'Hens Pick Up Lone Win (5/31 Recaps)

Toledo was the lone team in the organization to pick up a win on Thursday evening, with the help of Dennis Tankersley, David Espinosa, and Mike Hessman. Meanwhile, West Michigan lost both games of their doubleheader.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 8, SCRANTON/WB 6
29-25, 2nd in West division
It was a productive night for Toledo as the Mud Hens offense turned eight hits into eight runs and an 8-6 victory over Scranton/Wilkes Barre. David Espinosa led the offensive with two hits, two runs and three RBI while Dennis Tankersley earned his fifth win of the season after five and 1/3 innings pitched. Aquilino Lopez earned his eighth save of the season and second off the week, and Mike Hessman had a hit, a run, two RBI and two walks. The win was Toledo's third straight, continuing a most impressive run beginning nearly three weeks ago with the 'Hens a handful of games below .500. Now the 'Hens are 29-25 and in second place in the International League West Division, a half game ahead of Louisville. Right-hander Yorman Bazardo is scheduled to start for the Mud Hens Friday against Buffalo.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – HARRISBURG 6, ERIE 3
27-24, 2nd in Southern division
The Erie SeaWolves could not complete the sweep of the Harrisburg Senators losing 6-3 in the final game of the series. Starting pitcher Eulogio De La Cruz suffered the loss which dropped his record to 4-5 on the season. De La Cruz lasted only four innings allowing six hits and six runs but only three runs were earned as the SeaWolves committed four errors including a throwing error by De La Cruz. After falling behind 6-0 the SeaWolves bullpen did not allow a run. Matt Righter pitched three innings and allowed only two hits while striking out two and Matt Rusch and Kevin Ardoin each pitched on einning each. The SeaWolves were able to score some runs in the late innings but were unable to battle back. Steve Torrealba hit a two run home run in the ninth and finished 2-for-4 with two RBI's. Mike Hollimon was 2-for-4 ath the plate as well. The SeaWolves will travel to Binghamton to take on the Mets on Friday at 7:05 p.m. The SeaWolves will send Eddie Bonine (4-2, 3.14 ERA) to the mound and Binghamton will have Jose Sanchez (1-3, 4.17 ERA) pitching.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – TAMPA 8, LAKELAND 3
23-29, 4th in West division
The Flying Tigers fell to the Tampa Yankees Thursday night, 8-3. Starting pitcher Luke French pitched 6 and 2/3 innings and surrendered seven runs. He was then relieved by Brendan Wise who pitched 1 and 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball. Freddy Dolsi then closed the game, giving up one run in the ninth inning. On the offensive side, top prospect Cameron Maybin batted 2-for-4. Also, Michael Hernandez and Wilkin Ramirez registered one RBI each. The two teams will meet again Friday night at Joker Marchant Stadium at 7:00 PM. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – GM1: LANSING 13, W. MICH. 6

28-24, 3rd in Eastern division

West Michigan pitching struggled Thursday as the Whitecaps dropped both games of a double header at Lansing. They lost the first game 13-6 as Jonah Nickerson lasted only 1 2/3 innings, giving up 10 earned runs on eight hits and three walks. Ryan Strieby had three hits, including a home run and a double, with three RBI and two runs scored, while Brennan Boesch hit a two-run home run and Louis Ott collected three hits with an RBI and a run scored in the losing effort. Josh Rainwater made a spot start out of the bullpen for game two, giving up three earned runs on five hits and four walks over four innings to take the loss. Casey Fien allowed four earned runs on five hits over two innings in relief. The Whitecaps' only run came in the sixth on a Deik Scram double that scored Brandon Timm. West Michigan will try to take one game in Lansing Friday at 7:05 p.m. before the series shifts to Fifth Third Ballpark on Saturday.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

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