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Erie SeaWolves get a walk-off win on Dominic Ficociello and Wynton Bernard's heroics

Scores, news and notes from around the Detroit Tigers' farm system for Tuesday, August 18, 2015.

Toledo Mud Hens 8, Gwinnett Braves 1 (box)

The Mud Hens punched Braves' starter Victor Mateo in the mouth in this one, tapping him for six runs in the first inning and rolling from there. Josh Wilson led the way, blasting a two-run shot in the first, while his teammates smoked Braves' pitching for six doubles and a triple as part of their thirteen hit attack. Alexi Casilla had a double and a triple in this one, while catcher Manny Pina contributed a pair of doubles to help starter Kyle Ryan's cause. Ryan scattered six hits and one run over 6.2 innings. Josh Zeid bridged the gap to Jeff Ferrell, recently reinstated off the disabled list. Ferrell looked none the worse for wear, striking out a pair in a scoreless ninth to continue his breakout season.

Ryan (W, 2-, 4.50 ERA): 6.2 IP, 6 H, ER, 3 SO, 3 BB
Ferrell (S 13, 2.64 ERA): 1.0 IP, H, 2 SO
Wilson: 2-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, SO
Pina: 2-4, 2 2B, R, RBI
Casilla: 2-3, 2B, 3B, R, RBI, BB

Coming Up Next: Thad Weber (6-9, 3.84 ERA) will toe the slab for the Mud Hens, while the Durham Bulls send ace lefty Blake Snell (12-4, 1.26 ERA) to the mound to open this three game set. Snell has blown through two minor league levels already this season and is quickly looking like a future part of the Tampa Bay Rays rotation.

Erie SeaWolves 5, New Britain Rock Cats 4 (box)

The SeaWolves racked up 11 hits, including 4 of the extra-base variety in this one, but squandered most of their early chances. Things looked bleak heading into the ninth inning trailing 4-2, but the SeaWolves had firepower to burn in their bats tonight. After a pair of singles and a wild pitch, Dominic Ficociello and Wynton Bernard provided back-to-back RBI hits to walk this one off in style. Austin Kubitza's year has been a struggle, but he was decent for the SeaWolves, giving them 5.1 innings with four runs. His own throwing error caused a pair of unearned runs to go with two earned on the night. Warwick Saupold took the SeaWolves the last 3.2 innings, pitching shutout ball to pick up the win. Conor Harrell homered in this one to lead off the third inning.

Kubitza (7-11, 5.79 ERA): 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO
Saupold (W, 5-6, 4.01 ERA): 3.2 IP, H, 2 BB, 3 SO
Green: 2-4, 2B, R
Bernard: 3-5, 3B, RBI
Harrell: 2-4, HR, 2 R, RBI, 2 SO

Coming Up Next: The SeaWolves have yet to announce a starter to take on the Rock Cats' Jeff Hoffman (3-3, 2.84 ERA).

West Michigan Whitecaps 7, Great Lakes Loons 1 (box)

Ross Seaton was brilliant over seven strong innings, holding the Loons to one unearned run, while the Whitecaps offense went off for seven runs on 10 hits on Tuesday night. Seaton struck out six Loons, and then gave way to Trey Teakell and Joe Jimenez who closed the door in scoreless style. Ross Kivett and Will Kengor each drove in a pair for the Whitecaps, while a triple off the hot bat of Michael Gerber added a pair of insurance runs late in this one. The Whitecaps have now won seven of their last ten games.

Seaton (10-6, 3.53 ERA): 7.0 IP, 2 H, R, 2 BB, 6 SO
Teakell (4-1, S 1, 0.99 ERA): 1.0 IP, H, BB
Jimenez (4-1, 14 S, 1.50 ERA): 1.0 IP, SO
Kengor: 1-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI
Kivett: 1-5, R, 2 RBI, SO
Gerber: 1-5, 3B, 2 RBI, SO

Coming Up Next: Artie Lewicki (1-3, 3.58 ERA) gets the call for the Whitecaps on Wednesday from Fifth Third Ballpark. The Loons will send Tommy Bergjans (3-1, 2.65 ERA) to the mound for his ninth start as a professional.


The Lakeland Flying Tigers game against the Tampa Yankees was postponed due to wet grounds on Tuesday. They'll make up the game on Wednesday as part of a double-header. It may be a tough day's work for the Flying Tigers as the Yankees will send a strong pair of starters against them. Dietrich Enns (1-1, 0.74 ERA) will take on the Flying Tigers' Jonathan Maciel (4-8, 5.12 ERA) in game one. The Flying Tigers have yet to announce a starter for game two to oppose the Yankees' Jonathan Holder (6-3, 2.31).

After two days off for the New York-Penn League All-Star game, the Connecticut Tigers will return to the field on Wednesday for a two-game set against the Hudson Valley Renegades. The Renegades will start Benton Moss (1-2, 2.33 ERA) against the Tigers' 6th round draft pick in 2015, Matt Hall (0-0, 2.61 ERA), who has yet to record a decision in ten starts this summer.

Christin Stewart, one of the Detroit Tigers' 2015 first round draft picks, is off to a roaring start at West Michigan. Through 185 at-bats, Stewart has a line of .292/.373/.492 with seven home runs.