Three Blast Two Homers (7/12 Recaps)

In the first day back for many of the teams, three players went yard not once, but twice; Brent Clevlen, Mike Hollimon and Jeff Larish. Toledo and Erie both got wins with the power help. Plus, West Michigan got a walk-off double in the 12th from James Skelton.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 5, RICHMOND 3
53-39, 1st in West division
Three home runs helped the Mud Hens start the second half with a win. Brent Clevlen went yard twice on his way to a 2-for-3 night with two runs, one walk and three RBI. Mike Hessman added a blast, his 27th of the season, and Timo Perez went 2-for-4 with a run. Chris Shelton recorded the other run for the 'Hens who were led by ace Virgil Vasquex who recorded his eighth win of the season. Vasquez pitched seven innings and allowed six hits and only two earned runs with no walks and three strikeouts. Aquilino Lopez came on in relief and earned his 15th save of the season. The 'Hens will face Richmond at 7 p.m. Friday at Fifth Third Field.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 9, BOWIE 1
50-39, 2nd in Southern division
Andrew Kown pitched a complete game and the SeaWolves pounded five home runs in a 9-1 victory over the Bowie Baysox. Jeff Larish and Mike Hollimon paced the SeaWolves with two home runs each. Hollimon was 3-for-4 with three RBI and Larish was 2-for-4 with three RBI. Kody Kirkland also added a home run and was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Jackson Melian added a RBI of his own and was 1-for-3. Starting pitcher Andrew Kown improved his record to 3-5 in the complete game victory. He allowed six hits and one earned run while striking out five. Matt Righter (2-2, 3.34 ERA) will start for Erie and Beau Hale (6-3, 4.24 ERA) will take the mound for Bowie when the two teams meet again Friday at 7:05 p.m.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – DAYTONA 8, LAKELAND 4
8-9, 5th in West division
Daytona slammed the Flying Tigers on Thursday, as Lakeland fell 8-4. Kyle Sleeth took the loss, his third of the year, giving up three runs in 1 2/3 innings. Ricky Steik came on in relief but wasn't able to slow things down, as he gave up four more runs in 2 1/3 innings. Will Rhymes went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI, and Rafael Mendez added a solo shot in the losing effort. Lakeland and Daytona play again on Friday at 7:00pm. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 5, BELOIT 4
14-6, 1st in Eastern division

James Skelton delivered a two-out, walk-off double in the twelfth inning Thursday to give West Michigan a 5-4 victory over Beloit. After the 'Caps failed to score on multiple chances late in the game, including having a runner at third with no outs in the tenth, Skelton lined the ball into the right-centerfield gap, scoring Scott Sizemore all the way from first in a play at the plate. The Whitecaps took an early 2-0 lead on first inning solo home runs from Deik Scram and Brennan Boesch. With the score 2-1 in the seventh, Beloit's Steven Singleton and Wilson Ramos hit back-to-back doubles off Kelvin Cedano for three runs to give the Snappers the lead. West Michigan came right back in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases for Jeramy Laster, who delivered a two-run single to tie the game. The bullpens duked it out from there, shutting out the offense until the twelfth. Ed Clelland pitched 3 1/3 hit-less innings with five strike outs, giving him 17 straight scoreless innings. Casey Fien (3-0, 4.05 ERA) got the win on one hit and one walk with four strike outs over two innings. Jonah Nickerson started, allowing one unearned run on four hits and two walks with five strike outs over five innings. The two teams play again Friday at 7:00 p.m., with Duane Below scheduled to pitch for West Michigan.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 4, STATE CLG. 1
12-11, 3rd in Stedler division

Oneonta and State College mirrored their game from Wednesday night, with Oneonta pulling out a 4-3 victory. Sean Finefrock picked up his first win of the year, giving up a run on five hits over six innings of work. Finefrock exited with a 3-1 lead, and the bullpen was able to hold the lead, with the help of an insurance run in the seventh. Chris Carlson had a solo home run, while Justin Henry and Mike Sullivan each had three hits at the top of the order. Sullivan also drove in two. The two clubs wrap up their series on Friday evening in State College at 7:05pm.

R GCL Tigers – PHILLIES 1, TIGERS 0
11-9, 2nd in North division

The Tigers were scheduled to play a doubleheader with the Phillies, but were only able to get the first game in, a 1-0 pitcher's duel defeat. Manny Miguelez pitched six shutout innings, but got a no-decision as the starter. Justin Miller gave up a run in relief, which proved to be enough to be the difference. Carlos Ramirez and Chris White each had two hits, but the Tigers were never able to get a runner across the plate. The Tigers will take on the GCL Phillies again on Friday at noon.

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