Pawtucket Red Sox 5, Toledo Mud Hens 3 (box)
A two-run shot off the bat of Dixon Machado put the Mud Hens up early in this one, and they held the lead into the fifth inning. Unfortunately, starter Buck Farmer (6-1, 2.98 ERA) allowed a solo shot to Pawtucket's Jackie Bradley, Jr. to tie the game in the fifth, and the PawSox added a pair against Guido Knudson in the sixth to take the lead and eventually the victory. Rafael Dolis came on for the Mud Hens and pitched a pair of scoreless innings, but the Mud Hens were unable to mount any offense late in this one.
Machado: 1-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, SO
Lennerton: 2-3, R
Moya: 0-4, 2 SO
Farmer: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
Knudson (L): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Mud Hens take on the Red Sox in game two of a four-game set from Pawtucket, sending Thad Weber (4-3, 4.02 ERA) against Keith Couch (3-6, 4.73 ERA).
Trenton Thunder 6, Erie SeaWolves 0 (box)
Chad Green (2-8, 5.59 ERA) hemorrhaged six runs before departing in the seventh inning to take the loss for the SeaWolves. Meanwhile, the offense was nearly no-hit, with Wynton Bernard managing a single and a walk for the totality of the SeaWolves offense on Thursday night. Joe Mantiply came on to finally shut the door on the Thunder offense in a thankless appearance.
Bernard: 1-3, BB
C. Green (L): 6.1 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, 4 SO
Mantiply: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 3 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The SeaWolves will look to Tommy Collier (4-4, 1.99 ERA) to right the ship as they kick off a three-game road series against the Richmond Flying Squirrels and starter Tyler Beede (3-2, 1.97 ERA).
Fort Myers Miracle 2, Lakeland Flying Tigers 1 (box)
It was a long day for the Flying Tigers on Thursday as they were swept in a double-header that included a 13-inning game. Montreal Robertson (2-6, 3.20 ERA) took the loss in game one, surrendering the go-ahead run on a single and a double in the 13th inning after pitching scoreless 11th and 12th innings. Flying Tigers' starter Brennan Smith gave up one run in three innings of work. The relievers did solid work from there, especially Paul Voelker who continues to dominate Advanced A-ball, throwing three scoreless innings with six strikeouts. Ben Verlander contributed a pair of singles, and Dominic Ficociello drove in the Flying Tigers' sole run in the contest.
Verlander: 2-5, SO
Ficociello: 0-5, RBI, 2 SO
Smith: 3.0 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 SO, BB
Voelker: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 6 SO, BB
Robertson (L): 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 SO
Fort Myers Miracle 7, Lakeland Flying Tigers 3 (box)
Flying Tigers' starter Jonathan Maciel (2-6, 6.1 ERA) was rocked for seven runs in game two, as the team dropped its fifth straight game. Raph Rhymes and Javier Betancourt each had two hits, while Francisco Martinez had the sole RBI on the night.
Rhymes: 2-3, R, BB
Betancourt: 2-3, 2 R, BB
Martinez: 1-3, RBI
Maciel (L): 5.1 IP, 12 H, 7 ER, BB, 3 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Flying Tigers will try to re-group at they take on the Dunedin Blue Jays in the first of a three-game set. The starters have yet to be announced.
Peoria Chiefs 8, West Michigan Whitecaps 5 (box)
A five-run first inning sank Whitecaps' starter Artie Lewicki (0-1, 5.79 ERA), though he recovered to give his team five innings. Reliever Gage Smith surrendered three more in the seventh inning as the game slipped out of reach. The Whitecaps battled back with a two-run eighth, but fell short of a comeback. Austin Kivett launched a solo shot in the third inning. Joey Pankake and Shane Zeile each added a pair of hits and an RBI apiece in the losing effort.
Pankake: 2-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, SO
Kivett: 1-5, HR, R, RBI
Zeile: 2-3, RBI, BB
Lewicki (L): 5.0 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, BB, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: Fernando Perez (0-5, 3.75 ERA) will take the mound for the Whitecaps against the Chiefs' Jack Flaherty (0-1, 2.08 ERA) in game two of a four-game set.