Toledo Mud Hens 8, Rochester Red Wings 0 (box)
It was business as usual for Toledo starter Buck Farmer (4-1 3.32 ERA) as he went to work against left hander Tyler Rogers (2-2 3.56 ERA) and the Red Sox. The big righty worked six scoreless innings, containing Rochester to three hits, a pair of walks and seven strikeouts. Farmer's performance Tuesday evening once again lifted him atop the International League strikeout leaderboard, bringing his season total to 47.
Rogers held the Mud Hens at bay through four innings before Toledo saw their opportunity and struck a blow to the Rochester defense. Led by a grand slam from Jefry Marte, the Mud Hens tagged Rogers for five runs on eight hits in the fifth. They added three more in the ninth, led by a Daniel Fields double.
Toledo got their first look at the latest addition to the Toledo bullpen, righthander Guido Knudson. Knudson maneuvered two strong innings for Toledo, holding Rochester to one hit while striking out four. Toledo's shutout victory improves the Mud Hens to 12-19.
Fields: 2-5, 2 R, 2B, 3 RBI, SO
Avery: 2-4, R, BB, SO
Marte: 2-4, R, HR, 4 RBI, BB
Wilson: 2-4, R, 2B, SO
Machado: 1-3, 2 R, BB
Farmer (W): 6 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 7 SO
COMING UP NEXT: Toledo will work to take two of three from Rochester on Wednesday afternoon as the Mud Hens return to Frontier Field behind the arm of scheduled Toledo starter, Kyle Ryan (0-3 4.67 ERA) for the Mud Hens road series finale.
Akron RubberDucks 10, Erie Seawolves 3 (box)
Just three outs shy of a complete game Monday evening, Erie and Akron were forced to buckle under the influence of Mother Nature and carry over the action into Tuesday for some additional action to the previously scheduled evening. Game one starter Austin Kubitza (1-3 4.60 ERA) wasn't able to overcome the 9-1 lead set by Akron the night before, despite strong contribution by Erie's Jeff McVaney, who led the Seawolves offense with two runs off a pair of hits and a pair of doubles.
McVaney: 2-4, 2 R, SO
Gaynor: 3-4, 2 RBI, R, HR
Krizan: 2-4, SO
Kubitza (L): 3.2 IP, 6H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO
Erie Seawolves 7, Akron RubberDucks 3 (box)
The second meeting between the two programs turned a refreshing eye in Erie's favor as starter Warwick Saupold (1-1 6.00 ERA) took the hill for the Seawolves. McVaney once again stepped up to lead at the plate securing two runs off a pair of hits, adding another double to his resume. Conner Harrell and Brendan Harris each cleared the wall with a home run and Wynton Bernard added another piece to his 19-game hitting streak. Saupold maneuvered five innings, allowing two earned runs off four hits, while retiring five. Whit Mayberry (2-2 2.95 ERA) closed the door securing his first save this season and the Seawolves move to 11-20 on the year.
McVaney: 2-2, 2 R, 2B, 2 BB
Green, D: 2-3, R, RBI, BB
Harrell: 2-4, R, HR, 3 RBI
Saupold (W): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 5 SO
COMING UP NEXT: Erie looks to wrap their home stand against Akron with an afternoon outing on Wednesday, beginning at 11:05.
After splitting the first half of the four-game road series with the Hammerheads (13-19), Lakeland entered Tuesday ready to gain the upper hand in the matchup. The Flying Tigers (14-17) handed the ball to their big lefty Locke St. John (1-2 4.02 ERA) to maneuver the day. St. John would hold off the Hammerheads until the third, where a series of trickling hits and a deflection in the infield allowed Jupiter to take control with the first pair of runs. St. John worked five innings, allowing one earned run off five hits.
Lakeland's Curt Powell lead the offense with a pair of hits for the Flying Tigers, while the rest of the order remained fairly quiet, going 6 for 31 at the plate overall. It wasn't until the ninth inning that a Jiwan James single kick-started a push, adding three runs for the Flying Tigers for the win. Newcomer to the Lakeland bullpen, right hander Paul Voelker (1-0 0.00 ERA) secured his first win for Lakeland lifting them to fourth place in the Northern Division.
Powell: 2-3, R, BB
James: 1-4, R, SO
Betancourt: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Ficociello: 1-4, SO
Voelker (W): 2.0 IP, 1 BB, 2 SO
COMING UP NEXT: Lakeland and Jupiter will hit the field early for a morning game on Wednesday, scheduled to kick off at 10:35 am. The two teams will look to wrap their finale of the four-game series before Lakeland heads back to their home field.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 5, West Michigan Whitecaps 1 (box)
The Hot Rods (20-12) came to play Tuesday evening and set the tone early with a steady stream of base hits, doing just enough damage to back West Michigan (14-18) pitching into a corner. Whitecaps' starter Jeff Thompson (0-4 6.41 ERA) took the biggest blow in the second inning. The Bowling Green offense tagged the right hander for four runs in the second, and added an additional run in the third. It proved to be too great a gap for West Michigan, who left six runners on base. Thompson worked five innings for the Whitecaps, finishing with five earned runs, striking out five and allowing a home run.
Per usual, Whitecaps' Ross Kivett continued his drive at the plate, posting a pair of hits as well as supplying the only RBI for West Michigan. Thompson was handed his fourth loss and West Michigan drops to 14-18 this season.
Kivett: 2-4, RBI
Gonzalez: 2-4, 2 SO
Hill: 1-4, R, 2 SO
Kengor: 1-4, 3 SO
Shepherd: 0-4, 3 SO
Thompson (L): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO
COMING UP NEXT: West Michigan will welcome back the Hot Rods for a pair of morning games at Fifth Third Ballpark, both beginning at 11:00 am on Wednesday and Thursday, wrapping the four-game home stand for the Whitecaps.