Espinosa Helps Hens Keep Rolling (6/1 Recaps)

Toledo picked up its 13th win in 16 games with a monster showing against Buffalo, scoring 15 runs. David Espinosa had four hits, scored four runs and drove in four as well. Meanwhile, West Michigan won against nearby Lansing with the help of Jeramy Laster and Brennan Boesch.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 15, BUFFALO 3
30-25, 2nd in West division
Toledo bombarded Buffalo with 19 hits and scored 15 runs for their fourth straight win Friday night. The 'Hens have won 13 of their last 16 contests. Yorman Bazardo earned the win in a complete game effort. The right-hander allowed three earned on seven hits and struck out seven batters. David Espinosa and Timo Perez each had their best offensive performances of the season. Espinosa finished 4-for-6 with four runs and four RBI and Perez went 4-for-6 with three runs and an RBI. Mike Hessman added two runs and two RBI and Dane Sardinha and Ramon Santiago each had two hits and two runs. Lefty Corey Hamman will get the start on Saturday against Buffalo.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – BINGHAMTON 8, ERIE 7
27-25, 2nd in Southern division
The Erie SeaWolves fell 8-7 to the Binghamton Mets. The SeaWolves fell behind 5-0 after two innings before striking for six runs in the third. The SeaWolves received a three run home run by Mike Hollimon and a two run home run off the bat of Jeff Larish in the six run third. Starting pitcher Eddie Bonine allowed two more runs in the fourth before being replaced by Jon Connolly. Bonine lasted only four innings and allowed 11 hits and seven earned runs in the no decision. Jon Connolly was the eventual loser despite allowing only three hits and one earned run in four innings. Mike Hollimon paced the offense going 2-for-3 with four RBI's along with his three run home run. Matt Joyce was also 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI. The SeaWolves will take on Binghamton again on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Dallas Trahern (7-1, 2.64 ERA) will take the mound for Erie against Marcos Carvajal (1-3, 5.05 ERA) for Binghamton.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – PPD: RAIN
23-29, 4th in West division
The Lakeland game was postponed due to rain. It will be made up as part of a double-header on June 13th.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 5, LANSING 2
29-24, 2nd in Eastern division

Angel Castro (5-3, 2.08 ERA) recovered from a rocky first inning Friday to go eight innings and help West Michigan to a 5-2 victory over Lansing. Castro gave up a single and a double to his first two batters and allowed two runs on a ground out and single before a double play got him out of the inning. From there on he shut out the Lugnuts offense, including the fourth inning when he allowed a lead off double and a walk but retired the next three batters on four pitches. "Castro stepped up really big for us," said Whitecaps Manager Tom Brookens, whose bullpen was depleted after using seven different relievers over the past week. "He pitched inside really well after the first couple innings, and I think that might have been the difference." James Skelton hit his first home run of the year to lead of the second, part of a three run inning that would be all the offense West Michigan would need. They added single runs in the sixth and ninth on Lansing fielding errors. Jeramy Laster and Brennan Boesch each had two hits and two runs scored. Ed Clelland picked up his third save with a scoreless ninth. The Whitecaps return to Fifth Third Ballpark Saturday for a 7:00 p.m. game against Fort Wayne. Duane Below is scheduled to pitch against the Wizard's Aaron Breit.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

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