Flying Tigers Powered to Win (6/12 Recaps)

Lakeland got plenty of power on Tuesday evening, getting home runs from Ryan Roberson and Mike Hernandez. Meanwhile, Erie got an outstanding start from Eddie Bonine to get a win, and West Michigan's comeback effort fell just short.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – NORFOLK 4, TOLEDO 3
36-30, 2nd in West division
With a 4-3 loss on Tuesday the Mud Hens dropped consecutive contests for the first time in nearly a month. Starting pitcher Corey Hamman was dealt his fifth loss after allowing four runs, and seven hits in five innings. Jack Hannahan went 2-for-4 with a home run and Ryan Raburn was the only other 'Hen to record a multi-hit game. Rayburn added an RBI along with Chris Shelton while Timo Perez and David Espinosa each scored a run. The 'Hens will take Wednesday off before heading to Syracuse to face the Chiefs on Thursday. Virgil Vasquez is scheduled to take the mound for the Mud Hens against Chiefs starter Victor Zambrano.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 4, PORTLAND 1
33-28, 2nd in Southern division
Great pitching and a couple of home runs led the SeaWolves to a 4-1 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs. Starting pitcher Eddie Bonine allowed only three hits and one earned run while walking two and striking out four in 6 2/3 innings pitched. The bullpen pitched the final 2 1/3 without allowing a hit. Alan Mills pitched the ninth to earn his second dave of the season. The game was tied 1-1 in the fifth until Jeff Larish and Jackson Melian hit back to back home runs with two outs. Larish was 2-for-3 with three RBI in the game. Erick Almonte was 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored for the SeaWolves. The same two teams will meet on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. The pitching matchup features Andrew Kown (1-3, 4.98 ERA) on the mound for Erie against the Sea Dogs Charlie Zink (5-1, 2.35 ERA).
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 10, SARASOTA 8
28-35, 4th in West division
The Flying Tigers defeated the Sarasota Reds Tuesday night 10-8. Starting pitcher Kyle Sleeth pitched three innings and surrendered six runs. He was then relieved by Paul Hammond who pitched two innings and gave up only one run. Getting the victory for Lakeland was Derek Witt who then came in and pitched three innings while also giving up only one run. Freddy Dolsi then closed the game earning his tenth save of the season. On the offensive side, Ryan Roberson batted 2-for-4 with a home run. Michael Hernandez also hit his eleventh home run of the season, while registering an impressive four RBIs. Lakeland will return home Wednesday night to play a double-header against Tampa starting at 5:00 PM. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – GREAT LAKES 9, W. MICH. 7
36-29, 2nd in Eastern division

West Michigan fell two runs short of an amazing comeback Tuesday as they lost to Great Lakes 9-7. Down 9-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Whitecaps sent 12 men to the plate and rallied for six runs. Six of those batters reached on walks, twice with the bases loaded. A wild pitch and a force out scored two more runs, along with two RBI singles from Santo De Leon and Brennan Boesch. Angel Castro had his roughest outing of the year, allowing seven runs (six earned) on nine hits over five innings to take the loss. James Skelton had a hit, two RBI and a run scored. The loss combined with Dayton win puts the Whitecaps five games out of first place in the Eastern Division. Dayton defeated Lansing, however, keeping the Lugnuts two-and-a-half games behind for the wild-card spot and reducing the Whitecaps number to four to clinch a playoff berth. West Michigan travels to Fort Wayne Wednesday for a 7:00 p.m. game.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

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