July 4th Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens
35-53, 4th in West Division
Toledo relied on strong starting pitching and timely offense in Thursday's game against Columbus as the Mud Hens shut out the Clippers 7-0. Starting pitcher Ramon Garcia improved his record to 3-7 with the win, allowing just two hits over six innings of work while striking out seven. Mike Cervenak had a big night at the plate for Toledo, going 2-for-4 with a home run and three runs driven in for the Mud Hens in the win. Danny Worth drove in two runs and tallied two doubles in the win.
AA Erie Seawolves
43-41, 2nd in Western Division
Pitching struggled for Erie in Thursday's series opener against Altoona as the SeaWolves gave up eight runs in the sixth inning, falling to the Curve 15-7. Patrick Cooper fell to 2-6 on the year after earning the loss in the start, allowing six earned runs on seven hits over 3 ? innings. Mike Hernandez brought the power to the lineup for the SeaWolves, hitting his first home run since being promoted to Erie on a 2-for-5 night in which he also drove in two runs.
High-A Lakeland Flying Tigers
34-45, 5th in North Division
Play was suspended in the top of the first inning due to rain.
Low-A West Michigan Whitecaps
39-46, 6th in Eastern Division
West Michigan mounted a late comeback with three runs in the eighth inning of Thursday's game against Great Lakes but fell short as the Whitecaps fell to the Loons 7-5. Starting pitcher Chad Smith earned the no decision in a short start, allowing one earned run on two hits over 1 ? innings. Yorfrank Lopez fell to 7-4 with the loss in relief. Jake Stewart and Jason King each went deep for the ‘Caps in the loss, with Stewart driving in three runs for West Michigan.
A Short-Season Connecticut
5-12, 4th in Stedler Division
Connecticut scored a run in each of the final two innings of Thursday's series opener against Vermont as the Tigers overcame a late deficit, topping the Lake Monsters 4-3. Alex Phillips earned a no decision in the start, allowing two earned runs on five hits over 2 ? innings. Johnnie Kirkland improved his record to 2-0 after earning the win in relief. Javier Azcona led the way for the Tigers at the plate, going 1-for-3 with an RBI in the win.
R DSL Tigers
18-9, 1st in Dominican Summer League San Pedro de Macoris
The DSL Tigers were on a roll offensively in Thursday's game against the Brewers, putting up six runs and doubling up the Brewers 6-3. Starting pitcher Gregory Soto earned the no decision after shutting out the Brewers on four hits over 3 ? innings. Janry Obispo stayed perfect after improving his record to 3-0 with the win in relief. Jesus Guzman earned his third save of the season for the Tigers. Domingo Leyba had another strong night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored in the win.
R GCL Tigers
5-2, 1st in Gulf Coast League
The GCL Tigers fell behind by three runs in Thursday's game against the Pirates before putting up 10 unanswered runs, topping the Pirates 11-5. Starting pitcher Confesor Lara earned a no decision after allowing two earned runs on five hits in four innings of work. Brett Huber earned his first win of the season in relief. Orvin Tovar and Samuel Crafort each homered and drove in three runs in the win.
R VSL Tigers
21-22, 3rd in Venezuelan Summer League
The VSL Tigers overcame a one-run deficit by scoring three runs in the final three innings of Thursday's game against the Rays, topping the Rays 4-2. Jose Rodriguez earned a no decision in the start, allowing one earned run on four hits over five innings. Jose Fuentes earned his first win of the season, improving his record to 1-5 after earning the win in relief. Johan Belisario earned his seventh save of the season in the win. Mario Sanjur brought power in his bat on Thursday, going 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs driven in in the win.
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