April 17th Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 3, INDIANAPOLIS 2
6-4, 2nd in West Division
AA Erie SeaWolves - ERIE 6, ALTOONA 5
1-8, 6th in Western Division
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – CLEARWATER 5, LAKELAND 4
5-5, t-2nd in North Division
A West Michigan Whitecaps - WEST MICHIGAN 4, GREAT LAKES 2
5-5, 5th in Eastern Division
Behind a strong pitching performance from Alfredo Figaro, the Mud Hens picked up a 3-2 win over Indianapolis. Figaro improved to 2-0, allowing just three hits and no runs in 5 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out four. Daniel Schlereth and Jason Waddell picked up holds, while Jay Sborz recorded the final four outs for his fourth save. The team managed just six hits, but got a big double from from Mike Rabelo who drove in two, and got the winning run from Jeff Larish in the eighth on a solo home run.
It took nine games, but the SeaWolves finally got their first win of the season, via a walk-off blast from Max St. Pierre. Cale Iorg made it the game winner by earning a leadoff walk, his first walk of the season. It was St. Pierre's second home run of the night, as he had three hits, scored three runs and drove in three total. Andy Dirks also went 2-for-4 with an RBI. The blast earned the win for Ryan Ketchner, who tossed the final three innings, but gave up four runs. Thad Weber meanwhile allowed a run on one hit in six innings of work.
The Flying Tigers made a late comeback attempt, but came up just short, falling 5-4 to Clearwater. Charlie Furbush took the loss as the starter, giving up five runs in five innings of work. Ramon Garcia had a strong outing in relief to keep Lakeland within striking distance, and in the top of the ninth, they struck. The first four hitters of the inning singled, with Billy Nowlin's single bringing home two runs. But Alden Carrithers got picked off as a pinch runner, John Murrian hit into a fielder's choice where they got Bryan Pounds at home, and Carmelo Jaime grounded out to end the game. Pounds continued his hot hitting though, going 3-for-4 with a solo home run. Kody Kaiser also went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
Ramon Lebron turned in a strong start for the Whitecaps as they picked up a 4-2 win over Great Lakes. Lebron got the win, giving up two runs on six hits over five innings, including five strikeouts. Victor Larez came on and was outstanding in relief, giving up just two hits and no runs over four innings. Alexis Espinoza went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, including a solo home run. Avisail Garcia also added a pair of hits, and Jamie Johnson chipped in with an RBI.
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