O-Tigers Take Over First (8/11 Recaps)

They've been fighting for first for much of the season, but on Saturday they staked their claim to sole possession, taking both games of a doubleheader against Williamsport. Meanwhile, the addition of Cameron Maybin in Erie has helped their offense in a big way, as they pulled out a slug fest.

70-51, 1st in West division
Toledo continues to grow its lead in the West division, picking up a 4-2 win over Indianapolis. Dennis Tankersley turned in a stellar performance, giving up a pair of runs in eight innings of work; including eight strikeouts. Dane Sardinha had a home run and drove in two for the ‘Hens, while Chris Shelton had two hits and two walks. Toledo and Indianapolis wrap up their two game series on Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 10, CONNECTICUT 9
66-50, 2nd in Southern division
Clete Thomas hit his second home run in as many days to power the Erie SeaWolves to a 10-9 victory over the visiting Connecticut Defenders. The two teams combined for seven home runs including five SeaWolves home runs. In addition to Thomas both Jeff Larish and Cameron Maybin hit home runs in back to back games. Maybin was playing in only his second game since joining the 'Wolves and went 1-for-2 with a home run, two walks, three runs scored and a RBI. Jeff Larish was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI. Mike Hollimon and Nick Trzesniak each had a solo home run with Hollimon hitting one in the first and Trzesniak tying the game in the bottom of the eighth. It was Clete Thomas who put the 'Wolves ahead when he hit a two run blast in the bottom of the eighth. Pedro Cotto was also 3-for-4 with a double for the 'Wolves. Matt Rusch improved his record to 4-1, pitching the seventh and eighth innings and striking out two. Alan Mills earned his 17th save of the season allowing one hit and one earned run in the ninth inning. The 'Wolves will be back in action Sunday at 1:05 p.m. against the Connecticut Defenders. RHP Dallas Trahern (11-6, 3.43) will pitch for the 'Wolves against LHP Geno Espineli (6-8, 3.32 ERA).
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – VERO BEACH 5, LAKELAND 1
20-26, 6th in West division
The Flying Tigers fell to the Vero Beach Devil Rays in a rain shortened game Saturday night, 5-1. Starting pitcher Luke French pitched five innings and surrendered four runs (with only two of them being earned). On the offensive side, Mark Haske batted 1-for-3 with an RBI. The team as a whole only managed four hits on the night. The two teams will meet again Sunday afternoon at 1:00 PM. Burke Badenhop should make the start for the Flying Tigers while Vero Beach's pitcher has yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 7, WISCONSIN 2
32-16, 1st in Eastern division

Three Wisconsin errors in the fourth inning and three West Michigan triples in the fifth inning led to a 7-2 Whitecaps victory Saturday, their fifth straight. West Michigan scored two runs without getting a hit on the three errors in the fourth before an Audy Ciriaco single scored Santo De Leon. Then in the fifth, Scott Sizemore, Jeramy Laster and De Leon all tripled along with a Brennan Boesch single to bring in three more runs. Gorkys Hernandez doubled and scored on a James Skelton single in the first. Matt O'Brien picked up the win, allowing two runs (1 ER) on eight hits with four strike outs over seven innings. The series continues Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – GM1: ONEONTA 5, WILLIAMSPORT 1

31-21, 1st in Stedler division

The Oneonta Tigers swept a double header from the Williamsport Crosscutters by scores of 5-1 and 4-1. The Tigers got on the board quickly in the top of the first as Justin Henry scored on a groundball off the bat of Christopher Carlson. The Tigers added two more runs in the third inning off RBI's by Casper Wells and Carlson, and got two insurance runs in the fifth inning as well. Starter Mark Brackman (2-2, 3.55) went six innings, allowing one run off of seven hits while striking out six to get the victory. Carslon led the Tiger offense with a hit and three RBI's, while Kyle Peter, Justin Henry and Michael Sullivan each had two hits.

After falling behind 1-0 nothing in the top of the first, the Tigers came back quickly, scoring once in the first and again in the second to take the nightcap 4-1. Kyle Peter had a bunt hit, and then stole second and reached third on a throwing error by the catcher to lead off the game for the Tigers. Peter then scored on a groundout by Justin Henry to even up the score. In the second inning, another leadoff single led to another run, as Jorge Patino singled home Kody Kaiser for the game's second run. Oneonta finished off their scoring in the fourth inning, as Ryan Seawell scored on a throwing error, and Henry hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Angel Flores. On the mound, Guillermo Moscoso (6-1, 2.08) went five innings, giving up a run while striking out six to pick up his sixth win of the season. Ron Bourquin had two hits to lead the Tiger offense, while Henry had two RBI. The Tigers go for the sweep over Williamsport tonight, with the first pitch coming at 6:00 p.m.
- Cash Kruth, Staff Writer

22-25, 5th in North division

Jon Kibler left the game with a lead, but the bullpen couldn't hold that lead, as the Tigers fell 2-1 to the Braves. Kibler exited the game with the bases loaded but clinging to one run lead, and Wilton Garcia allowed a two run single that gave the Braves the lead. The offense managed just five hits, none for extra bases, and the lone run scored on a throwing error. The GCL Tigers have Sunday off before returning to action against the Braves at noon on Monday.

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