Skelton Blasts GW Homer in 9th (6/21 Recaps)

The Whitecaps returned to the field on Thursday with a new look roster, and while the bullpen had its share of struggles, James Skelton blasted a 9th inning home run for the game winning run. Elsewhere, Erie took both games of its doubleheader with Altoona, and the GCL Tigers got their first win.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – OTTAWA 4, TOLEDO 3
42-32, 2nd in West division
The Mud Hens fell in extra innings to Ottawa Thursday 4-3. Jake Hannahan hit a two-run home run in the second and Chris Shelton an RBI double in the fourth to give Toledo a 3-1 lead. The Mud Hens and Ron Chiavacci were cruising after that, retiring 12 of 13 batters faced from the fourth to the seventh. But in the eighth, after getting the first two batters out, Chiavacci allowed a walk, followed by a two-run homer to Gary Burnham to tie the score. In the tenth inning, Aquilino Lopez (0-1, 1.38 ERA) gave up a two-out double before a single from Jim Rushford ended the game. Toledo returns home for a four game series against first-place Indianapolis beginning Friday at 7:00 p.m. Toledo is two games behind the Indians in the International League West.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – GM1: ERIE 12, ALTOONA 3

38-32, 2nd in Southern division
It was an offensive explosion in game one and solid pitching in game two that led the Erie SeaWolves to a doubleheader sweep of the Altoona Curve. The SeaWolves won game one 12-3 and took the night cap 2-1. In game one Erie scored 12 runs to help Nate Robertson earn the victory in his rehab stint with the 'Wolves. Robertson did not allow a hit but was lifted after six innings due to a strict pitch count. Robertson also struck out six and walked only one. Mike Hollimon and Pedro Cotto led the way offensively. Hollimon was 2-for-2 with a double, triple, two runs scored and three RBI. Pedro Cotto was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Matt Joyce also had two RBI and was 1-for-4 in the game. In game two, Dallas Trahern rebounded from two poor performances and pitched a complete game allowing five hits and one earned run. Clete Thomas was 2-for-3 with a run scored and a RBI. Mike Hollimon was 1-for-2 with a RBI. The SeaWolves will take on the Trenton Thunder on Friday at 7:05 p.m.. Jair Jurrjens (2-2, 3.18 ERA) is expected to start for Erie against Joba Chamberlain (1-0, 0.82 ERA) of the Thunder.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – TAMPA 7, LAKELAND 6
0-1, t-4th in West division
The Flying Tigers lost to the Tampa Yankees Thursday night, 7-6. Starting pitcher Burke Badenhop surrendered six runs in 4 and 1/3 innings work. He was then relieved by Jacob Ramos who pitched 1 and 2/3 innings and gave up one run. Ricky Steik finished the game allowing only one hit. On the offensive side, Wilkin Ramirez batted 1-for-4 with a solo home run. Rafael Mendez also batted 2-for-4 and registered two RBIs. The two teams will meet again Friday night at 7:00 PM. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 7, DAYTON 6
1-0, t-1st in Eastern division

West Michigan kicked off the second half of their season Thursday by holding on to a 7-6 victory over Dayton. The Whitecaps had a 6-0 lead after five innings thanks to timely hiting and a solid outing from Duane Below (7-2, 3.40 ERA), who pitched five shutout innings on three hits and eight strikeouts. Dayton began creeping back into the game, scoring one in the sixth and two in the seventh, before James Skelton hit a solo home run to lead off the ninth. But in the bottom of the inning, Phil Napolitan gave up a three-run homer to Juan Francisco, making it a one run game. Napolitan was able to get the final out, giving the game to the Whitecaps. Michael Bertram fell a home run short of hitting for the cycle, also picking up an RBI and run scored. Audy Ciriaco hit a two-run homer in the second. The "Caps continue the series Friday at 7:00 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – LOWELL 13, ONEONTA 8
1-2, 3rd in Stedler division

Oneonta was hammered on Thursday evening, falling to Lowell 13-8. Sendy Vasquez made his return to the mound and struggled mightily, giving up six runs in just three innings of work as he fell to 0-1. Adriano Santos came on in relief to try and stop the bleeding, but Santos gave up four more runs over just two innings. Mike Sullivan had three hits for the O-Tigers, while both Cory Middleton and Ronnie Bourquin had a pair of hits and drove in a pair of runs. Oneonta returns home for its home opener on Friday when they host Tri-City at 7:00pm.

1-2, t-4th in North division

Eleazar Aponte pitched seven shutout innings to help lead the GCL Tigers to their first win of the year; a 3-0 triumph over the GCL Yankees. Aponte got the win as he allowed just three hits while striking out six. Roger Tomas had three hits at the top of the order for the GCL Tigers, while Wade Lamont blasted a solo home run. The two teams square off again on Friday at noon, this time in Tampa.

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