Buffalo Bisons 16, Toledo Mud Hens 2 (box)
The only thing that could stop the Bisons' offense last night was heavy fog, which caused this lopsided game to be called in the eighth inning. Buffalo scored in five of the seven innings they came to the plate, including a pair of five-run frames. Mud Hens starter Mike Belfiore allowed 10 runs on 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings, and Ryan Perry was tagged for five runs in just two-thirds of an inning. First baseman Jordan Lennerton finished up the night for the Toledo pitching staff, getting the final out of the seventh inning.
Avery: 1-3, RBI, BB, SO
Moya: 2-4, 2B, R, SO
Pina: 1-3, 2B, R
Belfiore (L): 3.1 IP, 10 H, 10 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
Perry: 0.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER
COMING UP NEXT: The Mud Hens and Bisons finish up their four-game series today at Coca-Cola Field. Buck Farmer (4-1, 3.32 ERA) will start for the Mud Hens against Buffalo's Daniel Norris (1-1, 2.25 ERA).
Erie SeaWolves 7, Reading Fightin' Phils 5 (box)
The SeaWolves were the lone Tigers affiliate to win yesterday, but they might have just been happy to get on the board. After being shut out in consecutive games by the Reading pitching staff, the SeaWolves broke through in a big way last night, putting up a pair of runs in the third inning and scoring three runs to take the lead in the ninth. Batting leadoff with Wynton Bernard out of the lineup, Josh Prince had three hits and scored a pair of runs. Dean Green also had three hits, and added a pair of RBI.
Prince: 3-5, 2 R
Green: 3-5, R, 2 RBI, BB
Krizan: 2-5, RBI
Gaynor: 1-4, HR, R, RBI, BB, SO
Kubitza: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 2 SO
Lara (W): 1.0 IP, 0 ER, BB
COMING UP NEXT: Erie will go for a series split with the Fightin' Phils this afternoon at FirstEnergy Stadium. Warwick Saupold (1-1, 6.00 ERA) will start for Erie against Reading righthander Zach Eflin (2-3, 3.12 ERA).
Tommy Collier was brilliant for eight innings, holding the Blue Jays to two runs on six hits, but a lackluster offense handed him his third loss of the season. The Flying Tigers only had six hits and did not draw a walk against Dunedin's pitching staff, led by 27-year-old starter Murphy Smith. Curt Powell scored the lone run of the game for Lakeland, an unearned run that gave Lakeland a 1-0 lead in the first inning. It was all Dunedin from there, though, as they scored in the fourth, sixth, and ninth to pick up their 16th win of the season.
Betancourt: 1-4, 2B
Ficociello: 1-4, 2B, SO
Powell: 1-4, R, 2 SO
Greiner: 0-3, SO
Collier (L): 8.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Flying Tigers and Blue Jays will face off in the rubber match of their three-game series this afternoon. Locke St. John (1-2, 4.02 ERA) will start for Lakeland.
Lansing Lugnuts 4, West Michigan Whitecaps 3 (box)
The Whitecaps nearly came back from an early deficit, scoring three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning in a close loss to the Lugnuts. Whitecaps starter Fernando Perez allowed three runs in five innings and lost his fifth game of the year despite a relatively pedestrian 4.11 ERA. The Whitecaps had a runner on base in the ninth, but Lugnuts pitcher Jose Fernandez -- not that Jose Fernandez -- picked off Austin Schotts and retired the last two batters he faced.
Offensively, the Whitecaps were led by the usual suspects. Michael Gerber and Joey Pankake had two hits apiece, with Pankake's triple driving in a pair of runs in the eighth. Ross Kivett scored the other run for the Whitecaps, while Will Kengor had an RBI.
Gerber: 2-3, R, BB, SO
Pankake: 2-4, 3B, R, 2 RBI
Schotts: 2-3, BB, SO
Kivett: 1-3, R, BB
Hill: 0-5, SO
Perez (L): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 SO
COMING UP NEXT: Ross Seaton (4-1, 2.76 ERA) goes for his fifth win of the season today against Lansing's Jesus Tinoco (0-1, 3.52 ERA).