'Caps Sweep Doubleheader (6/4 Recaps)

The Whitecaps completed their suspended game from Sunday, and then completed another game, receiving excellent pitching in both from Jeff Gerbe and Josh Rainwater. Meanwhile, Burke Badenhop turned in a solid start of his own for Lakeland as the Flying Tigers earned another victory.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – BUFFALO 9, TOLEDO 3
31-27, 2nd in West division
The Mud Hens never overcame a two run first inning deficit Monday night in a 9-3 loss against Buffalo. Jordan Tata earned the loss after allowing three home runs and six earned runs in two and 1/3 innings pitched. Jeremy Johnson completed four and 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball, but the Mud Hens couldn't muster enough run support to undo the damage. David Espinosa had the only multi-hit game for the 'Hens, and he also added a run. Ryan Rayburn hit another home run, and recorded two RBI to go along with a walk. The Mud Hens return home to face the Syracuse Chiefs on Tuesday.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – OFF DAY
29-25, 2nd in Southern division
The SeaWolves were off on Monday and will return to action on Tuesday at 7:05pm with Jon Connolly taking the mound.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 6, ST. LUCIE 2
25-30, 4th in West division
The Flying Tigers registered their second consecutive victory Monday night, defeating the St. Lucie Mets 6-2. Starting pitcher Burke Badenhop pitched 5 and 2/3 innings and surrendered two runs. Jacob Ramos, Paul Hammond, and Brendan Wise then combined to pitch 3 and 1/3 innings of one-hit baseball. On the offensive side, Will Rhymes continued his momentum from the previous night, batting 3-for-3 with one RBI. Also, Wilkin Ramirez batted 2-for-3 with two RBIs. The two teams will meet again Tuesday night at 7:00 PM. Luke French will be Lakeland's starting pitcher.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – GM1: W. MICH. 4, FT. WAYNE 2
GM2: W. MICH. 3, FT. WAYNE 1

32-24, 2nd in Eastern division

West Michigan won both games of a double header Monday over Fort Wayne at Fifth Third Ballpark. The first game, a continuation of a rain-suspended game from Sunday, saw Jeff Gerbe (1-0, 1.26 ERA) pitch seven innings of two-hit ball for his first victory of the season as West Michigan won 4-2. From the final out of the fifth inning through the eighth inning, Gerbe retired 10 batters in order. His only earned run came in the ninth on a hit batsman, a single and an RBI force out. Brett Jensen eventually took over and picked up his 11th save. RBI doubles from Ryan Strieby and Gorkys Hernandez in the fifth and an RBI fielder's choice from Deik Scram in the eighth combined with Brandon Timm's RBI single from Sunday before play was suspended to account for West Michigan's offensive production.

In the seven inning game two, Brennan Boesch belted a three run home run in the first that would be all the offense the Whitecaps would need in a 3-1 victory. Josh Rainwater (6-2, 2.48 ERA) allowed only four hits and one earned run with seven strike outs over six innings in a spot start to get the win. Casey Fien got his second save by striking out three in the seventh. The Whitecaps look to sweep the series from Fort Wayne Tuesday with an 11 a.m. start time. Jonah Nickerson is scheduled to face the Wizards' Stephen Faris.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

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