Farm Clubs Go 5-for-5 on the Day (6/7 Recaps)

It was a picture perfect day down on the farm for the Tiger organization, as all four clubs picked up wins, including Lakeland taking both games of a doubleheader. Meanwhile, Erie picked up a big come-from-behind victory, and the Whitecaps closed the gap on Dayton's lead in the Eastern division.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens –TOLEDO 5, SYRACUSE 2
34-27, 2nd in West division
On Wednesday the Mud Hens used the long ball to defeat Syracuse, but on Thursday night they used small ball to pick up their third straight win over the Chiefs. All eleven of the Mud Hens hits were singles, but those singles translated into five runs. Of course the 'Hens were aided by a trio of Chiefs errors. A fielding error in the first inning and a throwing error in the third inning each led to runs. Starter Corey Hamman only lasted four innings for the 'Hens but Euligio De La Cruz emerged from the bullpen with two innings of scoreless pitching to earn his first win of the season. Ian Ostlund recorded the hold after he pitched two scoreless innings, and Jason Karnuth earned the save, as he filled in for closer Aquilino Lopez who saw action with the Tigers Thursday. Offensively, the 'Hens were led by Timo Perez, Vance Wilson and Ramon Santiago who each had two hits and a run. Mike Hessman had a hit and two RBI and Ryan Rayburn had two hits, an RBI and a walk. Virgil Vasquez, who hasn't lost in nearly two months, will take the mound for the Mud Hens Friday against Syracuse, as the team goes for a series sweep at 7 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 9, PORTLAND 8
31-26, 2nd in Southern division
Clete Thomas walked and Erick Almonte scored to complete a 9-8 comeback victory for the Erie SeaWolves. The SeaWolves jumped out to a 5-0 lead powered by Erick Almonte who hit a second inning grand slam but could not hold the lead. The SeaWolves fell behind 8-5 before scoring two in the eighth and two in the ninth for the victory. Almonte was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and four RBI. Jackson Melian tied the game by hitting a RBI double in the ninth and was 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI. Clete Thomas was 2-for-4 with a run scored and walked to force in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Nick McIntyre added two RBI and was 1-for-4 in the game. Kevin Ardoin pitched the ninth inning to earn the victory. The SeaWolves will be back in action on Friday at 7:05 p.m. against the New Hampshire Fischer Cats. The starting pitchers have not been announced.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – GM1: LAKELAND 5, BREVARD CTY. 2
GM2: LAKELAND 4, BREVARD CTY. 2

27-31, 4th in West division
The Flying Tigers defeated the Brevard County Manatees in the first game of a double-header Thursday night, 5-2. Starting pitcher Kyle Sleeth pitched four innings and surrendered one run. He was then relieved by Eleazar Aponte who pitched one inning and surrendered one run. Paul Hammond closed the game and registered his first victory of the season. On the offensive side, Lakeland scored all of their runs in the seventh and final inning. Justin Justice batted 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Also, Will Rhymes batted 3-for-4 with one RBI.

The Flying Tigers defeated the Brevard County Manatees in the second game of a double-header Thursday night, 4-2. Starting pitcher Alfredo Figaro pitched five innings and surrendered one run. He was then relieved by Jacob Ramos who registered his fourth victory of the season. Derek Witt closed the game, earning his first save of the season. On the offensive side, Ovandy Suero batted 2-for-4 with three stolen bases. Also, Justin Justice pinch hit to bat 1-for-1 with one RBI. The two teams will meet again Friday night at Brevard County at 7:00 PM. Matt O'Brien is expected to take the mound for the Flying Tigers.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 8, DAYTON 4
34-24, 2nd in Eastern division

A five run seventh sealed a West Michigan victory over Dayton Thursday 8-4. Down 4-1 heading into the inning, the first six Whitecaps' batters reached base, bringing in three runs before an out was recorded to tie the score. Then with two outs and the bases loaded, Brennan Boesch delivered a two run single that would put West Michigan ahead for good. He also added another RBI single in the ninth. Deik Scram and Michael Bertram each had two hits, and RBI and a run scored. James Skelton also had two hits, including his second home run, with an RBI and two runs scored. After allowing four runs over the second and third innings on three home runs, Angel Castro settled down, giving up only one hit and one walk over the next four innings to get the win. The victory puts The Whitecaps two-and-a-half games behind Dayton heading into Friday's 7:00 p.m. match up.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

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