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Austin Green, Wynton Bernard fuel big win for Double-A Erie

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers’ farm system on Sunday, August 21, 2016.

Columbus Clippers 3, Toledo Mud Hens 1 (box)

The Clippers scored a pair of runs off Toledo starter Cesar Ramos, then added a third in the ninth off Joe Jimenez to clinch a series sweep over the Mud Hens. Toledo pitchers only gave up eight hits, but two of those left the ballpark, which provided the final margin for the Clippers. The Mud Hens offense managed eight hits of their own, but only one went for extra bases; they went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. Steven Moya and Chad Huffman led Toledo with two hits apiece. Jimenez’s ERA rose to 3.86 at the Triple-A level.

Moya: 2-4, 2 SO, SB
Huffman: 2-4, SO, SB
Ramos (L): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 3 SO

Coming up next: The Mud Hens will head down to Louisville to kick off a three-game series with the Bats beginning on Monday evening. Rookie Davis (0-0, 7.71 ERA) will start for Louisville.

Erie SeaWolves 12, Reading Fightin’ Phils 4 (box)

The SeaWolves offense exploded for eight runs in the first three innings of their game against Reading on Sunday, fending off the Phils’ attempt at a weekend sweep. Erie chased Reading starter Tom Eshelman to the showers after just three innings, then added two more runs in the fifth. In all, the Seawolves finished with 17 hits. Catcher Austin Green had three doubles, and was one of three Erie players to finish with three hits. Green and Wynton Bernard drove in three runs apiece.

Green: 3-3, 3 2B, 3 R, 3 RBI
Bernard: 3-5, R, 3 RBI, SB
Ficociello: 3-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, SO
Gerber: 2-5, 2 R, RBI, SO, SB
Collier (W): 6.1 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 4 SO

Coming up next: Tyler Alexander (1-1, 4.32 ERA will start for the SeaWolves on Monday as they begin a three-game series with the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

Dunedin Blue Jays 12, Lakeland Flying Tigers 7 (box)

The Blue Jays exploded for five runs in the top of the fifth inning, breaking a 4-4 tie wide open for their second win in as many days. Lakeland starter Endrys Briceno suffered his sixth loss of the season after allowing eight runs on eight hits in 4 13 innings. The Lakeland offense did their best to keep pace, managing seven runs on just seven hits while striking out 14 times. Ben Verlander homered for Lakeland, his fifth of the season.

Verlander: 1-4, HR, R, 3 RBI, SO
Simcox: 2-5, R, RBI, 2 SO
Shepherd: 1-3, 2B, R, BB, 2 SO
Briceno (L): 4.1 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO

Coming up next: The Flying Tigers are off on Monday. They will play a doubleheader against the Daytona Tortugas on Tuesday to make up a game that was postponed on July 23.

West Michigan Whitecaps 8, Dayton Dragons 7 (box)

The Whitecaps roared back from a 7-2 deficit with a six-run eighth inning to cap off a three-game sweep of the Dragons on Sunday. They did it in their usual fashion, with nothing but singles and doubles (all three doubles came in the eighth). David Gonzalez led the way with three hits, and he scored the winning run after stealing third base in the eighth. Starter Spenser Watkins struggled, allowing five runs on 10 hits in five innings. Mark Ecker, the Tigers’ fifth round pick in 2016, picked up his second save with the Whitecaps with a scoreless ninth.

Gonzalez: 3-4, 2B, R, RBI, 2 SB
Pirtle: 2-4, R, 2 RBI, 2 SB
Havrilak: 2-4, 2B, R, RBI, SO
Watkins: 5.0 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO

Coming up next: Eudis Idrogo (4-4, 4.38 ERA) will start for West Michigan on Monday as they travel to South Bend to face the Cubs. Duane Underwood Jr. will start for South Bend.

Connecticut Tigers 3, Staten Island Yankees 1 (box)

Starter Locke St. John held the Yankees to one run on three hits in seven innings, helping the Tigers win their second in a row over Staten Island. Connecticut out-hit the Yankees 10-3, including a pair of hits each from Daniel Woodrow and Jacob Robson. Only two of those 10 hits went for extra bases, though, and Connecticut went 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position. John Hayes and Bryan Garcia were able to lock down the final two innings, giving Connecticut their 34th win of the year.

Robson: 2-4, 2B, R, RBI, SO
Woodrow: 2-4, R, RBI
Swilling: 1-3, 2B, R
St. John (W): 7.0 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

Coming up next: Austin Sodders (0-2, 2.08 ERA) will start for the Tigers on Monday as they go for a three-game sweep over the Yankees.