Stud Pitchers Shine on Thursday (7/26 Recaps)

Jair Jurrjens and Matt O'Brien each came out and pitched masterfully for Erie and West Michigan, respectively, leading each team to a win. Jurrjens reached double digit strikeouts, while O'Brien pitched eight shutout innings.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 3, PAWTUCKET 2
60-46, 1st in West division
It's not something that happens often in baseball but on Thursday at Fifth Third Field Curt Schilling was bested by a minor league pitcher. Schilling allowed two hits and no earned runs along with eight strikeouts in five innings, yet the 'Hens still prevailed. Dennis Tankersley allowed only one earned run on seven hits across seven and two thirds innings. Andres Torres had an RBI triple and Brent Clevlen had a walk, a single, a double and an RBI. David Espinosa went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Aquilino Lopez allowed one earned in one and one third innings pitched, but Jeremy Johnson earned the win in relief for the 'Hens after a perfect inning of pitching. However, it was Brent Clevlen's single in the bottom of the 10th inning that scored Henry Mateo that sealed the deal for the league-leading Mud Hens who will face Pawtucket on Friday at Fifth Third Field.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 7, HARRISBURG 2
58-45, 2nd in Southern division
A quick start and outstanding pitching was the recipe for victory as the SeaWolves pounded the Harrisburg Senators 7-2. Starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens returned to form as he pitched seven solid innings and allowed only four hits and one earned run while striking out 10 hitters. The win improved Jurrjens record to 5-5. Jackson Melian paced the offense hitting a three run home run in the third and finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and four RBI. Wil Rhymes was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a double and a RBI for the 'Wolves. The 'Wolves will return to action on Friday at 7:05 p.m. against the Senators. Eddie Bonine will take the mound for Erie looking for his 11th win of the season and he will be opposed by Jim Magrane.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – DUNEDIN 4, LAKELAND 3
43-59, 6th in West division
In an attempt to give starters Kyle Sleeth and Angel Castro an additional day off, Josh Rainwater was provided the opportunity for a spot start on Thursday night. Rainwater pitched four innings and surrendered three runs (while ultimately being tagged with a no decision). Gabriel Benitez then pitched three innings in relief and surrendered one run, notching his fourth loss of the season. Behind the mound, Max Leon and Sean Roof connected for the only Lakeland double play of the game. On the offensive side, Michael Hernandez batted 2-for-4 on the night, with both hits being solo home runs (elevating his total to nineteen for the season). Also worth noting, Ovandy Suero batted 0-for-3 on the night but managed two stolen bases to raise his league leading total to sixty-five. The two teams will meet again Friday night at 7:00 PM. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 4, CEDAR RPDS. 0
59-43, 1st in Eastern division

Matt O'Brien got on a roll and picked up plenty of support at the plate as the ‘Caps rolled to a 4-0 victory. O'Brien pitched eight shutout innings, allowing just four hits with no walks and striking out seven. It was O'Brien's fourth win of the year for West Michigan. Ryan Strieby got the scoring started in the fifth with a solo home run, his 11th, and following that were RBI singles by Gorkys Hernandez and Scott Sizemore. Brennan Boesch added an RBI in the eighth as well. The ‘Caps take on Cedar Rapids again on Friday at 7:00pm.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 5, STATEN ISLD. 3
21-15, 2nd in Stedler division

With a two run deficit early in the game, Oneonta outfielder Casper Wells got the Tiger offense rolling with a lead off home run in the second to spark a three run inning. After Stanton Island came back to tie it in the fourth, Jose Fragoso (2-2, 2.81) came in and pitched two scoreless innings in relief of starter Guillermo Moscoso (4-0, 1.49). In the bottom of the seventh Justin Henry led off with a double to left field and Kody Kaiser followed with a walk. Ron Bourquin moved them over with a sacrifice bunt, while a sacrifice fly by Wells and a two out double by Jorge Patino scored the go ahead runs for Oneonta. Noah Krol came in and struck out two Yankee batters in the top of the ninth to record his seventh save of the season. Wells went 1-3 with two RBI, while Devin Thomas went 2-4 to lead the Tiger offense. The Tigers continue their homestead tonight at 7:00 p.m. as they start a three game set with Aberdeen.
- Cash Kruth, Staff Writer

16-16, 4th in North division

The GCL Yankees outlasted the Tigers on Thursday afternoon, squeaking out a 3-2 victory with a play at the plate. Aaron Fuhrman took the loss as he fell to 1-3 on the year. He gave up all three Yankee runs in 5 2/3 innings. The Tigers matched the Yankees with nine hits, but they couldn't get that extra run to keep the game knotted up. With the score 3-2 in the ninth, Joaquin Guzman was standing on second and Christopher White single brought Guzman around, but he was thrown out at home, ending the threat, and one out later, the game. Mark McBratney had two hits and two runs scored, while Guzman had two hits and two RBI. The Tigers and Yankees face off again on Friday at noon, this time in Lakeland.

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