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JaCoby Jones stuns New Britain Rock Cats with home run derby

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers' farm system on Sunday, August 2, 2015.

Louisville Bats 4, Toledo Mud Hens 3 (F/14) (box)

Toledo (45-63) met up with Louisville (55-55) on Sunday to conclude their three-game road series at Louisville Slugger Field with Thad Weber (6-7, 3.91 ERA) on the hill. Weber worked seven innings, holding the Bats to three runs off 10 hits, including a solo home run to Adam Duvall in the first inning. Daniel Fields got the Mud Hens on the board with a solo shot in the second inning. Another pair of runs were added in the ninth courtesy of Alexi Casilla and Trayvon Robinson, and the three-run tie stretched far beyond the regulation nine-innings. In the bottom of the 14th inning, after cycling through a combined nine pitchers between the two teams, a sharp RBI single from Hernan Iribarren off reliever Drew VerHagen (1-3, 4.50 ERA) ended the efforts of the Mud Hens and completed the three-game sweep in favor of Louisville.

Machado: 2-7, RBI, SO
Moya: 1-5, 2B, BB, SO
Fields: 1-6, HR, R, RBI, SO
Wilson: 2-6, RBI, 2 SO
Weber: 7.0 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO
VerHagen (L): 2.2 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 SO

COMING UP NEXT: The Mud Hens will take the long road home to play host to visiting Lehigh Valley for another round of the "Breakfast" series, featuring a four-game stretch at Fifth Third Field.

Erie SeaWolves 7, New Britain Rock Cats 1 (box)

If there was any question remaining on the value of the Tigers recent trade acquisitions, JaCoby Jones silenced any doubt on Sunday in his third appearance with the Erie SeaWolves (42-65). Right hander Chad Green (3-14, 4.58 ERA) worked five innings, holding New Britain (51-56) to one earned run and striking out five in the series finale. The Erie offense quickly turned into the JaCoby Show as Jones blasted three home runs, knocking in five RBI. Jeff McVaney joined the fun, hitting back-to-back homers with Jones in the fifth. Fresh on return from Toledo, Warwick Saupold (3-6, 4.22 ERA) worked three scoreless innings with five strikeouts in relief. Paul Voelker (0-1, 5.00 ERA) tied the bow on the night, handing Erie the win and splitting the four-game series at two games apiece.

Bernard: 2-5, 2 R, SO
Jones: 3-4, 3 HR, 3 R, 5 RBI, BB
McVaney: 2-3, HR, R, RBI, 2 BB
Ficociello: 2-5, 2B, R, SO
Green (W): 5.0 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 5 SO

COMING UP NEXT: The Seawolves have a day to rest on Monday and return to action on Tuesday to begin a three-game series at Jerry Uht Park against the Portland Sea Dogs (40-69).

Fort Wayne TinCaps 3, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (box)

The Whitecaps (52-53) looked to newly-reinstated right hander Fernando Perez (1-8, 4.02 ERA) to lead the way for West Michigan in their series finale on the road against Fort Wayne (54-51). Perez worked four innings, allowing a pair of runs off four hits to the TinCaps. Christin Stewart continued to impress since coming to West Michigan with a pair of hits for the night while Michael Gerber and Joey Pankake each added a double. Whitecaps' righty Try Teakell (3-1, 1.26 ERA) entered to work four innings of relief for West Michigan, allowing eight hits, including well as a decisive RBI single to Fort Wayne in the ninth inning that handed the young Texas Christian product his first loss this season.

Gerber: 1-4, 2B, R, RBI, 2 SO
Stewart: 2-3, RBI, SO
Pankake: 1-4, 2B, 2 SO
Teakell (L): 4.1 IP, 8 H, ER, BB, 6 SO

COMING UP NEXT: West Michigan welcomes the Clinton LumberKings to town on Tuesday, following a well-deserved Monday off for a three-game series at Fifth Third Ballpark.

Connecticut Tigers 4 West Virginia Black Bears 2 (box)

After dropping two against the Black Bears (22-20), Connecticut (19-21) came out ready to fight against the sweep in Sunday's contest against West Virginia. Tigers' lefty Matt Hall (0-0, 3.27 ERA) went to work for Connecticut for three innings, keeping the Black Bears to one earned run off three hits and striking out five. Josh Lester and Will Allen led a 10-hit evening for the Tigers with a pair of hits apiece. Chase Edwards (5-3, 4.43 ERA) entered in relief for Connecticut, working the closing six innings against West Virginia and finished strong. Edwards held the Black Bears to a single run off four hits through his appearance on the hill, striking out three. The pair of runs was all West Virginia was able to muster and they bowed out to Tigers.

Lester: 2-3, R, BB
Allen: 2-4, R
Havrilak: 2-3
Edwards (W): 6.0 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 SO

COMING UP NEXT: The Tigers will hit the road on Monday to visit the Aberdeen IronBirds for a three-game series, in the first leg of their week of travel dates.


Due to continued rainy conditions, the Lakeland Flying Tigers and Charlotte Stone Crabs were forced to cancel their double-header Sunday afternoon with no plans for rescheduling, as the two clubs have no remaining dates of play against each other this season. The Flying Tigers are off on Monday, followed by a three-game road series against Clearwater beginning on Tuesday.