AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 5, NORFOLK 2
68-50, 1st in West division
Every run scored in Wednesday's game between Norfolk and Toledo was a product of a home run. In the end, the Mud Hens won the home run battle 3-1, and the game 6-2, in front of 8,488 fans at Fifth Third Field. Henry Mateo onset an early lead for the 'Hens with a lead-off home run, belted from the first pitch of the game. Later in the inning, Erick Almonte connected on a deep two RBI shot and in the third inning Marcus Thames hit a blast to make the score 4-1. The mightiest blast of the night was Chris Shelton's seventh inning bomb that made the score 6-2, it was his twelfth homer of the season. Yorman Bazardo pitched eight innings and allowed one earned run, off a two run home run. The other man reached base on a fielding error. Aquilino Lopez earned the save for the 'Hens who will face Durham on Thursday with Virgil Vasquez taking the mound.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves – NEW BRITAIN 5, ERIE 2
65-49, 2nd in Southern division
The SeaWolves failed to get the timely hits as they fell 5-2 to the New Britain Rock Cats. Starting Pitcher Eddie Bonine failed to get his 13th win of the season after pitching seven strong innings allowing seven hits and two earned runs in the no decision. Randor Bierd suffered his first loss of the season after allowing three hits and three earned runs and he failed to record an out. The 'Wolves only runs came on a two run home run off the bat of Matt Joyce. Clete Thomas had a perfect night going 3-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. The 'Wolves will be back in action Thursday at 7:05 p.m. as they complete a three game series with New Britain rock Cats. The pitching matchup has not been announced.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 9, ST. LUCIE 6
18-25, 6th in West division
With all eyes fixed on Pedro Martinez Wednesday night, the Flying Tigers defeated the St. Lucie Mets 9-6. Starting pitcher Eleazar Aponte pitched six innings and surrendered three runs. Brendan Wise also picked up his third save of the season. On the offensive side, Lakeland scored five runs in Martinez's only three innings of the game. Justin Justice blasted his sixth home run of the season while Deik Scram hit his second home run with the Flying Tigers. Michael Hernandez also batted 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Lakeland will return home Thursday night to start their series with Vero Beach at 7:00 PM. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 15, CLINTON 4
29-16, 1st in Eastern division
Jeramy Laster collected eight RBI on two home runs and a double Wednesday as West Michigan blew out Clinton 15-4. With the bases loaded in the first inning, Laster belted a bases-clearing double, part of a five run inning for the Whitecaps that included a Brandon Timm RBI single. Then in the fifth, following a two-run double from Timm, Laster smashed his first home run. His second homer came in the seventh, a three-run shot that was eventually followed by a bases-loaded, two run single from Scott Sizemore. Overshadowed in the offensive surge was another stellar outing from Jonah Nickerson (11-6, 3.65 ERA), who pitched seven shut-out innings, allowing three hits with four strike outs and no walks. Phil Napolitan relieved Nickerson in the eighth, giving up Clinton's four runs in the inning on three straight doubles and a home run. Dan Fyvie pitched a perfect ninth. The series continues Thursday at 8:00 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent
SS-A Oneonta Tigers – GM1: ONEONTA 5, AUBURN 3
GM2: ONEONTA 6, AUBURN 5
29-20, 2nd in Stedler division
Oneonta took both games of their doubleheader with Auburn on Wednesday moving to within a game of first place. In the first game, Sean Finefrock picked up the win, his third, giving up three runs (two earned) in 6 1/3 innings. Meanwhile Ron Bourquin and Kody Kaiser helped lead the offense – Bourquin had two doubles, three runs scored and an RBI, while Kaiser brought home a pair of runs.
In the nightcap, Oneonta squeaked out a 6-5 win, getting reliever Chris Homer the victory. Paul Nardozzi gave up four runs in just two innings before being pulled, but the O-Tiger offense came up big in the seventh inning, scoring five runs. Chris Carlson had two hits and three RBI, while Justin Henry and Kody Kaiser each chipped in with two hits and an RBI. Oneonta and Auburn wrap up their series on Thursday at 7:05pm.
- Cash Kruth, Staff Writer
R GCL Tigers – GM1: YANKEES 0, TIGERS 1
GM2: YANKEES 9, TIGERS 7
20-23, 4th in North division
The GCL Tigers dropped both of their games on Wednesday, first the completion of their suspended game from Tuesday, and then a new seven inning game, losing the first 1-0 and the second 9-7. In the completion of the first game, Richard Zumaya started the game on Tuesday, but Aaron Fuhrman pitched most of the game and took the loss, giving up a run in 5 2/3 innings. The offense managed six hits, but none for extra bases, and couldn't get a single run home.
In the second game, Nolan Chestnut took the loss for giving up five runs in two innings of work, but not a single of the five were earned, leaving Chestnut with a rough loss to take. Carlos Ramirez had a big game, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored, including a three run homer. Mark McBratney added three hits, and Orlando Rodriguez chipped in with two hits and two runs. The Tigers will take on the GCL Indians at noon on Thursday.
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