Norfolk Tides 5, Toledo Mud Hens 4 (box)
What began as a three-game series for Toledo (33-43) with the Norfolk Tides (43-32) fell victim to passing weather, condensing the series to a pair of games. Righty Shane Greene (0-1, 4.15 ERA) toed the rubber for Toledo through six innings and was roughed up, to say the least. In his third Triple-A outing this season, Greene was tagged for four earned runs off 11 hits and struck out three.
A rehabbing Alex Avila set the tone early in the first with a single and, in typical fashion, Jefry Marte delivered a three-run homer at the top of the sixth, his 12th this season. Toledo tallied six hits for the day, five off of Norfolk right-handed reliever Mike Wright (4-0, 3.07 ERA). The two programs remained tied at four going into the ninth inning, when Norfolk took the lead for good. After coming in to replace Ian Krol for the Mud Hens, Alberto Cabrera (2-2, 2.94 ERA) surrendered the go-ahead long ball to Norfolk's Christian Walker, closing the door on the Mud Hens and handing Cabrera the loss.
Jones: 2-4, 2B, RBI, SO
Marte: 1-3, HR, R, 3 RBI, BB
Avery: 1-2, R, 2 BB
Avila: 1-3, SO
Greene: 6.0 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
Cabrera (L): 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER
COMING UP NEXT: Toledo begins a three-game home stand on Monday evening, hosting the Durham Bulls (41-36) at Fifth Third Field with Buck Farmer (6-2, 3.56 ERA) manning the hill. The Durham series will be the first of two home for Toledo, as they plan to welcome the Indianapolis Indians (46-31) for a two-game campaign before hitting the road again.
A momentum shift hit Joker Marchant Stadium on Sunday and it didn't work in favor of the Flying Tigers this time around. Fresh off a 14-hit feature on Saturday, Lakeland bats simmered in comparison against Jupiter lefty Sean Townsley and his relief staff. The Flying Tigers were 6-for-34 at the plate, led by first baseman Dominic Ficociello, who posted his third consecutive multi-hit game. Bobby Borchering also joined in with a double as one of only two extra base hits for the day. Lakeland lefthander Locke St. John (2-6, 4.70 ERA) maneuvered five innings for the Flying Tigers, allowing four earned runs off four hits and striking out two. The Jupiter bats came alive, producing nine runs off 13 hits. The Hammerheads remained unmatched from a much quieter Flying Tigers dugout and were able to walk away with the victory, splitting the series at one apiece.
Ficociello: 2-4, R, 3B, SO
Borchering: 1-3, R, 2B, BB, SO
James: 1-4, RBI
St. John (L): 5.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R (4 ER) 2 BB, 2 SO
COMING UP NEXT: There's more to come from Joker Marchant Stadium on Monday evening, as both programs return to work game three of the four game home stand for the Flying Tigers. This will be the final home series before Lakeland hits the road once again.
Lansing Lugnuts 7, West Michigan Whitecaps 5 (box)
West Michigan (35-38) arrived at Cooley Law School Stadium hoping to take three of the four-game series from the Lansing Lugnuts (44-30) and looked to big righty Spencer Turnbull (5-2, 2.80 ERA) to lead the charge from the hill. Through three innings, Turnbull surrendered a pair of runs of four hits, while walking four and striking out a trio of Lugnuts. West Michigan reliever Josh Heddinger (0-1, 7.36 ERA) was not able to get dialed in and Lansing took notice, adding three more runs.
Lansing starter Jesus Tinoco (1-4, 3.44 ERA was sharp for the Lugnuts through four innings, but West Michigan began to chip away at the plate as Lansing entered their relief staff. Whitecaps outfielder Ross Kivett showed up in his usual way, posting three hits in his four appearances, adding to a pair of hits from Steven Fuentes and Zach Shepherd. Through a back-and-forth battle, it was Lansing that had the final say after their pair of runs in the eighth. West Michigan was not able to answer back, splitting their road series with Lansing at two games apiece.
Fuentes: 2-4, 2 R, SO
Kivett: 3-4, R, 2 RBI
Schotts: 1-4, 2B, R, SO
Shepherd: 2-4, R, SO
Gerber: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB
Turnbull: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO
Hemmer (L): 3.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, BB, 2 SO
COMING UP NEXT: West Michigan returns home to Fifth Third Ballpark on Monday to welcome the Lake County Captains for a three-game home stand. The Whitecaps will follow the series by a brief travel session to play a pair against Great Lakes.
Another round of less-than-ideal weather conditions were the cause of yet another postponement for the Erie Seawolves (29-44) on Sunday. The home series against the Bowie Baysox (42-31) was bumped due to weather on Saturday, setting up a double header for Sunday afternoon. The two programs were once again denied; rescheduling one game for Monday evening, creating another double header and bumping the original second half to September 5. Chad Green (2-9, 5.18 ERA) and Warwick Saupold (2-5, 4.99 ERA) are still slated to work the hill for Erie in the double feature on Monday evening.