Rogers Makes Solid Rehab Start (6/15 Recaps)

Kenny Rogers made his second rehab start, and it was another good one, reinforcing the belief that Rogers will be ready to return to the Tigers, and soon. Unfortunately, a solid appearance from Rogers couldn't help get the 'Caps a win. But Toledo was able to pull off another win, while Erie held on by the skin of its teeth for a victory.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 5, SYRACUSE 2
38-30, 2nd in West division
The Mud Hens earned their second straight victory over Syracuse with a 5-2 win Friday night. Preston Larrison entered the game in relief and recorded his second win of the season after pitching two and 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball. Aquilino Lopez earned the save for the 'Hens and David Espinosa led the offense with four hits and two RBI. Chris Maples also had a solid outing going 2-for-3 with a run, a walk and an RBI. The 'Hens are now 5-1 against the Chiefs this season. The two teams will play game seven tomorrow with Jordan Tata (0-1) taking the mound for the 'Hens.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 8, NEW HAMPSHIRE 7
35-29, 2nd in Southern division
The Erie SeaWolves biult a 7-0 lead and escaped with an 8-7 victory over the New Hampshire Fischer Cats. The 'Wolves were led by Matt Joyce who had three RBI. Starting pitcher Jon Connolly earned the victory pitching seven innings allowing seven hits and four earned runs. Alan Mills earned the save pitching the final two outs of the game allowing one hit and one earned run. Kody Kirkland finished the game 2-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored, and three RBI. Erick Almonte was also 2-for-3 and scored two runs. Mike Hollimon hit his fifth home run of the season in the second inning. The SeaWolves will take on the Fischer Cats again on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Jair Jurrjens (2-2, 3.36 ERA) will pitch for the 'Wolves in his first start since returning from the disabled list. The Fischer Cats will send Yasaku Iriki (0-3, 8.68 ERA) to the mound.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – ALL STAR BREAK
28-38, t-5th in West division
The Flying Tigers will have the weekend off as All-Star festivities begin Friday night in Daytona, with the game Saturday. Left hander Luke French, first baseman Ryan Roberson and outfielders Cameron Maybin and Mike Hernandez will represent the Flying Tigers in the game.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – DAYTON 10, W. MICH. 0
36-32, 2nd in Eastern division

Not even Kenny Rogers could keep the Whitecaps from losing their seventh straight game, as they were pounded by Dayton 10-0. Rogers allowed three runs (one earned) on seven hits over five innings pitched with four strike outs and two walks in a rehabilitation start. West Michigan pitching was pounded for 18 hits in total. Eleazar Aponte relieved Rogers and gave up five earned runs on seven hits over two innings. Luis Gil pitched the final two innings, allowing two more earned runs and four hits. Brennan Boesch had two hits including a double in the loss. Lansing split a double header Friday to move within one game of West Michigan for the wild card lead in the Eastern Division. The 'Caps play Dayton again Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

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