Lakeland Offense Goes for 13 (6/23 Recaps)

It was a night for big offense and close wins, as Lakeland put up 13 runs, driven by Wilkin Ramriez and company. Erie also got seven runs across the plate as they won comfortably over Trenton. Meanwhile, Toledo, West Michigan and Oneonta all pulled out one run victories.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 4, IND'POLIS 3
44-32, 2nd in West division
Chris "Big Red" Shelton hit a big game winning home run in a big division rivalry game for Toledo Saturday night. The Mud Hens scored three runs in the final two innings and held off a late game Indianapolis surge to record their third win in four games. Vic Darensbourg (3-0) earned the win after initially blowing the loss in the top of the ninth inning, but the credit for the victory is clearly all Shelton's. The deep ball was Shelton's sixth home run of the season, but third in the last two weeks. Ramon Santiago went 4-for-4 with two runs and Kevin Hooper went 2-for-4 with two RBI for the surging Mud Hens, who are now even in the game break column with division leading Indianapolis. The teams will square off on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at Fifth Third Field, with the winner taking control of the International League West Division.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 7, TRENTON 2
39-33, 2nd in Southern division
It was a complete team effort that propelled the Erie SeaWolves to a 7-2 victory over the Trenton Thunder. Starting pitcher Eddie Bonine allowed only three hits and one unearned run in the victory. Clete Thomas was the offensive leader going 3-for-4 with two runs scored, two RBI and a home run. Jackson Melian also hit a home run, his seventh of the season, and was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Pedro Cotto continued to hit well and was 2-for-4 with a RBI. The SeaWolves and Thunder will play on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. and the pitching matchup will be Matt Righter (2-1, 1.86 ERA) for Erie against Jeff Marquez (8-3, 2.70 ERA) for Trenton.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 13, BREVARD CTY. 5
1-1, 4th in West division
The Flying Tigers beat the Brevard County Manatees Saturday night, 13-5. Starting pitcher Angel Castro pitched six innings and surrendered five runs. He was then relieved by Brendan Wise who allowed one hit in two scoreless innings. Freddy Dolsi closed the game, striking out three batters in the ninth. On the offensive side, Wilkin Ramirez batted 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs. Also excelling from the plate were Ryan Roberson and Will Rhymes, who each notched three RBIs. The two teams will meet again Sunday night at 6:00 PM. Kyle Sleeth will be making the start for Lakeland.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

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

It was a repeat score of Friday night, only this time around the Whitecaps needed extra innings to earn their 4-3 victory over Dayton. Ramon Garcia made his return to West Michigan, getting a no decision for his work, giving up two runs over six innings, including six strikeouts. Ed Clelland came on in the tenth and pitched three shutout innings to get the win in relief. The ‘Caps scored the game winning run when Louis Ott tripled, and then was brought home by a sacrifice fly from Ryan Strieby. Ott was 3-for-6 on the day. Gorkys Hernandez also had three hits for the ‘Caps. West Michigan and Dayton square off again on Sunday at 2:00pm.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

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

Oneonta pulled off it second straight win over Tri-City on Saturday, winning 3-2. Guillermo Moscoso got a no decision as the starter, giving up two runs in 4 2/3 innings. Erik Crichton picked up the win in relief when the O-Tigers offense arrived, taking the lead in the top of the eighth inning. Noah Krol recorded the final four outs to earn his second save. Michael Sullivan went 2-for-4 with two runs scored for the night, while Chris Carlson went 2-for4 with an RBI. Jorge Patino brought home the winning run, Cory Middleton, via a fielder's choice. Oneonta and Tri-City wrap up their home and home series on Sunday evening at 6:00pm.

2-3, t-3rd in North division

The GCL Indians got the best of the GCL Tigers on Saturday, topping them 4-3. Brandon Johnson took the loss as the starter, giving up three unearned runs in two innings of work before exiting. Down 4-2 heading into the ninth, the GCL Tigers tried to mount a comeback, with Brent Clevlen blasting a solo shot to lead things off. A single and a stolen base got the tying run in scoring position, but a pair of strikeouts ended the game. Clevlen was 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Roger Tomas and Kyle Peter each had two hits. The GCL Tigers are off on Sunday, but return to action on Monday once again going up against the GCL Indians.

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