Roberson Powers Flying Tigers (5/22 Recaps)

Lakeland has plenty of offensive firepower just in the outfield, but Ryan Roberson is turning into a man among boys as he's hitting the cover off the ball for the Flying Tigers. Meanwhile, Toledo squeaked out a one run victory, and Erie's run at the top was short lived.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 6, CHARLOTTE 5
23-23, 3rd in West division
A quarter of the way through the season a win by Zach Miner shouldn't be news. Except Miner's Tuesday performance of only two earned runs and six strikeouts through 119 pitches and seven and 2/3 innings is his first win of the season. The Toledo Mud Hens used Miner's pitching prowess and a four-run sixth inning to defeat Charlotte 6-5 and reach the .500 mark for the first time in nearly a month. A solo home run was hit by Mike Hessman in the fourth inning- Hessman added a double and finished 2-for-3 with a Two RBI. Chris Shelton and Timo Perez each went 2-for-4 with and Jack Hannahan had a run and two RBI. Ace Virgil Vasquez is scheduled to make the start for the 'Hens Wednesday at Columbus.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent

AA Erie SeaWolves – GM1: HARRISBURG 5, ERIE 4
GM2: HARRISBURG 2, ERIE 1

23-19, 1st in Southern division
The Erie SeaWolves let two games slip away as they fell in both games of a doubleheader against the Harrisburg Senators. In game one the SeaWolves allowed four runs in the final two innings of a 5-4 loss. Game two was more of the same with the SeaWolves leading 1-0 and allowing two runs in the sixth inning of a 2-1 loss. In game one the SeaWolves went ahead 4-1 after a two run home run by Jeff Larish before losing. Larish was 2-for-3 with two RBI's. Matt Joyce was also 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI's. Starting pitcher Dallas Trahern pitched 6 1/3 innings allowing eight hits and four earned runs while walking three and striking out three. Trahern was replaced by Danny Zell who suffered the loss after allowing a walk off home run.

In game two the SeaWolves received great pitching but managed only two hits in support. The SeaWolves scored their only run of the game in the top of the first on a RBI ground out by Clete Thomas. Matt Joyce and Erick Almonte had the SeaWolves only hits and were both 1-for-2. Andrew Kown suffered his third loss of the season but only allowed three hits and one earned run while striking out a season high six batters. The SeaWolves will meet Harrisburg again on Wednesday at 6:05 p.m. Jon Connolly (2-2, 3.48 ERA) will take the mound for Erie against Mike Hinkley (3-3, 5.36 ERA) for the Senators.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 4, VERO BEACH 3
19-25, 5th in West division
The Flying Tigers topped Vero Beach Tuesday night, 4-3. Starting pitcher Kyle Denney pitched six innings while giving up three runs. He was then relieved by Derek Witt who pitched 1 and 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, and then Freddy Dolsi who registered his seventh save of the season. On the offensive side, Ryan Roberson batted 2-for-4 on the night, blasting his tenth home run of the season and scoring three RBIs. Wilkin Ramirez was the only other player to notch an RBI for Lakeland, despite batting 0-for-3. The Flying Tigers look to even the series Wednesday night at 7:00 PM. Matt O'Brien is expected to get the start for Lakeland, while Vero Beach's starting pitcher has yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent

A West Mich. Whitecaps – BELOIT 5, W. MICH. 4
23-19, 2nd in Eastern division

The ‘Caps started out in a three run hole and as soon as they were able to climb back and take the lead with a four run fourth via Jeramy Laster's grand slam, Beloit came back with two runs to take the lead back, and later the game as they won 5-4. Angel Castro took the loss for West Michigan, giving up five runs (four earned) in six innings of work. Castro struggled some with his control as he walked five while striking out just one. Laster had two hits including the slam, but besides him, no other ‘Cap had a multi-hit game. The two teams continue their series again on Wednesday at 6:30pm in Beloit.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent

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