Toledo Mud Hens 7, Gwinnett Braves 1 (box)
The Mud Hens actually trailed 1-0 in this game before taking a slim lead in the later innings. They eventually broke the game open with a four-run ninth against Braves reliever Brandon Cunnifff. Mike Belfiore was excellent for the Mud Hens, allowing one run on six hits in seven innings. The Hens' offense picked up 11 hits on the evening, including home runs from Mike Hessman and Dixon Machado. Steven Moya, Tyler Collins, and Xavier Avery all had two hits apiece. Daniel Fields drew four walks.
Machado: 2-5, HR, 2 RBI, SO
Hessman: 2-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI, SO
Moya: 2-4, RBI, BB, SO
Collins: 2-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB, SO
Avery: 2-4, 2B, R, SO
Fields: 0-1, R, 4 BB
Belfiore (W): 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Mud Hens continue their series against the Braves tomorrow, with Buck Farmer (3-0, 3.00 ERA) getting the start. International League strikeout leader Mike Foltynewicz (0-3, 2.08 ERA) was originally scheduled to start for Gwinnett, but has been called up to the majors.
Tampa Yankees 7, Lakeland Flying Tigers 1 (box)
Flying Tigers starter Tommy Collier gave up three runs in the first inning, but settled down to pitch through five innings in a losing effort. The Flygers' pitching staff was able to keep things close until the ninth inning, when the Yankees broke things open with four runs against reliever Julio Felix. Dominic Ficociello's solo home run in the bottom of the first was the extent of the Flying Tigers' offense on the evening, as they only mustered two hits and three walks.
Ficociello: 1-4, HR, RBI
Borchering: 1-3, 2B
Rhymes: 0-1, 2 BB
Collier (L): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 3 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Flying Tigers and Yankees continue their series tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. Locke St. John (0-2, 6.06 ERA) will start for Lakeland against Rookie Davis (1-1, 1.66 ERA).
South Bend Cubs 6, West Michigan Whitecaps 3 (box)
The Cubs jumped all over Whitecaps starter Spencer Turnbull, plating four runs in the first two innings. Turnbull failed to make it through the third inning, and gave up six hits and a pair of walks. The Caps pulled within one in the sixth inning, but reliever Tyler Ford was tagged for a pair of runs in the seventh. Gleyber Torres led the way for the Cubs, collecting four hits in five at-bats. David Gonzalez led the Whitecaps with three hits, while Derek Hill and Arvicent Perez had a pair apiece. Hill also drew a walk and stole his sixth base of the season in the losing effort.
Gonzalez: 3-4, 2B
Hill: 2-4, R, RBI, BB, SO, SB
Perez: 2-4, 2B
Schotts: 1-4, 2B, R, 2 SO
Turnbull (L): 2.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 4 SO
Ford: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Whitecaps welcome the Lake County Captains to Fifth Third Ballpark tomorrow night for a three-game series. A.J. Ladwig (1-2, 6.43 ERA) will start for West Michigan against lefthander Sean Brady (1-1, 3.60 ERA).
Erie was off yesterday, leaving their nine-game losing streak intact. They will travel to Altoona to face the Curve tonight, starting a three-game series. Snapping their losing streak will prove difficult against Pittsburgh Pirates top prospect Tyler Glasnow (1-0, 1.08 ERA), who will get the start for Altoona.
Zach Reininger, Joe Rogers called up to Double-A Erie, Ryan Perry back from DL, Casper Wells and Omar Duran released by Seawolves.— Catherine Slonksnis (@CSlonksnis) May 1, 2015