Complete Games Lead the Way (7/28 Recaps)

Complete games were the name of the game on Saturday, as both Yorman Bazardo and Jonah Nickerson went the distance. Nickerson pitched a complete game shutout, while Bazardo allowed one run in his nine innings of work. Meanwhile, Erie began to build its first place, showing off their firepower with 14 runs.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 4, RICHMOND 1
61-47, 1st in West division
Yorman Bazardo (8-5, 3.93) went the distance and earned the win for the Mud Hens Saturday night at Fifth Third Field. The nine-inning performance is a rarity for the 'Hens, who used six pitchers last night. Bazardo scattered four hits and allowed one earned run. The offense was led by Chris Shelton who homered and Andres Torres who went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Both Shelton and Torres record a stolen base as well. Dane Sardinha had an RBI double and scored a run, and Brent Clevlen had an RBI single for the 'Hens who will face Richmond on Sunday at Fifth Third Field with Virgil Vasquez (9-3) at the helm.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 14, HARRISBURG 7
60-45, 1st in Southern division
Erie won their sixth straight game and moved into first place as they pounded out 14 runs and 16 hits in a 14-7 victory over the Harrisburg Senators. The 'Wolves scored all 14 runs in the first five innings before the bats cooled off. Several 'Wolves had multi hit games led by Wilkin Ramirez and Mike Hollimon who had three apiece. Ramirez was 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBI. There was a long list of players who had two hits that was led by Nick Trzesniak and Will Rhymes. Rhymes was 2-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored and four RBI. Trzesniak was 2-for-4 two runs scored and three RBI. Jeff Larish was also 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. John Connolly earned the victory allowing eight hits and five earned runs in six innings. The 'Wolves will be back in action on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. against the Senators. Andrew Kown (4-6, 3.69 ERA) will take the mound for Erie and Garrett Mock (0-2, 6.75 ERA) is expected to start for Harrisburg.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – DUNEDIN 8, LAKELAND 3
14-20, 6th in West division
The Flying Tigers fell to the Dunedin Blue Jays Saturday night, 8-3. Starting pitcher Kyle Sleeth pitched one of his longest outings of the year, going five innings and giving up two runs. Opposing pitcher A.J. Wideman, however, outperformed Sleeth by pitching seven innings and surrendering two runs while striking out five. The loss was ultimately credited to Ricky Steik who pitched 2/3 innings and gave up six runs (while only two of them were earned). On the offensive side, Deik Scram batted 3-for-4 and hit his first home run with Lakeland. The Flying Tigers have Sunday off and will then return home to play a double-header against Clearwater, starting at 5:00 PM. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 5, CEDAR RPDS. 0
22-12, 1st in Eastern division

Jonah Nickerson (9-6, 4.09 ERA) tossed a two-hit complete game gem Saturday in leading West Michigan to a 5-0 victory over Cedar Rapids. Nickerson was perfect through six innings before allowing a lead-off double to Peter Bourjos in the seventh. Bourjos advanced no further as Nickerson struck out the next two and got a ground out to end the inning. The only other hit was a one-out single to Ryan Mount in the eighth, which was quickly negated as Nickerson drew an inning-ending double play. Nickerson struck out seven with no walks over the full nine, facing one batter over the minimum. Ryan Strieby led the offense, belting two home runs for three RBI. Jordan Newton went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI, while Gorkys Hernandez went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored. Brennan Boesch went 2-for-4 with a triple and run scored. West Michigan will conclude their road trip Sunday at Cedar Rapids at 3:00 p.m., with Duane Below scheduled to start.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ABERDEEN 10, ONEONTA 8
22-16, 2nd in Stedler division

Oneonta fell a day after getting within a half game of first place, dropping their game with Aberdeen 10-8. Sean Finefrock was hit hard as the starter, but got away with a no decision, despite giving up six runs in 4 1/3 innings. That was thanks to an Oneonta push that tied things up in the ninth inning. Unfortunately, the O-Tigers had the winning run in scoring position with only one out but couldn't bring him home, and paid for it in extra innings when Aberdeen scored two in the top half of the tenth. Rudy Darrow took the loss, falling to 0-3 on the year. Ron Bourquin had a monster game, going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. The two teams wrap up their series on Sunday at 6:00pm.
- Cash Kruth, Staff Writer

17-17, 4th in North division

Brandon Johnson picked up a much needed win for the GCL Tigers, as they topped the Indians 5-2 on Saturday. Johnson earned his third win of the season, giving up one run over five innings of work. Johnson also walked none and struck out four. Cameron Maybin once again led the way leading off, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Joe Bowen added two RBI, while Wade Lamont crossed the plate twice. The Tigers as always have Sunday off but return to action Monday to face the Indians once again at noon.

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