Pitching Leads the Way (7/8 Recaps)

On Sunday, pitching was the name of the game. Eddie Bonine turned in another great start for Erie, while Luis Marte got his first win for the Whitecaps. Lakeland might have had the best of the group though, as Burke Badenhop and Josh Rainwater combined to shut out Sarasota.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – LOUISVILLE 4, TOLEDO 3
52-39, 1st in West division
Toledo dropped their final game before the all-star break with a 4-3 loss Sunday at Louisville. Anastacio Martinez was once again the goat for the Mud Hens earning his second loss and blown save in a little over a week after allowing two earned on two hits in one and two thirds innings. Starter Dennis Tankersley only allowed one earned on three hits across five innings. Chris Shelton and Timo Perez each went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Jack Hannahan had a home run for the 'Hens. Although the Mud Hens have the next three days off, Mike Hessman will compete in the minor league home run derby on Tuesday and again on Wednesday in the Triple-A All-Star game alongside teammate Timo Perez. Ryan Raburn was also elected to the team before being promoted to Detroit.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 4, AKRON 1
48-39, 2nd in Southern division
Eddie Bonine had a solid pitching performance in the SeaWolves 4-1 victory over the Akron Aeros. Bonine pitched seven innings and allowed only six hits and one earned run in the victory. The win improved his record to 9-4 on the season. Alan Mills pitched a perfect ninth inning for his eighth save of the season. Matt Joyce led the SeaWolves offensively going 4-for-4 with a RBI. Mike Hollimon added two hits and two RBI going 2-for-5 in the game. Nick McIntyre had two hits as well and was 2-for-4 with a run scored. The SeaWolves and Aeros will complete a three game series on Monday at 7:05 p.m. The 'Wolves will send Jon Connolly (3-3, 4.29 ERA) to the mound against Shawn Nottingham (7-5, 4.03 ERA).
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 1, SARASOTA 0
7-7, 4th in West division
The Flying Tigers defeated the Sarasota Reds Sunday night, 1-0. Starting pitcher Burke Badenhop pitched six innings and surrendered zero runs. He was then relieved by Josh Rainwater who pitched the final three scoreless innings and notched his first victory of the second half. On the offensive side, Lakeland registered a total of seven hits, coming from seven separate batters. The winning run was scored by Daniel Worth as he was batted in by Wilkin Ramirez in the ninth inning. The two teams will play again Monday night, but this time the game will be at Sarasota. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 9, GREAT LKS. 4
13-5, 1st in Eastern division

West Michigan defeated Great Lakes Sunday 9-4 to end a four-game win streak for the Loons at Fifth Third Ballpark. Luis Marte (1-1, 7.20 ERA) allowed only one earned run on six hits with six strikeouts over six innings for his first win with the Whitecaps. Santo De Leon led the offense, going 2-for-4 with a double, three RBI and two runs scored. Michael Bertram also went 2-for-4 with a double, collecting two RBI with one run scored. The Whitecaps will play one more game against Great Lakes Monday before a two day break. Matt O'Brien is scheduled to start for West Michigan at 7:00 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – HUDSON VLY. 8, ONEONTA 7
9-11, 3rd in Stedler division

Hudson Valley's late offensive surge was too much for Oneonta, as the O-Tigers fell 8-7 on Sunday. Mark Brackman turned in a solid start, giving up two runs over five innings, but the bullpen was unable to protect his 6-2 lead. Collin Mahoney gave up three runs in just an inning of work, and Jose Fragoso would then take the loss in the ninth, giving up two unearned runs. Ronnie Bourquin and Devin Thomas each had three hits and two runs scored (Bourquin also drove in two), while Chris Carlson was 4-for-4 including a walk. Oneonta wraps up its series with Hudson Valley on Monday evening at 7:05pm.

R GCL Tigers – OFF DAY
8-8, t-4th in North division

The GCL Tigers were off on Sunday, but return to action on Monday when they host the GCL Braves at noon.

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