AAA Toledo Mud Hens – NORFOLK 6, TOLEDO 4
36-29, 2nd in West division
The Mud Hens were unable to continue a streak of good luck as they fell to Norfolk 6-4 Monday night at Fifth Third Field. After allowing eight hits and six runs across five and 1/3 innings with only two strikeouts Dennis Tankersley was yanked for Eulogio De La Cruz who along with Jeremy Johnson pitched four scoreless innings. The damage however, was too much to overcome as Tankersley earned the loss. Jack Hannahan and David Espinosa each went 2-for-4 with one RBI, but it was Chris Shelton who was most impressive with a home run, two runs and an RBI. Mike Hessman had a double, a run and an RBI for the Mud Hens who will face Norfolk on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Corey Hamman is scheduled to start for the 'Hens opposite Tides pitcher Kurt Birkins.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves – OFF DAY
32-28, 2nd in Southern division
The SeaWolves were off Monday but return to action on Tuesday with Eddie Bonine taking the mound against Portland at 6:00pm.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – SARASOTA 12, LAKELAND 2
27-35, t-4th in West division
The Flying Tigers fell to the Sarasota Reds Monday night, 12-2. Starting pitcher Ramon Garcia pitched 2 and 1/3 innings and surrendered seven runs. He was then relieved by Ricky Steik who pitched 2 and 1/3 innings and gave up five runs. Jacob Ramos then took the mound for 2 and 1/3 innings and gave up only three hits and zero runs. Freddy Dolsi closed the game with a hitless ninth. On the offensive side, Cameron Maybin batted 1-for-3 with one RBI. The two teams will meet again Tuesday night at 7:00 PM. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps – GM1: GREAT LAKES 5, W. MICH. 4
GM2: GREAT LAKES 3, W. MICH. 0
36-28, 2nd in Eastern division
West Michigan dropped both ends of a seven inning double header to Great Lakes Monday to fall four games behind Dayton for the Eastern Division lead. The Whitecaps lost the first game 5-4 as Jonah Nickerson (4-6, 5.80 ERA) allowed five earned runs on ten hits over six innings. Each team scored three runs in the first inning, West Michigan's runs coming in part on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt and two wild pitches by Great Lakes starter Josh Wall. Another wild pitch from Wall in the second allowed Deik Scram to advance to second and eventually score on a Ryan Strieby single to give the Whitecaps a 4-3 lead. Wall settled down and did not allow another run the next four innings, thanks in large part to the Whitecaps hitting into a double play in each of those innings. Nickerson surrendered an RBI double in the third and an RBI single in the fifth to give the Loons the lead. A perfect seventh from Great Lakes closer Miguel Ramirez gave them the win.
Game two was scoreless until the sixth when Lauren Gagnier (2-7, 5.72
ERA) gave up a bases loaded single to James Peterson that scored two.
An added RBI forceout capped the scoring for a 3-0 final. West Michigan had eight hits but could manage no runs, hitting into two more double plays. Gagnier pitched a complete game loss, striking out five over seven innings. Gorkys Hernandez had five hits over the two games, along with two stolen bases, an RBI and run scored in the first game. The short series concludes Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent
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