AAA Toledo Mud Hens - OTTAWA 5, TOLEDO 2
25-27, 2nd in West division
The Toledo Mud Hens dropped the opening game of their four games series against the Ottawa Lynx 5-2 on Thursday night in Ottawa.
Chad Durbin (4-3) was outstanding through six scoreless innings before allowing a three-run seventh by the Lynx snapping the tie.
The Mud Hens picked up a run in the eighth inning when Don Kelly doubled home David Espinosa to get Toledo on the board to make it 3-1, before the Lynx battled back for two more runs in the bottom half of the inning to extend their lead to 5-1.
Mike Hessman edged the Mud Hens closer with a solo blast to greet the ninth making it 5-2, but that was the only scoring Toledo would muster up in the final inning, as they went out in order to end the inning.
Ryan Raburn also chipped in for two hits in the game including his tenth double of the season.
Durbin, who suffered the loss, allowed six hits, two walks, while striking out seven Ottawa (26-28) batters.
Steve Green, Alex Herrera and Mark Woodyard all saw action from the bullpen in the losing effort, despite the Mud Hens holding Ottawa to just eight hits in the game.
The two teams will play the second game of their series on Friday night beginning at 6:05 p.m.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 5, BOWIE 1
26-27, 4th in Southern division
Erie helped themselves, then got a little help from Mother Nature Thursday night, beating Bowie 5-1 in a game that was called after five and a half innings due to rain. Starter Nate Bumstead went all five innings, giving up only one earned run on four hits and one walk, striking out 2 batters.
Kurt Airoso went 2 for 3 on the day with two RBIs and a run scored.
Airoso's two-run single in the fifth capped off a big three-run inning for the SeaWolves. With one of the stranger lines in baseball, catcher Danilo Sanchez went 0 for 1 with a walk, and RBI and a run scored. Erie now travels back home to play a series against Akron, starting Friday night at 7:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent
HiA Lakeland Tigers - BREVARD CTY. 7, LAKELAND 0
28-25, 3rd in West division
Lakeland fell again on Thursday, getting shut out by Brevard County 7-0. Kevin Ardoin took the loss but pitched well, giving up two earned runs with six strikeouts over six innings. But the bullpen couldn't keep Brevard County silent (Jeff Hahn gave up four runs), and the Lakeland offense never awoke, with just five hits, all of which were singles. Lakeland will try and get back in the win column on Friday evening at 7:00pm against Brevard County.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps - DAYTON 4, W. MICH 2
32-19, 2nd in Eastern division
Dayton overtook the 'Caps on Thursday, pulling out a 4-2 victory. Burke Badenhop picked up just his second loss of the season, even though he pitched well, giving up three earned runs over seven innings, including seven strikeouts. Jeramy Laster blasted a solo home run in the losing effort, and Dusty Ryan chipped in with a pair of hits, including the club's only other RBI. Max Leon ripped a double in the bottom of the ninth that brought the tying run to the plate, but Damian Ursin set the 'Caps down to end the game. The 'Caps move on now and kick off a four game weekend series with Quad Cities, starting Friday night at 7:00pm.
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent
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