Toledo Mud Hens 5, Buffalo Bisons 2 (box)
Fans were treated to some extended baseball on Sunday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field. Toledo (14-22) collided with Buffalo (19-18) for the series finale of their four-game campaign, looking for some redemption from Saturday's landslide loss to the Bisons. Buck Farmer (4-1, 3.25 ERA) commanded the hill for Toledo, facing off with Buffalo lefty Daniel Norris (1-1, 2.50 ERA). Despite a see-saw pitcher's duel through regulation, with Farmer and Norris working six innings apiece, the Toledo offense woke up quickly, finishing with 12 hits on the night. With doubles from Dixon Machado and Steven Moya, combined with a decisive solo long ball from Daniel Fields in the 12th would add just enough insurance to secure the 5-2 victory for Toledo in extras.
Machado: 3-5, R, 2 2B, RBI, BB
Fields: 2-6, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI, SO
Moya: 1-5, R, 2B, RBI, BB, 4 SO
Avery: 0-4, BB, 3 SO
Farmer: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, SO
Zeid (W): 1.0 IP, 2 H, BB
Cabrera (S): 1.0 IP, SO
COMING UP NEXT: Toledo returns home on Monday to host the Gwinnett Braves (16-21) in a three-game home stand, where the Mud Hens will hand the ball to starter Kyle Ryan (0-4, 4.17 ERA) for game one.
Reading Fightin' Phils 2, Erie SeaWolves 1 (box)
It was clear from the start that the Seawolves (13-23) had their hands full with Reading right hander Zach Eflin (3-3, 2.74 ERA), who tossed his third eight-inning campaign for the Fightin' Phils (19-16) on Sunday. The most buzz out of the Erie offense came courtesy of a solo shot from Brendan Harris in the fifth inning, one of the four hits and the only run compiled by Erie. Seawolves starter Warwick Saupold (1-1, 5.14 ERA) worked five innings, allowing four hits and walking three, holding Reading scoreless from the hill. Erie reliever Zac Reininger was not able to keep Reading at bay, surrendering the go-ahead performance in the bottom of the sixth, handing Erie the 2-1 loss.
Krizan: 1-4, 2B, SO
Harris: 1-2, R, HR, RBI, BB
Robbins: 1-4, SO
Gaynor: 0-4, SO
Reininger (L): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), BB
COMING UP NEXT: The Seawolves return to Jerry Uht Park to play host to the Richmond Flying Squirrels (14-20) for an Eastern Division battle three-game home stand, beginning on Monday.
Lakeland Flying Tigers 6, Dunedin Blue Jays 3 (box)
Taking the field in a balmy 85 Florida degrees, Lakeland starter Locke St. John (2-2, 3.38 ERA) came in to Sunday's events hungry for win. The big lefty took the hill against Dunedin lefthander Jairo Labourt (1-2, 3.70 ERA), commanding six solid innings. St. John allowed two unearned runs on four hits while striking out four. He received support from the Lakeland offense, led by Dominic Ficociello and Tyler Hanover, who combined for half of the Flying Tigers' 10 hits against Dunedin. Lakeland stayed fairly quiet until an offensive explosion of five runs at the bottom of the sixth and Dunedin wasn't able to respond. Lakeland is 7-3 in their last 10 games, standing in third place with a record of 18-18.
Ficociello: 3-4, R, RBI
Powell: 1-3, 2 R, BB
Hanover: 2-4, RBI
Remes: 0-4, SO
St. John (W): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 4 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Flying Tigers will make their way to Daytona on Monday for a three-game road series, before returning home to host Bradenton in a four-game series at Joker Marchant Stadium.
West Michigan Whitecaps 4, Lansing Lugnuts 3 (box)
As the West Michigan Whitecaps handed the ball to Ross Seaton (5-1, 2.72 ERA), the righthander once again displayed the level of artistry he has embodied this season. Through 39 2/3 innings of work, Seaton has yet to walk a batter. Facing the series finale against the visiting Lansing Lugnuts (20-17) on Sunday afternoon, Seaton continued his admirable run through seven innings of work, allowing two runs on seven hits and striking out two. Once again, Seaton did not issue a walk. Behind the performance of Mike Gerber, Ross Kivett and Austin Schotts, West Michigan dealt out 10 hits against Lansing pitching. This included five doubles, two of which came courtesy of Kivett. The offensive push from West Michigan was enough to lift the Whitecaps over Lansing 4-3. West Michigan moves to 18-19, joining a two-way tie for third place in the Midwest League Eastern Division.
Kivett: 2-4, 2 2B, RBI
Gerber: 2-4, SO
Schotts: 2-3, R, 2B, 2 RBI, SO
Seaton (W): 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 SO
COMING UP NEXT: West Michigan hit the road Sunday evening to begin their four-game road series on Monday with their first-place division rivals, the Bowling Green Hot Rods (22-15).