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Sunday, April 21

Triple-A Toledo

Toledo, Ohio — Pete Kozma hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning, leading the Toledo Mud Hens to an 11-9 win over the Columbus Clippers on Sunday (BOX SCORE).

The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Mud Hens and a four-game winning streak for the Clippers.

The home run by Kozma capped a four-run inning and gave the Mud Hens an 11-9 lead after Victor Reyes hit an RBI single earlier in the inning.

Jose Manuel Fernandez (1-0) got the win in relief while Nick Goody (0-1) took the loss in the International League game.

Brandon Barnes homered and singled twice, scoring a pair of runs while also driving home a couple for the Clippers.

Double-A Erie

The SeaWolves were off on Sunday. Here's Saturday's recap:

Erie, Pa. — A pair of late-inning rallies torpedoed the Erie SeaWolves in a doubleheader loss to the Binghampton Rumble Ponies by identical 6-5 scores Saturday at UPMC Park.

In Game 1 (BOX SCORE), Binghampton erupted for four runs in the top of the seventh to overtake the home team. Dario Pizzano's two-run double, scoring Will Toffey and Michael Paez, was the big blast. Erie's Drew Carlton took the loss, giving up five runs on four hits while walking two and striking out one in an inning work.

Cam Gibson had two hits for SeaWolves.

In the nightcap (BOX SCORE), a six-run sixth proved to be Erie's undoing as Arismendry Alcantara's three-run double highlighted the frame. The SeaWolves' Trent Szkutnik took the loss, giving up four earned runs on two hits while walking two in one-third of an inning.

Single-A Lakeland

The Flying Tigers were off on Sunday. Here's Saturday's recap:

Lakeland, Fla. — Logan Warmoth hit a two-run single in the fourth inning, leading the Dunedin Blue Jays to a 6-4 win over the Lakeland Flying Tigers on Saturday (BOX SCORE). The Blue Jays swept the short two-game series with the win.

The single by Warmoth, part of a three-run inning, gave the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead before Cal Stevenson hit a sacrifice fly later in the inning.

Lakeland answered in the bottom of the inning when Joey Morgan hit a two-run single to tie the game.

The Blue Jays took the lead for good in the fifth when Cullen Large hit an RBI double, scoring Chavez Young.

Lakeland saw its comeback attempt come up short after Chad Sedio hit an RBI double, bringing home Kody Clemens in the fifth inning to cut the Dunedin lead to 6-4.

Graham Spraker (1-0) got the win in relief while Dane Myers (1-2) took the loss in the Florida State League game.

Stranding 12 men on base, the Flying Tigers did not take advantage of some good scoring chances in the loss. Sedio homered and doubled, scoring a pair of runs while also driving home a couple for the Flying Tigers. Morgan singled three times, driving home two runs.

Single-A West Michigan

The Whitecaps were off on Sunday and Saturday's game was postponed due to rain. Here's Friday's recap:


Fort Wayne, Ind. — Reece Hampton tripled and singled twice, and Wilkel Hernandez allowed just four hits over 5.1 innings as the West Michigan Whitecaps beat the Fort Wayne TinCaps, 12-3 (BOX SCORE). With the victory, the Whitecaps snapped a five-game losing streak.

Hernandez (2-1) allowed two runs while striking out four and walking two to get the win.

West Michigan had a pair of big innings in the blowout victory, scoring four runs in both the first and seventh innings.

In the first, Parker Meadows hit a two-run single, while Meadows hit a solo home run in the seventh.

Joey Cantillo (0-1) allowed four runs and got two outs in the Midwest League game.


Fort Wayne, Ind. — Gabe Mosser allowed just three hits over five innings, leading the Fort Wayne TinCaps over the West Michigan Whitecaps in a 2-1 win in the second game of a doubleheader (BOX SCORE).

Mosser (1-0) picked up the win after he struck out eight while allowing one run.

Fort Wayne started the scoring in the second inning when Dwanya Williams-Sutton scored on a double play and Luis Almanzar stole home.

West Michigan answered in the next half-inning when Jose King hit an RBI double, driving in Wenceel Perez to get within one.

Carlos Guzman (1-2) went five innings, allowing two runs and four hits in the Midwest League game. He also struck out four and walked four.