Sleeth Returning to Form? (8/10 Recaps)

It was just one start, so one should probably temper enthusiasm, but it was a promising one from Kyle Sleeth on Friday evening. Could it be a sign that Sleeth might finally be getting back on track? Plus, the Whitecaps couldn't do much against Clinton starter, Zach Phillips, but once he came out, the offense came alive.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 4, DURHAM 0
69-51, 1st in West division
Ron Chiavacci put together seven shutout innings on the mound as Toledo shut out the Bulls 4-0. Chiavacci gave up just three hits in seven innings of work, while striking out eight as he made it to double digits in wins, picking up his tenth of the year. Andres Torres had a big night at the plate, with a double and a two run home run. Jack Hannahan also added a pair of hits. Toledo now travels to Indianapolis for a short two game weekend series, starting on Saturday at 7:00pm.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – CONNECTICUT 6, ERIE 3
65-50, 2nd in Southern division
Cameron Maybin hit a solo home run but it wasn't enough as the SeaWolves lost 6-3. Starting pitcher Jon Connolly suffered the loss allowing four earned runs in only 2 2/3 innings. Matt Righter did his best to help the SeaWolves win pitching 3 1/3 innings of relief and allowing only one hit. The 'Wolves only offense came in the sixth inning as they hit three solo home runs. In addition to Maybin's home run, Clete Thomas hit a home run and Jeff Larish hit his 22nd home run of the season. Mike Hollimon added two hits for Erie going 2-for-4 with two singles. The 'Wolves will be back in action on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. against the Connecticut Defenders. RHP Andrew Kown (4-7, 4.15 ERA) will start for Erie and the Defenders will send RHP Dave McKae (5-2, 4.32 ERA) to the mound.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 7, VERO BEACH 6
20-25, 6th in West division
The Flying Tigers defeated the Vero Beach Devil Rays Friday night, 7-6. Starting pitcher Kyle Sleeth had his longest outing of the season, pitching six innings and surrendering three runs. Freddy Dolsi blew the save by giving up three runs in the ninth, but he also registered the win thanks to a late offensive push from the Flying Tigers offense. Danny Worth continued his hot bat, going 3-for-5 on the night with three doubles. Dusty Ryan also batted 1-for-4 with an RBI. The two teams will meet again Saturday night at 6:00 PM. Luke French will get the start for Lakeland while Vero Beach's pitcher has yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 5, CLINTON 1
31-16, 1st in Eastern division

West Michigan was shut out over seven innings by Clinton's Zachary Phillips before scoring all of their runs in the eighth off of LumberKings' relievers in a 5-1 victory Friday, giving the Whitecaps a series sweep. Christopher Dennis took over for Phillips in the eighth and the Whitecaps took full advantage, starting with Jordan Newton, who singled, stole second and scored on a sacrifice bunt and a Dennis throwing error. Dennis then walked the next two batters to load the bases before being lifted for Joshua Lueke, who walked James Skelton to bring in the go-ahead run. With one out and the bases loaded, Jeramy Laster hit a two-run double, prompting Lueke to be taken out for John Slusarz. With two out, Slusarz threw a wild pitch, allowing Gorkys Hernandez to score. Lauren Gagnier picked up the win, going seven innings allowing one earned run on four hits and two walks with six strike outs. Zachary Piccola pitched two perfect innings of relief. The Whitecaps start a four-game series at Wisconsin Saturday at 7:35 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – AUBURN 8, ONEONTA 2
29-21, t-1st in Stedler division

The Tigers game against Williamsport was postponed on Friday. The teams look to get back on the field on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
- Cash Kruth, Staff Writer

R GCL Tigers – TIGERS 11, INDIANS 1
21-24, 5th in North division

The GCL Tigers offense had been quiet as of late, but it awoke in a big way on Friday, putting up double digit runs for the first time since June as they toppled the Indians 11-1. Manny Miguelez picked up his first win as a pro, giving up an unearned run in five innings of work. At the plate, Hayden Parrott had three hits, two runs scored and an RBI, while Christopher White had two hits, two runs and three driven in. Carlos Ramirez also had a pair of hits and runs scored. The Tigers host the Braves on Saturday at 10:00am.

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