April 23rd Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – COLUMBUS 6, TOLEDO 2
9-7, 2nd in West Division
AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 6, ALTOONA 4
5-10, 6th in Western Division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – CLEARWATER 8, LAKELAND 4
8-7, 4th in North Division
A West Michigan Whitecaps - SOUTH BEND 3, WEST MICHIGAN 1
6-10, t-6th in Eastern Division
On a night when the Mud Hens were so short on players they didn't even have a healthy available player to hit for the pitcher, the Mud Hens fell 6-2 to Columbus. Things compounded themselves when Ruddy Lugo was injured when he took a line drive off his head and left the game after just the second batter he faced, forcing the bullpen into extra action. (Ed. note: As of Saturday morning, Lugo was listed in serious but stable condition at Toledo Hospital). Casey Fien and Jason Waddell combined to go 5 2/3 innings, giving up just one run with Waddell exiting with a slim 2-1 lead. But Scot Drucker struggled in relief, giving up five runs (three earned) in two innings of work, being hurt by a costly leadoff error in the eighth inning. Will Rhymes went 3-for-5 with an RBI, while Danny Worth ripped a double and scored a run, and Jeff Larish took three walks.
The SeaWolves finally snapped their road losing streak with a 6-4 win over Altoona. Deik Scram was the star of the game, belting a go-ahead two run homer in the ninth. Scram also ripped a pair of doubles earlier in the game in his 3-for-5 night. Andy Oliver got the start and a no decision, allowing four runs in five innings of work. Brooks Brown got the win for working three shutout innings of relief, while Luis Marte pitched a perfect ninth for his second save. Cale Iorg also drove in a pair of runs for the 'Wolves.
The Flying Tigers fell again to Clearwater on Friday evening, this time dropping the game 8-4. Charlie Furbush took the loss, giving up seven runs (five earned) on 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. Austin Wood and Rob Waite made their Lakeland debuts as well, with Wood striking out the side in his return to the mound. Rawley Bishop and Kody Kaiser each ripped solo home runs at the plate.
The Whitecaps dropped their series opener with South Bend, falling 3-1. Trevor Feeney got the start and took the loss but pitched well, giving up three runs over eight innings of work. He also struck out eight. Nolan Cain also pitched a scoreless inning of relief. The offense meanwhile was silenced again, managing just three hits, with Wade Gaynor ripping a double for the lone extra base hit. Luis Salas drove in the team's only run.
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