Nickerson Stifles Wizards (7/5 Recaps)

Jonah Nickerson turned in one of his best starts of the year, shutting down Fort Wayne. Meanwhile, Oneonta dropped both games of a doubleheader, while rain kept both Lakeland and Erie from getting their games in.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – L'VILLE 10, TOLEDO 7
50-38, 1st in West division
Even a four run ninth inning couldn't spur a Mud Hens come from behind victory over division foe Louisville Thursday night. Preston Larrison earned the loss after a blown save in relief for Yorman Bazardo who allowed only two earned runs in six and two thirds innings pitched. Chris Shelton hit another home run making four shots in the last month, equaling the previous three months total. Henry Mateo had two hits, two runs and two RBI and Jack Hannahan went 2-for-3 with two runs and a walk. The Mud Hens will face the Bats again on Friday at 7 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

46-37, 2nd in Southern division
The Erie SeaWolves game against the Reading Phillies was suspended after four innings with the SeaWolves trailing 3-1. Steve Torrealba hit a solo home run for the 'Wolves only run. Andrew Kown allowed three hits and three earned runs in four innings. The game will resume on Friday at 6:05 p.m. with game two immediately following.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – PPD: RAIN
6-6, 4th in West division
The Flying Tigers and Clearwater Threshers game was suspended due to rain tonight. The game will be continued starting at 4 PM Friday night followed by the second game of the night. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 6, FT. WAYNE 1
10-4, 1st in Eastern division

Seven innings of three hit, shutout baseball from Jonah Nickerson (6-6, 4.89 ERA) and three home runs in an inning gave West Michigan a 6-1 victory over Fort Wayne Thursday. Nickerson had his best outing of the year, retiring his first ten batters and sending the lineup down in order in five seperate innings. He finished with five strike outs and no walks to even his record. Gorkys Hernandez hit a one out solo homer in the sixth before Michael Bertram singled, followed by back-to-back jacks from Ryan Strieby and Jeramy Laster. Scott Sizemore added a sacrifice fly to complete the five run inning. Bertram had an RBI ground out in the fourth for the first run of the game. Fort Wayne got their only run off of Phil Napolitan in the ninth. The Whitecaps wrap their series with Fort Wayne Friday at 7:00 p.m., with Duane Below scheduled to take the mound.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – GM1: LOWELL 10, ONEONTA 6

8-9, 3rd in Stedler division

The O-Tigers dropped both games of their doubleheader with Lowell, falling 10-6 in the first game, and 8-3 in the nightcap. Collin Mahoney took the loss in the first game, giving up two runs in 1 1/3 innings. That was after relieving Alfredo Figaro, who gave up five runs (three earned) in four innings of work. Casper Wells went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, while Kyle Peter went 2-for-4 with three RBI.

In the second game, Lowell got to Sean Finefrock early, getting four runs off him in 4 2/3 innings of work. The Oneonta offense closed the gap to 4-3 in the bottom half of the fifth inning, including a two-run single from Kody Kaiser. But Lowell answered right back in the sixth with four runs of their own, ending Oneonta's comeback effort. Cory Middleton had a pair of hits in the losing effort. Oneonta and Lowell wrap up their series on Friday evening at 7:00pm.

8-6, t-2nd in North division

The GCL Tigers out-hit the Indians on Thursday afternoon, cruising to a 7-2 victory. Brandon Johnson picked up his first win of the season, giving up a run over six innings to earn the victory. Johnson also struck out four. At the plate Haydon Parrott had a monster game, going 4-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Shawn Roof also drove in a pair of runs, and Jorge Tomas had two hits and an RBI. The Tigers take on the GCL Indians at noon on Friday.

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