Zumaya Struggles in Toledo (8/18 Recaps)

In what was scheduled to be his final rehab appearance, Joel Zumaya struggled, giving up a pair of runs in an inning of work. Elsewhere, despite giving up their top hitting and pitching prospect, Erie continues to roll, taking both games of a doubleheader on Saturday.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – COLUMBUS 6, TOLEDO 0
73-54, 1st in West division
The good news is Joel Zumaya pitched again Saturday night fort Toledo. The bad news is the reliever allowed two hits, two runs and two walks in no more than 20 pitches. The 'Hens were blanked 6-0 by Columbus and Dennis Tankersley earned the loss. Tankersley allowed 10 hits and three earned runs in five and two thirds innings. Tankersley struck out six batters, Zumaya and Eulugio De La Cruz each struck out one batter. Andres Torres and Henry Mateo each hit doubles in a quiet game for the 'Hens offense. Omar Infante did not suit up for the 'Hens Saturday night. Yorman Bazardo is scheduled to start Sunday against Columbus.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – GM1: ERIE 2, ALTOONA 1

71-52, t-1st in Southern division
Burke Badenhop pitched a complete game two hitter in game one and Randor Bierd pitched five perfect innings in game two as the SeaWolves completed a sweep of the Altoona Curve. In game one the 'Wolves won 2-1 behind Bradenhop and they won game two 3-0. In game one the 'Wolves managed only five hits of their own but managed to get two runs across the plate. The 'Wolves scored quickly in the first inning as Clete Thomas hit a lead off single and eventually scored on a ground out by Matt Joyce. The second Erie run was scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Michael Hernandez after Jeff Larish hit a one out triple. The story of the game was the two hitter by Badenhop in his Double A debut. Badenhop had not allowed a hit through five innings but allowed a home run and a single in the sixth.

Game two was more of the same for Erie as Randor Bierd pitched five perfect innings before being replaced by Corey Hamman in the sixth. Hamman allowed the only Curve hit but earned his first save after pitching the final three innings and striking out three. Bierd pitched five innings and struck out four batters. The 'Wolves scored all three runs in the first inning on a Jeff Larish home run. Clete Thomas walked, Mike Hollimon hit a single and Jeff Larish hit a three run home run to give him 24 home runs and 89 RBI on the season. Hollimon was 2-for-3 with two singles in the game. The 'Wolves will complete their road trip on Sunday at 6:05 p.m. against the Altoona Curve. RHP Eddie Bonine (12-5, 3.68 ERA) will start for Erie against RHP Kip Bouknight (11-4, 3.72 ERA).
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 5, FT MYERS 2
21-33, 6th in West division
Snapping their eight game losing streak, the Flying Tigers defeated the Miracle Saturday night, 5-2. Starting pitcher Kevin Ardoin pitched 2 and 2/3 innings and surrendered two runs (although none of them were earned). Matt Righter was ultimately credited with the win, pitching 2 and 1/3 innings in relief and giving up only one hit. On the offensive side, Justin Justice batted 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and Shawn Roof batted 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Max Leon also batted 2-for-4. Lakeland will look to take the series Sunday night at 6:00 PM. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 2, FT. WAYNE 1
36-18, 1st in Eastern division

Jeramy Laster hit a second-inning home run to give the Whitecaps an early lead Saturday. Strong pitching from Matt O'Brien helped the 'Caps maintain their lead to defeat Fort Wayne 2-1. O'Brien scattered nine hits across seven innings, allowed one earned run and struck out two batters. Phil Napolitan came on in relief to earn the win after striking out one batter and allowing no hits or walks in one inning of work. Scott Sizemore had a double and an RBI and Brent Jenson earned his 23rd save of the season. The 'Caps will face the Wizards on Sunday at 2 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – SSPD: RAIN
33-22, 1st in Stedler division

The Oneonta offense exploded Saturday night by knocking out 20 hits to beat the Tri-City ValleyCats 14-1. The Tigers wasted no time getting on the board in the first, as Christopher Carlson singled home Kyle Peter. The Tigers failed to score in the second, but then rattled off a five inning scoring spree, including a five run fifth. Kyle Peter, Cory Middleton, Miguel Linares and Carlson each had three hits, with Carlson and Middleton also knocking in three RBI's a piece. Two of Middleton's three RBI's came off a two run homer in the seventh. Tiger starter Sendy Vasquez (4-5, 5.34) improved to 4-5 by going five and a third innings while striking out five. Vasquez gave up a homerun to Collin DeLome in the sixth for the only ValleyCat run. The Tigers and ValleyCats travel back to Oneonta to complete their game from Friday in which ValleyCats were leading 5-4 in the fourth inning. The completion of the game will begin at 6 p.m., while the regularly scheduled game will follow.
- Cash Kruth, Staff Writer

25-28, 5th in North division

The GCL Yankees jumped all over the Tigers and cruised to victory, much like the big league version in New York, though the GCL version saw a far bigger differential at 11-2. Brandon Johnson struggled as the starter, giving up five runs in 3 1/3 innings, while Richard Zumaya came on in relief and didn't fare much better, giving up five more in 2 1/3 innings. Hayden Parrott had two hits and a run scored, while Orlando Rodriguez and Joaquin Guzman each had an RBI. The Tigers have their standard Sunday rest, and return to the diamond on Monday against the Yankees at noon.

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