AAA Toledo Mud Hens – DURHAM 9, TOLEDO 5
0-2, Best of Five Series
Despite having the best regular season record in the International League, the Mud Hens are down 2-0 in an opening round playoff series with Durham. Erick Almonte drove in four runs on three hits and also scored a run. David Espinosa had an RBI and Chris Shelton and Brent Clevlen each had multi-hit games. Jordan Tata earned the loss after allowing nine hits in five innings of work. Tata allowed six runs and two walks while striking out six batters. Toledo will return home to Fifth Third Field to face Durham in game three of their series at 7 p.m. Friday.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 9, AKRON 6
1-1, Best of Five Series
Jeff Larish powered the Erie SeaWolves to a 9-6 victory in game two against the Akron Aeros. Erie struck early in the game scoring three runs in the bottom of the first. Steve Torrealba hit a two run single that scored Matt Joyce and Jeff Larish to put Erie ahead early. The lead was short lived as Akron battled back to score three in the top of the second. Erie did manage to regain the lead in the third on a sacrifice fly by Steve Torrealba that scored Matt Joyce. Torrealba was 1-for-3 with three RBI in the game.
Erie fell behind again in the top of the fourth allowing three runs and trailed 6-4. The 'Wolves busted the game open in the bottom of the fourth as Pedro Cotto, Clete Thomas, and Danny Worth all hit singles and Matt Joyce walked to pull the 'Wolves within one at 6-5. Jeff Larish hit a one out grand slam to put Erie ahead for good at 9-6. Larish was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and five RBI.
Pitching took over in the fifth and neither team was able to get a runner across the plate the rest of the way. Starting pitcher Burke Badenhop earned the victory allowing nine hits and six runs (three earned) while striking out four. Matt Rusch pitched two perfect innings of relief striking out three and Alan Mills pitched the ninth to earn the save. The series is tied 1-1 and will shift to Akron for games three and four. Game three will be Friday at 7:05 p.m.. Andrew Kown is expected to start for Erie.
- 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
2-0, ‘Caps Win Series
West Michigan will advance to the Midwest League Eastern Division Championship Series after defeating Lansing Thursday 6-3, sweeping the series two games to none. Lansing got the scoring started in the top of the third on a Travis Snider RBI double. The Whitecaps answered right back with two in the bottom of the inning on a one out Audy Ciriaco double, a Gorkys Hernandez single that scored Ciriaco and a James Skelton double that scored Hernandez. They went up 3-1 an inning later on a Jordan Newton sacrifice fly. The Lugnuts pulled to within one in the fifth when Brennan Boesch overran a ball hit to him in right field by Scott Campbell, allowing Jonathan Diaz to score from first. A pair of RBI singles from Ryan Strieby and Santo De Leon in the sixth gave the 'Caps some breathing room at 5-2, all but sealing the game. Lansing added one in the seventh on another Snider RBI double, but it would prove to be the final Lugnuts run of their season. Boesch scored on a wild pitch in the eighth to complete the Whitecaps scoring, and closer Brett Jensen pitched a scoreless ninth to wrap up the series. Matt O'Brien started and was the winning pitcher, the second year in a row in which he has eliminated the Lugnuts in the playoffs. He went five innings, allowing two runs (1 ER) on seven hits with no strike outs. Luis Marte pitched three innings of relief, giving up one earned run on two hits with five strike outs. The Whitecaps will face the winner of the South Bend versus Dayton series, which will be concluded Friday night. They will start the best-of-three Eastern Division Championship Series on the road Saturday. If South Bend wins, they will play at 3:00 p.m. If Dayton wins, they will play at 7:00 p.m. Jeff Gerbe is scheduled to start for the Whitecaps.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent
SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ABERDEEN 5, ONEONTA 3
44-30, 1st in Stedler division
The Oneonta Tigers fell to the Aberdeen Ironbirds by the score of 5-3 Thursday night, putting them at 44-31 for the season. After trading two runs a piece in the first two innings, the Ironbirds went ahead 3-2 on a home run by Anthony Martinez in the bottom of the third. Aberdeen also managed to put up a run in the fifth and sixth to expand their lead to 5-2. The Tigers managed to add a run in the top of the seventh on an RBI single by Christopher White, but couldn't muster any more offense the rest of the way. Brandon Johnson (0-1, 5.23) went five innings, allowing four runs and walking three to take the loss in his first start for Oneonta. Ryan Seawell led the Tiger offense with two hits. The Tigers finish up the regular season tonight in Aberdeen with the first pitching coming at 7:05 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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