Buffalo Bisons 6, Toledo Mud Hens 4 (box)
Tim Melville had another subpar outing for the Mud Hens and the bullpen wasn't able to pick up the slack, dropping them to 2-10 in the month of May. Melville allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings, but was spared the loss thanks to a four-run fourth inning from the Mud Hens' offense. Righthander Jose Valdez allowed a pair of runs in the sixth to give the Bisons their final cushion. The Mud Hens only had two hits outside of the fourth inning, and were 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
Collins: 2-4, R
Lennerton: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 SO
Wilson: 1-3, 2B, RBI, SO
Fields: 1-3, R, BB, SO
Melville: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO
Valdez (L): 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (0 ER), BB
Cabrera: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 SO
COMING UP NEXT: Toledo and Buffalo continue their series tonight at 7:05 p.m. Thad Weber (2-3, 6.75 ERA) will start for the Mud Hens against MLB journeyman Randy Wolf (3-0, 1.00 ERA).
Reading Fightin' Phils 2, Erie SeaWolves 0 (box)
Derek Hankins pitched well for the SeaWolves last night, allowing two runs on five hits in seven innings with five strikeouts. Most nights, that would be enough to win, but it wasn't good enough against Reading starter Ben Lively last night. Lively, who was acquired by the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Marlon Byrd last offseason, was dominant, allowing just three hits in seven shutout innings. Wynton Bernard's hit streak was snapped at 20 games, tying him for the Erie franchise record with Ryan Raburn.
Gaynor: 2-4, SO
Castro: 1-2, SO
Hankins (L): 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The SeaWolves get another crack at Reading starter Aaron Nola (4-2, 2.04 ERA) tonight, who held them to one run in eight innings in his last start, striking out eight. Chad Green (1-4, 5.74 ERA) will start for Erie.
The Flying Tigers pushed out to an early lead yesterday, scoring runs in the first, second, and fourth innings en route to their third win in a four-game series against the Hammerheads. Bobby Borchering hit a solo home run and scored twice to lead a balanced Lakeland attack. Seven of the nine Flying Tigers batters had hits yesterday. The Flying Tigers also drew three walks and stole three bases. Starting pitcher Jonathan Maicel was solid, holding Jupiter scoreless through six innings. Brennan Smith earned his first save of the season with three innings in relief, allowing Jupiter's lone run of the game.
Borchering: 2-4, HR, 2 R, RBI
Ficociello: 2-5, 2B, RBI, SO
Remes: 2-3, 2B, R, RBI, BB, SO
Maicel (W): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO
Smith (S): 3.0 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Flying Tigers return home today to begin a three-game series with the Dunedin Blue Jays, who are currently in last place in the Florida State League North Division. Ryan Longstreth (1-2, 3.18 ERA) will start for Lakeland against Dunedin righthander Justin Schafer (0-1, 6.48 ERA).
West Michigan Whitecaps 11, Bowling Green Hot Rods 0 (box)
The Whitecaps put up double digit runs for the second day in a row to take three of four from Bowling Green this week. West Michigan's big inning was the third, when they scored six runs to chase Hot Rods starter Henry Centeno to the showers. The Whitecaps had 14 hits on the afternoon, with everyone chipping in at least one. Top prospect Derek Hill showed signs of life, collecting a pair of hits in four at-bats. Hill is hitting a meager .190 so far this season, his first at Single-A West Michigan.
On the other side of the ball, A.J. Ladwig dominated the Hot Rods for eight innings. He allowed just four hits and a walk, and struck out 10 Bowling Green batters. The win was Ladwig's third of the year and second in a row. The former 11th round pick has worked 15 combined innings in his last two starts.
Hill: 2-4, RBI
Gerber: 1-3, 2 R, 2 BB, SO
Kivett: 1-5, R, 2 SO
Shepherd: 2-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI, SO
Pankake: 1-5, 2 R, RBI, SO
Ladwig (W): 8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, BB, 10 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Whitecaps welcome the Lansing Lugnuts to Fifth Third Ballpark tonight, kicking off a three-game series. The Lugnuts are currently 19-15, just one game out of first place in the Midwest League Eastern Division. Trent Szkutnik (2-0, 3.54 ERA) will start for West Michigan against Lansing's Sean Reid-Foley (0-0, 3.63 ERA).