Toledo Mud Hens 3, Columbus Clippers 2 (box)
Steven Moya hit another pair of home runs (two times in a row when I've recapped!) and Trayvon Robinson hit a ninth-inning single to lead the Mud Hens to a win in Columbus. Mike Belfiore pitched a strong outing to lower his ERA all the way to 5.68 on the season. Alexi Casilla scored the winning run and Jose Valdez locked down the last two innings to secure the victory.
Belfiore: 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 4 SO, 1 BB
Valdez (W, 3-4): 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 SO, 1 BB
Moya: 2-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
Robinson: 1-4, RBI
COMING UP NEXT: The Mud Hens return home to face Columbus for a three game set. First pitch is tonight at 7:00 p.m. EDT.
Erie SeaWolves 5, Bowie Baysox 1 (box)
A four-run ninth propelled Erie to a win over the Baysox in the last finish of a perfect night for the farm system. Warwick Saupold was the reliever of record for Erie. James Robbins sparked the offense with a pair of hits and a run scored.
Saupold (W, 3-6) 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 SO, 0 BB
Robbins: 2-5, 2B, R
Thomas: 2-3, 2B, R, BB
COMING UP NEXT: Erie faces Altoona at home tonight at 7:05 p.m. EDT.
Yes, that says 21 innings. The game was so long it was suspended Sunday and picked up again on Monday. Dominic Ficociello mercifully ended the game with a walkoff shot to lead off the 21st. Remarkably, five relievers managed to cover 15 innings for Lakeland, while the staff struck out 15 on the night.
Mayberry (W, 1-0): 4.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 SO, 0 BB
Szkutznik: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 6 SO, 1 BB
Betancourt: 3-9, RBI
Ficociello: 2-9, HR, RBI, R
Lakeland Flying Tigers 9, Dunedin Blue Jays 2 (box)
The Flying Tigers' offense definitely flew last night, racking up 15 hits. Ismael Salgado drove in four runs while seven players had a pair of hits. Francisco Martinez had two of Lakeland's three extra-base hits for a lineup that is batting just .245.
Smith (W, 4-0) 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 5 SO, 0 BB
Drummond (SV, 2) 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 SO, 2 BB
Verlander: 2-3, 3 R, 2 RBI, BB
Salgado: 2-4, 4 RBI
COMING UP NEXT: Lakeland heads to Clearwater (nice area) for a three-game set tonight, with first pitch at 7:00 p.m. EDT.
West Michigan Whitecaps 3, Lake County Captains 2 (box)
Michael Gerber, favorite of BYB humor guru HookSlide, hit a two-run shot in the eighth last night to seal a come-from-behind win for the Whitecaps. He scored partner-in-crime Ross Kivett to seal the victory. Gabe Speier pitched three innings in relief for the win while Joe Jimenez locked down the save.
Speier (W, 2-1): 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 SO, 0 BB
Jimenez (SV, 9) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 SO, 1 BB
Gerber: 2-4, HR, 2 RBI, R
COMING UP NEXT: West Michigan finishes off their series with a 12:00 p.m. EDT game against Lake County tomorrow.
Connecticut Tigers 7, Vermont Lake Monsters 0 (box)
Detroit's short-season team shut down maybe the coolest name in all Minor League Baseball, holding Vermont to just five hits. Victor Padron and Brett Pirtle combined for five runs at the top of the lineup for Connecticut.
Teakell (W, 1-0) 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 SO, 0 BB
Padron: 3-4, 3 R
Pirtle: 2-4, HR, 2R, 2 RBI
COMING UP NEXT: Connecticut is home against Mahoning Valley tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. EDT.