AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 8, OTTAWA 2
42-31, 2nd in West division
Five Mud Hens had multiple hits Wednesday en route to an 8-2 victory over Ottawa. Toledo exploded for five runs in the second inning on doubles from Andrew Graham and Henry Mateo and a two-run home run from Timo Perez. Perez also doubled in a run in the first to lead the offense with three RBI. Chris Shelton and Mateo had three hits apiece while Ryan Raburn and Ramon Santiago also had two hits each, including a solo homer from Santiago in the sixth. Mike Hessman also homered in the ninth. Jordan Tata (1-1, 3.91 ERA) picked up the win, allowing two earned runs on nine hits over seven innings while striking out four. Vic Darensbourg pitched two perfect innings of relief. Toledo will go for the series sweep Thursday at 1:05 p.m.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves – GM1: ALTOONA 4, ERIE 1
GM2: ERIE 4, ALTOONA 3
36-32, t-2nd in Southern division
The Erie SeaWolves saved the best for last losing game one to Altoona 4-1 and winning game two 4-3 in extra innings. In game one starting pitcher Andrew Kown allowed three runs in the first inning and the 'Wolves never recovered. Kown pitched six innings and allowed five hits and four runs, three earned. Zach Miner is in Erie on a rehab assignment and pitched the final inning allowing two hits and striking out two. Joel Roa had the only RBI for Erie with a RBI single that scored Kody Kirkland.
The SeaWolves took game two in dramatic fashion scoring two runs in the seventh inning to tie the game and won it in the bottom of the eighth. Pedro Cotto tied the game in the seventh with a RBI single and Andres Torres scored on a wild pitch in the eighth. Pedro Cotto led the way in the night cap going 2-for-3 with a RBI and Mike Hollimon added two hits as well also going 2-for-3. Andres Torres was 1-for-3 with two runs scored. Starting pitcher Randor Bierd is normally a reliever and pitched only three innings despite allowing only one hit and one walk. Matt Rusch earned the victory pitching one inning and allowed one hit while striking out one. Anthony Tomey and Alan Mills each pitched one scoreless inning. The 'Wolves and Aeros will meet in another doubleheader on Thursday at 12:05 p.m. Nate Robertson will make a rehab start in game one and Dallas Trahern (8-3, 3.46 ERA) will pitch game two.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – DUNEDIN 6, LAKELAND 4
0-0, 6th in West division
The Flying Tigers fell to the Dunedin Blue Jays Wednesday night, 6-4. Starting pitcher and new addition Josh Rainwater pitched five innings and surrendered two runs. He was then relieved by Gabriel Benitez who pitched one inning and gave up four runs. Paul Hammond and Brendan Wise combined to finish the rest of the game, allowing only one hit between them. On the offensive side, Mark Haske batted 2-for-2 with one RBI. Cameron Maybin also notched an RBI on the scoreboard. Lakeland will travel to Tampa Thursday evening for their next game at 7:00 PM. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps – ALL STAR BREAK
38-32, 2nd in Eastern division
The Whitecaps' players in the Midwest League All-Star Game represented the team well Tuesday in helping the Eastern Division to a 8-2 victory over the Western Division at Elfstrom Stadium in Geneva, Ill., home of the Kane County Cougars. Deik Scram won the "Star of Stars" Award as the East's lead off batter. He started the game with a double, stole second and eventually scored the first run. Scram scored again in the third after drawing a lead-off walk. Each position player, Scram, James Skelton, Ryan Strieby and Gorkys Hernandez had a hit in the game. Hernandez, the East's starting center fielder, drove in a run on a two-out single in the third and then stole second base. Strieby entered the game late as a defensive sub and scored the last run of the game in the ninth after singling with one on. Skelton was the starting catcher. Pitchers Chris Cody and Brett Jensen pitched perfect innings in the fourth and fifth, respectively, with Cody striking out his first batter. Pitchers Duane Below and Jeff Gerbe made the team but did not enter the game. West Michigan begins the second half of their season Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in Dayton.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent
SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 4, LOWELL 2
1-1, t-2nd in Stedler division
Oneonta picked up its first win of the young season with a 4-2 victory over Lowell. Paul Nardozzi got the start, pitching three shutout innings, but Erik Crichton got the win in relief, as Oneonta tied the game in the eighth and then scored the winning runs in the ninth. Kody Kaiser had two hits and two RBI at the top of the lineup, while Cory Middleton and Devin Thomas each added a pair of hits as well. Oneonta and Lowell square off again on Thursday at 7:05pm.
R GCL Tigers – PHILLIES 6, TIGERS 1
0-2, t-5th in North division
The GCL Phillies got the best of the GCL Tigers once again, topping the Tigers 6-1. Aaron Fuhrman took the loss for the club, giving up four runs (two earned) on four hits. Luis Arlet and Wade Lamont each had two hits, while Brent Clevlen was 0-for-4 in a rehab appearance as he works his way back to Toledo. The Tigers will try and get their first win again on Thursday when they host the GCL Yankees at noon.
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