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Toledo Mud Hens sweep doubleheader, Daniel Fields called up to major leagues

Scores, news and notes from the Detroit Tigers' farm system for June 1, 2015.

Toledo Mudhens 4, Columbus Clippers 2 (box)

Mike Belfiore (2-7, 6.59 ERA) got the win, going six strong innings and racking up seven strikeouts as the Mudhens came from behind to take game one of a day/night double-header. With the Mudhens down a run in the sixth, Daniel Fields led off the sixth inning with a walk and advanced to third on Steven Moya's double. A single by Jefry Marte tied the game. Corey Jones then played hero, producing the eventual game winners with a key single to right to plate a pair. Belfiore locked down the Clippers, and then Ian Krol and Alberto Cabrera came on to protect the lead in the seventh, with Cabrera collecting a one-out save.

Machado: 2-4, SO
Moya: 1-4, 2B, R, 2 SO
Fields:1-3, 2B, R, BB, SO
Marte: 1-3, 2B, R, RBI, SO
Belfiore: 6.0 IP, 8 H, HR, 2 ER, 7 SO

Toledo Mudhens 2, Columbus Clippers 1 (box)

In a makeup game from April 19, the Mudhens again out-dueled the Clippers in a close one. Starter Derek Hankins (W, 1-1, 7.00 ERA) led the way, allowing just one run while scattering three hits over six innings, striking out four. Jose Valdez came on in the seventh to close it out and struck out a pair of Clippers to record the save. The Mudhens offense did just enough. Down a run in the fourth inning, they again produced a timely rally to pull out the victory. Steven Moya sacrificed in the tying run, and then Daniel Fields put the Mudhens ahead for good with an RBI triple, plating shortstop Dixon Machado.

Avery: 1-3, R, 2 SO
Machado: 1-3, R, 2 SO
Moya: 1-3, RBI, SO
Fields: 1-3, 3B, RBI, SO
Hankins: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 SO, BB

Coming Up Next: Game three of the series features Ross Seaton (5-3, 5.14 ERA) taking on Michael Roth (5-1, 3.24 ERA) from Huntington Park in Columbus, OH.

Lakeland Flying Tigers 4, Brevard County Manatees 1 (box)

The Flying Tigers pounded out a 14-hit attack to take down the Manatees on Monday night. Third baseman Tyler Hanover racked up a pair of doubles and four total hits while five Flying Tigers put together multi-hit games. Starter Matt Crouse (2-1, 1.05 ERA) continued to dominate, going five innings with six strikeouts to three hits for the win. Paul Voelker (S 5, 1.64 ERA) was superb again as well, throwing two perfect innings for his fifth save for the Flying Tigers while striking out three.

Hanover: 4-5, 2 2B, RBI, R
Rhymes: 2-4
James: 2-5, 2B, 2 R
Crouse: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 6 SO
Voelker 2.0 IP, 3 SO, S

Coming Up Next: Locke St. John (2-2, 3.21 ERA) will take on the Tampa Yankees as the Flying Tigers come home to begin a two-game set at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, FL.

West Michigan Whitecaps 7, Fort Wayne Tincaps 2 (box)

A.J. Ladwig (5-4, 4.33 ERA) threw five solid innings and the Whitecaps erupted with a 14 hit attack to beat the Tincaps on Monday. Joey Pankake and Zach Shepherd each drove in a pair of runs to pace the Whitecaps attack. Derek Hill tripled and scored in the contest, but he also struck out three times. Joe Jimenez (3-1, 3 S, 2.35 ERA) came on in a non-save situation and recorded a perfect ninth inning to cap the night.

Gerber: 3-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB
Pankake: 3-5, R, 2 RBI, SO
Shepherd: 1-5, 2B, 2 RBI
Ladwig: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 SO, 2 BB
Jimenez: 1.0 IP, SO

Coming Up Next: The Whitecaps will enjoy a day off on Tuesday, before starting a three game series with the Quad Cities River Bandits . Jackson, MI native Trent Szkutnik (3-0, 3.42 ERA) will take the hill for the Whitecaps at 11am from Fifth Third Ballpark.


Mud Hens outfielder Daniel Fields will be called up to Detroit before Tuesday's game against the Oakland Athletics, according to Chris Iott of MLive. Jason Beck later reported that Rajai Davis may be placed on paternity leave, as he and his wife are expecting their second child. Fields dropped a big hint of the call-up on Twitter shortly after the conclusion of Toledo's doubleheader.

The Erie SeaWolves had Monday off, and will resume action Tuesday evening as Tommy Collier (3-4, 2.03 ERA) makes his second start of the season since advancing to Erie after an excellent early season run with the Lakeland FlyingTigers. He'll take on Tom Windle (1-3, 4.53 ERA) of the Reading Fighting Phils.

Paul Voelker, the Detroit Tigers' 10th round selection in the 2014 draft has continued his excellence since moving from West Michigan to Advanced A-ball in Lakeland. Over 11 innings Voelker has picked up a pair of wins and five saves in eight relief appearances. He's currently sporting a 16:1 strikeout to walk ratio for the Flying Tigers.