny Santiesteban to make it 4-0. In the seventh, Audy Ciriaco committed a fielding error with two out and one on that allowed the inning to continue and put runners at the corners. Casey Fien then allowed three hits in a row that each scored a run, then threw a wild pitch that brought home another. West Michigan's only runs came in the fifth on a Jeramy Laster solo home run and the seventh when Laster struck out but reached on a wild pitch, moving Louis Ott to second, who scored on the next play on a throwing error by Beloit second baseman Steven Singleton. Gagnier took the loss, allowing four hits, three walks and four earned runs with four strike outs over six innings. Deik Scram had three of the Whitecap's five hits. The series continues Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. EST.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

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