Melian Powers 'Wolves to Win (7/13 Recaps)

It was a big night for Jackson Melian, who drove home five runs in helping lead Erie to another big win over Bowie. Wasn't much good news elsewhere, though the GCL Tigers did get a good outing from Jay Sborz en route to a win.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – RICHMOND 7, TOLEDO 5
53-40, 1st in West division
Friday the thirteenth was a little unlucky for the Mud Hens, but the No. 7 was even unluckier for Yorman Bazardo Friday night. The starter allowed seven hits, and seven earned runs including two home runs in only three innings of work. Bazardo earned the loss, as the Mud Hens were unable to overcome the seven run defecit. Jeremy Johnson came on in relief and pitced four scoreless innings while allowing no hits, or walks and striking out two. Brent Clevlen went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI and Timo Perez had two hits and two runs. Kevin Hooper, Jack Hannahan and Mike Hessman each added a run for the 'Hens who will face Charlotte at Fifth Third Field Saturday.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 10, BOWIE 5
51-39, 2nd in Southern division
Jackson Melian hit a second inning grand slam to power the Erie SeaWolves to a 10-5 victory over the Bowie Baysox. Melian was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and five RBI. Steve Torrealba added three RBI including a two run single in the first. Clete Thomas also had three hits going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a RBI. Andres Torres had a good game as well going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Mike Hollimon had two hits of his own going 2-for-5 with a run scored. Starting pitcher Matt Righter lasted only 4 2/3 innings allowing five runs but five Erie relievers shut down the Baysox. Danny Zell earned the victory after pitching 1 1/3 innings and walking one while striking out two. Anthony Tomey pitched one inning and struck out two. Alan Mills earned his tenth save of the season after getting the final out in the ninth. The 'Wolves and Baysox will meet again on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. The 'Wolves will send Dallas Trahern (10-4, 3.50 ERA) to the mound against the Baysox Radhames Liz (6-4, 3.73 ERA).
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – DAYTONA 4, LAKELAND 0
8-10, 5th in West division
Daytona shut out the Flying Tigers on Friday evening, 4-0. Luke French turned in an excellent outing despite taking the loss; he gave up a run over six innings with three strikeouts. The Flying Tigers offense managed just four hits, two of which came from Justin Justice, who also had a walk. Lakeland wraps up its series with Daytona on Saturday at 6:00pm.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – BELOIT 5, W. MICH. 3
14-7, 1st in Eastern division

West Michigan rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth to send Friday's game versus Beloit to extra innings, but could not pull of the victory as the Whitecaps lost 5-3 in twelve innings. Phil Napolitan allowed two lead off base hits before yielded a two-run single to Yancarlos Ortiz in the top of the twelfth to eventually take the loss. Down 3-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth, Gorkys Hernandez led off the inning with a triple and scored on a Michael Bertram ground out. Then with two outs and runners at the corners, Scott Sizemore smacked a triple to tie the score, bringing James Skelton to the plate, who on Thursday hit a game-winning double. Skelton could not deliver this time though, flying out to center field. Duane Below went six innings in his start, allowing three earned runs on seven hits with seven strike outs. The series continues Saturday, with Lauren Gagnier scheduled to start for the Whitecaps at 7:00 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – STATE CLG. 3, ONEONTA 2
12-12, 3rd in Stedler division

Oneonta just fell to State College on Friday evening, dropping the series finale 3-2. Sendy Vasquez took the loss, giving up three runs (though just one earned), in 4 2/3 innings. Vasquez struggled with his control, walking five batters. Chris Carlson helped lead the offense once again, going 2-for-3 with a solo home run, while Justin Henry added two hits from the top of the order. Oneonta now returns home to kick off a six game homestand, hosting Batavia on Saturday at 7:00pm.

R GCL Tigers – TIGERS 5, PHILLIES 3
12-9, 3rd in North division

The Tigers topped the Phillies on Friday afternoon, winning 5-3, and holding off a late Phillies rally in the ninth. Jay Sborz got a no decision as the starter, giving up one unearned run in three innings of work before giving way to the bullpen. Wilton Garcia got the win in relief, putting up almost a mirror image of Sborz's line; three innings, five hits allowed, one run, one strikeout. Joe Bowen and Christopher White helped lead the offense; Bowen went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, while White had two hits, a run scored and two RBI. The Tigers host the GCL Yankees on Saturday at noon.

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