Aces Lead the Way (5/29 Recaps)

It was a day for the aces to step up at Toledo and Erie, where Virgil Vasquez and Andrew Miller stepped up to get their club's a win. Plus, which highly touted arm should finally be back on the mound in Wednesday's game.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 4, SCRANTON/WB 3
27-25, 3rd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens and ace pitcher Virgil Vasquez aren't exactly flying under the radar anymore. On Tuesday Vasquez (6-2) guided the 'Hens to a 4-3 win over Scranton/Wilkes Barre as he fanned nine batters in front of 6,805 fans. The win marked Vasquez's seventh-straight minor league appearance without a loss dating back to early April; it also was the 'Hens eleventh win in their last fourteen games. The 'Hens offense scored in only one inning, but the four-run fourth was enough to keep the Yankees at bay. Chris Maples had two doubles a run and an RBI, and Timo Perez, as always added two hits. A double was also hit by Ramon Santiago who also added an RBI and Chris Shelton was 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI. Jordan Tata is scheduled to make his first start of the season Wednesday at Scranton/Wilkes Barre.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 8, HARRISBURG 1
26-23, 2nd in Southern division
Andrew Miller pitched well and earned the victory in his home debut as the SeaWolves beat the Harrisburg Senators 8-1. Miller allowed only one earned run and five hits in seven innings of work and he struck out five while walking just one. Danny Zell retired all six batters he faced earning his second save of the season. The SeaWolves trailed 1-0 until scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth. The first Erie run scored on a wild pitch and the SeaWolves took the lead on a RBI single from Erick Almonte. Almonte led the SeaWolves offensively going 3-for-4 with two RBI's and a run scored. The SeaWolves blew the game open in the eighth scoring six runs to seal the victory. The SeaWolves finally got the offense going scoring eight runs on eleven hits. Andres Torres was 1-for-4 with two RBI's and Clete Thomas and Joel Roa were each 2-for-4 with a run scored. Roa also had an RBI in the game. The SeaWolves and Senators will meet again on Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. The pitching matchup will be Jair Jurrjens (2-2, 3.02 ERA) for Erie against Beltran Perez (4-2, 5.51 ERA) for Harrisburg.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – TAMPA 8, LAKELAND 3
22-28, t-4th in West division
The Flying Tigers fell to the Tampa Yankees Tuesday night, 8-3. Starting pitcher Matt O'Brien pitched 3 and 2/3 innings and surrendered seven runs. He was then relieved by Ricky Steik who pitched 2 and 1/3 innings while giving up one run until Gabriel Benitez was put on the mound to finish the game for Lakeland. On the offensive side, top prospect Cameron Maybin batted 2-for-5 with two solo home runs on the night. The Flying Tigers will look to even the series Wednesday night in Tampa at 7:00 PM. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – LANSING 6, W. MICH. 2
27-22, 2nd in Eastern division

West Michigan dropped its opener to Lansing Tuesday 6-2, despite collecting ten hits. RBI singles by Louis Ott in the third and Brandon Timm in the fourth were the only hits the Whitecaps could make count. Chris Cody took the loss, allowing three earned runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings while striking out seven. Jose Fragaso allowed three earned runs on six hits and two walks over three innings in his second appearance of the year. Gorkys Hernandez and Jeramy Laster each had two hits including a double and a run scored. Jeff Gerbe takes to the mound for the Whitecaps Thursday morning at 11 a.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

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