'Caps, GCL Walk Off as Well (8/24 Recaps)

Not to be out-done by the big league, both West Michigan and the GCL Tigers pulled out wins on Friday night via walk off hits. Plus, Erie continues to build on its first place lead as it looks to lock up the division crown.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEOD 2, INDI'POLIS 1
77-55, 1st in West division
Omar Infante hit an RBI single in the first inning to score Andres Torres and the Mud Hens never looked back. The 'Hens edged out a 2-1 win over Indianapolis Friday even though they only recorded five hits. Timo Perez had the only RBI for the 'Hens in the seventh inning when his sacrifice fly scored Henry Mateo. Dennis Tankersley earned the win for the Mud Hens after allowing only one run across seven innings of work. Aquilino Lopez recorded the save for the 'Hens who face Indianapolis again on Saturday with Yorman Bazardo scheduled to take the mound.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 10, BOWIE 6
75-53, 1st in Southern division
The SeaWolves pounded out 13 hits in a 10-6 victory over the Bowie Baysox. The victory moved the 'Wolves three games ahead of the second place Akron Aeros. Steve Torrealba led the way going 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI. The home run gave Torrealba 10 on the season. The 'Wolves received contribution from all parts of the lineup as four other players had two hits including Mike Hollimon who was 2-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored. Jeff Larish inched closer to 100 RBI on the season as he was 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI. He now has 92 RBI on the season. Michael Hernandez and Kody Kirkland added two RBI each and Hernandez was also 2-for-5. Starting pitcher Dallas Trahern earned the victory pitching seven innings and allowing six hits and five runs (four earned). The victory improved Trahern's record to 12-6 on the season. The 'Wolves will be back in action on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. against Bowie. The pitching matchup has not been announced.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – TAMPA 4, LAKELAND 3
21-39, 6th in West division
It was a long night for the Flying Tigers, as they fell to the Tampa Yankees in ten innings after a rain delay Friday night. The final score was 4-3. Starting pitcher Eleazar Aponte pitched four innings and gave up two runs. Josh Rainwater was ultimately credited with the loss, as he gave up one run in the tenth with the game tied 3-3. On the offensive side, Shawn Roof batted 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Max Leon also batted 3-for-4 on the night. Lakeland will return home Saturday night for their next game against Dunedin at 7:00 PM. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 5, DAYTON 4
39-20, 1st in Eastern division

The ‘Caps came from behind with two runs in the bottom of the ninth to pull out a 5-4 victory over Dayton on Friday night. Lauren Gagnier gave up four runs in seven innings of work, exiting down 4-3. It would be Phil Napolitan who would get the win in relief, pitching two scoreless innings. Audy Ciriaco brought home the first run in the ninth with a single that scored Santo de Leon, and then Ciriaco himself scored on a sacrifice fly from Gorkys Hernandez. Joseph Tucker went 2-for-4 including two RBI for the ‘Caps.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – GM1: ONEONTA 9, BROOKLYN 2

37-25, 1st in Stedler division

The Tigers swept the Brooklyn Cyclones in Friday night's doubleheader by scores of 9-2 and 9-7. In game one, Casper Wells got Oneonta on the board in the first with a two run shot to center. The Tigers added two more runs in the third inning as Jorge Patino came around to score on a throwing error after a lead off double, while Wells scored Kyle Peter on an RBI single. Brooklyn finally got on the board in the fourth on an RBI single by Matthew Bouchard, and added another run in the sixth on a home run by Raul Reyes. After putting up a run in the fifth, the Tigers put up four insurance runs in the top of the seventh as Cory Middleton muscled a grand slam to left field to put a cap on the 9-2 victory. Middleton led the Tiger offense with four RBI's, while Wells went 3-4 with three RBI's. Sendy Vasquez (5-5, 5.05) went five innings to pick up the win, allowing one run off of three hit.

The Cyclones came out with revenge on their minds in game two scoring three runs in the opening inning. The Tiger bats stayed hot however, putting up two in the third and then exploding for six runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by a two run single by Kody Kaiser. The Cyclones put up four runs the rest of the way, but it wasn't enough as Noah Krol (0-0, 1.40) came in to start the seventh to pick up his 15th save of the year. Mark Brackman (3-3, 4.33) went the other six innings, allowing six runs while striking out three to pick up the win. Wells and Justin Henry each had three hits and two RBI's to lead Oneonta, while Kyle Peter, Christopher Carlson, Jorge Patino and Kaiser each added one hit a piece. The Tigers now travel to Hudson Valley to begin a three game set with the Renegades. First pitch is at 7:00 p.m.
- Cash Kruth, Staff Writer

28-30, 4th in North division

It took 13 innings, but the GCL Tigers finally took the lead and the victory, 5-4. After Brandon Johnson gave up all four Brave runs in six innings, the bullpen came on and combined to pitch seven innings of shutout baseball. Santo Mieses got the win in relief. Carlos Ramirez brought home Orlando Rodriguez on a single to score the game wining run. Rodriguez went 3-for-6 on the night, while Joe Bowen also had three hits with two RBI. With just two games left in the regular season, the Tigers tangle with the Blue Jays at noon on Saturday.

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