AAA Toledo Mud Hens - TOLEDO 1, BUFFALO 0
21-24, 2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens snapped a four game losing streak thanks to some extra inning dramatics by Ryan Ludwick.
With the game deadlocked in a scoreless tie after nine innings, it was Ludwick’s solo blast in the last of the tenth that lifted the Mud Hens to a 1-0 victory to take game two of their four-game series with the Buffalo Bisons.
Mud Hens starter Jordan Tata was outstanding in his efforts, going six full innings, striking out six, walking just one, and scattering three hits.
Relievers Chris Spurling and Mark Woodyard chipped in for the final three innings with Woodyard (1-3) picking up the win as the pitcher of record after Ludwick’s game winning homer.
The two teams will continue their series tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Fifth Third Field in Toledo with Wil Ledezma (2-3, 3.06) taking the mound for the Mud Hens where he’ll face Rob Bell (3-3, 3.35) of the Bisons.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 5, HARRISBURG 4
23-22, t-3rd in Southern division
Erie started off slowly, but was able to turn it on late and beat Harrisburg 5-4 on Wednesday night. Starter Virgil Vasquez struggled early, giving up three runs in the first three innings and four earned runs overall in five and two thirds innings pitched. Kelly Hunt homered in the third inning to get the SeaWolves on the board, but they were still down 3-1 going into the sixth inning. The offense exploded for four runs in that inning, including a solo home run by Chris Maples and a two-run shot by Kody Kirkland. Jeff Ennis recorded the last three outs, including two strikeouts, for his third save in four games played. The SeaWolves will look to sweep the series Thursday afternoon in Harrisburg, at 12:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent
HiA Lakeland Tigers - LAKELAND 11, VERO BEACH 2
27-19, t-1st in West division
Victor Mendez powers the L-Tigers past Vero Beach 11-2 on Wednesday night. With Jeffrey Frazier on first and one out, Garth McKinney started the scoring with a two-run blast, his second homer of the year. Later on in the inning, with the bases loaded with Brent Dlugach, Wilkin Ramirez and Jeff Larish, Mendez stepped up to the plate and hit a grand slam. It was his third home run of the season and put the L-Tigers up 6-0. But Mendez wasn't done, in the 4th he singled home James Essian and Dlugach to finish the game with
6 RBI. Lakeland scored all 11 runs in the 3rd and 4th, and Dallas Trahern was the beneficiary. Trahern improved his record to 3-6 after going 7 shutout innings. The L-Tigers go for three in a row Thursday night at home against Vero Beach at 7:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - OFF DAY
26-17, 1st in Eastern division
The 'Caps get an off day the 24th, and then travel to play the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays the 25th at 6:35pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent
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