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Paul Voelker posts 3rd consecutive save in SeaWolves 17-hit victory

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers' farm system on Sunday, July 5, 2015.

Columbus Clippers 13, Toledo Mud Hens 5 (box)

The Mud Hens (37-46) returned to Huntington Park on Sunday for game two of the three-game road series with the Clippers (44-40). Toledo righty Thad Weber (5-4, 3.86 ERA) took the hill for the Mud Hens and was able to work three scoreless innings before an offensive landslide from the Clippers. Weber allowed eight runs (five earned) off seven hits in five innings, striking out three. The notable damage came courtesy of three home runs off Weber alone. Toledo answered with some offense of their own. Steven Moya hit his 10th home run of the season, a two-run drive in the sixth inning. Dixon Machado, Trayvon Robinson and Daniel Fields also contributed a pair of hits apiece, but a seven-run sixth inning for the Clippers was too much of a road block for the Mud Hens to surpass. The series moves to 1-1 with Weber picking up his fourth loss this season.

Machado: 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B, RBI, SO
Fields: 2-5, R, 2 SO
Moya: 2-4, R, HR, 3 RBI
Robinson: 2-4, 2B, RBI
Weber (L): 5.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 4 SO

COMING UP NEXT: The Mud Hens go back to work on Monday in their series finale at Huntington Park. Lefty Mike Belfiore (3-8, 5.94 ERA) will command the hill for the Mud Hens as they look to close out the series with a victory before returning to Toledo for more action against the Clippers.

Erie SeaWolves 10, Bowie Baysox 8 (box)

It was clear to see everyone came ready to play in the second of a three-game road series for the Erie Seawolves (32-49) facing off with Bowie (47-34). The two dugouts combined for an astounding 34 hits for the evening, but an electric eighth inning for the SeaWolves and another solid save for reliever Paul Voelker that closed the door on the Baysox. Righthander Derek Hankins (3-7, 5.69 ERA) was limited to a pair of innings, allowing five of Bowie's 18 total hits for the day, but holding them to one run. A single by Jason Krizan and a double by Austin Green were just a few of the contributions for the day at the plate for Erie, but the tip of the cap to Tony Thomas in the eighth as he cleared the wall with a grand slam, giving the Seawolves the insurance they needed. Righty Paul Voelker entered in the eighth and got the job done once again for the Seawolves, earning his third save this season at the Double-A level.

Thomas: 3-5, R, 2B, HR, 4 RBI
Powell: 2-4, 2 R, 2B, 2 SO
Harrell: 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, SO
Green, A.: 3-5, R, 2B, 2 RBI, SO
Gonzalez: 3-5, R, RBI, SO
Castro: 2-4, R, 3B, SO
Robowski (W): 1.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, SO

COMING UP NEXT: The SeaWolves will look to wrap their road series with the Baysox on Monday evening before returning home to host another three-game series at Jerry Uht Park with the Altoona Curve. Right hander Tommy Collier (2-0, 2.47 ERA) will face off with Bowie righty Parker Bridwell (3-4, 4.04 ERA).

Great Lakes Loons 9, West Michigan Whitecaps 1 (box)

A knuckleball and a series of unfortunate events combined for a frustrating wrap to an afternoon of Sunday baseball between the Whitecaps (40-40) and the visiting Great Lakes Loons (42-37) at Fifth Third Ballpark. Jeff Thompson (3-7, 4.93 ERA) was on duty for West Michigan through five innings of work, holding the Loons to one earned run off two hits while striking out five. At the plate, West Michigan finished 4-for-27, with the only hits on the day coming from Ross Kivett and Michael Gerber. A sixth-run eighth inning for the Loons was all Great Lakes needed to finalize the victory, much to the dismay of the onlooking fans. The West Michigan outfield was shown no mercy, with a collision between Derek Hill and Rashad Brown. Both came out shaken, but with no noticeable damage. West Michigan snaps its four-game win streak.

Kivett: 2-4
Gerber: 2-4, 2B, SO
Pankake: 0-2, R, BB, SO
Brown: 0-4, 2 SO
Thompson: 5.0 IP, R, (0 ER), 2 BB, 5 SO
Heddinger (L): 2.0 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, BB

COMING UP NEXT: West Michigan will host the Lake County Captains at Fifth Third Ballpark for a two-game series starting Monday before hitting the road to play a pair on Lake County turf.

Vermont Lake Monsters 6, Connecticut Tigers 0 (box)

Entering Sunday's activities against Vermont, the Connecticut Tigers had won three of their previous four games and looked to continue the effort against the Lake Monsters. Connecticut righty Sandy Baez (1-2, 6.55 ERA) toed the rubber for the Tigers for three innings, allowing three earned runs off five hits and striking out three. The Tigers were 3-for-28 at the plate with two of their three hits coming from 2015 fourth round pick Kade Scivicque. Vermont right hander Kyle Friedrichs (0-0, 1.50 ERA) and his relief staff held the Tigers to a shutout, handing the Tigers a 6-0 loss. Connecticut currently stands in second place with a record of 8-8 in the New York-Penn League.

Scivicque: 2-4
Havrilak: 1-4
Stewart: 0-3, 2 SO
Baez (L): 3.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO

COMING UP NEXT: The Tigers will look to wrap their home stand with Vermont on Monday evening. Connecticut will have an off day on Tuesday before returning to action in a three-game matchup against State College (7-9).

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For one reason or another, the baseball powers that be believed that a 17-inning effort between the Lakeland Flying Tigers and Dunedin Blue Jays was no longer acceptable. A rain delay forced the postponement of the 1-1 tie to be moved to Monday. Action will be picked up in the 17th inning as it was left off on Sunday.