Loy Drives in Three in LFT Win (4/28 Recaps)

Lakeland looked to move away from the cellar of the division on Sunday as they opened a series against Charlotte and Brandon Loy did his part, driving in three runs as the Flying Tigers topped the Stone Crabs. West Michigan topped Beloit behind a strong performance from Mario Martinez. Toledo's comeback bid fell short against Norfolk while Erie lost a pitching duel against Altoona.

April 28th Games

AAA Toledo Mud Hens
7-18, 4th in West Division

Team R H E
Toledo 3 6 2
Norfolk 4 4 1

For the second day in a row Toledo was able to creep up on Norfolk but once again the Mud Hens fell to the Tides, dropping their Sunday game 4-3. Toledo was down 4-0 before a solo shot by Danny Dorn in the fifth inning put the Hens on the board. Two more runs in the seventh put Toledo within striking distance but the Mud Hens were unable to secure a win late. Jose Alvarez earned his second loss of the season despite pitching a complete game, giving up one earned run on four hits in eight innings. Alvarez had a total of four runs given up, although three were not earned runs. John Lindsey hit his fourth home run of the season in the loss on a 1-for-4 night.

AA Erie Seawolves
12-9, 1st in Western Division

Team R H E
Erie 1 5 0
Altoona 3 7 1

Erie found itself on the wrong end of a pitching battle as runs came at a premium on Sunday, leaving the SeaWolves on the losing end of a 3-1 final against Altoona. Patrick Cooper's record fell to 0-2 with the loss as the starter went 6 2/3 innings while allowing two earned runs on five hits. James Robbins was the lone Erie batter to drive in a run for the SeaWolves on a 1-for-4 night at the plate.

High-A Lakeland Flying Tigers
9-14, 6th in North Division

Team R H E
Lakeland 11 14 2
Charlotte 4 10 1

After relying on the long ball to secure a win over Daytona on Saturday, Lakeland relied on late-inning contact to top Charlotte on Sunday, defeating the Stone Crabs 11-4. The Flying Tigers were tied 3-3 with Charlotte going into the seventh inning before Lakeland scored eight runs to finish the game. Starting pitcher Wilsen Palacios earned a no decision in the win, giving up two earned runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. Ryan Robowski earned his first win of the season in relief while Michael Torreabla earned his second save of the year. Brandon Loy had a big game for the Flying Tigers offensively, driving in three runs while drawing a walk on a 2-for-3 night at the plate. Aaron Westlake also drove in two runs in the win.

Low-A West Michigan Whitecaps
10-11, 5th in Eastern Division

Team R H E
West Michigan 5 7 1
Beloit 3 8 1

Anchored by Mario Martinez, West Michigan jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back as the Whitecaps topped Beloit 5-3 in the series opener. Starting pitcher Endrys Briceno earned a no decision, giving up two earned runs on three hits in 4 1/3 innings on the mound. Brennan Smith earned his first win of the season in relief while Jose Valdez earned his fourth save of the season, tied for second best in the Midwest League. Martinez led the Whitecaps offensively, notching his first home run of the season while driving in three runs on a 1-for-3 night. Lance Durham also drove in a run in the win.

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