Toledo Mud Hens: 4 Buffalo Bisons 3 (box)
Working behind right-handed starter Thad Weber (3-3, 6.19 ERA), the Mud Hens successfully woke up at the plate. They shelled out 10 hits against Buffalo lefty Randy Wolf (3-0, 1.10 ERA) and Bisons (18-17) relievers on Friday evening. Despite allowing a pair of home runs to Buffalo's Ryan Schimpf in the third and again in the sixth, Weber worked seven innings for Toledo, allowing three earned runs off five hits while striking out six. Steven Moya was back in fighting form, leading the Mud Hens with three hits and three RBI, including a two-run shot off Chad Jenkins. After dropping a pair, Toledo climbs back into the win column, moving them to 13-21 on the year.
Moya: 3-5, 2B, HR, R, 3 RBI
Collins: 2-5, R
Fields: 1-4, 2B, RBI, BB, SO
Weber (W): 7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BB, 6 SO
COMING UP NEXT: Toledo will revisit the Bisons on Saturday evening at Coca-Cola Field for game three of their four-game road series. Toledo lefthander Mike Belfiore (1-5, 5.40 ERA) will face Bisons lefty Andrew Albers (0-0, 3.36 ERA).
Reading Fightin' Phils 2, Erie SeaWolves 0 (box)
By allowing just one run in the last 14 innings of work against the SeaWolves, it's clear that Reading starter Aaron Nola (5-2, 1.77 ERA) has dialed into control of the Erie offense. Nola maneuvered six shutout innings, allowing four hits and fanning three as Reading held the SeaWolves scoreless for the second straight day. Wynton Bernard and Drew Longley combined for four of Erie's seven hits, while starter Chad Green (1-5, 5.23 ERA) suffered his fifth loss, allowing a pair of runs off six hits scattered over six innings for the SeaWolves. With the loss, the SeaWolves fall to 12-22, 10 1/2 games out of first place.
Bernard: 2-4, 2 SO
Longley: 2-2, 2B
McVaney: 1-3, BB
Green (L): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 SO
COMING UP NEXT: Erie (12-22) returns to take on Reading (18-15) on Saturday evening for game three of their four game road-series, before returning home for a seven-game home stretch at Jerry Uht Park.
Lakeland Flying Tigers 6, Dunedin Blue Jays 0 (box)
The Flying Tigers got right down to business Friday evening against Jeremy Gabryszwski (1-2, 4.26 ERA) and the Dunedin Blue Jays. Led by Curt Powell's four-hit appearance, the Flying Tigers tagged Gabryszwski and a pair of Dunedin relievers for a sizzling 14 hits, including doubles from Bobby Borchering and Francisco Martinez. Lakeland lefty Ryan Longstreth (2-2, 2.60) worked five scoreless innings for the Flying Tigers, allowing four hits and striking out four. After scattering five hits over the bottom of the seventh inning, Lakeland's four-run push in the bottom half closed the door on Dunedin and handed Lakeland their fourth consecutive victory.
Powell: 4-4, R, RBI
Martinez: 3-4, 2 R, 2B, SO
Betancourt: 2-4, R, 2 RBI
Ficociello: 1-4, R, SO
Verlander: 0-3, RBI
Longstreth(W): 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 4 SO, 2 BB
COMING UP NEXT: Dunedin (15-20) and Lakeland (17-17) will return on Saturday to Joker Marchant Stadium for game two of the three-game home stand for the Flying Tigers.
West Michigan Whitecaps 11, Lansing Lugnuts 4 (box)
Coming off an 11 run shutout against Bowling Green on Thursday evening, West Michigan decided to continue to ride the offensive wave as they entered Friday's campaign against the Lansing Lugnuts. West Michigan's undefeated lefty, Trent Szkutnik (3-0, 3.93 ERA), faced off against 19-year-old Sean Reid-Foley (0-1, 4.87 ERA), who took the hill for the Lugnuts. Reid-Foley was tagged for five hits, four earned runs and walking one without posting a strikeout. Whitecaps first baseman Will Kengor was dominant at the plate, tallying a double and three RBI for West Michigan. West Michigan wrapped the night going 13-for-33 at the plate, only posting three strikeouts on the night. Szkutnik moves to 3-0 as a starter this season, working six innings, allowing four earned runs on six hits while striking out four. West Michigan posts their third consecutive win, moving them into a tie for third place in the Midwest League Eastern Division.
Hill: 2-5, 2 R
Gonzalez: 2-3, 2 R, BB
Kivett: 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 R
Kengor: 2-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI
Shepherd: 2-4, R
Szkutnik (W): 6.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 4 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Whitecaps will host Lansing for game two of their three-game series at Fifth Third Ballpark on Saturday evening. Chase De Jong (2-3, 4.62 ERA) will take the hill against West Michigan's Fernando Perez (0-4, 3.86 ERA).