Toledo Within a Game of First (6/22 Recaps)

Mike Hessman ripped a, walk-off, two-run single in the bottom of the 11th inning to lead the 'Hens to a 6-5 victory over Indianapolis, putting them within a game of the division lead. West Michigan squeaked out a one run victory, while the GCL Tigers offense exploded for a double digit victory.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 6, IND'POLIS 5
43-32, 2nd in West division
Mike Hessman hit a two run single in the bottom of the eleventh to give Toledo a 6-5 walk-off victory over Indianapolis Friday, pulling the Mud Hens within a game of the IL West leading Indians. Tied 4-4 after nine innings, Indianapolis took a one run lead in the top of the eleventh on a one-out RBI double from Luis Ordazo off of Aquilino Lopez (1-1, 1.65 ERA). After an intentional walk, Lopez fanned his next two batters to limit the damage to one run. Timo Perez and Ryan Rabrun led off the bottom of the eleventh with singles, and Chris Shelton bunted them over to set up Hessman's game-winning hit. Lopez took the win on 1 1/3 innings of work. Jonathan Connolly started, going five innings while allowing two runs (one ER) on three hits with five strike outs and two walks. Jake Hannahan hit two home runs, a two run shot in the fourth and a solo blast in the seventh. Ramon Santiago homered in the first, while Perez's eleventh inning single capped a three hit night. The Mud Hens look to move into a tie for first place Saturday at 7:00 p.m. as the series continues.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – TRENTON 9, ERIE 6
38-33, 2nd in Southern division
The Erie SeaWolves had a tough night as they fell 9-6 to the Trenton Thunder. The 'Wolves allowed 13 hits and committed four errors in the loss. Starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens fell to 2-3 after allowing eight hits and six earned runs in just four innings of work. The SeaWolves managed just six hits in the loss. Jackson Melian extended his hit streak to 14 games going 1-for-3 with a run scored and four RBI. Kody Kirkland was 1-for-3 with two runs scored for Erie. The SeaWolves and Thunder will meet in game two of four on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Eddie Bonine (5-4, 4.29 ERA) will start for Erie against Brett Smith (6-2, 1.99 ERA) of the Thunder.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – PPD: RAIN
0-1, t-4th in West division
The Flying Tigers game with the Tampa Yankees Friday night was suspended due to rain. Tampa leads in the third inning as newly acquired starter Chris Cody has surrendered two runs. Lakeland's only run came off of a double by Justin Justice who is batting 1-for-1 in the game so far. Plans to resume the game have not been announced as of yet.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 4, DAYTON 3
2-0, t-1st in Eastern division

A Ryan Strieby two-run homer in the ninth inning led West Michigan to a 4-3 victory over Dayton Friday. The game was tied 2-2 with one out in the inning when Michael Bertram drew a walk, followed by Streiby's blast. Three singles in the bottom of the ninth brought Dayton within one run, but Brett Jensen was able to shut the door for his 13th save. Jeff Gerbe allowed two earned runs on six hits with four strike outs over seven innings, but Casey Fien (1-0, 5.00 ERA) got the win with a perfect eighth. Audy Ciriaco went 2-for-4 including a two-run double in the fifth. The 'Caps look to take the series Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 3, TRI-CITY 1
2-2, 3rd in Stedler division

Mark Brackman and Jose Fragoso, with a little help from the offense, helped lead Oneonta to a 3-1 victory on Friday evening over Tri-City. Brackman pitched four shutout innings to start the game, at which Fragoso came on in relief and pitched the next four innings, giving up Tri-City's lone run. Collin Mahoney then came in for the ninth and held onto the O-Tigers' two run lead, earning his first save in the process. Kody Kaiser was once again the star at the plate, ripping two doubles, driving in a run and scoring one himself. Ronnie Bourquin and Jorge Patino brought home the other two runs. Oneonta and Tri-City square off again on Saturday evening at 7:00pm.

2-2, t-3rd in North division

The GCL Tigers cruised to a 10-0 win in a rain shortened game with the GCL Yankees on Friday afternoon. Luis Marte got the win, pitching all five innings for the Tigers, giving up just two hits and striking out six. Roger Tomas had a monster game at the top of the lineup, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a home run and three RBI. Brent Clevlen went 3-for-3 on the day, while Carlos Ramirez had three hits, including a solo home run, and four RBI. The GCL Tigers take on the GCL Indians on Saturday morning at 10:00am.

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