Whitecaps Walk Off Again (8/27 Recaps)

Maybe they just like to make things interesting in West Michigan, because their flair for the dramatic has been second to none; on Monday, it was Joseph Tucker bringing home Santo de Leon to end the game. Not much else went right though down on the farm, including the GCL Tigers ending the year with a loss.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – L'VILLE 3, TOLEDO 2
78-57, 1st in West division
The Mud Hens left runners stranded and couldn't score runs Monday night in a 3-2 loss. Jordan Tata (4-4) earned the loss after allowing four hits and three earned runs in six and two thirds innings pitched. Tata allowed five walks and recorded three strikeouts. Omar Infante and Brent Clevlen each had two hits and a double and David Espinosa added a double. The 'Hens will face Louisville on Tuesday with Ron Chiavacci taking the mound.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – HARRISBURG 11, ERIE 7
77-54, 1st in Southern division
A six run lead wasn't enough as the SeaWolves lost 11-7 against the Harrisburg Senators. Mike Hollimon and Jeff Larish led the 'Wolves early attack as they went ahead 6-0. Hollimon hit a two run home run only to be followed two batters later with a Jeff Larish two run home run. Hollimon was 2-for-5 with a double, a home run and two RBI. Larish was 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI. Will Rhymes hit his first home run of the season and was 2-for-5 with two runs and a RBI. Corey Hamman suffered the loss pitching two innings and allowing seven hits and eight runs (four earned). The 'Wolves will be back in action on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. against the Harrisburg Senators. A victory will clinch a playoff berth for the 'Wolves. Andrew Kown (5-8, 4.63 ERA) will start for Erie against Jeremy Plexico (1-5, 4.55 ERA).
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – DUNEDIN 3, LAKELAND 1
23-39, 6th in West division
Being one win away from sweeping Dunedin, Lakeland was defeated Monday night with a score of 3-1. Starting pitcher Luke French pitched six innings and surrendered two runs. Derek Witt also gave up one run in the ninth inning. Newcomer Danny Worth and Ryan Roberson connected for the team's only double play of the night. On the offensive side, Lakeland managed only five hits. Ovandy Suero batted 1-for-4 with a double. Designated hitter Justin Justice also hit a double in Monday night's game. The team has Tuesday off and will face Tampa in Lakeland Wednesday night at 7:00 PM. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 5, DAYTON 4
41-21, 1st in Eastern division

The Whitecaps had a walk-off victory Monday for the third time in their four game series against Dayton at Fifth Third Ballpark. Joseph Tucker singled down the right field line to bring in Santo De Leon in the bottom of the ninth for a 5-4 win. Dayton tied it at four in the top of the inning when Brett Jensen (5-1, 1.75 ERA) gave up three straight singles to start the inning, including an RBI hit from Logan Parker. De Leon hit a solo home run in the third, followed by a Jeramy Laster RBI single that scored James Skelton in the fourth. Laster singled in Skelton again in the fifth along with a Brennan Boesch ground out that brought home Gorkys Hernandez. Charles Furbush allowed two earned runs over six innings and Casey Fien one earned run over two innings. Jensen ended up with the win after his third blown save of the year. West Michigan will play a double header against Fort Wayne Tuesday starting at 6:00 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – HUDSON VLY. 9, ONEONTA 6
38-27, 1st in Stedler division

Oneonta and Hudson Valley traded runs back and forth for the first four innings Thursday night, but in the top of the fifth inning the Renegades put the score out of reach. Hudson Valley scored six runs, highlighted by a three run single by Mike McCormick, to make the score 9-2 and give Tiger starter Sean Finefrock (3-5, 6.04) his fifth loss of the season. The Tigers attempted to complete another come from behind win, scoring four runs in the top of the eighth, but it was too late as the Renegades took the game and the series by the score of 9-6. Jorge Patino had two hits and two RBI to lead the Oneonta offense, while Christopher Carlson, Ron Bourquin and Kody Kaiser also drove in one run a piece. The loss moves Oneonta's record to 38-27, but remain two games up on the Lowell Spinners in the Stedler Division. The Tigers head back to Oneonta where they begin a two game set with the Spinners tonight at 7:00 p.m.
- Cash Kruth, Staff Writer

28-32, t-4th in North division

The GCL Tigers wrapped up their 2007 campaign with a 7-2 loss to the GCL Blue Jays. Aaron Fuhrman was hit hard as the starter, giving up seven runs before being pulled after just 3 2/3 innings. The Tigers got two hits each from Christopher White and Orlando Rodriguez, but it wasn't nearly enough to keep pace. Wade Lamont had the team's only other hit. Well out of first place, that concludes the GCL Tigers 2007 season.

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