Larish Provides Fireworks (6/25 Recaps)

Down 4-3 in the eighth inning, Jeff Larish took matters into his own hands and launched a two run home run, giving Erie a 5-4 lead, and eventually the victory. Meanwhile, the Whitecaps extended their win streak to seven games, and the Flying Tigers cruised to victory with the help of Mike Hernandez and Justin Justice.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 9, IND'POLIS 1
46-32, 1st in West division
There was no place for walk offs in Monday night's Mud Hens game just brooms. After two straight one run wins over Indianapolis via walk off hits, the 'Hens scored over thier IL West counterparts early and often in a 9-1 win to sweep the series. Ramon Santiago went 3-for-4 with a run and a walk and Yorman Bazardo earned his sixth win of the season. Bazardo fanned four, and allowed only four hits and no runs in seven innings. Mike Hessman had two hits, two runs a walk and five RBI. Ryan Raburn had two hits, a run, a walk and one RBI, and Jack Hannahan had two hits, a run, a walk and two RBI. Chris Shelton and Kevin Hooper each had two runs for the 'Hens who will face Ottawa at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Jordan Tata (1-1) will get the start for the 'Hens.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 5, TRENTON 4
41-33, 2nd in Southern division
Jeff Larish played the role of hero when his two run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning gave Erie a 5-4 victory over the Trenton Thunder. Starting pitcher Andrew Kown pitched outstanding allowing six hits and one earned run in six innings of work. Relief pitcher Roman Colon earned the victory despite allowing the Thunder to take lead by allowing three runs in two innings. Alan Mills pitched a perfect ninth for the save. In addition to his home run Larish had another hit and was 2-for-4 in the game. Nick McIntyre also had two hits going 2-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI. The SeaWolves will be back in action Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. against the Bowie Baysox. Dallas Trahern (9-3, 3.28 ERA) will start for Erie against Fredy Deza (3-5, 5.44 ERA).
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 8, BREVARD CTY. 3
2-2, 3rd in West division
The Flying Tigers defeated the Brevard County Manatees Monday night, 8-3. Starting pitcher Luke French pitched six innings and surrendered three runs. He was then relieved by Ricky Steik who pitched three innings and gave up zero runs, picking up his first victory of the season. On the offensive side, Michael Hernandez batted 2-for-5 with his 12th home run of the season, amassing a total of four RBIs overall. Also, Justin Justice batted 2-for-4 with an RBI. The two teams will meet again Tuesday night at 7:00 PM. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 5, LANSING 4
5-0, 1st in Eastern division

West Michigan held off a late Lugnut rally Monday to defeat Lansing 5-4, giving the Whitecaps their seventh straight win. Jonah Nickerson (5-6, 5.57 ERA) got the win going six innings while allowing two earned runs on seven strikeouts, his only blemish a two-run, bases loaded single to Jonathan Diaz in the second. Lansing's other runs came in the eighth on a Travis Snider two-run home run off of Zachary Piccola, making it a one-run game, but Brett Jensen was able to shut down the Lugnuts in the ninth for his 14th save. Brennan Boesch and Jeramy Laster hit back-to-back home runs to lead off the second, and an Audy Ciriaco sacrifice fly later in the inning gave the Whitecaps a 3-2 lead. They added two more in the fourth on a James Skelton RBI double and a Scott Sizemore sac fly. The Whitecaps are undefeated for the second half of the Midwest League season and sit atop the Eastern Division standings heading into Tuesday's 12:00 p.m. game with Lansing.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – VERMONT 5, ONEONTA 3
3-4, 3rd in Stedler division

Oneonta dropped its series opener with Vermont, losing 5-3. Paul Nardozzi got the start, but it was Jose Fragoso who took the loss, his first of the season with the O-Tigers. Nardozzi gave up two runs in four innings of work, but got a no decision after Oneonta tied the game in the top half of the fifth. Kody Kaiser had another big night, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk. Ronnie Bourquin went 3-for-5 and drove home one of Oneonta's runs. The two clubs square off again on Tuesday at 7:05pm.

2-4, 5th in North division

The GCL Indians topped the GCL Tigers on Monday afternoon, 4-2. Sean Finefrock got the start and pitched two shutout innings, after which a number of relievers combined to hold the Indians in check. That is until they tagged Dario Carvajal for three runs, handing him his first loss of the season. Down 4-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Tigers were able to get a couple of runs to cross the plate, but not enough to challenge the lead. The Tigers will host the GCL Braves on Tuesday at noon.

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