Toledo Mud Hens 6, Charlotte Knights 1 (box)
After splitting the first two contests of their three-game series, the Mud Hens (50-71) welcomed the Knights (64-59) back to Fifth Third Field for the series finale on Sunday evening. Right hander Luis Cessa (1-1, 6.61 ERA) took the hill for Toledo in his third appearance for the Mud Hens. He worked five innings and held the Knights to one run off three hits. That would be the only run Charlotte would score, while the Mud Hens cranked out 13 hits. Dixon Machado and Steven Moya combining for six base hits, each posting a double. Toledo walked away with the victory, handing Cessa his first win this season in a Toledo jersey.
Machado: 3-5, 2 R, 2B, RBI
Moya: 3-3, 2 R, 2B, RBI, BB
Krauss: 2-3, 3B, 2 RBI, BB
Casilla: 2-4, R
Cessa (W): 5.0 IP, 3 H, ER, 4 BB, 3 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Gwinnett Braves (65-57) come to town on Monday for a brief two-game visit to Fifth Third Field. Shane Greene (1-1, 3.16 ERA) will lead the change for Toledo against Greg Smith (6-4, 2.21 ERA) on the hill for the Braves.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 8, Erie SeaWolves 3 (box)
In his third appearance since joining the Erie SeaWolves (48-71), Michael Fulmer (8-3, 1.84 ERA) had his work cut out for him as the SeaWolves faced off with the Fisher Cats (59-58) on Sunday. Fulmer worked four innings for Erie, surrendering three runs off six hits. This included a solo blast to Ryan Schimpf in the second inning, marking the third consecutive day that Schimpf has gone deep for the Fisher Cats. Jason Krizan contributed to the SeaWolves effort by sending a two-run shot over the wall in the eighth inning. The powerful New Hampshire offense hampered Erie's comeback attempts and handed Fulmer the loss.
Krizan: 2-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, SO
Harrell: 1-4, 2B, SO
Fulmer (L): 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, BB, 4 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The SeaWolves will spend Monday relaxing before welcoming the New Britain Rock Cats (57-62) to Jerry Uht Park for a three-game series. Austin Kubitza (7-11, 5.91 ERA) will have the hill for Erie, while the Rock Cats have yet to release the name of their starter.
After running 2-9 in their previous 11 contests, combined with a postponement on Saturday, the Lakeland Flying Tigers (43-71) were beyond ready for a victory on Sunday. Kicking off the start of a four-game series with the Tampa Yankees (58-61), Lakeland looked to Brennan Smith (4-5, 3.20 ERA) to toe the rubber. Smith held the hill for five innings, but the Yankees made him work, tagging Smith for six runs off nine hits. Despite Curt Powell lifting Lakeland on the board for the first run of the day off one of his two hits, it was ultimately the Yankees that powered away at the plate, finishing the day at 14 hits overall. Lakeland was unable to answer and Smith was handed his fifth loss this season.
Rhymes: 1-3, R, BB, 2 SO
Martinez: 1-4, 2B, 2 SO
Powell: 2-4, RBI, 2 SO
Smith, B (L): 5.0 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, BB, 4 SO
COMING UP NEXT: In order to make up for a postponement from June 25, the Yankees will face off with Lakeland for a double-feature on Monday on day two of the four-game series.
Beloit Snappers 9, West Michigan Whitecaps 3 (box)
Since taking two of the previous contests in their series with Beloit (46-72), West Michigan (61-56) entered Sunday looking to complete the three-game sweep. Fernando Perez (2-9, 4.12 ERA) took the role of front man for the Whitecaps in the finale of their road series. Perez got off to a rocky start in his three innings, allowing seven runs (three earned), including a long ball to Shawn Duinkerk in the third inning. Kade Scivicque went deep for the second time in the last three games with a solo shot in the sixth inning. Ross Kivett and Will Kengor both added to the contest with a double. A four-run second inning was unattainable for West Michigan as they dropped the finale, taking the series two games to one.
Kivett: 2-4, 2B, 2 SO
Scivicque: 1-4, HR, R, RBI, SO
Kengor: 1-4, R, 2B
Perez (L): 3.0 IP, 5 H, 7 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 2 SO
COMING UP NEXT: West Michigan will enjoy a day to relax on Monday, before kicking off a series at home, hosting the Great Lakes Loons (60-57) beginning on Tuesday. Ross Seaton (9-6, 3.76 ERA) is slates to start the series for West Michigan, while the Great Lakes starter has yet to be announced.
Connecticut Tigers 6 Aberdeen IronBirds 2 (box)
2015 second-round selection Tyler Alexander (0-2, 0.96 ERA) got the call for the Connecticut Tigers (26-27) as they entered the finale of their two-game stand against Aberdeen (27-28) on Sunday. Alexander maneuvered three innings for the Tigers, holding Aberdeen to one run off a pair of hits, fanning three. Three errors from the IronBirds and smart base running by Connecticut landed the Tigers the first two runs of the day. Tanner Donnels and Victor Padron each posted a double and Donnels added a pair of RBI for the Tigers. In relief, Trent Szkutnik (1-0, 0.00 ERA) worked four strong innings, holding Aberdeen scoreless and strikeout five in his campaign. Solid run support for the Tigers handed Szkutnik his first win since joining the Tigers and Connecticut splits the two-game stand at a game apiece.
Mackenzie: 1-4, 2 R, 2 SO
Allen: 1-3, R, 2B, RBI, BB
Donnels: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, SO
Alexander: 3.0 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 SO
Szkutnik (W): 4.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 5 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Tigers will look forward to a day off on Monday and Tuesday, with the exception of Drew Smith, Tyler Alexander, Spenser Watkins, Will Allen and Victor Padron all joining the New York-Penn League All-Star North roster for Tuesday's All-Star game. The contest is slated to kick off Tuesday at 7:35 pm. The Tigers will return to action on Wednesday with the first of a two-game series against the Hudson Valley Renegades (27-28).