'Caps Take Two, Just 1.5 Back (6/9 Recaps)

It was a big day for West Michigan, taking both games of a doubleheader to move within 1.5 games of Dayton in the Eastern division. Meanwhile, Toledo squeaked out a one run victory Lakeland and Erie both fell.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 3, NORFOLK 2
35-28, 2nd in West division
Saturday night was a good night to be Kevin Hooper. The second baseman was 3-for-6 with two RBI including an eleventh inning game winning single which scored Henry Mateo. Mateo also had an eleventh inning single, and a steal which put him in scoring position for Hooper's final at bat. Ryan Ray\burn continued his hot streak, going 3-for-5 with a double and a solo home run. Jordan Tata pitched in his second start of the season, and allowed no earned runs on four hits in five innings. Ian Ostlund, was the Mud Hen who picked up the win in only one inning of work after Jason Karnuth blew his fifth save of the season. Chris Maples also had a hit and a run for the 'Hens who return to action on Sunday at 6:30 against Norfolk. Tigers ace Kenny Rogers is scheduled to take the mound for the Mud Hens in his first rehab assignment of the season.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – NEW HAMPSHIRE 7, ERIE 2
31-28, 2nd in Southern division
The SeaWolves lost their second game in as many nights falling 7-2 in 10 innings. The Fischer Cats scored five runs in the top of th tenth as Danny Zell suffered the loss for Erie. Jeff Gerbe pitched well in his AA debut allowing two earned runs and six hits while striking out four and walking one in six innings pitched. Mike Hollimon continued to hit well going 2-for-6 with two doubles and a run scored. Jackson Melian and Clete Thomas both were 2-for-5 in the game. Matt Joyce tied the game in the fifth with a solo home run that was his fifth of the season. Joyce was 2-for-5 in the game. The SeaWolves will try to avoid a series sweep on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. LHP Jon Connolly will take the mound for Erie against RHP Yasaku Iriki of the New Hampshire Fischer Cats.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers –BREVARD CTY. 5, LAKELAND 3
27-33, 4th in West division
The Flying Tigers fell to the Brevard County Manatees Saturday night, 5-3. Starting pitcher Burke Badenhop pitched 6 and 1/3 innings and surrendered two runs. He was then relieved by Derek Witt who pitched 2/3 of an inning and surrendered one hit, setting up Jacob Ramos to give up three runs without recording a single out. Adriano Santos closed the game and gave up only one hit as well. On the offensive side, Cameron Maybin batted 2-for-4 with one RBI and Will Rhymes registered an RBI as well. Lakeland will travel to Sarasota for their next series, with the first game starting Sunday night at 6:00 PM. Luke French is expected to start for the Flying Tigers.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – GM1: W. MICH 4, DAYTON 2
GM2: W. MICH. 8, DAYTON 3

36-25, 2nd in Eastern division

West Michigan swept a double header from Dayton Saturday, winning the first game 4-2 and the second 8-3. The wins put the Whitecaps a game-and-a-half behind the division-leading Dragons. In game one, Brennan Boesch hit a two run home run in the fourth, Gorkys Hernandez singled in Ryan Strieby in the eighth and Deik Scram doubled in Brandon Timm in the ninth for West Michigan's runs. Chris Cody (5-4, 1.72 ERA) allowed two runs (one earned) and struck out four over seven innings for the win. Brett Jensen recorded his 12th save in the ninth.

After Dayton recorded three runs in the first inning of the nightcap, spot starter Josh Rainwater (7-2, 2.34 ERA) combined with Luis Gil and Casey Fien to blank the Dragons the rest of the game. Rainwater struck out four over six innings to get the win and Fien picked up his thrid save. The Whitecaps scored four runs in the second on a bases loaded Scram walk and a bases clearing James Skelton double. Skelton added another RBI on a single in the sixth, and Audy Ciriaco belted a three run homer in the ninth. Scram had five hits, including two doubles, over the two games. The Whitecaps look to crawl within a half-game of first place Sunday as they finish their series with Dayton at 2:00 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

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