Below Stuns South Bend (8/16 Recaps)

Duane Below came to pitch on Thursday, and shut down South Bend, allowing just one hit. Meanwhile he received plenty of run support, including huge games from Scott Sizemore and Gorkys Hernandez. Elsewhere, Oneonta struggled in its return from their All Star break, and Erie was a Jeff Larish single away from being no-hit.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – SSPD: RAIN
72-53, 1st in West division
Thursday's game between Toledo and Richmond was suspended because of rain after one inning and will not be made up. Ron Chiavacci was originally scheduled to start Friday, but that may change as Jordan Tata only pitched one frame.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – READING 7, ERIE 0
68-52, 2nd in Southern division
The SeaWolves continued to struggle against the Reading Phillies falling 7-0 in the final meeting between to the two teams. Starting pitcher Andrew Kown struggled to get through three innings five hits and six runs (five earned) in falling to 4-8 on the season. It didn't matter because the 'Wolves offense never got going managing only one hit off the bat of Jeff Larish. Larish was 1-for-2 with a single and a walk. The 'Wolves will be back in action on Friday at 7:05 p.m. against the Altoona Curve. RHP Dallas Trahern (11-6, 3.79 ERA) will take the mound for Erie and LHP Josh Shortself (3-12, 4.52 ERA) is expected to start for the Curve.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – CLEARWATER 4, LAKELAND 2
20-32, 6th in West division
The Flying Tigers fell to the Clearwater Threshers Thursday night in a rain shortened outing (eight innings). The final score was 4-2. Starting pitcher Kyle Sleeth pitched 4 and 2/3 innings and surrendered four runs. On the offensive side, Lakeland managed only four hits. Michael Hernandez and Max Leon both batted 1-for-3 with an RBI each. The other two hits were collected by Ovandy Suero and Ryan Roberson. In team related news, starting pitcher Burke Badenhop was promoted to Erie Thursday according to Minor League Baseball. Lakeland will return home Friday night to start a three game series with the Ft. Myers Miracle at 7:00 PM. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 11, S. BEND 2
35-17, 1st in Eastern division

Not to be out-done by his Whitecap teammate Jair Jurrjens who pitched a spectacular game for Detroit Wednesday, Duane Below froze Dayton batters all night. The starter allowed one hit, no runs and posted seven strikeouts in six innings of work to improve to 11-5 this season. Scott Sizemore, Gorky's Hernandez and Jeramy Laster each recorded four hits. Hernandez had a triple a double and three runs, while Laster and Hernandez each had a double and two runs. Ryan Strieby had two hits, two runs and two RBI and Laster also posted three RBI and a walk. The Whitecaps will face South Bend Friday at Fifth Third Park.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – TRI-CITY 10, ONEONTA 1
32-22, 1st in Stedler division

Tri-City clobbered Oneonta in their return to the diamond on Thursday, winning 10-1. Guillermo Moscoso followed up his All Star performance with a mediocre start on the mound for the O-Tigers, giving up four runs over five innings of work. But the game was really blown open in the sixth, when Collin Mahoney gave up six runs while getting just one out. Jorge Patino had two hits in the losing effort, while Michael Sullivan brought home the lone run. The O-Tigers and Tri-City tangle again on Friday at 7:00pm.
- Cash Kruth, Staff Writer

24-27, 5th in North division

The GCL Phillies squeaked by the Tigers on Thursday as they also put the Tigers alone in fifth place in the North division. Manny Miguelez got his fourth loss of the season, giving up four runs over seven innings of work. The run support wasn't great, but the two teams were tied at three going into the bottom of the seventh, when Miguelez allowed the go-ahead run to score. At the plate, Mark McBratney went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI. Hayden Parrott also had a hit and an RBI. The Tigers and Phillies face each other again on Friday at noon.

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