May 27th Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – BUFFALO 8, TOLEDO 7
26-21, 2nd in West Division
AA Erie SeaWolves - SUSPENDED
23-24, t-3rd in Western Division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – PALM BEACH 5, LAKELAND 4
28-19, 2nd in North Division
A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 4, LANSING 2
18-30, 8th in Eastern Division
R VSL Tigers - TIGERS 4, MARINERS 2
5-4, 3rd in VSL
The return of Ruddy Lugo wasn't met with a win as the Hens lost a late lead and fell 8-7 to Buffalo. Lugo had a decent first outing out, giving up four runs in five innings. The bullpen however couldn't hold the lead that the offense built up, as Scot Drucker allowed a run, Daniel Schlereth earned two (with Casey Fien allowing the inherited runners to score) and Josh Rainwater giving up the winning run. Jeff Frazier ripped a three run homer, while Max St. Pierre chipped in with two hits and two RBI. Ben Guez also had a pair of doubles and drove in a run.
Lakeland's comeback attempt came up just short on Thursday as they fell to Palm Beach 5-4. The Flying Tigers were down three heading into the ninth, but a two-out, two-run blast by Billy Nowlin got Lakeland to within a run. Unfortunately, Angel Flores struck out as the next man up to end the game and take the loss. Mark Sorensen took the loss, giving up all five Palm Beach runs in seven innings of work. Alden Carrithers chipped in with a pair of doubles and a run scored.
It took a little longer than probably anyone expected, but Jacob Turner finally got his first professional win on Thursday, as West Michigan topped Lansing 4-2. Turner was strong once again (like he has been much of the season), giving up two runs in 5 1/3 innings of work. He also walked two and struck out five. Jose Ortega tossed 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, and Kenny Faulk recorded the final four outs to pick up the save. The Whitecaps meanwhile got their runs creatively, scoring four times off just five total hits. Avisail Garcia led the way with two hits and an RBI - Wade Gaynor and Jamie Johnson each drove in a run as well.
The VSL Tigers picked up another win on Thursday, beating the VSL Mariners 4-2. Juan Espinoza got the start, giving up a run on five hits in five innings of work. It would be Daniel Hernandez that would earn the win in relief though, giving up a run in his three innings of work. Luis Cortez went 2-for-4 with two RBI for the club, while Eugenio Suarez fell a home run shy of the cycle with three hits total, scoring twice.
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