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AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 10, RICHMOND 3
63-47, 1st in West division
Dane Sardinha had as many home runs Monday night at Fifth Third Field as Richmond had runs. Prior to the game against the Braves, the offensively struggling catcher had only four home runs all season. Monday night's outburst increased his season total to seven bombs as Sardinha homered in the third, sixth and seventh frames. He also walked in the first inning capping off a four run rally which was started by another one of the unlikeliest hitters-Erick Almonte. Sardinha finished 3-for-3 with seven RBI and Almonte was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a walk. Timo Perez had a single, a double, a walk, two RBI and a run and Chris Maples had two walks and two runs. Ron Chiavacci stifled the Braves offense striking out eight batters across six innings and scattering six hits that led to two runs. Preston Larrison struck out three batters and allowed no earned runs in two innings of relief pitching. Dennis Tankersley is scheduled to start on Tuesday for the Mud Hens against the Braves.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves – OFF DAY
61-45, 1st in Southern division
The 'Wolves were off on Monday and will return to action Tuesday against the New Britain Rock Cats.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – GM1: LAKELAND 7, CLEARWATER 2
GM2: CLEARWATER 7, LAKELAND 5
15-21, 6th in West division
The Flying Tigers defeated the Clearwater Threshers in the completion of a suspended game Monday night. Angel Castro pitched 4 and 2/3 innings for Lakeland and major leaguer Tom Gordon started the game for Clearwater. Castro gave up two runs, but none of them were earned. Derek Witt ultimately picked up the win though, his second of the season. On the offensive side, Ovandy Suero batted 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season.
Clearwater split the double header against Lakeland Monday night, winning the second game with a score of 7-5. Luke French started for the Flying Tigers and gave up six total runs in 4 and 1/3 innings (only three of those runs were earned). His record is now 5-9 on the year. Returning from a shoulder injury, Cameron Maybin batted 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple on the night, driving one run in. Also batting 3-for-4 with a triple was recent call up Deik Scram. The two teams will meet again Tuesday night for another double header starting at 5:00 PM. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps – PEORIA 3, W. MICH. 2
23-13, 1st in Eastern division
A ninth inning throwing error from Ryan Strieby led to a 3-2 loss for West Michigan against Peoria Monday. With the score tied, Strieby threw behind pitcher Luis Marte (1-2, 3.27 ERA) as he scrambled to cover first base, allowing Nathan Samson to reach to lead off the inning. Samson was sacrificed to second, and with two outs James Adduci singled home the run. The Whitecaps went down in order in the bottom of the ninth with two strike outs. Marte took the loss in three innings of relief. Lauren Gagnier allowed two earned runs over six innings in his start, striking out five. James Skelton hit an RBI single in the third and a fielding error in the fourth allowed Brandon Timm to score for West Michigan's runs. Audy Ciriaco went 3-for-4 with a double and run scored. The series continues Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., with Matt O'Brien scheduled to face off against Peoria's Jake Renshaw.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent
SS-A Oneonta Tigers – STATEN ISLD. 3, ONEONTA 2
23-17, 2nd in Stedler division
Staten Island scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to win 3-2 over the Oneonta Tigers in the opener of a three game series. Taylor Holiday led off the Yankee eighth with a bunt single and later came around to score on a single by Braedyn Pruitt. Pruitt moved to second on a ground ball and was then brought home on a line drive single off the bat of Jose Gil for the go ahead run. The Tigers 3-4-5 hitters went down in order in the top of the ninth as Yankee reliever Jonathan Ortiz got his first victory of the season. Kody Kaiser and Jorge Patino each had an RBI for Oneonta, while Casper Wells, Ron Bourquin, Justin Henry and Angel Flores had one hit a piece to lead the Tiger offense. The Tigers and Yankees continue their series Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.
- Cash Kruth, Staff Writer
R GCL Tigers – INDIANS 6, TIGERS 1
17-18, 4th in North division
The Tigers fell to the GCL Indians in a rain shortened game on Monday afternoon, 6-1. Manny Miguelez fell to 0-3 for the year, giving up five runs on nine hits in four innings of work. The Tigers managed just one hit; a single from Craig Maddox. Maddox also scored the team's lone run. The Tigers move on to take on the GCL Braves at noon on Tuesday.
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