'Caps Start Playoffs with Win (9/5 Recaps)

Things went well for West Michigan and Oneonta - the 'Caps took a 1-0 series lead over Lansing, while Oneonta clinched the Stedler division with a 14-run performance. Things weren't so good for Erie and Toledo, as both clubs allowed double digit runs to drop their series opener.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – DURHAM 11, TOLEDO 8
0-1, Best of Five Series
Wednesday night was not a good night to be a Mud Hens pitcher. Dennis Tankersley started the game and allowed four home runs, and five earned runs on eight hits in three and one thirds innings. Macay McBride allowed two earned on three hits in one and two thirds innings. Jason Karnuth then recorded a blown save and a loss after the Mud Hens surged with five runs in the sixth inning. Karnuth allowed four runs on five hits and two walks. Chris Shelton had a home run, two runs and two RBI for the 'Hens who trail Durham in International League Playoffs by one game. Jordan Tata will start game two on Thursday at Durham.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – AKRON 12, ERIE 9
0-1, Best of Five Series
The Erie SeaWolves dropped game one of a best of five series with the Akron Aeros 12-9. The game did not start out on a good note for Erie as they allowed three runs to score in the top of the first. Two doubles off the wall and two errors contributed to the deficit. The 'Wolves rebounded quickly scoring three of their own in the bottom half of the first to tie the score at three. Nick McIntyre put Erie ahead 4-3 in the bottom of the second when he hit an inside the park home run down the right field line and into the Akron bullpen. The score remained 4-3 until the top of the fifth when Jordan brown hit a lead off single and Ryan Goleski hit a two run home run to put Akron ahead 5-4.

The bottom fell out for Erie in the top of the seventh when Anthony Tomey issued two lead off walks and a three run home run to Stephen Head. Freddy Dolci came in to replace Tomey and Akron scored four more runs before the inning ended to give them a 12-4 lead. The 'Wolves did not quit adding two runs in the bottom of the seventh on a Clete Thomas double and a Danny Worth single.

Erie added two more in the bottom of the eighth to narrow the gap to 12-8 as Will Rhymes doubled in Nick Trzesniak and Nick McIntyre had a bunt single that scored Matt Joyce. Michael Hernandez added a solo home run in the ninth but that was it for Erie as they fell 12-9 in game one of the best of five series.

Danny Worth was 3-for-5 with a run scored and Nick McIntyre was 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI for the 'Wolves. Starting pitcher Eddie Bonine suffered the loss allowing seven hits and five runs (three earned) and Chuck Lofgren earned the victory for Akron. Game two will be Thursday at 7:05 p.m. at Jerry Uht Park in Erie. Burke Badenhop (2-0, 1.25 ERA) takes the mound for the 'Wolves against Jake Dittler (6-1, 4.25 ERA).
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – END OF SEASON
24-46, 6th in West division
Lakeland wrapped up the season in last place, not qualifying for the Florida State League playoffs.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 6, LANSING 2
1-0, Best of Three Series

Jeramy Laster hit two two-run home runs Wednesday in leading the Whitecaps to a 6-2 victory over Lansing and a 1-0 lead in the first round of the Midwest League Eastern Division playoffs. Scott Sizemore and Lansing's Travis Snider each hit solo home runs in the first. The score stood at 1-1 until the sixth, when with two outs, Brennan Boesch singled to center field. That brought up Laster, who broke the scoring drought with a blast to left field off of Lansing starter Julio Pinto. The Lugnuts cut the lead to one in the seventh when West Michigan starter Duane Below began to run out of gas. With the bases loaded and two outs, Below walked his third batter of the inning, bringing home Jonathan Baksh and ending Below's night. Casey Fien was brought in and he struke out Scott Campbell to leave the bases loaded. The 'Caps blew the game open in the eighth after Lugnuts' reliever Edgar Estanga took over after a one out single from Sizemore. A Boesch strike out brought Laster back to the plate with two outs, when he once again sent a shot over the left field fence. Ryan Strieby followed with a homer of his own to center. Fien pitched a scoreless ninth for the save. Below got the win, going 6 2/3 innings while striking out seven. Pinto took the loss, giving up six hits and three earned runs while striking out six over six innings. Game 2 of the series will be played Thursday at Fifth Third Ballpark at 7:05 p.m. Matt O'Brien is scheduled to start against Lansing's Adrian Martin.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 14, ABERDEEN 8
44-30, 1st in Stedler division

Luckily the Oneonta Tigers had an 11-1 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth, because when Aberdeen came up to bat in their half of the inning they decided to give the Tigers a run for their money. The Ironbirds put up seven runs in the eighth as Tiger pitcher Jay Sborz (0-0, 4.32) walked three batters in the inning, and a passed ball got by catcher Angel Flores, before Collin Mahoney (2-1, 6.48) came in to replace Sborz. Mahoney didn't fare much better, hitting a batter and giving up a three run triple to Jordan Wolf before being replaced by Adriano Santos, who finally got the Tigers out of the inning. Oneonta got three runs back in the ninth to make the winning score 14-8. Casper Wells and Cory Middleton homered for the Tigers, while Ron Bourquin and Flores each had three hits to lead the offense. The Tigers and Ironbirds continue 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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