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May 3rd Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – ROCHESTER 0, TOLEDO 4
18-10, 1st in West division

AA Erie SeaWolves – POSTPONED: RAIN
14-13, 3rd in West division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 6, ST. LUCIE 0
13-15, 5th in West division

A West Mich. Whitecaps – QUAD CITIES 5, WEST MICHIGAN 3
16-10, 1st in Eastern division

After an offensive explosion, the Whitecaps struggled to a 5-3 loss at the hands of Quad Cities. Kyle Peter reached base twice via walks, and scored once, along with runs from Justin Henry and the red-hot Kody Kaiser. Despite his recent dominance, Ramon Garcia was roughed up in five innings of work; giving up five runs while striking out five. Andrew Hess and Noah Krol combined to close the door and keep the 'Caps in the game.

Four players recorded multiple hits for the Toledo Mud Hens, as Michael Hollimon, Jeff Larish, and Dane Sardhina all ripped home runs. Larish's solo shot in the sixth was a missle that left the park in a hurry. Since coming over in the Mike Maroth trade, Chris Lambert has not been the dominant starter the Tigers had hoped, but last night he began to approach that; firing 5-2/3 innings of shutout ball with six strikeouts. Ian Ostlund and Francis Beltran combined to complete the shutout for the 'Hens.

Also recording a shutout last night, the Flying Tigers were led by a gem from Matt O'Brien. O'Brien tossed a complete game with only one hit allowed versus three strikeouts. Backing him up offensively was left fielder Justin Justice (2-4), Jeramy Laster (1-4), and Cale Iorg (1-3), who all ripped home runs on the day.

Posted by: Mark, 5/4

May 2nd Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – ROCHESTER 6, TOLEDO 4
18-10, 1st in West division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 9, ALTOONA 10
14-13, 3rd in West division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 5, DUNEDIN 4
13-15, 5th in West division

A West Mich. Whitecaps – QUAD CITIES 3, WEST MICHIGAN 16
16-10, 1st in Eastern division

Mike Hessman's league leading tenth home run, highlighted a tough loss for the 'Hens. Toledo's loss belies the solid start by a rehabbing Dontrelle Willis, who managed 4+ innings of two-run ball, and gave way to Jeremy Johnson. Unfortunately, Johnson wasn't able to close the door, as Louisville managed a 6-4 win.

In a close, high scoring game, the Erie Seawolves saw a three-run home run from Kody Kirkland. Kirkland's bomb, along with a 4-for-4 performance from Will Rhymes led to a nine runs from the Seawolves, despite the loss. After a very strong start to the season, reliever Brett Jensen gave up three runs in just one inning of work, to blow the game for the 'Wolves.

Ryan Strieby's two-run home run in the second inning closed the gap enough to make sure the LFT had an opportunity win the game. Both Scott Sizemore and Michael Bertram managed 3-for-4 performances, as Derek Witt picked up the win and Angel Castro got the the save.

With sixteen runs, the West Michigan Whitecaps put away the Quad City River Bandits on Friday, logging fifteen hits by six different players. Both Jordan Newton and Audy Ciriaco collected four hits on the day, as Newton's two triples led the way. Jon Kibler's second win of the season came in impressive fashion as he allowed only one run in seven innings while striking out seven.

Posted by: Mark, 5/3


May 1st Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – ROCHESTER 1, TOLEDO 5
18-9, 1st in West division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 2, AKRON 6
14-12, t-2nd in West division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 7, DUNEDIN 2
12-15, 5th in West division

A West Mich. Whitecaps – OFF DAY
15-10, 1st in Eastern division

The Toledo Mud Hens continued to slug in a big way, as Mike Hessman (3-3) and Brent Clevlen (2-4) each ripped home runs. The homer, was Hessman's league leading ninth of the season. The two players combined for nearly all the 'Hens offense, and they were able to make Yorman Bazardo's solid start hold up. Bazardo gave up one run in five innings of work, to pick up his first win of the season. Casey Fossum and Blaine Neil combined for four shutout innings to close it up, as Neal notched his tenth save of the young season.

Erie managed to dig themselves a three-run hole throught the first two innings, and couldn't climb out against Akron yesterday. Despite hits from eight of the nine Seawolves' starters, they only mustered two runs on RBI base hits from Caonabo Cosme and Deik Scram. Danny Christensen fell to 0-3 on the season, giving up four runs (two earned) in 5-2/3 innings of work, as Casey Fien gave up two more runs in the final 2-1/3.

Justin Justice (3-4) continued his hot run, ripping his fifth home run of the season, and fourth in the last eight games. Also collecting extra-base hits for the LFT were Brennan Boesch (1-5), Michael Bertram (2-4), and Shawn Roof (2-4), as the team combined for thirteen hits in the victory. Duane Below turned in a solid outing for the Tigers, striking out six and giving up only two runs in five innings on the hill. Juan Cedeno and Brendan Wise finally chipped in with some solid outings, helping to hold Dunedin scoreless the rest of the way.

Posted by: Mark, 5/2


April 30th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – LOUISVILLE 4, TOLEDO 3
17-9, 1st in West division

AA Erie SeaWolves – AKRON 8, ERIE 4
14-11, 2nd in West division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – DUNEDIN 6, LAKELAND 5
11-15, 5th in West division

A West Mich. Whitecaps – WEST MICHIGAN 6, WISCONSIN 1
15-10, 1st in Eastern division

It wasn't a great night for either the Mud Hens or the SeaWolves, as their normally strong offenses both had off nights on Wednesday. Matt Joyce had a pair of hits for Toledo, and Erick Almonte hit a home run, but that wasn't enough to keep pace with Louisville as Jon Connolly took his third loss of the season. Meanwhile, Wilkin Ramirez continued to hit the cover off the ball with two more extra base hits, and Deik Scram had two hits and two RBI, but the 'Wolves bullpen couldn't slow down Akron, with Anthony Tomey taking the loss.

