'Wolves Roll, O-Tigers Stumble (8/30 Recaps)

With the help of a Clete Thomas homer, Erie rolled to victory as they move closer and closer to clinching the Southern division crown. Things aren't going as well for Oneonta, who fell on Thursday and is now clinging to just a one game lead.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 6, L'VILLE 2
79-59, 1st in West division
Matt O'Brien earned his first win as a Mud Hen Thursday after allowing only three hits and one earned run in six innings pitched. David Espinosa hit a solo home run and added three RBI for the 'Hens while Mike Hessman and Omar Infante each had two hits, a run and an RBI. The Mud Hens will face Columbus Friday with Eddie Bonine getting his first start for Toledo.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 7, HARRISBURG 2
79-55, 1st in Southern division
The 'Wolves jumped ahead early and held on for a 7-2 victory over the Harrisburg Senators. Clete Thomas led the way hitting a two run home run in the third inning and the 'Wolves never looked back. Michael Hernandez had another good game going 2-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI. Will Rhymes added two hits going 2-for-5 with a run scored. Steve Torrealba knocked in two runs and was 1-for-4 on the night. Jeff Larish increased his RBI total to 96 despite going 0-for-4. Burke Badenhop earned his second victory of the season pitching a complete game four hitter, allowing two earned runs and striking out eight. The 'Wolves will return home for their final home stand of the regular season. They will be back in action for a doubleheader on Friday at 5:05 p.m. against the Altoona Curve. The 'Wolves will send RHP Jeff Gerbe (0-0, 3.00 ERA) to the mound in game one against Dewon Brazelton (4-5, 3.84 ERA) of the Curve. The pitching matchup for game two has not been decided.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – TAMPA 4, LAKELAND 3
23-42, 6th in West division
The Flying Tigers fell to the Tampa Yankees in their final home game of the season Thursday night, 4-3. Starting pitcher Eleazar Aponte pitched 5 and 1/3 innings and surrendered three runs. Reliever Derek Witt was credited with the loss, altering his record to 2-1 on the season. On the offensive side, designated hitter Danny Worth batted 2-for-5 with one RBI. Ryan Roberson also batted a run in, hitting 1-for-4 on the night. Lakeland will travel to Clearwater Friday night for their next series, with a starting time of 7:00 PM. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 4, GREAT LAKES 2
45-21, 1st in Eastern division

The Whitecaps rallied for four runs in their final three offensive innings as they defeated Great Lakes Thursday 4-2. Down 2-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth, Brennan Boesch doubled in Scott Sizemore to cut the lead in half. The 'Caps tied the score in the seventh on a Gorkys Hernandez RBI single and went ahead on a Sizemore double that scored Hernandez. They added one more on a Jordan Newton RBI double in the eighth. Lauren Gagnier started, allowing two runs (1 ER) on six hits over 6 2/3 innings with three walks and four strike outs, but Phil Napolitan (4-2, 5.70 ERA) earned his fourth straight win in a relief appearance by striking out four while giving up only one hit over 1 1/3 innings. Luis Marte picked up his third save with a scoreless ninth. West Michigan will play their final regular season home game Friday against Great Lakes, with Guillermo Moscoso scheduled to start against the Loons' Steven Johnson at 7:00 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – VERMONT 6, ONEONTA 0
39-29, 1st in Stedler division

The Oneonta offense was only able to manage two hits Thursday night against Vermont, as they dropped to BLAH by the score of 6-0. The Lake Monsters got off to a quick start, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first, and then by adding two more in the bottom of the third, as Michael Burgess and Stephen Englund each recorded RBI singles to stretch the lead to 5-0. Vermont added their final run in the fifth, as Burgess scored on a passed ball, to put the score at 6-0. Christopher White and Ron Flores managed the only Tiger hits, as Mark Brackman (3-4, 4.59) went two and a third inning to pick up the loss. The Tigers and the Lake Monsters finish up their series tonight at 7:05 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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