AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 12, SYRACUSE 6
37-30, 2nd in West division
Toledo turned 15 hits into 12 runs for a 12-6 win over Syracuse Thursday night and for the third straight start Virgil Vasquez earned a no decision. Eulugio De La Cruz earned the win after pitching three scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Ryan Raburn went 3-for-6 with two runs and three RBI and Henry Mateo had two doubles and two runs. Jack Hannahan went 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBI and Mike Hessman went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Timo Perez added two hits, two runs and an RBI and Chris Maples added an RBI. Jordan Tata will get his third start of the season on Friday against Syracuse.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves – PORTLAND 7, ERIE 4
34-29, 2nd in Southern division
The Erie SeaWolves were unable to complete a three game sweep of the Portland Sea Dogs as they fell 7-4. Starting pitcher Dallas Trahern struggled for the second consecutive time lasting only 3 2/3 innings and allowing 11 hits and seven runs although only three were earned. Jackson Melian continued to stay hot at the plate going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. Jeff Larish increased his RBI total to 53 going 1-for-4 with a RBI. The SeaWolves will stay on the road taking on the New Hampshire Fischer Cats on Friday at 7:05 p.m. LHP Jon Connolly (2-3, 4.19 ERA) will pitch for Erie against RHP Russ Savickas (3-2, 6.37 ERA)
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – TAMPA 2, LAKELAND 1
28-38, t-5th in West division
The Flying Tigers fell to the Tampa Yankees Thursday, 2-1. Starting pitcher Guillermo Moscoso made his first appearance of the season, pitching three innings and giving up zero runs. He was then relieved by Ricky Steik who surrendered one run in four innings. Paul Hammond pitched the eighth and gave up one run on two hits, while Gabriel Benitez pitched a scoreless ninth. On the offensive side, Ryan Roberson notched Lakeland's only RBI, batting 1-for-3 on the day. Also worth noting, Wilkin Ramirez batted 4-for-4 on the day. The Flying Tigers will have the weekend off as All-Star festivities begin Friday night in Daytona.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps – FT WAYNE 2, W. MICH. 1
36-31, 2nd in Eastern division
West Michigan lost their sixth straight game Wednesday, managing only three hits in a 2-1 loss at Fort Wayne. The Whitecaps didn't have a base runner until the sixth, when a single from Santo De Leon broke up a perfect game for Fort Wayne's Steve Delabar. The other Whitecaps' hits came in the ninth, when a lead off bunt single from James Skelton and a one-out RBI double from De Leon put the tying run in scoring position with one out. But back-to-back ground outs from Ryan Strieby and Gorkys Hernandez ended the rally and the game. Chris Cody (5-5, 1.77 ERA) once again fell victim to lack of run support. He allowed only two earned runs over 7 2/3 innings with nine strike outs and no walks but took the loss. A Lansing victory put the Lugnuts a game-and-a-half behind West Michigan for the Wild Card playoff spot in the Eastern Division first half. The Whitecaps will look to turn around their bad luck Friday with a start from the Gambler, as Detroit Tigers' ace Kenny Rogers makes a rehabilitation start in West Michigan against Dayton. Game time is 7:00 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent
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