O'Brien Leads 'Caps Charge (6/29 Recaps)

Matt O'Brien turned in his second straight outstanding start, leading West Michigan past South Bend. Elsewhere, Erie completed a sweep of Bowie, and Oneonta took over first place in the Stedler division with a victory over Tri-City.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – OTTAWA 2, TOLEDO 1
48-34, 1st in West division
For the second straight night, Toledo fell to Ottawa by the narrowest of margins. Despite one of the best pitching performances as of late, Virgil Vasquez earned the loss after eight innings of work. "The Virge" allowed only two runs but across those eight innings the Mud Hens offense couldn't support him for the win. Vasquez scattered three hits and allowed two earned runs while striking out three batters. An offensive leader for the clipped 'Hens was Chris Shelton who had a hit, a run and an RBI. Dane Sardinha, Timo Perez, and Ramon Santiago also recorded hits for the 'Hens who will begin a series with Columbus on Saturday.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 7, BOWIE 2
45-33, 2nd in Southern division
The Erie SeaWolves pounded out 11 hits as they completed a four game sweep of the Bowie Baysox winning 7-2. Roman Colon earned the victory after relieving starting pitcher Matt Righter. Colon did not allow a hit in his two innings of work and he struck out three. Randor Bierd also struck out three in his two innings of work while allowing one hit. Jackson Melian continued to swing a hot bat going 3-for-5 with a run scored and a RBI. Matt Joyce hit his ninth home run of the season and was 1-for-2 with three runs scored and two RBI. Jeff Larish had two RBI as well and was 2-for-5. Clete Thomas also had a big night going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Pedro Cotto was 2-for-4. The SeaWolves will try to extend their win streak to eight games on Saturday when they face the first place Akron Aeros at 7:05 p.m. RHP Andrew Kown will take the mound for Erie against LHP Chuck Lofgren of the Akron Aeros.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 4, JUPITER 3
4-3, 4th in West division
The Flying Tigers defeated the Jupiter Hammerheads Friday night, 4-3. Starting pitcher Angel Castro pitched five innings and surrendered three runs. He was then relieved by Josh Rainwater who pitched a scoreless sixth to set up Freddy Dolsi to record his twelfth save of the season. On the offensive side, Wilkin Ramirez batted 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Also, Michael Hernandez batted 2-for-3 with one RBI. The second game of Friday night's double header was postponed due to rain. The two teams will meet again Saturday for a double header starting at 5:05 PM.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 1, S. BEND 0
8-1, 1st in Eastern division

A first inning one run single from Brennan Boesch was all the Whitecaps needed Friday as West Michigan shut out South Bend 1-0. Matt O'Brien (2-0, 0.00 ERA) threw seven scoreless innings on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts for the win, while Edward Clelland and Brett Jensen pitched perfect eighth and ninth innings, respectively, with Jensen picking up his 16th save. O'Briend has yet to allow a run in two starts since returning to the Whitecaps from Lakeland. The series continues at South Bend Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 8, TRI-CITY 3
7-4, 1st in Stedler division

Oneonta topped Tri-City 8-3 to move into first place in the Stedler division. Alfredo Figaro picked up his first win for the O-Tigers, giving up three runs over five innings of work. Figaro got plenty of run support early though to help him to his first win. Kody Kaiser went 2-for-3, scoring four runs. Michael Sullivan also had a big game, going 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Devin Thomas and Cory Middleton also drove in two runs each. Oneonta wraps up their series with Tri-City on Saturday evening at 7:00pm.

R GCL Tigers – BLUE JAYS 3, TIGERS 2
5-5, 4th in North division

The GCL Tigers fell just barely to the GCL Blue Jays, losing to 3-2. Brandon Johnson took the loss, giving up a run over four innings. Jay Sborz came on in relief and struggled through an inning of work, giving up a run on two hits. Santo Mieses was a bright spot in relief, giving up one unearned run over three innings, with five strikeouts. Joe Tucker had two hits at the plate, while Carlos Ramirez and Joaquin Guzman each had an RBI. The Tigers take on the GCL Phillies at 10:00am on Saturday.

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