Gorkys Powers 'Caps (7/4 Recaps)

On the 4th of July, Gorkys Hernandez decided to provide some fireworks of his own, with a huge day at the plate to help lead the Whitecaps to victory. Plus, Toledo finally snapped their losing skid, once again with the help of IL home run leader Mike Hessman.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 5, COLUMBUS 4
50-37, 1st in West division
Kevin Hooper hit a game winning single that deflected off of shortstop Manny Alexander to score David Espinosa and lead Toledo to a 5-04 victory over Durham Wednesday night. It was a no decision for starter Virgil Vasquez who only let up four hits and one earned run opposed to six strikeouts in six and one thirds innings pitched. Vic Darensbourg replaced Vasquez and recorded a blown save before the timely arrival of closer Aquilino Lopez who earned his second win of the season. Home run king Mike Hessman hit his 26th bomb of the season and finished 3-for-4 with three RBI a run and a double. Hooper also had three hits and Timo Perez went 2-for-3 with a double, a run and walk. The Mud Hens will face Louisville on Thursday with Yorman Bazardo taking the mound.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – READING 5, ERIE 4
46-37, 2nd in Southern division
The SeaWolves fell behind early and could not rebound as they fell 5-4 to the Reading Phillies. Starting pitcher Matt Righter allowed five runs in the first two innings before settling down. Righter allowed five earned runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out five in the loss. Jeff Larish and Nick McIntyre both hit home runs in the loss. Larish finished the game 2-for-2 and McIntyre was 2-for-3. Kody Kirkland was also 2-for-3 in the game. The SeaWolves and Phillies will meet again on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Andrew Kown (2-4, 4.11 ERA) will start for Erie and Matt Maloney (7-6, 4.04 ERA) will start for Reading.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – PPD: RAIN
6-6, 4th in West division
The Flying Tigers and Clearwater Threshers were rained out Wednesday night. The two teams will meet again on Thursday for a double header that will begin at 5:00 PM. Angel Castro and Tom Gordon are expected to start game one, while game two's starters have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 5, FT. WAYNE 4
10-4, 1st in Eastern division

Gorkys Hernandez hit a three-run home run and an RBI triple to lead West Michigan to a 5-4 victory over Fort Wayne Wednesday. Down 3-0 heading into the fourth, James Skelton doubled in Deik Scram before Hernandez blasted the homer to give the Whitecaps the lead. Then in the sixth, Hernandez hit the triple to score Scott Sizemore from second for an insurance run, which was needed when Matt O'Brien allowed a solo home run to Rayner Contreras in the bottom of the inning. O'Brien went seven innings, allowing four runs (3 ER) on seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts to get the win and remain undefeated with the Whitecaps. Edward Clelland and Brett Jensen each pitched a perfect inning, with Jensen getting his 17th save in the ninth. Sizemore went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. West Michigan returns home Thursday for a 7:00 p.m. game with Jonah Nickerson scheduled to start.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – PPD: RAIN
8-7, t-2nd in Stedler division

Oneonta's game with Lowell was rained out on the Fourth of July; the two teams will make the game up as part of a doubleheader starting at 6:00pm on Thursday.

R GCL Tigers – GM1: YANKEES 1, TIGERS 0
GM2: TIGERS 6, YANKEES 3

7-6, 4th in North division

The GCL Tigers split a doubleheader with the GCL Yankees on the 4th holiday, dropping the first game 1-0 but taking the second game 6-3. In the opener, Aaron Fuhrman took the loss despite pitching well, giving up just one run over five innings of work. Unfortunately, the offense couldn't generate anything, as they managed just two singles for the game.

Things went better in the second game, as Charlie Furbush got a no decision as the starter, giving up three runs in three innings. Jay Sborz got the win in relief, pitching two shutout innings in which he allowed no hits or walks. Derek Lehrman went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI, while Brent Clevlen had two hits and an RBI, and Shawn Roof scored two runs and had an RBI. The Tigers host the Indians on Thursday at noon.

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