Duane Below Strong in Hens Win (4/12 Recaps)

Winning was tough to come by for most of the farm teams on Friday, but Duane Below's strong pitching performance led Toledo to its second win of the season. Erie saw its late-game comeback fall short against Reading while Lakeland couldn't keep up with Dunedin's offensive explosion. West Michigan dropped both games of a double header against Midwest League-leading Bowling Green.

April 12th Games


AAA Toledo Mud Hens
2-7, 4th in West Division

Team R H E
Louisville 1 4 2
Toledo 2 5 0

Toledo found itself in the midst of a pitching duel on Friday night as the Mud Hens just squeaked by Louisville, topping the Bats in a 2-1 final. Duane Below earned his first win of the season, going 6 1/3 innings in his start while giving up one earned run on two hits and striking out four. Bruce Rondon also earned his first save of the season in the win. Bryan Holaday went 2-for-3 at the plate while driving in a run. Quintin Berry also drove in a run in the win.

AA Erie Seawolves
3-4, 5th in Eastern Division

Team R H E
Erie 1 6 2
Reading 3 8 2

Erie's attempt to make a comeback against Reading fell short on Friday as the SeaWolves fell 3-1. Starting pitcher Warwick Saupold earned his first loss of the season despite a solid performance, giving up two earned runs on seven hits in seven innings while striking out eight. Wade Gaynor drove in the lone run for Erie while going 1-for-3 on the night.

High-A Lakeland Flying Tigers
2-6, 6th in North Division

Team R H E
Lakeland 1 6 2
Dunedin 8 11 0

Lakeland struggled to drive in runs for the second day in a row despite hitting relatively well in their series opener against Dunedin, falling to the Blue Jays 8-1. Starting pitcher Wilsen Palacios earned his first loss of the season, giving up four earned runs on seven hits in five innings pitched while striking out two. Jeff McVaney drove in the lone run for the Flying Tigers on a 1-for-4 night at the plate.

Low-A West Michigan Whitecaps
4-4, 4th in Eastern Division

Team R H E
West Michigan 2 6 1
Bowling Green 3 7 1

West Michigan had to play two games against Bowling Green on Friday and was on the wrong end of both, falling to the Hot Rods 4-3 in game one and 3-2 in game two. Montreal Robertson earned a no decision in his game one start, giving up two earned runs on six hits in six innings of work. Chad Smith earned his first loss of the season in relief, giving up one earned run in 1/3 inning. Danry Vasquez kept the ‘Caps involved offensively, going 1-for-4 with two runs driven in. Starting pitcher Hudson Randall suffered his second loss of the season in game two of the double header, giving up three runs on six hits in four innings. Despite the three runs allowed by Randall, only one was earned. Devon Travis performed well offensively against the Hot Rods in the second game, going 2-for-3 with a solo home run while crossing the plate twice.

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