'Caps Steal Victory in Extras (7/14 Recaps)

It was another exciting on the west side of the state, as West Michigan pulled out a come-from-behind victory, first scoring in the ninth to tie the game, and then Scott Sizemore scored the game winning run on a pickoff attempt gone wrong.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – CHARLOTTE 3, TOLEDO 2
53-41, 1st in West division
Toledo did not get a hit past the first inning Saturday as they fell to Charlotte 3-2. Timo Perez blasted a two-run home run in the first, but the Mud Hens were blanked after that by Knights starter Heath Phillips, who went seven innings, and relivers Jason Childers and David Aardsma, who went an inning each. Jordon Tata took the loss, allowing a two-run double to Ryan Sweeney in the sixth and the go-ahead RBI double to Kenny Kelly in the seventh. The Mud Hens finish their brief two-game series with the Knights Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – BOWIE 11, ERIE 2
51-40, 2nd in Southern division
The SeaWolves managed only four hits in an 11-2 loss to the Bowie Baysox. Starting pitcher Dallas Trahern lasted only five innings allowing 12 hits and five earned runs in the loss. Kevin Ardoin pitched three innings and allowed six hits and six unearned runs. The only bright spot for the SeaWolves was a second inning home run by Jeff Larish. The home run gave Larish 19 on the season. The SeaWolves and Baysox will play the fourth game of the series on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. The pitching matchup will be Erie's Jair Jurrjens against Oscar Alvarez of Bowie.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 12, DAYTONA 10
9-10, 5th in West division
It wasn't pretty, but Lakeland got itself into the win column, out-hitting Daytona en route to their 12-10 victory. Burke Badenhop started but didn't get a decision, giving up six runs in 5 1/3 innings, and leaving the game with a 7-5 lead. Unfortunately, that lead quickly disappeared, and the Lakeland offense worked to get it back, eventually earning Brendan Wise the victory. Almost everyone had a big a night at the plate; Mike Hernandez had three hits, including his 16th home run, and four RBI, Santo de Leon had two hits and four RBI, and Wilkin Ramirez had two hits, two runs and an RBI. Justin Justice and Ovandy Suero chipped in with two hits each. Lakeland moves on and starts a series with Palm Beach County at 4:05pm.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 2, BELOIT 1
15-7, 1st in Eastern division

West Michigan went to extra innings with Beloit for the third straight game Saturday and came out victorious in 11 innings, 2-1. The Whitecaps didn't score until the ninth on a RBI single by James Skelton that scored Scott Sizemore. Then in the eleventh, Beloit pitcher Jose Lugo pitched out on a squeezed play attempt with Sizemore at third and Deik Scram at bat. The Snappers had Sizemore in a rundown when Lugo dropped the ball, allowing Sizemore to score and giving the Whitecaps the victory. Starter Lauren Gagnier allowed only one earned run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning, giving up three hits over seven innings with three walks and two strike outs. Casey Fien (4-0, 3.95 ERA) picked up the victory, striking out the side in the top of the eleventh. West Michigan and Beloit wrap up their series Sunday at 2:00 p.m., with Matt O'Brien scheduled to start for the Whitecaps.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 10, BATAVIA 5
13-12, 3rd in Stedler division

The O-Tigers offense exploded for 10 runs on Saturday evening in their route of Batavia, 10-5. Collin Mahoney picked up the win, his second of the season, for his work in relief. Mark Brackman got the start, and gave up five runs, four of which were unearned, in 5 2/3 innings. Justin Henry had a monster night at the plate, going a perfect 5-for-5 with two runs driven in. Mike Sullivan had just one hit but produced plenty of runs, driving in three. Devin Thomas also drove in three runs for the O-Tigers. Oneonta and Batavia square off again on Sunday at 6:00pm.

12-10, 3rd in North division

The GCL Tigers were shut out on Saturday by the GCL Yankees, 5-0. Aaron Fuhrman went pitch-for-pitch with the Yankees pitchers for seven inning, not allowing a run in his work. But then Chris Homer entered in relief and allowed three runs. The offense managed just three hits, none of the extra base hit variety. The club is off on Sunday but returns to action Monday afternoon to take on the Yankees once again.

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