Winless Day on the Farm (6/3 Recaps)

Rainwater took the loss but pitched well

It wasn't a great day down on the farm for the Tigers, as all three clubs that got their games in took a loss. Both Lakeland and West Michigan suffered one run losses, while in Erie lost by just two. Josh Rainwater turned in a strong start for the 'Caps though; the same can be said for Lance Davis in Lakeland and Virgil Vasquez in Erie.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens - PPD: RAIN
25-28, 2nd in West division
Toledo's game with Ottawa was rained out on Saturday. They'll make it up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday starting at 1:05pm.
- Tim Law, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves - AKRON 6, ERIE 4
27-28, 4th in Southern division
In a game that went back and forth, Erie was unable to overcome Akron Saturday night, losing 6-4 in 11 innings. Virgil Vasquez went six and two thirds innings, giving up three earned runs, 8 hits and two walks. Catcher Danilo Sanchez hit his first homer of the season, a solo shot in the fifth. In extras, after Akron was able to go on top by a run in the tenth, Erie was able to respond with Brent Clevlen's RBI ground-out and stay alive. The game was lost an inning later when John Ennis allowed two baserunners he inherited from Ian Ostlund to score, giving Ostlund his second loss of the season. The series continues in Erie on Sunday afternoon, at 1:05pm.
- Sam Ginsburg, Erie Correspondent

HiA Lakeland Tigers - BREVARD CTY. 3, LAKELAND 2
28-27, 3rd in West division
The Lakeland bullpen was unable to hold onto the L-Tigers lead, as the club fell 3-2. Lance Davis turned in a strong start, pitching 5 1/3 shutout innings before turning it over to the 'pen. Freddy Dolsi was able to keep Brevard County off the board, but Jeff Hahn wasn't, as he gave up all three Manatee runs. Lakeland got on the board first with a run in the sixth via a Gilberto Mejia double, but then the Manatees would put up three runs to take the lead. A Garth McKinney double in the ninth scored Wilkin Ramirez to get within a run of Brevard County, but with one out the club couldn't bring him home from second base. Jeff Frazier also chipped in with a pair of hits. Lakeland might want to make an attempt at cutting down on its strikeouts though; the club struck out 16 times in the game. The two teams meet again on Sunday at 4:00pm.
- Steve Varcardipone, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps - QUAD CTS. 3, W. MICH. 2
32-21, 2nd in Eastern division

The Whitecaps dropped their third game in a row, losing 3-2 to the Swing in a game delayed almost two hours due to heavy rain. Josh Rainwater (1-1) got his first start of the season for the 'Caps and took the loss, allowing three runs, two earned on six hits in five innings. His slider was by far his best pitch, using it to strike out four batters, and the unearned run resulted from a rare dropped catch error by catcher Joel Roa. Lavon Lewis pitched three innings of shut-out relief and Matt Rusch pitched a shut-out ninth. Matt Hernandez continued his torrid start, going 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a rifle throw to home that would have saved a run if not for Roa's drop. Pedro Cotto drove in the other 'Caps run, and Will Rhymes had a productive night out of the lead-off spot, going 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. The 'Caps face the Swing again Sunday the 4th as Sendy Vasquez (3-3) squares off against Adam Daniels (1-4).
- Jared Wells, West Michigan Correspondent

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