Clevlen, Tata Lead 'Hens Charge (8/22 Recaps)

Both Jordan Tata and Brent Clevlen had big nights for Toledo on Wednesday as both look to impress enough to warrant a big league call up this season. Meanwhile, Erie continues to cruise and build their first place lead, while recent draft pick Manny Miguelez put together an outstanding start for the GCL Tigers.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEOD 8, INDI'POLIS 4
75-55, 1st in West division
They're not quite the Texas Rangers, but the Mud Hens had a solid offensive night of their own Wednesday scoring eight runs on eleven hits. Timo Perez and Henry Mateo each had a hit and two RBI, while Mike Hessman had three hits, two runs and two RBI. Jordan Tata (4-3) earned the win after mowing down eight batters across seven innings. Tata allowed only one earned run on five hits. Brent Clevlen had one of two Mud Hens home runs, the other belonging to Mike Hessman. Clevlen also added a single and two RBI for the 'Hens who will face the Indians for the final time in the series on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Fifth Third Field. Ron Chiavacci (11-6) is scheduled to make the start.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 7, AKRON 4
73-53, 1st in Southern division
The Erie SeaWolves squandered a four run lead before coming back to win 7-4 against the second place Akron Aeros. The win moves Erie 2 1/2 games ahead of Akron for first place in the Southern Division. Steve Torrealba got the 'Wolves started with a bases loaded single in the first. Torrealba was 1-for-2 with a walk, a run scored and two RBI. Clete Thomas hit a two run home run in the second to the 'Wolves ahead 4-0. Thomas was 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI. Starting pitcher Jon Connolly pitched 5 1/3 innings allowing five hits and four earned runs while walking five and striking out four. Jeremy Johnson earned the victory despite allowing Akron to tie the game in the seventh. Johnson pitched two innings and allowed two hits and two earned runs. Alan Mills recorded his 21st save of the season, pitching a perfect ninth inning. The 'Wolves head on the road to face the Bowie Baysox in a four game series. The 'Wolves will next be in action on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.. RHP Andrew Kown (4-8, 4.87 ERA) is expected to start for Erie and LHP Chris Waters (8-9, 4.21 ERA) will take the mound for Bowie.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – SARASOTA 2, LAKELAND 0
21-36, 6th in West division
The Flying Tigers lost their fourth consecutive game Wednesday night, trailing the Sarasota Reds with a score of 2-1. Starting pitcher Luke French pitched six innings and surrendered two runs. Matt Righter pitched three innings of hitless relief, but the Lakeland offense failed to score enough runs to generate the win, managing only four total hits. Lakeland will travel to Tampa for a two game series starting Thursday night at 7:00 PM. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – GREAT LAKES 9, W. MICH. 2
37-20, 1st in Eastern division

Jonah NIckerson (11-7, 3.88 ERA) saw his seven game win streak come to an end Wednesday as he was roughed up by Francisco Lizarraga and the Great Lakes Loons, leading to a 9-2 West Michigan loss. Nickerson gave up two run home runs to Lizarraga, a two run shot in the second and a grand slam in the fourth, as he lasted only four innings on eight hits with three strike outs. West Michigan's runs came on a Brennan Boesch RBI double in the sixth and a James Skelton RBI single in the ninth. The Whitecaps will wrap up the series with the Loons Thursday at 7:00 p.m., with Duane Below scheduled to face Paul Coleman.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – BROOKLYN 4, ONEONTA 2
35-25, 1st in Stedler division

After falling behind 1-0 after the first inning, Christopher Carlson led off the Oneonta half of the second with a home run to tie up the game, but Tigers would only manage one more run as they fell to the Brooklyn Cyclones 4-2 in the opener of a three game series. The Cyclones scored all four runs off starter Sean Finefrock (3-4, 5.44) who went five innings surrendering nine hits and walking two. Carlson, who went 3-4, also doubled home Justin Henry in the top of the eighth to account for the other Tiger run. Henry and Cory Middleton also had one hit a piece for Oneonta. The Tigers and Cyclones continue their series tonight at 7:00 p.m.
- Cash Kruth, Staff Writer

R GCL Tigers – TIGERS 3, INDIANS 2
26-30, 5th in North division

Manny Miguelez got some run support early, and was able to make the last, as he led the Tigers to a 3-2 victory. Miguelez picked up his second win, giving up one unearned run over seven innings of work. Richard Zumaya then gave up an unearned run in an inning of relief, before Santo Franco shut things down in the ninth, picking up his 12th save. The offense scored three runs in the first, and though they were shut out for the rest of the game, those first inning runs were enough to pick up the win. Carlos Ramirez brought home two of the runs; on the day he went 4-for-5. Christopher White also had two hits leading things off for the Tigers. The Tigers travel to visit the GCL Braves on Thursday at noon.

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