Trenton Thunder 6, Erie SeaWolves 2 (box)
Following yet another weather-related postponement on the road for the Erie SeaWolves (1-2) on Saturday, Mother Nature finally cooperated long enough to allow the conclusion of the four-game series with the hosting Trenton Thunder (2-1) on Sunday afternoon.
Erie sent righthander Tommy Collier to the hill and in less than an inning, the Thunder moved in for the kill. In one-third of an inning, Collier was rocked for five runs off five hits, while striking out just one. Erie offense was difficult to come by, as the SeaWolves combined for eight hits overall, four coming from the combined efforts of Jason Krizan and Alberto Gonzalez.
The SeaWolves relief staff was successful in holding Trenton to a single run in the final 7 2/3 innings, but early damage and little run support forced the SeaWolves to drop their series finale.
Gonzalez, A: 2-5, R, 2B
Krizan: 2-4, R
Green, D: 1-2, RBI
Collier (L): 0.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO
Coming Up Next: The SeaWolves take to the road for one last series before officially beginning the year at Jerry Uht Park in Erie. They will send righty Brennan Smith to the hill to face the Bowie Baysox in the first of a three-game road series.
Three current Tigers made cameo appearances for the Flying Tigers on Sunday afternoon, as Lakeland entered the finale of their four-game series with Tampa. In hopes of snapping a three-game skid against the Yankees, Lakeland sent Daniel Norris to the bump for his first rehab start since suffering spinal fractures during Spring Training.
Norris held the Yankees to one run off a pair of hits in two innings of work, while striking out four. Tigers teammate Alex Wilson followed up with two scoreless innings of relief, but the performance of the day fell to Lakeland righty A.J. Ladwig, who allowed just one hit to the Yankees over six scoreless innings, posting five strikeouts on the day.
Flying Tigers catcher Kade Scivicque led the charge at the plate, knocking a trio of hits, while rehabbing Cameron Maybin punched a double and added a run to the board for the Flying Tigers.
Carrying a one-all tie into the 10th inning, Lakeland third baseman Curt Powell solidified the day by punching a sharp go-ahead RBI single to close the door on Tampa.
Scivicque: 3-5, R
Kivett: 1-3, 3B, RBI, BB
Maybin: 1-3, R, 2B, BB
Norris: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO
Wilson: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 SO
Ladwig (W): 6.0 IP, 1 H, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: The Flying Tigers will kick off a four-game home stand against Jupiter on Monday with righthander Artie Lewicki taking the hill for Lakeland.
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Weather struck again as Michael Fulmer and the Toledo Mud Hens were forced to sit another day while the snow continued in the Midwest. Following an off day on Monday, the Mud Hens will play host to visiting Indianapolis Indians in a two-game homestand.
The West Michigan Whitecaps found themselves victims to the weather as well, forcing a Sunday postponement at Fifth Third Ballpark in West Michigan. Tigers 2015 top pick Beau Burrows will look to make his debut on Monday at home against the visiting Lake County Captains.