Rogers Shines in Rehab Start (6/10 Recaps)

Kenny Rogers made his return to the mound on Sunday in a rehab start for Toledo, where he pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings for the 'Hens. Meanwhile, Erie's offense followed the Tigers lead in scoring 13 runs on the day, while the Whitecaps fell to Dayton in 11 innings.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 2, NORFOLK 1
36-28, 2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens gambled Sunday night and edged out a 2-1 victory over Norfolk for their fifth win in six games. That's because the "gambler", Tigers ace Kenny Rogers was in town completing his first rehab start leading the way for the streaking 'Hens. Rogers pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed three hits, no runs or walks and recorded two strikeouts. Ron Chiavacci came out of the pen and earned his fifth straight win and Jason Karnuth recorded the save. Chris Shelton led the offensive effort with two doubles and a run scored. For the second straight night Henry Mateo represented the winning run. He crossed the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning give the 'Hens a 2-0 lead before Norfolk got on the board with a run in the ninth. Timo Perez and Mike Hessman each recorded a double and an RBI. Toledo will face Norfolk on Monday at 7 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 13, NEW HAMPSHIRE 5
32-28, 2nd in Southern division
The SeaWolves scored five runs in two separate innings en route to a 13-5 victory over the New Hampshire Fischer Cats. The SeaWolves pounded out 13 hits including three by Clete Thomas who also scored three runs. Andres Torres added a double and a triple going 2-for-4 with three runs scored and a RBI. Jackson Melian was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI. Kody Kirkland continued to hit well going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Mike Hollimon also added two RBI going 1-for-1 with two walks. The winning pitcher was Brendan Wise despite allowing four hits and an earned run in 2/3 inning pitched. Starting pitcher Jon Connolly received a no decision pitching 5 1/3 innings and allowing four hits and four runs while walking four and striking out seven. The SeaWolves will be off on Monday and will return to action on Tuesday.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – SARASOTA 11, LAKELAND 7
27-34, 4th in West division
The Flying Tigers fell to the Sarasota Reds Sunday night, 11-7. Starting pitcher Luke French pitched 5 and 1/3 innings and surrendered seven runs. He was then relieved by Paul Hammond who gave up four runs without recording a single out. Adriano Santos and Gabriel Benitez then combined to allow only one hit for the remainder of the game. On the offensive side, Ryan Roberson, Michael Hernandez, and Wilkin Ramirez all hit home runs for the Flying Tigers. The two teams will meet again Monday night at 7:00 PM. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – DAYTON 3, W. MICH 2
36-26, 2nd in Eastern division

West Michigan went 11 innings with Dayton Sunday but couldn't pull out the victory as the Dragons walked off with a 3-2 win. Jose Fragoso relieved Brett Jenson in the 11th and promptly gave up the winning home run to Jason Louwsma on his second pitch. Aleazar Aponte allowed two earned runs over six innings while striking out eight in his Whitecaps debut. West Michigan's offense was mostly silent as they scored their two runs on a Jeffrey Kunkel RBI ground out in the second and a throwing error on a pick-off attempt that scored Ryan Strieby in the sixth. Dayton's Lee Tabor was perfect in three innings of relief as the last ten Whitecaps' batters were retired in order. The loss puts West Michigan two-and-a-half games behind Dayton for first in the Eastern Division, and a Lansing win leaves the Lugnuts three games behind the Whitecaps for the wild card spot. West Michigan will return home Monday for a double header against Great Lakes starting at 6:35 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

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