Former Detroit Tiger Quintin Berry and the Pawtucket Red Sox made quick work at the plate, facing off against Toledo and right-handed starter Thad Weber (2-3 8.10 ERA) on Tuesday evening. Weber struggled through three innings of work, as the Sox tagged the Toledo righty for four earned runs on six hits, including a solo home run surrendered to Pawtucket's Matt Spring in the second.
Toledo's only two runs came courtesy of a sacrifice fly by Manny Pina that scored Steven Moya. A sharp single from Dixon Machado would bring home Josh Wilson to give the Mud Hens their only other run. Machado and Jefry Marte led the Mud Hens offensively, posting the only extra-base hits for Toledo with a double apiece.
Berry, the former Detroit outfielder, worked Toledo pitching for a pair of hits and a run scored. Pawtucket tagged Toledo for a total of 11 hits on the day, handing Weber his third loss this season. Toledo falls to 10-14 with their fourth consecutive loss.
Machado: 2-4, 2B, RBI, SO
Fields: 1-4, BB, SO
Moya: 1-3, R, BB
Marte: 1-4, 2B, SO
Avery: 0-4, 2 SO
Pena: 0-2, RBI, BB
Weber (L): 3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO
COMING UP NEXT: Toledo will return Wednesday evening to face Pawtucket in game two of their home stand series. The Mud Hens have slated lefty Mike Belfiore (1-3 5.24 ERA) to face Pawtucket's Steven Wright (1-1 4.00 ERA).
Erie SeaWolves 5, Trenton Thunder 2 (box)
Right-handed starter Chad Green (1-1 6.65 ERA) and the Erie Seawolves are breathing a bit easier and smiling a little bigger since starting a streak of a different color. Green dazzled from the hill for Erie, working six strong innings. He held Trenton to four hits with no runs allowed in the second matchup between the two teams in this series.
Erie centerfielder Conner Harrell led the Seawolves offense with three hits, including a double in the second inning. Reliever Guido Knudson worked a pair of innings to replace Green. Knudson battled Trenton, allowing two earned runs on one hit, courtesy of a two-run blast from Trenton's Aaron Judge in the bottom of the eighth. Wade Gaynor iced the cake for Erie by lacing a deep solo shot over the left field wall, lifting the Seawolves over the Thunder 5-2. With the victory, the Seawolves move to 8-16 on the year.
Harrell: 3-4, R, 2B, SO
McVaney: 2-4, R, RBI, SO
Castro: 2-4, R, BB
Krizan: 1-4, R, RBI, SO
Gaynor, 1-4, R, HR, RBI, SO
Robbins: 0-4, 3 SO
Green (W): 6 IP, 4 H, BB, 3 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Seawolves will wrap their three-game travel series with Trenton on Wednesday with an early start against the Thunder before returning home to take on the Reading Fightin Phils (15-9) in a three-game series.
Just two days shy of his 20th birthday, Javier Betancourt gave another example of the maturity embodied by the young infielder. Betancourt led a hot Lakeland offense, including a pair of hits from Dominic Ficociello and Francisco Martinez, as the Flying Tigers (11-14) outplayed Daytona (16-10) to secure Lakeland's third straight victory. Ben Verlander contributed an RBI and extended his hit streak to five games, but he also struck out twice. The Lakeland offense fanned 12 times altogether.
Not one to be overshadowed by the offense, Lakeland righty Tommy Collier (3-1 1.52 ERA) tossed a gem for the Flying Tigers maneuvering six strong innings. He allowed five hits to Daytona, walking two and retiring four from the hill, holding Daytona scoreless.
Betancourt: 2-4, 2 R, 2B, RBI, BB
Ficociello: 2-4, R, BB, SO
Verlander: 1-5, 2 R, RBI, 2 SO
James: 1-4, R, BB, SO
Rhymes: 0-1, R, 2 BB
Longley: 0-4, 3 SO
Collier (W): 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 4 SO
COMING UP NEXT: Lakeland will look to close out the sweep against Daytona on Wednesday before hitting the road for a week of travel play against Dunedin and Jupiter.
Mother Nature had her way at Cooley Law School Stadium on Tuesday, forcing the West Michigan Whitecaps and the Lansing Lugnuts to postpone their matchup. Tuesday's game will serve as half of a doubleheader Wednesday evening, beginning at 5:05 pm in Lansing and consisting of two seven-inning games.
Scheduled starters for West Michigan include righthander Jeff Thompson (0-2 5.30 ERA) in the opener, with righty Spencer Turnbull (1-1 3.72 ERA) going head to head with the Lugnuts for the Wednesday finale.