AAA Toledo Mud Hens –COLUMBUS 8, TOLEDO 5
25-24, 3rd in West division
Columbus got to ‘Hens starter Dennis Tankersley early and often, and in turn cruised to an 8-5 victory. Tankersley gave up seven runs, all earned, in three-plus innings of work. Jeremy Johnson came on to stop the bleeding, giving up just one run over five innings, but the damage had already been done. Almost all of the ‘Hens offense came from the top of the order, where Kevin Hooper, Chris Shelton and Timo Perez combined for seven hits. Cleanup hitter Ryan Raburn also drove in two. On Sunday, RHP Yorman Bazardo (2-3, 4.21) is scheduled to take the mound at 6:30pm.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves – AKRON 3, ERIE 1
24-22, 3rd in Southern division
The SeaWolves pitching allowed only three runs but fell 3-1 to the Akron Aeros. Starting pitcher Eulogio De La Cruz allowed eight hits and two earned runs while walking one and striking out one in the loss. Matt Righter kept the SeaWolves close allowing only one hit in the final three innings. Jackson Melian stayed hot at the plate going 3-for-4 with a solo home run for the only SeaWolves run. The SeaWolves will take on Akron again Sunday at 2:05 p.m. RHP Eddie Bonine (4-1, 2.73 ERA) will take the mound for Erie and the Aeros will send LHP Shawn Nottingham (4-2, 2.49 ERA) to mound.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers –PALM BEACH 9, LAKELAND 6
22-26, 5th in West division
The Flying Tigers fell to the Palm Beach Cardinals Saturday night, 9-6. Starting pitcher Alfredo Figaro pitched five innings and surrendered three runs. Jacob Ramos and Derek Witt combined to give up six runs in the seventh, eight, and ninth innings. On the offensive side, Wilkin Ramirez batted 3-for-4 with two RBIs. The two teams will meet again Sunday afternoon at 100 PM. Kyle Denney 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 –FT. WAYNE 8, W. MICH. 7
25-21, 2nd in Eastern division
Seven West Michigan runs in the first three innings was not enough to give the Whitecaps a victory in Saturday's game versus Fort Wayne as they lost to the Wizards 8-7. Ryan Strieby led the early offense with an RBI double in the first and a three run home run in the second, part of an evening that included three hits, two runs scored and four RBI. Starter Jonah Nickerson (3-4, 4.67 ERA) went five innings and allowed four earned runs on eight hits and two walks, but was still in line for the win before Lauren Gagnier (2-6, 6.24 ERA) gave up four earned run in the sixth on three walks, three wild pitches and three singles to take the loss. The Whitecaps return to Fifth Third Ballpark Sunday as they host Fort Wayne at 2 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent
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