AAA Toledo Mud Hens – OFF DAY
36-30, 2nd in West division
The Mud Hens were off Wednesday. They will resume action on Thursday against the Syracuse Chiefs with Virgil Vasquez taking the mound. Vasquez hasn't lost a game since his second start of the season back on April 14 and he will face Chiefs pitcher Victor Zambrano who had a no decision on June 8 against the 'Hens. The Mud Hens lead the season series, which spanned June 5-9, over the Chiefs 3-1.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 6, PORTLAND 0
34-28, 2nd in Southern division
Three Erie pitchers combined for a five hit shutout as the SeaWolves downed the Portland Sea Dogs 6-0. Andrew Kown started the game and pitched five strong innings allowing only four hits and walking one while striking out six. Randor Bierd and Matt Rusch pitched two innings each to complete the shutout. Bierd struck out four batters in his two innings of work. Jackson Melian led the way offensively going 2-for-4 with three RBI. Mike Hollimon was 2-for-3 in the game and scored two runs and added a RBI. Andres Torres added two hits as well going 2-for-5 with a run scored. The SeaWolves will complete a three game set in Portland on Thursday at 6 p.m. Dallas Trahern (8-2, 3.27 ERA) will look to rebound from his worst outing of the season and will face Clay Bucholz (3-2, 1.56 ERA) of the Sea Dogs.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – GM1: TAMPA 3, LAKELAND 1
GM2: TAMPA 6, LAKELAND 3
28-37, t-5th in West division
The Flying Tigers fell to the Tampa Yankees Wednesday night, 3-1. Starting pitcher Alfredo Figaro pitched 5 and 1/3 innings and surrendered three runs. He was then relieved by Jacob Ramos who pitched 2/3 of a scoreless inning to set up Gabriel Benitez who gave up zero hits. On the offensive side, Cameron Maybin batted 1-for-2 and registered the only Lakeland RBI.
The Flying Tigers fell to the Tampa Yankees Wednesday night in the second game as well, 6-3. Starting pitcher Matt O'Brien pitched 2 and 2/3 innings and surrendered five runs. He was then relieved by Adriano Santos who pitched 2 and 1/3 innings to set up Brendan Wise who pitched two innings and gave up one run. On the offensive side, Ovandy Suero batted 1-for-4 and registered an RBI and a stolen base for Lakeland. Cameron Maybin also notched an RBI before leaving the game with injury. The two teams will meet again Thursday morning at 10:30 AM. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps – FT WAYNE 7, W. MICH. 6
36-30, 2nd in Eastern division
The Whitecaps lost their season-high fifth straight game Wednesday, 7-6, to Fort Wayne in ten innings. Brett Jensen committed his second blown save of the season by allowing two runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game after striking out the first two batters. In the tenth, with Jensen still on the mound, the Fort Wayne duo of Daryl Jones and Jeremy Hunt completed their terrorizing of West Michigan pitching when Jones led off with a single and Hunt doubled him home to end the game. It began in the sixth, where Duane Below was pitching a shut out until allowing an RBI single to Jones followed by a two-run home run to Hunt. Jones then popped a solo home run in the eighth off of Casey Fien to bring the Wizards within two. West Michigan had a 5-0 lead after five innings, thanks in part to a Santa De Leon home run and a Deik Scram two RBI double. Skelton homered to lead off the eighth, part of a four hit, two RBI night for the catcher. Scram also added another double and scored two runs. Dayton won its game Wednesday and clinched first place in the Eastern Division first half. A Lansing loss, however, reduced the Whitecaps' number to clinch the wild-card spot to three games. West Michigan will look to get back on track as they complete their brief series at Fort Wayne Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent
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