Roberson's Walkoff Earns LFT Win (6/3 Recaps)

It was an exciting game down in Lakeland on Sunday, with the team making a huge run coming from behind to tie the game, and then winning the game in extra innings via a walkoff home run by Ryan Roberson. Meanwhile, both Erie and Toledo earned wins as well, with outstanding starts from Andrew Miller and Virgil Vasquez.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 3, BUFFALO 2
31-26, 2nd in West division
A three run Ryan Raburn homer which scored Timo Perez and Kevin Hooper lifted the Mud Hens to a 3-2 win over Buffalo Sunday night. Right hander Virgil Vasquez continued his minor league domination earning his seventh win in his last eight starts improving his record to (7-2). Vasquez allowed no runs over six innings while fanning four batters. Jordan Tata will get his second start of the season on Monday against Buffalo.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 6, BINGHAMTON 0
29-25, 2nd in Southern division
Andrew Miller was outstanding in earning his second victory as a member of the Erie SeaWolves. The SeaWolves beat the Binghamton Mets 6-0. Miller pitched 7 2/3 innings and allowed only seven hits and one walk while striking out seven. Anthony Tomey pitched the final 1 1/3 innings and retired all four batters he faced. The SeaWolves had three players who each had two hits and two RBI's. Joel Roa led the SeaWolves going 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI's. Erick Almonte added two doubles and was 2-for-4 with two RBI's and Andres Torres was also 2-for-4 with two RBI's. The SeaWolves will be off on Monday and will return to action on Tuesday.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 12, ST. LUCIE 11
24-30, 4th in West division
The Flying Tigers defeated the St. Lucie Mets in a thriller Sunday night, 12-11. Starting pitcher Matt O'Brien pitched 5 and 1/3 innings and surrendered five runs. He was then relieved by Derek Witt who also gave up five runs but in only 1 and 1/3 innings of work. At this point in the game, Lakeland fell behind 10-1. The Flying Tigers' bats came alive in the seventh, scoring three runs on a variety of hits. The momentum then carried on into the eighth, as Lakeland scored two highlighted by a Mike Hernandez home run. Hernandez batted 3-for-5 on the night with three RBIs. Also, Ricky Steik and Eleazar Aponte combined for 2 and 1/3 hitless innings to hold the Mets at ten runs. In the ninth inning, Will Rhymes came to the plate with the Flying Tigers trailing and two runners on base. Rhymes ultimately hit the ball over the right field fence and finished the day batting 3-for-5 with three RBIs. After Rhymes' home run, the Flying Tigers still trailed by one run, but then Cameron Maybin scored on a Hernandez single. With the game tied, the ball was given to closer Freddy Dolsi. Both teams failed to score in the eleventh inning but St. Lucie did manage to get one run in the twelfth. Chances were looking slim for Lakeland with two outs and one runner on base. Ryan Roberson then proceeded to step up to the plate and hit his twelfth home run of the season, a walk off allowing the Flying Tigers to end the game victorious and giving Freddy Dolsi his second win of the season. The two teams will meet again Monday night at 7:00 PM as Lakeland tries to match the excitement of Sunday night and maintain their momentum. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – SUSPENDED: RAIN
30-24, t-2nd in Eastern division

West Michigan took a 1-0 lead over Fort Wayne Sunday before rain caused the game to be suspended in the top of the second inning. Michael Bertram hit an RBI single in the first and Chris Cody retired all four batters he faced before play was stopped. The game will resume Monday at 6:35 p.m. with one out in the top of the second and a 0-1 count on Fort Wayne's Rayner Contreras. The suspended game will be a full nine innings, followed by Monday's regularly scheduled game which will be seven innings. Jeff Gerbe, Monday's regularly scheduled starter, will pitch the suspended game, while Josh Rainwater will start the shortened game two.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

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