Oneonta Powered to Victory (8/31 Recaps)

Casper Wells blasted a three run home run to help lead Oneonta to a 5-4 victory, as they continue to try and maintain their lead. Meanwhile, Erie didn't do much to try and protect their first place lead after clinching a playoff spot earlier this week, dropping both games of their doubleheader.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 5, COLUMBUS 2
80-59, 1st in West division
Eddie Bonine led Toledo to victory in his Toledo debut on Friday evening. Bonine gave up both Columbus runs over eight innings of work – he also had four strikeouts. The ‘Hens offense put up five runs in the first three innings to give Bonine an nice cushion to pitch with – David Espinosa went 3-for-4 with three RBI, while Andres Torres added a solo home run. Toledo continues their series with Columbus on Saturday at 7:05pm.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – GM1: ALTOONA 6, ERIE 0

79-57, 1st in Southern division
It was a night to forget for the Erie SeaWolves as they dropped a pair of games to the Altoona Curve by score of 6-0 and 3-0. The 'Wolves managed only three hits in the game one loss. Nick Trzesniak was 1-for-3 with a double in the loss. Starting pitcher Jeff Gerbe pitched a complete game allowing two hits and six runs (four earned) in suffering the loss.

Game two did not start well for the 'Wolves and starting pitcher Corey Hamman. Hamman allowed three runs in the first inning on his way to suffering the loss. Hamman pitched four innings and allowed three earned runs while striking out five. Ian Ostlund pitched three innings of relief allowing only one hit and striking out three. The 'Wolves could not improve on their game one total managing only two hits in game two. Jeff Larish and Will Rhymes were both 1-for-3 accounting for the 'Wolves two hits. The 'Wolves will be back in action Saturday at 5:05 p.m. against Altoona as the teams will play another doubleheader. In game one Erie will send Jon Connolly (7-6, 4.37 ERA) to the mound against Luis Munoz (11-5, 3.82 ERA) of the Curve. Game two will see Randor Bierd (3-1, 2.74 ERA) pitch for Erie against Kyle Bloom (0-1, 1.80 ERA) for Altoona.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – GM1: CLEARWATER 4, LAKELAND 3

24-43, 6th in West division
The Flying Tigers lost game one in a double header Friday night to the Clearwater Threshers, 4-3. Starting pitcher Gabriel Benitez pitched three innings and surrendered one run. Matt Righter blew the save, pitching the last 1/3 inning of the game and giving up three runs. On the offensive side, Ryan Roberson batted 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Ovandy Suero also stole two bases to raise his league leading count to seventy four.

After losing game one, the Flying Tigers got revenge in the second game. It took eight innings, but Lakeland came out on top, 5-4. Starting pitcher Angel Castro pitched five innings and gave up three runs. Josh Rainwater ended up blowing the save, but was ultimately credited with the victory, improving his record to 2-2. On the offensive side, newcomer Cale Iorg batted 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Deik Scram also batted 2-for-4, with both hits being doubles. The two teams will meet again Saturday night for another double header starting at 5:00 PM. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – GREAT LAKES 5, W. MICH. 3
45-22, 1st in Eastern division

The Whitecaps let one slip away Friday, blowing a ninth inning lead and eventually losing in ten innings to Great Lakes 5-3. Leading 2-1 heading into the ninth, Brett Jensen gave up a solo home run to Brian Mathews. The first two West Michigan batters reached in the bottom of the ninth, but the 'Caps could not capitalize as Michael Bertram botched a bunt attempt that forced out the lead runner and Joseph Tucker grounded into a double play. Two fielding errors put the first two Loons' runners on in the top of the tenth, eventually loading the bases for Preston Mattingly, who lined a bases-clearing double off of Zachary Piccola (1-1, 5.18 ERA). The Whitecaps got one run back in the bottom of the tenth on a James Skelton single that scored Gorkys Hernandez, but Ryan Strieby grounded into a double play to end the rally and the game. Guillermo Moscoso pitched eight innings, allowing one earned run on five hits with seven strike outs. Piccola took the loss. West Michigan begins their final regular season series Saturday at Lansing with a 7:00 p.m. game time.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 5, VERMONT 4
40-29, 1st in Stedler division

Casper Wells powered Oneonta to a 5-4 victory with a three run blast in the top of the third to move to 40-29 on the year. After Vermont got on the board in the first inning, the Tigers answered back with an RBI double off the bat of Ryan Seawell to drive in Kody Kasier and knot up the game. After Wells' home run, the outfielder added an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth. The Lake Monsters managed to put up two runs in the bottom of the fifth, but it was too little, too late as Rudy Darrow (4-3, 3.10) came in and got the win in relief, going two and two-thirds innings striking out five. Eric Crichton (4-0, 1.69) picked up his seventh hold, while Noah Krol (0-0, 2.39) got the final two outs of the ninth to record his sixteenth save. Wells went 2-4 with four RBI to lead the Tiger offense. The Tigers host Tri-City tomorrow 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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