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Whitecaps and Mud Hens rally late for Independence Day victories

Scores, news, and notes from around the Detroit Tigers’ farm system for Thursday, July 4, 2019.

Toledo Mud Hens 7, Indianapolis Indians 6 (box)

The Hens got a decent start from Drew VerHagen and held onto an early lead by the skin of their teeth on Thursday. VerHagen allowed a pair of solo shots which hurt him, but went seven innings of four-run ball with nine strikeouts. After the Indians took an early lead, the Hens got on the board with a solo shot by Dustin Peterson. The Hens gave back for more with a four-run third inning. They added on a couple from there, and needed all of them as Eduardo Jimenez allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth trying to collect the save, and Caleb Thielbar came on to clean up the mess.

W. Castro: 2-5, R, 2 RBI, SO

Peterson: 2-5, HR, R, 2 RBI, 3 SO

VerHagen: W, 4-2): 7.0 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 0 BB, 9 SO

Coming Up Next: The two clubs play a doubleheader on Friday. Ryan Carpenter (3-5, 5.00 ERA) takes on Eduardo Vera (4-6, 5.60) in the first game slated for 6:05pm ET.

Altoona Curve 5, Erie SeaWolves 4 (F/10)(box)

Alex Faedo wasn’t real sharp on Independence Day, but he settled in after a rough first inning and put together a solid outing. Unfortunately, after tying the game late and scoring first in the 10th inning, Will Vest blew the save and took the loss. Jose Azocar launched a two-run homer in the first inning to get the SeaWolves on the board first. After Faedo lost the lead, the Hens finally tied things up again in the eighth, loading the bases and scoring on a Daniel Pinero walk. An error allowed Derek Hill to score from third in the top of the 10th before Vest’s implosion cost them the game.

Azocar: 3-5, HR, R, 2 RBI

Paredes: 2-4, 2B, R

Faedo: 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, BB, 4 SO

Coming Up Next: The two clubs meet up again on Friday at 7:00pm ET.

Dunedin Blue Jays 10, Lakeland Flying Tigers 1 (box)

Tom de Blok and the Flygers bullpen took a beating in this one. Kody Clemens had two hits but it was a quite game for the offense. Mark Ecker allowed three runs in relief, while Brandyn Sittinger allowed four in two innings of work.

Clemens: 2-4

de Blok (L, 0-7): 5.0 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 4 SO

Coming Up Next: Jesus Rodriguez (2-10, 5.74 ERA) takes on the Blue Jays at 6:30pm ET on Friday night.

West Michigan Whitecaps 6, South Bend Cubs 4 (box)

Adam Wolf wasn’t fooling the Cubs at all and was hit fairly hard, but the offense poured it on late to rally for an Independence Day victory. The ‘Caps were down 3-1 entering the bottom of the six, when Nick Quintana doubled home Andre Lipcius. Zack Malis followed later in the inning with a two-run double to take a slim lead. Jared Tobey allowed the Cubs to tie it up again in the top of the eighth, but the ‘Caps came right back with a two-run frame to pull away for good.

Quintana: 2-3, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB, SO

Lipcius: 2-4, R, RBI

Dugas: 2-4, 2B, 2 R

Coming Up Next: Chance Kirby (3-3, 3.93 ERA) takes on Faustino Carrera (4-3, 2.73 ERA) on Friday night in Comstock Park.