'Wolves Clinches Playoff Berth (8/29 Recaps)

It wasn't easy and it took a come-from-behind victory, but with their win on Wednesday, the Erie SeaWolves finally clinched an Eastern League playoff spot. And while they're not close to clinching yet, Oneonta topped Lowell to give themselves a bit more breathing room in the Stedler.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – L'VILLE 4, TOLEDO 2
78-59, 1st in West division
The Mud Hens dropped another close battle Wednesday night at Fifth Third Field. Wednesday's game was an extra-inning affair, which could have used a little extra offense. The 'Hens had only six hits, and two runs, and went scoreless for the last eight innings of play. Mike Hessman had a two RBI double which netted him his 100th RBI of the season. Jason Perry had a double and a run, and Chris Shelton had a single and a run for the 'Hens. Aquilino Lopez earned the loss after tossing one and two thirds innings and allowing two hits and one earned run. Dennis Tankersley started the game and pitched seven innings allowing six hits and two runs while recording five strikeouts. The 'Hens return to action on Thursday at Louisville with Yorman Bazardo taking the mound.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 5, HARRISBURG 4
78-55, 1st in Southern division
The SeaWolves were able to turn the tables scoring two runs in the top of the ninth to beat the Harrisburg Senators 5-4. Matt Joyce hit a double that scored Will Rhymes and then scored on a Michael Hernandez walk to put the 'Wolves ahead 5-4 in the ninth. The 'Wolves had 11 hits including four players with two hits each. Nick Trzesniak, Pedro Cotto and Will Rhymes were all 2-for-5 and Trzesniak had a RBI while Rhmes scored the game tying run. Mike Holliman was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Anthony Tomey earned the victory pitching 1 2/3 innings and allowing two hits while striking out two. Randor Bierd earned his first save of the season pitching an inning and striking out one. The SeaWolves will finish there final road trip of the season on Thursday at 6:35 p.m. against the Harrisburg Senators. The pitching matchup has not been announced.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – TAMPA 8, LAKELAND 2
23-41, 6th in West division
The Flying Tigers fell to the Tampa Yankees Wednesday night, 8-2. Starting pitcher Kevin Ardoin pitched three innings and surrendered four runs. He was relieved by Ed Clelland who surrendered four runs in only two innings of work. The Lakeland offense was just as unimpressive. Justin Justice batted 2-for-3 with an RBI and Danny Worth batted 1-for-3 with an RBI. Recent callup Cale Iorg batted 2-for-4 on the night. The two teams will meet again Thursday night for Lakeland's final home game of the season at 7:00 PM. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 6, FT. WAYNE 1
44-21, 1st in Eastern division

Five Whitecaps with two hits and a solid outing from Duane Below (13-5, 2.97 ERA) led to a 6-1 West Michigan victory over Fort Wayne Wednesday. Jordan Newton and Santo De Leon each had two RBI, Newton on a solo homer and a sacrifice fly and De Leon on two run scoring singles. Gorkys Hernandez, Scott Sizemore and Ryan Strieby also had two hits apiece. Below went seven innings, allowing only three hits and one unearned run while striking out eight. The Whitecaps start at two game series with Great Lakes at home Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 8, LOWELL 2
39-28, 1st in Stedler division

Lowell got on the board first Wednesday night by scoring a run in the opening inning, but the Tigers got the last laugh, notching the victory by knocking out 12 hits in an 8-2 win. Oneonta also got on the board in the first as Justin Henry led off with a double and scored on a single by Christopher Carlson to knot up the score. The Tigers continued scoring in the second, putting three runs on the board, as Christopher White, Ryan Seawell and Adrian Casanova strung a pair of singles together to get White across home plate. Seawell and Casanova came around to score as Henry reached on an error by first basemen Deshaun Brooks. The Spinners got one back in the fourth, but the Tigers put another three spot on the board in the sixth with back to back doubles by Kody Kaiser and White and an RBI single by Casanova. The Tigers added another run in the seventh on an RBI single by Seawell. White, Seawell and Casanova led the Oneonta offense with two hits a piece, while Casanova also knocked in two runs for the Tigers, as they moved to 39-28 on the season and now sit two games ahead of Lowell in the Stedler Division. Sendy Vasquez (6-5, 4.61) allowed five hits and two runs over eight innings while striking out five to pick up the win. The Tigers now travel to Vermont to begin a two game set with the Lake Monsters. The first game begins tonight at 7:00 p.m.
- Cash Kruth, Staff Writer

28-32, t-4th in North division

The GCL Tigers ended the season in fourth place, falling outside of the Gulf Coast League playoffs.

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