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Riley Greene and Kody Clemens homer twice as Toledo seizes the divisional lead

Scores, news, and notes, from around the Detroit Tigers’ farm system for Sunday, September 5, 2021.

Toledo Mud Hens 11, Omaha Storm Chasers 10 (box)

It was a rough Sunday for Hens’ pitching, but the offense came through with seven home runs to overpower the Storm Chasers. Leading the way were Riley Greene and Kody Clemens, who each homered twice. Spencer Torkelson got in on the action, as did Josh Lester and Ryan Kreidler, the latter of which turned on a fastball in from a right-hander and pulled a line drive over the wall in the left field corner.

Greene went oppo in the first inning with Daz Cameron aboard to get the party started. Lester lifted a solo shot in the second, and later in the inning Cameron came up with a two-run single. Kreidler’s shot came in the third with Zack Short aboard, and Greene’s second homer came in the fourth, this time to right-center field. Clemens followed Greene with a fourth inning solo shot. At this point it was 9-0.

Omaha stormed back with a six-run fifth inning, knocking starter Ricardo Pinto out of the game, but the Hens weren’t having it. Torkelson and Clemens each homered in the sixth to complete their scoring on the night, and while the bullpen struggled, they just managed to hang on. As a result, the Toledo Mud Hens are now in first place in the Midwest Division, one game up on the Storm Chasers.

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

Clemens: 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 HR, SO

Kreidler: 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR, SO

Torkelson: 2-5, R, RBI, HR, SO

Coming Up Next: The Hens will be in Des Moines, IA this week to tangle with the Cubs.

Erie SeaWolves 3, Harrisburg Senators 2 (box)

The SeaWolves rallied in the late innings to down the Senators, and took the six-game set four games to two in the process. A.J. Ladwig did a nice job over six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk, with one strikeout. Ladwig wild pitched a run home in the first, but Andre Lipcius homered in the second to tie things up. The Senators added a run in the fourth, but the SeaWolves got one back as a result of a throwing error in the seventh to tie things up. In the eighth, Dillon Dingler led off with a double and eventually scored from third on a Drew Ward fly ball for the eventual game winner. Cale Coshow earned his sixth save with a clean ninth.

Lipcius: 2-2, R, RBI, HR, 2 BB

Dingler: 2-4, R, 2B, SO

Ladwig: 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, BB, SO

Coming Up Next: The SeaWolves head to Altoona to face the Curve this week.

West Michigan Whitecaps 4, Peoria Chiefs 2 (box)

The Whitecaps downed the Chiefs again on Sunday to take the series five games to one. Sandel De La Cruz has switched back to starting, and he was excellent in this one, scattering two hits over five shutout innings, with two walks and six strikeouts. Gage Workman got the offense running early with a leadoff double in the bottom of the second inning. Austin Murr singled him home and later scored on a groundout. In the third, Wenceel Perez tripled to leadoff and reached on a Parker Meadows ground ball to stretch the lead to three runs. In the sixth, Gage Workman ripped his ninth home run of the season, a solo shot, to make it 4-0. Chris Mauloni allowed two runs in relief, but the bullpen held on with Zack Hess earning the save.

Workman: 2-4, 2 R, RBI, 2B, HR

Murr: 2-4, R, RBI, 2B, SO

De La Cruz (W, 1-2): 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 SO

Coming Up Next: The Whitecaps will welcome in the Great Lakes Loons this week.

Lakeland Flying Tigers 4, Clearwater Threshers 1 (box)

Carson King held the Threshers to just one run in 5 23 innings, and the offense roared back late to win on Sunday. After a week of postponements, they only managed to get five of the six games in, but the Flying Tigers took three of the five. King didn’t allow a run until the sixth, and Lakeland came right back with two in the bottom half of the inning. Josh Crouch led off with a single, and Carlos Mendoza followed with a double. Kingston Liniak’s sacrifice fly brought Crouch home, and after Esney Chacon walked, Carlos Irigoyen dropped a sacrifice bunt that allowed Mendoza to race home. In the seventh, Ben Malgeri was picked off of third base and managed to score anyway when Clearwater’s catcher dropped a throw home. They added another run in the eighth to pull away.

Malgeri: 2-5, R, 3B, SO

Mendoza: 3-4, R, 2B, SO

King: 5.2 IP, ER, 3 H, BB, 5 SO

Coming Up Next: The Flying Tigers travel to St. Lucie this week to take on the Mets.