Knocking on the 1st Place Door (7/16 Recaps)

With wins on Monday, three clubs moved within 1.5 games or less of first place; Erie, Oneonta and the GCL Tigers. Erie closed in with another big showing from the offense, including a big night from Mike Hollimon.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 4, NORFOLK 2
55-41, 1st in West division
If there was any doubt that Brent Clevlen didn't deserve IL Player of the Week Honors, it's gone now. The outfielder hit a two-run home run in the top of the tenth inning to give the Mud Hens their second straight extra innings victory Monday night at Norfolk. The blast also scored Jack Hannahan who represented the winning run for the second straight night. Vic Darensbourg earned the win in relief and is now an impressive 5-1 on the season with a 1.79. Aquilino Lopez recorded his sixteenth save this season, but it was Dennis Tankersley who pitched the best of them all. Staying in the game for an unusually long amount of time, Tankersley allowed only two earned on eight hits in seven innings. Hannahan finished with two doubles, an RBI and a walk, and Mike Hessman added a hit, a run and two walks. Timo Perez also had two singles; it was the only other multi-hit game for the 'Hens who will face Norfolk on Tuesday with Virgil Vasquez (8-3) taking the mound at Harbor Park.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 7, READING 4
53-40, 2nd in Southern division
Starting pitcher Eddie Bonine pitched the SeaWolves to a 7-4 victory over the visiting Reading Phillies. Bonine joined Dallas Trahern as a 10 game winner pitching seven innings and allowing only five hits and two earned runs. Jackson Melian hit his third home run in four games and was 1-for-4 with three RBI. Jeff Larish had a perfect night going 3-for-3 with a RBI. Andres Torres added three hits going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a RBI. Mike Hollimon also had a great night with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI. Clete Thomas got in on the fun going 2-for-5 with a run scored. The 'Wolves will meet the Phillies again on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. Jon Connolly will pitch for Erie and Zach Segovia will get the nod for Reading.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 3, PALM BEACH 2
10-11, 5th in West division
Lakeland edged Palm Beach on Monday evening, taking a 3-2 win. Angel Castro turned in an excellent start but didn't receive the victory; that went to Jacob Ramos in relief. Castro gave up two runs over seven innings of work, and while Ramos actually allowed the tying run to score, Ovandy Suero would then score in the top half of the ninth to take the lead back via a Danny Worth groundout. Freddi Dolsi shut things down then in the ninth for his 17th save. Worth had two hits and drove in all three Flying Tiger runs. Will Rhymes added two hits. Lakeland and Palm Beach face off again at 6:35pm on Tuesday.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – OFF DAY
16-7, 1st in Eastern division

The Whitecaps had Monday off before beginning a four-game home series against Kane County Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 4, BATAVIA 3
15-12, 2nd in Stedler division

The O-Tigers pulled out a one run victory again on Monday, squeaking by Batavia 4-3. Alfredo Figaro couldn't match Guillermo Moscoso's appearance on Sunday, but still earned his third victory, giving up three runs over seven innings while striking out six. Oneonta got two runs in the first, and then two more in the fourth via a Devin Thomas homer, and that was all the O-Tigers would need. Ronnie Bourquin had two hits and scored a run, and Kyle Peter also added two hits. Oneonta hosts Jamestown on Tuesday at 7:00pm.

13-10, 2nd in North division

The Tigers topped the GCL Yankees on Monday afternoon, with a convincing 6-2 victory. Charlie Furbush picked up the win to improve to 2-0 for the club; he gave up two runs over six innings, including six strikeouts. Roger Tomas and Haydon Parrott each had two hits, Parrott also had an RBI. Christopher White and Brandon Harrigan each chipped in with a run scored and an RBI. Just a half game out of first place, the GCL Tigers face the GCL Indians on Tuesday evening at 7:00pm.

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