If you've followed the West Michigan Whitecaps this season, hearing the phrase, "Gerber being Gerber" should be nothing new. Since being named a Midwest League Postseason All-Star, the 23-year-old outfielder became the first member of the Whitecaps since 2006 to hit double digits in doubles (27), triples (10), home runs (11) and stolen bases (16) in a season.
Meanwhile, any hope of slowing down Erie SeaWolves outfielder Wynton Bernard is becoming a distant memory, as he works to plug his second complete season with the Detroit Tigers organization by continuing to demolish records in his path. After knocking his 143rd hit on Tuesday evening, Bernard moves to ninth place on the SeaWolves' all-time hit leaders list. In addition, Bernard is leading the team in doubles (25), triples (7) and stolen bases (39).
West Michigan experienced some last second roster adjustments when it was announced on Tuesday that new pitching addition Drew Smith had been moved to the disabled list, prompting the move of reliever Nate Fury to return to West Michigan. Sources share the move is strictly a precautionary decision to ensure that Smith is not moved beyond his innings assignment as laid out by the organization, a common practice the year they are drafted.
Columbus Clippers 9, Toledo Mud Hens 7 (box)
In his continuation of rehab work, Kyle Lobstein (0-2, 7.36 ERA) carried the Mud Hens (53-78) in to work against Columbus (74-57). Lobstein successfully held the Clippers to a single run in his five inning campaign, a solo shot off the bat of Ryan Rohlinger. Dixon Machado posted a pair of hits for the Mud Hens and Josh Wilson tacked on three RBI for the evening. Following Lobstein's exit, in a bullpen fashion all too familiar, Toledo surrendered another eight runs in the remaining innings, shouldering a 9-7 loss at home.
Erie SeaWolves 5, Binghamton Mets 1 (box)
Chad Green (4-14, 4.28 ERA) wasted no time in backing the Mets (69-59) into a corner as he went to work in game one of a Tuesday evening double feature for the Erie SeaWolves (56-72). Green tacked up a career high eight strikeouts on the night, tossing his first career complete game and holding Binghamton to one run off seven hits in his seven innings of work. Wynton Bernard and JaCoby Jones posted a double and a triple, combining for four of the 11 hits overall in the Erie victory.
Erie SeaWolves 3, Binghamton Mets 1 (box)
In the nightcap, Melvin Mercedes (1-1, 3.26 ERA) worked four scoreless innings to kick things off for the SeaWolves and was able to get the support he needed from the dugout and the bullpen. Connor Harrell blasted his 18th double of the season, while Jeff McVaney and Alberto Gonzalez followed suit with one of their own. In relief of Mercedes, Paul Voelker (1-1, 2.93 ERA) worked the home stretch and dazzled as he has all season to earn the win and confirm the two-game sweep for the SeaWolves.
Lakeland Flying Tigers 2, Brevard County Manatees 1 (box)
As the typical Florida rains worked to set in on Tuesday evening's events, Lakeland (49-75) front man Kevin Ziomek (8-10, 3.60 ERA) was able to secure a quick victory. In six innings, Ziomek fanned five and held the Manatees (54-72) to one run for the evening. At the plate, Ben Verlander led the Lakeland offense with a pair of hits and Raph Rhymes posted a double. Due to weather conditions, the contest was called at the close of the sixth inning, handing Ziomek the complete game victory.
West Michigan Whitecaps 7, South Bend Cubs 2 (box)
After dropping the first installment of their three-game campaign with visiting Cubs (58-66), West Michigan (67-59) looked to even the series behind Artie Lewicki (3-3, 3.29 ERA) and the Whitecaps offense. A.J. Simcox continued his strong debut with a three-hit show, alongside Joey Panake adding three hits of his own. Michael Gerber also jumped in on the action with a two-run triple to add some insurance. Lewicki maneuvered seven solid innings, holding South Bend to a pair of runs off four hits and fanning nine to earn the win.
Tri-City ValleyCats 13, Connecticut 6 (box)
The Tigers (28-31) and ValleyCats (35-27) combined for 19 runs off 26 hits on Tuesday evening, though the cards didn't fall as Connecticut would have hoped. Cam Gibson helped to lead the offense, posting a pair of hits in the form of a double and a triple, while Shane Zeile blasted a two-run shot in the second inning, his fifth this season. Tri-City worked Connecticut righty Chase Edwards (6-5, 5.46 ERA) at a pace the Tigers couldn't match. Edwards surrendered six runs off seven hits and the continued barriage at the plate by the ValleyCats secured the loss for Edwards and the Tigers.
Mud Hens: The Mud Hens will conclude their home stand with the Clippers, before traveling to Columbus to play out a two-game series on the road. Luis Cessa (1-1, 7.17 ERA) will have the hill for the Mud Hens.
SeaWolves: Josh Turley (11-7, 3.48 ERA) will go for his 12th win as Erie looks to wrap their three-day road series with the Mets in a victory before returning to Jerry Uht Park for a four-game homestand.
Flying Tigers: The Flying Tigers will have a day to relax on Wednesday before kicking off a three-game series on the road with Dunedin.
Whitecaps: With Spencer Turnbull (10-3, 3.20 ERA) on the hill for West Michigan, the Whitecaps will look to conclude the first half of their homestand against the Cubs.
Tigers: The Tigers will wrap one last series on the road against Tri-City before returning home to host the Lowell Spinners. Sandy Baez (3-3, 3.98 ERA) will have the hill for the Tigers.