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Late home run from Dominic Ficociello powers SeaWolves to victory

Scores, news, and notes from around the Detroit Tigers’ farm system for Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

Toledo Mud Hens, Pawtucket Red Sox (postponed)

With another rainout on Wednesday, the Hens will now be off until Friday, when they welcome in the Louisville Bats. Currently, Artie Lewicki is listed as the scheduled starter, but that will almost certainly change in the next 24 hours.

Erie SeaWolves 9, Altoona Curve 6 (F/10) (box)

Sandy Baez hung in there for 5 13 innings on Wednesday, but didn’t have his A-game. Baez allowed three runs on five hits, striking out just one batter. Middle relief faltered for the SeaWolves, but the trio of Matt Hall, Mark Ecker and John Schreiber provided four dominant innings of relief work and the SeaWolves came from behind to win in ten innings. Gabriel Quintana and Josh Lester each homered in the eight inning, and Dominic Ficociello’s two-run shot in the tenth proved the game winner.

Ficociello: 2-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
Lester: 3-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI
Baez: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, SO

Coming Up Next: The SeaWolves will be idle Thursday before welcoming in the Binghamton Rumble Ponies for a weekend set. Spencer Turnbull will face off against the Ponies’ Mickey Jannis at 6:05pm ET on Friday.

Lakeland Flying Tigers 4, Dunedin Blue Jays 3 (F/7) (box)

Austin Sodders kept the Jays off balance, throwing six innings of three run ball in game one of this doubleheader. Drew Carlton took the seventh and struck out the side to earn the win. Chad Sedio had the game winning hit after Derek Hill walked and stole second base in the seventh. Daz Cameron had two hits, including a double and an RBI to pace the offense.

Cameron: 2-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, SO
Hill: 1-1, R, 2 BB
Sodders: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 SO

Lakeland Flying Tigers 4, Dunedin Blue Jays 3 (F/7) (box)

The Flying Tigers got on the board quickly in this drop, dropping a three-spot on them in the first inning. Isaac Paredes doubled home Cam Gibson, and then he and Chad Sedio scored on a triple off the bat of Blaise Salter. Paredes also scored the game winner after being hit by a pitch in the fifth. A Danny Pinero double brought him around to score. Alfred Gutierrez gave them four scoreless innings of work, but Fernando Perez gave up three runs, two earned in relief. Joe Navilhon was able to quiet the Jays and wrap up the doubleheader sweep.

Paredes: 1-2, 2B, 2 R, RBI, HBP
Gutierrez: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, BB, 4 SO

Coming Up Next: Anthony Castro will be the welcoming committee as the Florida Fire Frogs come to Lakeland for a weekend series. Bryse Wilson will take the mound for them with first pitch set for 6:30pm ET.

Lake County Captains 4, West Michigan Whitecaps 0 (Gm 1) (box)

Garett King had a rough go with the Captains in game one. He went five innings, but allowed three home runs and four earned total. Burris Warner pitched a perfect sixth with three punchouts, but the Whitecaps didn’t have a comeback in them. The reason? Captains’ starter Francisco Perez no-hit them for 6 13 innings despite issuing six walks, and his reliever, James Karinchak, finished the job getting the final two outs to wrap up the seven inning no-no.

Lake County Captains 6, West Michigan Whitecaps 3 (Gm 2) (box)

After getting no-hit, the Whitecaps came out looking to redeem themselves and scored three in the first inning. Catcher Brady Policelli had the big hit, driving in a pair with a single. But from that point on, the offense against returned to its blissful slumber. Starter Elvin Rodriguez got knocked around despite striking out five in 3 23 innings of work. Brandyn Sittinger was decent in relief, allowing a solo shot, but keeping the Whitecaps in it. The offense just had nothing to offer.

Policelli: 1-2, 2 RBI, BB
Burch: 2-3, R, SO
Rodriguez (L): 3.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R (4 ER), BB, 5 SO

Coming Up Next: The Whitecaps will have to shuffle their rotation a bit on Thursday. No starter is announced yet for the final game of the series against Lake County.