May 10th Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 6, DURHAM 2
17-15, 3rd in West Division
AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 4, AKRON 1
17-14, 3rd in Western Division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – CHARLOTTE 2, LAKELAND 1
14-16, 4th in North Division
A West Michigan Whitecaps - LANSING 6, WEST MICHIGAN 5
11-21, 8th in Eastern Division
Veteran left-hander Phil Dumatrait didn't allow a hit until a leadoff home run by Durham's Dan Johnson in the fifth inning, and he finished with 5 2/3 innings of two-run ball; walking just one and striking out three to lower his season ERA to 3.44. Robbie Weinhardt, Dan Schlereth, and Jay Sborz combined to shut the door with four total strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings. Sborz scoreless ninth frame lowered his ERA to a dominating 0.82 on the year. Outfielder Ben Guez and shortstop Brent Dlugach powered the offense. Guez finished perfect for the night with four hits in four trips to the batter's box, including two doubles, while Dluagch ripped his second home run of the year; a three-run shot in the first inning. Clete Thomas also homered in the game; his fourth of the season.
Another big offensive night from center fielder Wilkin Ramirez (2-4, double, triple), along with two hits from Audy Ciriaco, and Andy Dirks' fourth home run of the year, was more than enough for left-hander Jon Kibler. In 7 2/3 impressive innings, Kibler held the Aeros to just four hits, including holding two of Cleveland's top prospects -- Lonnie Chisenhall and Nick Weglarz -- to an 0-for-8 showing. Jay Voss picked up the final out of the eighth inning to bridge the gap to Luis Marte's fifth save of the year.
The third left-hander to start in the system on Monday night was Charlie Furbush, and he may have been the most dominating of the trio. Despite seeing his record fall to 2-3 and the year, Furbush fanned 13 Charlotte batters (only one player in the Charlotte lineup did not strike out) in just 6 2/3 innings. He allowed two runs on four hits, with the big blow being a two-run shot off the bat of Henry Wrigley in the fourth inning. Alden Carrithers led what little offensive attack there was for the Flying Tigers, picking up two hits and two walks to raise his season average to .329.
Stud right-hander Jacob Turner proved in his second start back from the disabled list, that he's still trying to regain the form he had early in the year. Turner tossed four innings, yielding four runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out three. His one time replacement in the rotation, Victor Larez, was saddled with the loss as he gave up another two runs in just two innings of work. Reliever Kenny Faulk turned in one of his best outings of the season, with four strikeouts in just two innings. Offensively, Eric Roof thrust himself back over the Mendoza line with a 3-4 night, while Jordan Lennerton, Jamie Johnson, and Wade Gaynor all picked up two hits each. Gaynor blased his second home run of the season in the first inning.
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