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Tuesday, July 16

Triple-A Toledo

Toledo, Ohio — Kean Wong hit a run-scoring single in the third inning, leading the Durham Bulls to a 7-1 win over the Toledo Mud Hens on Tuesday (BOX SCORE).

The single by Wong scored Michael Perez to give the Bulls a 2-0 lead.

After Durham added a run in the fifth when Jake Cronenworth scored on an error, the Mud Hens cut into the deficit in the fifth inning when JaCoby Jones hit an RBI single, scoring Pete Kozma.

The Bulls later added two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings. In the sixth, Mac James and Perez hit RBI singles, while Jesus Sanchez hit an RBI double in the seventh.

Cronenworth doubled and singled three times, scoring two runs for Durham.

Ricardo Pinto (6-3) got the win in relief while Toledo starter Gregory Soto (0-3) took the loss in the International League game.

Double-A Erie

Erie, Pa. — Daniel Pinero hit a three-run home run in the first inning, leading the Erie SeaWolves to a 6-2 win over the Akron RubberDucks on Wednesday (BOX SCORE).

The SeaWolves swept the three-game series with the win.

The home run by Pinero scored Jose Azocar and Frank Schwindel to give the SeaWolves a 3-0 lead.

Akron answered in the next half-inning when Li-Jen Chu hit a two-run home run to cut the deficit to one.

The SeaWolves later added two runs in the third and one in the sixth. In the third, Schwindel hit an RBI single and then scored on a double by Pinero, while Kody Eaves hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Schwindel in the sixth.

Erie right-hander Kyle Funkhouser (1-1) picked up the win after allowing two runs on six hits over 5.2 innings. Opposing starter Sam Hentges (1-9) took the loss in the Eastern League game after giving up six runs and seven hits over six innings.

Erie improved to 10-2 against Akron this season.

Single-A Lakeland


Clearwater, Fla. — Brock Deatherage homered and doubled, scoring two runs as the Lakeland Flying Tigers defeated the Dunedin Blue Jays, 8-4, in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday (BOX SCORE).

Brady Policelli homered and singled with two RBIs for Lakeland.

Trailing 1-0 in the first, Dunedin took the lead when Demi Orimoloye hit a two-run double.

After tying the game in the second, the Flying Tigers took the lead for good with three runs in the fourth inning. Policelli hit a solo home run en route to the three-run lead.

The Flying Tigers later tacked on three runs in the fifth when Cole Peterson scored on a double and Deatherage scored on an error and Policelli hit a sacrifice fly to secure the victory.

Max Green (3-1) got the win with a scoreless inning in relief while Dunedin starter Nick Allgeyer (6-4) took the loss in the Florida State League game.

Orimoloye doubled and singled, driving in two runs for the Blue Jays.


Clearwater, Fla. — Billy Lescher, Mark Ecker and Angel De Jesus combined for a shutout as the Lakeland Flying Tigers beat the Dunedin Blue Jays, 2-0, in the second game of a doubleheader on Tuesday (BOX SCORE).

Ecker (4-0) picked up the win after he struck out three while allowing one hit over three scoreless innings. Josh Winckowski (2-2) went six innings, allowing one run and eight hits while striking out five in the Florida State League game.

Lakeland scored its runs when Kody Clemens scored on a passed ball in the fourth inning and Cole Peterson hit an RBI single in the seventh.

The Blue Jays were held off the scoreboard for the ninth time this season, while the Flying Tigers’ staff recorded their ninth shutout of the year.

Single-A West Michigan

The Whitecaps were off on Tuesday. Here's Monday's recap.

Comstock Park, Mich. — Joey Rose, Dominic Fletcher and Keshawn Lynch each had three hits, as the Kane County Cougars beat the West Michigan Whitecaps, 9-1, on Monday (BOX SCORE).

Rose doubled and singled twice, scoring two runs. Fletcher homered, doubled and singled, driving in three runs and scoring a pair.

West Michigan cut the deficit to 2-1 in the fifth after Christopher Proctor hit an RBI single, bringing home Jack Kenley.

The Cougars added to their lead with five runs in the seventh inning, including an RBI single by Lynch.

Kane County right-hander Matt Tabor (4-2) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing one run on just four hits over six innings. Opposing starter Brad Bass (1-2) took the tough loss in the Midwest League game after giving up two runs and eight hits over 5.2 innings.

Single-A Connecticut

The Tigers were off on Tuesday and rained out on Wednesday. Here's Monday's recap.

Norwich, Conn. — Riley Greene hit a two-run single in the second inning, and Ryan Kreidler had two hits and scored two runs as the Connecticut Tigers topped the Tri-City ValleyCats, 14-10, on Monday (BOX SCORE).

The single by Greene came in the midst of a seven-run inning and tied the game at 3. Later in the inning, Connecticut took the lead when Kreidler scored on an error and then scored on three more plays, including RBI singles by Kona Quiggle and Jordan Verdon.

The Tigers later added five runs in the third and one in the fifth and eighth to secure the victory.

Kory Behenna (2-1) got the win with 2.2 innings of scoreless, one-hit relief while Derek West (0-1) took the loss in the New York-Penn League game.

Connecticut took advantage of some erratic Tri-City pitching, drawing a season-high 12 walks in its victory.

In the losing effort, the ValleyCats hit a season-high four home runs. Zach Biermann homered and singled twice, driving in three runs and scoring a pair for the ValleyCats.

Rookie-level GCL Tigers West 

Lakeland, Fla. — Starlin Paulino scored when Leonel Hernandez was hit with a pitch in the seventh inning, leading the GCL Yankees East to a 3-2 win over the GCL Tigers West on Wednesday (BOX SCORE).

Paulino scored on the play after he reached base on a walk and advanced to third following singles by Raymundo Moreno and Alexander Vargas.

In the bottom of the first, GCL Tigers West scored on a double by Cole Zabowski that brought home Clark Brinkman. In the following at-bat, Jared Mang hit an RBI double, scoring Zabowski to give the GCL Tigers West a 2-0 lead.

GCL Yankees East answered in the fifth inning when Moreno hit an RBI double and then scored on a single by Hemmanuel Rosario.

Zach Greene (1-0) got the win with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief while Sam Kessler (1-1) took the loss in the Gulf Coast League game.

Rookie-level GCL Tigers East

Clearwater, Fla. — Edgar Made, Rixon Wingrove and Keaton Greenwalt each had three hits, as the GCL Phillies West beat the GCL Tigers East, 14-5, on Wednesday (BOX SCORE).

Made singled three times, scoring three runs while also driving in three. Wingrove tripled, doubled and singled, driving home six runs and scoring a couple.

GCL Phillies West had a pair of big innings in the blowout victory, scoring five runs in both the third and seventh innings.

In the third, Wingrove drove in three runs and Juan Carlos Smith drove in two, while Luis Rojas scored on a single and Bruce Wang scored when a runner was thrown out and Andrick Nava scored on a double and Made scored on an error in the seventh.

Josh Hendrickson (1-0) got the win in relief while GCL Tigers East starter Alejandro Chavez (0-3) took the loss in the Gulf Coast League game.

Martin Olivas homered and singled, driving in two runs for the GCL Tigers East.