Toledo Mud Hens 3, Charlotte Knights 2 (box)
Bryan Holaday laced a single into left field off Charlotte reliever Jairo Asencio to score Xavier Avery in the bottom of the 10th inning, capping a 3-2 comeback win for the Mud Hens. Holaday's single was one of just four hits for the Hens all night, two of which came against starter Eric Surkamp. The Mud Hens drew a pair of walks, but were otherwise stymied by the Charlotte staff, which struck out 10 in the losing effort.
Kyle Ryan didn't get the win, but he put in a deserving effort with seven strong innings. Ryan allowed two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and three walks. Ryan Perry -- yes, that Ryan Perry -- threw two scoreless innings and looked impressive, by all accounts. Alberto Cabrera got the win after throwing a scoreless frame in the top of the 10th.
Holaday: 1-4, RBI, 2 SO
Lennerton: 1-3, RBI, BB
Hessman: 1-3, HR, RBI, SO
Fields: 0-3, R, BB, SO
Ryan: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO
Cabrera (W): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Mud Hens continue their series with the Knights tonight at Fifth Third Field. Tim Melville (1-3, 5.13 ERA) will start for Toledo against former Tigers righthander Brad Penny (1-3, 7.27 ERA).
Erie SeaWolves 9, Reading Fightin' Phils 7 (box)
The SeaWolves erased a five-run deficit in one inning last night, and eventually came out on top in a wild game against the Fightin' Phils. Reading jumped all over Erie starter Josh Turley, scoring five runs on seven hits and four walks in six innings. Leading 5-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth, Erie roared back with a five-spot of their own, chasing Reading starter Tom Windle. Erie pulled ahead with two more runs in the seventh, but Reading tied the score with two runs in the top of the ninth. With extra inning looming, Connor Harrell took care of business in the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off two-run home run. Harrell, Dean Green, and Jeff McVaney all had three hits for the SeaWolves.
Harrell: 3-5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, 2 SO
Green: 3-5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI
McVaney: 3-4, R, BB
Prince: 2-4, RBI, SO
Turley: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO
Mayberry (BS, W): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER
COMING UP NEXT: The SeaWolves and Fightin' Phils match up again tonight at Jerry Uht Park. Derek Hankins (2-3, 3.94 ERA) will start for Erie against Reading righthander Ben Lively (2-0, 2.16 ERA).
The Blue Jays jumped on Lakeland starter Jonathan Maicel early, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning en route to a 5-2 victory. Maicel calmed down, but still allowed four runs on 10 hits in six innings with four strikeouts. Offensively, the Flying Tigers couldn't get much going against a crew of four Dunedin pitchers. Javier Betancourt led the way with a pair of hits, while Dominic Ficociello had the other Lakeland RBI. Jiwan James hit his third triple of the season and scored a run.
Betancourt: 2-4, R, RBI
Ficociello: 1-4, RBI, 2 SO
James: 1-4, 3B, R, SO
Verlander: 0-3, BB, SO
Greiner: 0-3, 2 SO
Maicel (L): 6.0 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 4 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Flying Tigers and Blue Jays continue their series tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Righthander Justin Schafer (0-0, 1.80 ERA) will toe the rubber for Dunedin.
West Michigan Whitecaps 4, Dayton Dragons 3 (box)
The Whitecaps won in comeback fashion last night, scoring three runs in the sixth and seventh innings to win their third game in the row. Starter Trent Szkutnik allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, but the bullpen shut the door from then on. Joe Jimenez earned his second save of the year with a three-strikeout ninth inning. The Whitecaps only had four hits on the night, but drew 10 (!) walks, six by Dragons starter Wyatt Strahan. Shane Zeile had two RBI, and Zach Shepherd both scored and drove in a run.
Zeile: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, SO
Shepherd: 0-3, R, RBI, SO
Pankake: 1-2, R, RBI, 3 BB
Kivett: 1-4, R, BB
Hill: 0-3, 2 BB, SO
Szkutnik: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 4 SO
Hemmer (W): 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, BB, 5 SO
Jimenez (S): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 3 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Whitecaps and Dragons finish off their three-game series tonight at 7:00 p.m. Fernando Perez (0-3, 3.74 ERA) will get the start for West Michigan against Tejay Antone (2-2, 2.43 ERA).