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Saturday, June 23
Charlotte, N.C. — Junichi Tazawa struck out Jose Rondon in the eighth inning, leading the Toledo Mud Hens to a 2-1 win over the Charlotte Knights on Saturday (BOX SCORE).
The strikeout came with runners on second and third and was the second out in a scoreless inning for the Knights.
After six scoreless innings, Toledo got on the board in the top of the seventh when Mikie Mahtook hit an RBI single and Edwin Espinal scored on a wild pitch.
Charlotte answered in the bottom of the frame when Mason Robbins hit an RBI single, scoring Matt Skole to cut the deficit to one.
Both Toledo starter Kyle Dowdy and Charlotte starter Jordan Stephens delivered strong pitching performances. Dowdy (3-3) picked up the win after he allowed one run and six hits over seven innings. He also struck out five and walked two. Stephens went six scoreless innings, allowing three hits while striking out nine and walking three in the International League game.
Aaron Bummer (0-2) took the loss after he allowed two runs and two hits over one inning. He also struck out two and walked one.
With the win, Toledo remains undefeated (5-0) against Charlotte this season.
Erie, Pa. — Geoff Hartlieb struck Sergio Alcantara out with the bases loaded to end the game, leading the Altoona Curve to a 5-3 win over the Erie SeaWolves on Saturday (BOX SCORE).
Erie cut the deficit to 4-3 in the fifth after Dominic Ficociello hit an RBI triple, bringing home Daz Cameron.
The Curve extended their lead in the seventh inning when Jason Martin scored on a wild pitch.
Pedro Vasquez (2-4) picked up the win after he allowed three runs and six hits over five innings. He also struck out six and walked one. Kyle Funkhouser (3-4) went 4.2 innings, allowing four runs and seven hits in the Eastern League game. He also struck out six and walked two.
Cameron homered, doubled and singled, scoring two runs for the SeaWolves. Kody Eaves doubled twice.
Port St. Lucie, Fla. — Cam Gibson scored on a double play in the first inning, leading the Lakeland Flying Tigers to a 4-2 win over the St. Lucie Mets in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday (BOX SCORE).
Eduardo Jimenez got Andres Gimenez to ground out with a runner on second to end the game for his 12th save of the season.
Gibson scored on the double play in the first to give the Flying Tigers a 1-0 lead after he reached base on an error and advanced to third following singles by Cole Peterson and Isaac Paredes.
After Lakeland added three runs in the third, the Mets cut into the deficit in the bottom of the frame when Gene Cone hit a two-run double.
Fernando Perez (4-1) got the win with 2.2 innings of scoreless, two-hit relief while St. Lucie starter David Peterson (1-1) took the loss in the Florida State League game.
Port St. Lucie, Fla. — Dylan Burdeaux doubled and singled, scoring two runs as the Lakeland Flying Tigers defeated the St. Lucie Mets 8-3 in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday (BOX SCORE).
Troy Montgomery doubled and singled with four RBIs for Lakeland.
Down 1-0 in the second, St. Lucie tied the game when Wuilmer Becerra hit an RBI single, bringing home Desmond Lindsay.
Lakeland answered in the next half-inning, scoring four runs to take the lead. Montgomery hit a two-run single en route to the four-run lead.
The Flying Tigers later added two runs in the fourth and one in the seventh. In the fourth, Montgomery hit a two-run double, while Cam Gibson hit an RBI single in the seventh.
Wladimir Pinto (2-0) got the win with 2.2 innings of scoreless relief while St. Lucie starter Gary Cornish (2-6) took the loss in the Florida State League game.
The Flying Tigers swept both games of the doubleheader after winning the first game 4-2. With the win, Lakeland improved to 6-3 against St. Lucie this season.
Single-A West Michigan
Fort Wayne, Ind. — Alexis Garcia tripled and singled, also stealing a base as the West Michigan Whitecaps topped the Fort Wayne TinCaps, 3-2, on Saturday (BOX SCORE).
Jordan Pearce singled three times for West Michigan.
Will Vest struck Jalen Washington out with a runner on first to end the game for his second save of the season.
Up 1-0 in the fourth, West Michigan extended its lead when Garcia hit an RBI triple and then scored on a wild pitch.
Fort Wayne answered in the bottom of the inning when Tirso Ornelas hit an RBI triple, bringing home Jeisson Rosario to get within two.
The TinCaps saw their comeback attempt come up short after Rosario scored on a wild pitch in the sixth inning to cut the West Michigan lead to 3-2.
West Michigan right-hander Jesus Rodriguez (4-3) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing two runs on six hits over seven innings. Opposing starter Luis Patino (2-3) took the loss in the Midwest League game after giving up three runs and seven hits over four innings.
Rosario doubled and singled, scoring two runs for the TinCaps.
Norwich, Conn. — Wagner Lagrange hit a two-run single in the ninth inning, leading the Brooklyn Cyclones to an 8-4 win over the Connecticut Tigers on Saturday (BOX SCORE). The Cyclones swept the three-game series with the win.
The single by Lagrange started the scoring in a five-run inning and gave the Cyclones a 5-4 lead. Later in the inning, Brian Sharp drew a bases-loaded walk and Ross Adolph hit a two-run single.
Kevin Smith (1-0) got the win with a scoreless inning in relief while Daniel Gonzalez (0-1) took the loss in the New York-Penn League game.
In the losing effort, the Tigers recorded a season-high 12 base hits. Isrrael De La Cruz doubled and singled three times, scoring two runs for the Tigers.
GCL West (Rookie ball)
Clearwater, Fla. — Jordan Verdon doubled twice and singled, driving in two runs as the GCL Tigers West beat the GCL Phillies East, 7-4, on Saturday (BOX SCORE).
Jeremiah Burks doubled and singled twice with two RBIs for GCL Tigers West.
GCL Tigers West took the lead in the first when it put up four runs, including a double by Verdon that scored Dayton Dugas.
After GCL Phillies East scored two runs in the fourth, the GCL Phillies East cut into the deficit in the fifth inning when Juan Aparicio hit a solo home run.
The GCL Tigers West later tacked on three runs in the eighth, including a single by Burks that scored Nick Ames.
DeCaster (1-0) got the win in relief while GCL Phillies East starter Victor Santos (1-1) took the loss in the Gulf Coast League game.
Stranding 13 men on base, the GCL Phillies East did not take advantage of some good scoring chances in the loss. Aparicio homered and singled, scoring two runs for the GCL Phillies East.
GCL East (Rookie ball)
Lakeland, Fla. — Jordan Groshans homered and singled, driving in four runs as the GCL Blue Jays beat the GCL Tigers East, 7-1, on Saturday (BOX SCORE).
Gabriel Moreno doubled twice and singled with two RBIs for GCL Blue Jays.
GCL Blue Jays started the scoring in the first inning when Groshans hit a two-run home run.
The GCL Tigers East cut into the deficit in the second inning when Avery Tuck hit a solo home run.
The GCL Blue Jays later added two runs in the seventh and three in the ninth. In the seventh, Groshans drew a bases-loaded walk, scoring Adrian Ramos, while Moreno drove in two runs and Groshans drove in one in the ninth.
Roither Hernandez (1-0) got the win with three innings of scoreless, one-hit relief while GCL Tigers East starter Jayce Vancena (0-1) took the loss in the Gulf Coast League game. Elixon Caballero pitched two scoreless innings for his first save of the season.