08 April 2012
Quintin Berry and Eric Patterson each reached base four times as the Mud Hens erupted for seven runs. Brad Eldred homered twice and Ryan Strieby doubled twice in the effort as well.
On the pitching side of things, Drew Smyly got touched up in 1.2 innings of work. He walked two and allowed three runs while only striking out one before being lifted for Brooks Brown. Austin Wood had trouble out of the bullpen as well. He allowed two runs in one inning and didn't record a strikeout. Fu-Te Ni also allowed a run in two innings of work.
Erie 12, Altoona 1 -- AA
The SeaWolves only got one home run -- off the bat of Jordan Lennerton -- but they still broke out for 12 runs. Rob Brantly and Corey Jones each doubled twice, and Rawley Bishop and Jamie Johnson each also came away with a pair of hits.
Jared Wesson got the start for Erie and went five innings and only allowed the single run. He struck out three. Ryan Robowski and Robbie Weinhardt each provided two scoreless innings in relief.
Lakeland 5, Tampa 2 -- A+
The Flying Tigers also joined the offensive onslaught. Tyler Collins recorded three hits, and Nick Castellanos, Avisail Garcia, and Dixon Machado each recorded two. Only James McCann failed to reach base.
Starting pitcher Brian Flynn went 6.2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts and only four hits allowed (no walks). Zach Samuels recorded the save with a perfect ninth inning.
West Michigan 5, Dayton 4 (11 innings)
West Michigan finally got in the win column in their third attempt. Dean Green homered, and Aaron Westlake and Brandon Loy both doubled, but the hit king of the evening was catcher Patrick Leyland, son of Tigers' manager Jim Leyland, who made his Midwest League debut with a 3-4 effort, driving in one run.
Kyle Ryan gave up four runs (three earned) in six innings of work, but Jade Todd (1 IP), Nicholas Avila (2 IP), and Tyler White (2 IP) didn't allow any runs to score in relief.
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