The Mud Hens jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but Gwinnett took over with seven unanswered runs en route to an 8-2 victory at Fifth Third Field. The loss was Toledo's fourth in a row to the Braves and 13th of the month, dropping their record to 14-23 on the season. Kyle Ryan was roughed up in six innings of work, allowing five earned runs on eight hits. He struck out six and walked one, throwing an even 100 pitches.
The Mud Hens offense had a trio of extra base hits on the night, but were just 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Daniel Fields and Steven Moya drove in the runs for Toledo. Dixon Machado left the game in the second inning with an injury.
Wilson: 2-3, BB, SO
Fields: 1-2, 3B, R, RBI, BB
Moya: 1-5, 2B, RBI, 2 SO
Lennerton: 1-4, 2B, R, SO
Ryan (L): 6.0 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, BB, 6 SO
COMING UP NEXT: Tim Melville (1-4, 6.11 ERA) will look to break out of a slump for Toledo tonight against Greg Smith (1-2, 2.45 ERA) of the Braves.
Erie SeaWolves 10, Richmond Squirrels 6 (box)
Richmond got to Erie starter Josh Turley early, scoring five runs (three unearned) in the second inning to go up 5-0. From then on, it was all Erie. The SeaWolves offense exploded for nine runs in the next three innings and 10 runs on the evening, storming back to claim a 10-6 win over the Squirrels. Erie recorded 12 hits on the night, led by Wynton Bernard, who was a triple shy of the cycle. Jeff McVaney, James Robbins, and Brendan Harris all had two-hit games. Turley bounced back to work six innings, getting his third win of the season.
Bernard: 3-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
McVaney: 2-5, R
Robbins: 2-4, 3B, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 SO
Harris: 2-4, 2 R, RBI
Longley: 1-4, RBI, BB, SO
Turley (W): 6.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R (2 ER), 2 SO
Mantiply: 2.0 IP, 2 H, SO
COMING UP NEXT: The SeaWolves and Squirrels will continue their series tonight at Jerry Uht Park. Erie will face San Francisco Giants top prospect Kyle Crick (0-1, 1.64 ERA). Derek Hankins (2-4, 4.87 ERA) will start for Erie.
The Flying Tigers took a 4-2 lead into the eighth inning, but starter Kevin Ziomek ran out of steam, allowing a walk and a ground-rule double before departing. Reliever Slade Smith allowed both runners to score, and the game went into extra innings. Junior Felix Arias hit a walk-off home run to open the bottom of the 11th, giving the Tortugas their 23rd win of the year.
Ziomek was solid for the Flying Tigers in his first seven innings, striking out eight. Ben Verlander was the star of the show for the Flying Tigers offense, collecting three hits, including a double and a home run. Verlander scored twice on the night and also drew a walk. Javer Betancourt also had two hits and scored a run.
Verlander: 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI, BB
Betancourt: 2-4, R
Borchering: 1-4, R, BB, 2 SO
Rhymes: 1-5, 2B, 3 RBI, SO
Ziomek: 7.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO
Crouse (L): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Flying Tigers will try to get back in the win column tonight. They face off against righthander Sal Romano of the Tortugas. Jonathan Maciel will start for Lakeland.
West Michigan Whitecaps 3, Bowling Green Hot Rods 0 (box)
Three Whitecaps pitchers combined to shut down the Hot Rods offense on Monday night, holding them to just five hits and a walk. Starter Jeff Thompson worked 5 2/3 innings, striking out five. Johan Belisario worked around a hit in the ninth for his fifth save of the year. The Whitecaps needed the strong pitching performance, though, because they left nine runners on base. Derek Hill reached base twice and stole his 14th base of the season, while Shane Zeile drove in a pair of runs.
Zeile: 1-2, 2 RBI, BB
Kengor: 2-3, BB
Hill: 1-4, BB, SO, SB
Gerber: 0-2, 2 R, 2 BB
Pankake: 1-4, R, SO
Thompson (W): 5.2 IP, 3 H, BB, 5 SO
COMING UP NEXT: Spencer Turnbull (3-1, 3.03 ERA) will go for his fourth win of the season tonight as the Whitecaps and Hot Rods continue their series. Righthander Hyrum Formo (3-1, 4.22 ERA) will start for Bowling Green.