Three Outta Four Ain't Bad (5/24 Recaps)

Only Erie couldn't come through with a victory on Thursday, and that certainly wasn't the fault of Andrew Miller, who was outstanding in his no decision. Meanwhile, Chris Cody and Burke Badenhop were excellent as well and actually were able to pick up wins.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 7, COLUMBUS 6
24-23, 3rd in West division
A seven run mid-game surge thanks to a Mike Hessman grand slam helped the Mud Hens to a 7-6 win over Columbus and lifted them above .500. Virgil Vasquez earned his fifth win of the season after allowing five runs in five innings pitched. "The Virge" struck out two batters and Aquilino Lopez followed up with his sixth save of the season. Chris Shelton led the Mud Hens offensive going 2-for-3 with two runs and three walks and Timo Perez had two hits a walk and a run. Hessman finished 2-for-5 with a run and four RBI - Hessman has 38 RBI this season. The Mud Hens will face Columbus on Friday with Ron Chiavacci (1-4) taking the mound.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – HARRISBURG 2, ERIE 1
23-21, 2nd in Southern division
The Erie SeaWolves lost for the fourth consecutive time in the final at bat as they dropped a 2-1 decision to the Harrisburg Senators. Andrew Miller pitched his second game as a member of the Erie SeaWolves and it was a great performance. Miller allowed one run on four hits and three walks while striking out five. Matt Righter suffered loss allowing the game winning run in the ninth, he allowed one hit and walked two. The SeaWolves fell behind in the second but tied the game on a solo home run by Kody Kirkland. Kirkland had two of the SeaWolves eight hits going 2-for-4. Jeff Larish reached base in three of his four plate appearances going 2-for-3 with a walk. The SeaWolves will travel to Akron to take on the Aeros. The first game of the four game series will Friday at 7:05 p.m. Jair Jurrjens will take the mound for Erie and Akron will send Joe Ness to the mound.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 8, PALM BEACH 4
21-25, 5th in West division
The Flying Tigers topped Palm Beach Thursday night, 8-4. Starting pitcher Burke Badenhop pitched seven innings while giving up only one run. He was then relieved by Paul Hammond who pitched 2/3 of an inning while surrendering three runs. Brendan Wise closed the game for Lakeland, earning his second save of the season. On the offensive side, Wilkin Ramirez batted 2-for-4 with a solo home run. Ovandy Suero played center field in place of Cameron Maybin. The crafty replacement batted an impressive 3-for-5 with three RBIs and he also registered his 35th stolen base of the season. The two teams will meet again Friday night at 7:00 PM. Luke French will make the start for the Flying Tigers, while Palm Beach's starter has yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 3, BELOIT 2
24-20, 3rd in Eastern division

West Michigan avoided a sweep by Beloit Thursday as they defeated the Snappers 3-2. Deik Scram put the Whitecaps ahead for good in the seventh by hitting a solo home run, his first of the year. The other big hits came in the second when Ryan Strieby led off with a double and eventually scored on a Jeffrey Kunkel triple. Kunkel scored on the next play on a fielding error. Chris Cody was solid as usual, out-dueling Beloit's Cole Devries by allowing only two earned runs over eight innings while striking out 10 with no walks to get the win. Devries and Cody are second and third in ERA, respectively, in the Midwest League. West Michigan hits the last leg of their two week road trip Friday as the play Fort Wayne at 6:00 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

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