Lakeland also took a one run loss, despite three home runs, including two from Jeramy Laster, who now has five for the year. Rick Porcello got a no decision, giving up two runs in five innings of work for the Flying Tigers - Angel Castro took the loss in relief.

The lone saving grace of the day was the West Michigan Whitecaps, who picked up a victory to regain sole possession of first place in the Eastern division. West Michigan got things going early, scoring four runs in the first two innings and providing a nice cushion for starter Lauren Gagnier, though he proved it wasn't necessary as he pitched six shutout innings with 11 strikeouts. Kyle Peter and Joe Tucker drove the offense from the top of the order, combining for seven hits and four runs scored.

Posted by: Wez, 5/1


April 29th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 4, LOUISVILLE 3
17-8, 1st in West division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 7, AKRON 4
14-10, 2nd in West division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – OFF DAY
11-14, 5th in West division

A West Mich. Whitecaps – WISCONSIN 7, WEST MICHIGAN 5
14-10, t-1st in Eastern division

Eddie Bonine picked up his fifth win of the year for Toledo as they continue to roll in first place. Bonine improved to 5-0, giving up three runs on eight hits, with eight strikeouts. The offensive production was spread around, but the team got a solo home run out of Derek Wathan, and a pair of extra base hits out of Mike Hollimon.

Wilkin Ramirez was the story for Erie, pounding two home runs, driving in three total, and scoring three himself as he paced the SeaWolves offense. Luke French only made it four innings, but allowed just three unearned runs to help bring his ERA down after a rough start to the season. Max St. Pierre added a pair of RBI, and Ryan Roberson had three hits, including two doubles as well as a stolen base.

And finally, the Whitecaps defense spelled doom for them, as eight errors helped result in two unearned runs at the end of the game to tip the scale to Wisconsin. Three errors each were committed by Audy Ciriaco and Jordan Newton. Newton did try and make up for it with three hits and three RBI at the plate, but it wasn't enough to keep the 'Caps in the lead. Paul Nardozzi took the loss, but gave up the go-ahead runs due to the aformentioned errors.

Posted by: Wez, 4/30


April 28th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 6, INDIANAPOLIS 5
16-8, 1st in West division

AA Erie SeaWolves – OFF DAY
13-10, 2nd in West division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – FORT MYERS 4, LAKELAND 3
11-14, 5th in West division

A West Mich. Whitecaps – WEST MICHIGAN 4, WISCONSIN 3
14-9, 1st in Eastern division

Toledo extended their lead in the West division on the back of Matt Joyce. Joyce had three hits and drove in four runs, helping earn Chris Lambert his third win of the year. Brent Clevlen also drove in a pair, while Francisco Cruceta pitched two more impressive innings, allowing just one hit and striking out five. Cruceta will likely make it to Detroit within the next week, not only because of the timeline that requires the Tigers to take action in about ten days, but also because of his impressive performance thus far.

Meanwhile, Lakeland wasted an impressive effort from Luis Marte. Marte pitched seven shutout innings while striking out four, but Brendan Wise blew a three run lead, giving up four runs while recording just one out. Jeramy Laster had three hits for the Flying Tigers, while Brennan Boesch had a pair of RBI.

And the Whitecaps took sole possession of first place. Alfredo Figaro gave up one unearned run with nine strikeouts but took a no decision, Wilton Garcia got the win after losing the lead but seeing the 'Caps regain it in the top half of the next inning. Justin Henry had two hits and two runs, while Kody Kaiser added three hits and an RBI.

Posted by: Wez, 4/29


April 27th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 7, INDIANAPOLIS 1
15-8, 1st in West division

AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 5, ALTOONA 4
13-10, 2nd in West division

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 8, FORT MYERS 3
11-13, 5th in West division

A West Mich. Whitecaps – WEST MICHIGAN 7, CEDAR RAPIDS 8
13-9, t-1st in Eastern division

While the Tigers couldn't take a series win over the Angels, the Tigers' farm clubs were perfect, including receiving some outstanding starting pitching. Ramon Garcia, Matt O'Brien and Jeremy Johnson all picked up wins on Sunday, each pitching at least six innings, all giving up three runs or less. Johnson in particular has had a great start to the season, as he wasn't even originally slated for the 'Hens rotation, but has stepped in, and now has four wins.

Both the West Michigan and Lakeland offenses can claim balance - seven of the nine hitters in both lineups drove in at least one run, and every single member of the 'Caps lineup had at least one hit.

While the A-ball clubs were driven by balance, the 'Wolves and 'Hens were driven by the long ball. Wilkin Ramirez continues his hot streak, going 2-for-4, including the game-winning home run. Ryan Roberson also had a long ball.

The 'Hens were not to be out done, got a home run and two RBI apiece from Mike Hessman (his eighth), Jeff Larish (his seventh), and Mike Hollimon (his second). The power hitting duo of Hessman and Larish top the International League standings in both home runs and RBI, and are among the top five in both slugging percentage and OPS as both make a case that they're ready for big league competition.

Posted by: Wez, 4/28



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