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Michael Gerber, Christin Stewart lead offensive explosion in Whitecaps victory

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers' farm system on Sunday, July 19, 2015.

Toledo Mud Hens 3, Indianapolis Indians 2 (box)

The Mud Hens didn't score for the first eight innings of Sunday's contest, but scored three runs in their final two frames to win in extra innings. The 'W' snapped a five-game losing streak dating back to July 11. The Mud Hens tied a 1-0 game in the ninth inning on a solo home run from Mike Hessman. After Indianapolis took a 2-1 lead in the 10th, Tyler Collins hit a game-winning RBI double, scoring Alexi Casilla and Dixon Machado. Toledo starter Mike Belfiore continued a recent hot streak, allowing just one run in 7 2/3 innings.

Collins: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI
Hessman: 2-4, HR, R, RBI
Green, D.: 2-3, BB
Casilla: 2-4, R
Belfiore: 7.2 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

COMING UP NEXT: Tim Melville will start for Toledo tonight as they kick off a three-game series with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Jason Berken (5-6, 3.42 ERA) will start for Lehigh Valley.

Akron Rubber Ducks 8, Erie Seawolves 6 (box)

The SeaWolves (36-56) were looking for retribution following a painful loss to Akron (50-45) on Saturday evening as they finished up their four-game homestand at Jerry Uht Park. Josh Turley (9-6, 3.34 ERA) got the call to chase his 10th win this season. The Rubber Ducks did everything they could to keep that from happening, much to the dismay of Erie. Turley lasted four innings, striking out six while allowing seven earned runs. He surrendered a pair of home runs to Akron in the third and fourth innings. Austin Green dazzled at the plate for the SeaWolves with three hits, while Wade Gaynor cleared the wall in the second inning with a solo shot. The SeaWolves held a 5-1 lead at one point, but Akron made a six-run stampede in the top of the fourth and Erie wasn't able to respond.

Green, A: 3-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, SO
Thomas: 2-4, R, RBI, SO
Gaynor: 2-4, HR, R, 2 RBI
McVaney: 1-5, 2B, RBI, 2 SO
Turley (L): 4.0 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO

COMING UP NEXT: The SeaWolves have three days of Altoona Curve to look forward to as they hit the road for a travel series. Monday and Wednesday will consist of regulation contests, while Tuesday will feature a doubleheader to make up a postponed match between the two teams back on July 9.

Clearwater Thrashers 3, Lakeland Flying Tigers 1 (box)

With Lakeland righty Jonathan Maciel (3-8, 5.42) fresh off his stint on the disabled list, the Flying Tigers (39-53) hoped to craw their way out of an eight-game skid in a season that seems to get longer by the day. Maciel was able to hold the Thrashers (53-41) to two runs in his six innings on the hill, but a lack of offense backed the Flying Tigers against a wall. Lakeland was held to three hits -- courtesy of Jiwan James, Francisco Martinez and Drew Longley -- in 28 trips to the plate.

James: 1-4, R
Martinez: 1-3, RBI
Longley: 1-2, BB, SO
Maciel (L): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO

COMING UP NEXT: Lakeland returns to face Clearwater for game two of their three-game series at Joker Marchant Stadium. The Flying Tigers will hit the road on Wednesday for a pair of four-game road series.

West Michigan Whitecaps 10, South Bend Cubs 5 (box)

If you happened to be wondering where all the offense was at today, chances are it was settled in at Four Winds Field. The Whitecaps and Cubs combined for 15 runs off 23 hits, but it was West Michigan that pulled out a much-needed victory. Whitecaps righty Jeff Thompson (4-8, 4.64 ERA) held the Cubs to a pair of runs on five hits through his six innings of work, striking out four. Michael Gerber was dialed in, cranking a two-run shot in the third. He also hit a triple, his seventh of the season, and drove in four runs. Christin Stewart continued to shine, blasting a two-run shot of his own in the ninth, one of his three hits for the day. Rashad Brown added a trio of hits to contribute to the 13 overall for West Michigan.

Brown: 3-4, 2 R, RBI, BB
Gerber: 2-5, 2 R, 3B, HR, 4 RBI, SO
Stewart: 3-5, R, HR, 2 RBI
Perez: 2-5, R, RBI, SO
Kivett: 1-3, R, 2 BB
Thompson: (W) 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO

COMING UP NEXT: West Michigan returns to Four Winds Field on Monday to try and take two of three against the Cubs. Next stop for the Whitecaps will feature a three-game series hosted by Dayton, before returning home to host the South Bend Cubs at Fifth Third Ballpark.

Hudson Valley Renegades 3, Connecticut Tigers 2 (box)

Coming into game two of the three-game series between Connecticut (12-16) and Hudson Valley (16-12), the Tigers looked to lefty Tyler Alexander to command the hill in hopes of splitting the series with the Renegades. Alexander looked strong through three innings of work for the Tigers, holding Hudson Valley hitless with a trio of strikeouts and only one walk. Jose Zambrano and Brett Pirtle lead the Connecticut offense, combining for five of the Tigers' eight hits for the night. A steady string of runs by the Renegades against the Connecticut bullpen gave enough of a boost to snatch away a victory. Righty Andres Tajada (1-1, 4.76 ERA) suffered the brunt of the Hudson Valley attack and was handed the loss at the end of the day.

Pirtle: 2-4, 2B, SO
Zambrano: 3-4, RBI
Simcox: 1-4, R
Tejada (L): 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO

COMING UP NEXT: Connecticut will look to avoid the sweep against Hudson Valley on Monday before stepping out for some travel time to face Batavia in a three-game match up next week.