'Wolves Can Clinch with a Win (9/2 Recaps)

With a win on Monday, the Erie SeaWolves will clinch the Southern division after locking up a playoff berth last week - Dallas Trahern will take the ball. Meanwhile, the O-Tigers are clinging to a two game lead with just five games left.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – GM1: TOLEDO 5, COLUMBUS 4
GM2: TOLEDO 6, COLUMBUS 4

82-60, 1st in West division
Andres Torres had two triples, a double and a single in a seven-inning 5-4 win over Columbus in game one of a doubleheader Sunday. Torres had two runs, as did Erick Almonte, who added a double and three RBI. Chris Shelton also finished with three hits and Anastacio Martinez earned the win after allowing no runs on one hit and two walks in one and two thirds innings pitched.

Torres led the Mud Hens once more, this time in game two of Sunday's doubleheader versus Columbus with two hits and two runs. Henry Mateo had two runs and two hits and Jason Perry had a home run and two RBI for the 'Hens. Vic Darensbourg earned the win for the 'Hens after relieving starting Jeremy Johnson. Johnson allowed four runs in four innings while Darensbourg allowed one hit and no runs in two innings. Darensbourg also retired four batters on strikes. The Mud Hens will return to action on Monday against Columbus at 1 p.m. with Chris Lambert taking the mound for his first start with the Mud Hens.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 7, ALTOONA 0
80-59, 1st in Southern division
Starting pitcher Andrew Kown was outstanding in guiding the SeaWolves to a 7-0 victory over the visiting Altoona Curve. Kown pitched eight innings allowing only three hits and striking out four. The victory improved Kown's record to 6-8 on the season. Alan Mills pitched the ninth inning to close out the victory for Erie. Daniel Worth broke things open for the 'Wolves in the bottom of the third with a bases clearing triple to put them ahead 4-0. Worth was 2-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI. In all the 'Wolves had 11 hits including two each from Clete Thomas (2-for-5, run scored, RBI), Wilkin Ramirez (2-for-4, run scored) and Nick McIntyre (2-for-4, two runs scored). Michael Hernandez also contributed two RBI with a sacrifice fly in the third and a sacrifice fly in the sixth. The 'Wolves will close out the regular season on Monday at 1:05 p.m. against the Altoona Curve. It is scheduled as a doubleheader but game two will only be played if it has playoff implications. The 'Wolves need a win or an Akron loss to win their first division crown since 2001. The pitching matchup for Monday is RHP Dallas Trahern (12-6, 3.87 ERA) pitching for Erie against RHP Yoslan Herrera (6-8, 4.58 ERA) of the Curve.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – CLEARWATER 11, LAKELAND 2
24-46, 6th in West division
Tired and ready for the season to end, the Flying Tigers fell to the Clearwater Threshers Sunday afternoon, 11-2. From the get go, Lakeland was in a tough situation, as catcher Joel Roa was stuck playing third base, and pitchers would be forced to bat for themselves on this day. Starting pitcher Derek Witt pitched three innings and surrendered zero runs. Kevin Ardoin relieved him and gave up eight runs in only 1 and 2/3 innings of work (but only three of those runs were earned). On the offensive side, Lakeland only managed five hits. Deik Scram was 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, and two RBIs. Joel Roa was also 1-for-3 with a double. The Flying Tigers failed to make the playoffs, so Sunday's outing was their last game for the year.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – LANSING 12, W. MICH. 11
45-24, 1st in Eastern division

The Whitecaps lost a slug-fest to Lansing Sunday, surrendering a lead three separate times as they fell 12-11 in thirteen innings. Leading 5-3 after a James Skelton two run home run in the top of the third, Jonah Nickerson gave up two runs on a Brian Pettway home run and Wesley Stone RBI single as he lasted only three innings. The Lugnuts put up a four spot on Phil Napolitan in the fourth, giving them a 9-5 lead, but the 'Caps came back with Jeramy Laster RBI singles in the sixth and eighth and a Ryan Strieby two run double in the eighth to tie the score, eventually sending the game to extras. West Michigan took a two run lead in the eleventh on a Scott Sizemore RBI double and Laster's third RBI single of the game, but the Lugnuts came right back to tie it on a Kevin Nelson two run homer off of Luis Marte. Zachary Piccola (1-2, 5.33 ERA) gave up a lead off, walk off home run to Pettway in the bottom of the thirteenth to finally end the game after 4 hours, 35 minutes and 36 hits between the two teams. The Whitecaps and Lugnuts will play their final regular season game Monday before facing off in the playoffs beginning Wednesday. Game time is 7:05 p.m., with Ramon Garcia scheduled to start against Lansing's Ray Gonzalez.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 6, TRI-CITY 3
42-29, 1st in Stedler division

Tri-City and Oneonta put up three runs in the fifth and sixth innings respectively, but it was the Tigers' ability to spread out their scoring which led them to a 6-3 victory Sunday evening. Kody Kaiser led off the second with a triple for Oneonta and later scored on an RBI single by Cory Middleton for the first Tiger run. The Tigers added another run in the fourth as Ron Bourquin leadoff the inning with a home run to extend the lead to 2-0. The Valley Cats finally got to Oneonta starter Jonathan Kibler (0-0, 2.38) in the bottom of the fifth scoring three runs off five hits to knock him out of the game. Wilton Garcia (1-0, 0.00) came in to get out of the jam. The Tigers' answered back with three runs of their own in the sixth, two coming off an error by first basemen Charles Gamble on a botched pickoff move. Jorge Patino capped off the Oneonta scoring in the top of the ninth with a solo home run to make the score 6-3 in favor of the visitors. Bourquin and Patino paced the Tiger offense with two hits a piece, while Garcia went two and a third innings to pick up the win. The Tigers and ValleyCats face off again tonight at 7:00 p.m.
- Cash Kruth, Staff Writer

R GCL Tigers – END OF SEASON
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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