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Late heroics from Dillon Dingler and Bryant Packard can’t stop a Whitecaps loss

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Scores, news, and notes from around the Detroit Tigers’ farm system for Friday, May 14, 2021.

Indianapolis Indians 6, Toledo Mud Hens 2 (box)

Logan Shore walked six batters in this one, yet the Hens held a lead in the seventh inning. The bullpen couldn’t make it stick, as Robbie Ross Jr. and Nolan Blackwood leaked late runs and Indy ran away with the game.

Shore went 4 13 innings, and despite the walks, he allowed just one run. He punched out five and Indy only had two hits against him. Victor Reyes, Isaac Paredes, Renato Neñez, and Aderlin Rodriguez all had two hit games.

Coming Up Next: RHP Rony Garcia (0-0, 4.50 ERA) gets the start for the Hens on Saturday. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. ET.

Erie SeaWolves 6, Akron RubberDucks 4 (box)

Jacob Robson and Josh Lester powered the SeaWolves over Akron with the help of two strong relief appearances. Robson hit a solo shot, his second homer of the year, in the bottom of the first inning. Lester cracked a two-run shot, also his second of the year, to right field in the fourth inning. In between, starter Ricardo Pinto allowed single runs in three of his five innings worked.

Erie broke through for good in the sixth. Ryan Kreidler led off with a single, and Jacob Robson drew a walk. Back-to-back singles from Drew Ward and Lester, along with an error by the RubberDucks, sent three across the plate to make it 6-3. Henry Martinez allowed a run in the ninth, but otherwise he and Angel de Jesus, who handled the sixth and seventh innings, were solid to wrap this one up.

Riley Greene went 0-for-4 but put the ball in play in each of his at-bats.

Coming Up Next: RHP Shane McCarthy (0-0, 3.00 ERA) will throw for Akron on Saturday with first pitch set for a 4:05 p.m. ET start. The 7-3 SeaWolves have yet to announce a starter.

Great Lakes Loons 3, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (box)(II innings)

A well pitched game finally went the wrong way for the Whitecaps in extra innings on Friday. The Loons’ Miguel Vargas got to West Michigan starter Beau Brieske for a solo shot in the second inning, and that was the last of the scoring until the ‘Caps were down to the 27th out. Brieske went five innings, allowing just three hits with seven strikeouts.

Dillon Dingler, who also backpicked Joe Vranash at second base in the second inning, came to bat as the potential final out of the game and delivered an opposite field shot to send this one into extras. Ruben Garcia allowed the runner on second to score on a single, but surrendered no more. The Whitecaps then returned serve with another big hit, as Bryant Packard lined a single to center field to tie the game. Unfortunately, Yaya Chentouf allowed a single through Andre Lipcius at third, scoring the runner at second in the top of the 11th inning, and the Whitecaps were out of magic.

Coming Up Next: RHP Clayton Beeter should make a tough opponent for the Whitecaps on Saturday at 6:35 p.m. ET. They haven’t announced a starter as yet.

Tampa Tarpons 7, Lakeland Flying Tigers 4 (box)

The Flying Tigers got out to an early lead, but defensive mistakes allowed Tampa to roar back and eventually pull away to win. Things got off to a promising start. Gage Workman doubled with one out in the first inning, and Nick Quintana singled him home to open the scoring. Catcher Cooper Johnson had an RBI single as the Flygers came back to score two in the second inning.

Carson King came on to hold the lead for Lakeland in the fifth inning, and this was when things unraveled. Both Quintana and Workman allowed runners to reach with errors, and King allowed a couple hits as Tampa scored five runs in the inning. Right fielder Dane Myers manufactured a run for Lakeland in the sixth. He was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, then stole second and third, and scored on a Jimmy Kerr ground ball. Lakeland was down one at that point, but Gabriel Sequira allowed two more runs to Tampa in the seventh as they took over for good.

Coming Up Next: LHP Cleiverth Perez (0-0, 4.50 ERA) takes on the Tarpons RHP Matt Sauer (0-1, 6.52 ERA) at 6:00 p.m. ET on Saturday.