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Tigers Prospect Daily 4/23/15: Ross Kivett keys Whitecaps win in extras

Ross Kivett played the hero for West Michigan, while bullpen hijinx ruined the night in Toledo.

Welcome to Tigers Prospect Daily, where we will keep you up to date on everything happening in the Tigers' farm system! Our style may evolve as we get a feel for what works, but the updates and sweet new logo are here to stay. In last night's minor league action, the West Michigan Whitecaps and Lakeland Flying Tigers won a pair of low-scoring games, while Triple-A Toledo got blown out at home.

Indianapolis Indians 9, Toledo Mud Hens 3 (box)

Tim Melville failed to get through the Indians' lineup for a third time, and Melvin Mercedes allowed all three of Melville's inherited runners to score in a four-run sixth inning. Daniel Fields had an RBI triple, while Josh Wilson added an RBI double. Wilson and Xavier Avery were the only Mud Hens with multiple hits on the evening. The Mud Hens are 7-6, first in their division.

Avery: 2-3, R, BB, K
Fields: 1-4, 3B, RBI, BB, 2 K
Wilson: 2-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, 2 K
Collins: 0-4, K
Machado: 0-4, K
Melville (L): 5.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 1 SO

Lakeland Flying Tigers 5, Clearwater Threshers 2 (box)

Tommy Collier worked six innings, allowing two unearned runs while striking out four. Steven Moya, who is on a rehab assignment while recovering from plantar fasciitis, had three hits including a three-run home run. He has two home runs in eight games for the Flying Tigers. Curt Powell and Bobby Borchering had two hits apiece, and Jiwan James hit an RBI triple.

Moya: 3-4, HR, 3 RBI
Powell: 2-2, 2B, 2 R, 2 BB
Borchering: 2-4, 2B
James: 1-5, 3B, R, RBI, K
Greiner: 0-4, 2 K
Collier (W): 6 IP, 2 R (0 ER), 4 SO

The Flying Tigers are in last place at 6-9, but are quite literally hitting the cover off the ball.

West Michigan Whitecaps 2, Great Lakes Loons 1 (box)

Spencer Turnbull allowed one run on just one hit in 5 2/3 innings, but walked five Loons batters. He struck out three. Chase Edwards, Gabe Speier, and Paul Voelker combined to throw 5 1/3 scoreless innings in relief, and the Whitecaps pushed across a run in the 11th inning for the victory. Ross Kivett hit a game-tying home run in the seventh inning, and drove in the winning run on a fielder's choice in the 11th. The Whitecaps moved to 8-7 on the season, tied for third place in the Eastern Division.

Kivett: 2-5, HR, 2 RBI, BB, K
Schotts: 2-5
Shepherd: 1-4, 2 K
Pankake: 1-4, BB, K
Turnbull: 5.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 3 SO
Voelker (W): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 4 SO

Double-A Erie was off yesterday. They are back in action tonight against the Altoona Curve.