Syracuse Chiefs 3, Toledo Mud Hens 2 (box)
Shane Greene worked 7 1/3 shutout innings in his first minor league start of the season, but the Mud Hens blew a 2-0 lead in the ninth inning and lost in extra innings. Greene was as sharp as anyone could hope for after his demotion, allowing just four hits and a walk, though he only struck out one batter. The bullpen was not, though. Alberto Cabrera blew his third save of the year in the ninth, allowing two runs on three hits. Angel Nesbitt took the loss in the 10th after making an error on a sacrifice bunt attempt. Victor Martinez broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning with an RBI double off Chiefs starter Paolo Espino, and finished the night 1-for-4.
Martinez: 1-4, 2B, RBI
Fields: 1-3, BB, SO
Greene: 7.1 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, BB, SO
Cabrera (BS): 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, SO
Nesbitt (L): 0.1 IP, 0 H, ER, BB
COMING UP NEXT: The Mud Hens and Chiefs will finish up their three-game series this afternoon at NBT Bank Stadium. Buck Farmer (6-1, 2.98 ERA) will start for Toledo against P.J. Walters (1-1, 6.00 ERA) of the Chiefs.
Erie SeaWolves 6, New Hampshire Fisher Cats 3 (box)
The SeaWolves offense pounded out 11 hits against New Hampshire pitching last night, but it took a three-run eighth inning to finally break a 3-3 tie as Erie evened their series with the Fisher Cats. Wynton Bernard led the charge, as usual, with three hits and a run scored. Jason Krizan, Austin Green, and Tony Thomas all had multi-hit games, and Thomas' solo home run in the fourth inning was Erie's only extra base hit. Chad Green worked seven strong innings, striking out six, but Joe Rogers got the win after pitching a scoreless eighth inning.
Bernard: 3-4, R
Krizan: 2-4, 2 R
Thomas: 2-3, HR, R, RBI, BB, SO
A. Green: 2-4, SO
C. Green: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, BB, 6 SO
Rogers (W): 1.0 IP, 0 ER, SO
COMING UP NEXT: Erie and New Hampshire will face off in a rubber match of their three-game series this afternoon at Jerry Uht Park. Joel Pineiro (2-2, 4.50 ERA) will start for the Fisher Cats.
Charlotte Stone Crabs 3, Lakeland Flying Tigers 2 (box)
A three-run fifth inning off Lakeland reliever Julio Felx was enough run support to give the Stone Crabs a win in the first game of last night's doubleheader. Kevin Ziomek was sharp for the Flying Tigers, allowing two hits and two walks in four shutout innings. Charlotte starter Matt Moore, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, allowed two runs on four hits in 4 2/3 innings. The Flying Tigers only managed five hits, but four went for extra bases, including a home run off the bat of Raph Rhymes, his fifth of the season.
Rhymes: 1-3, HR, R, 2 RBI
Ficociello: 1-3, 2B
James: 1-3, 2B, R, SO
Ziomek: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
Felix (L): 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, BB, 2 SO
Lakeland Flying Tigers 2, Charlotte Stone Crabs 1 (box)
The Flying Tigers scored in the second and third innings of the nightcap, and strong efforts from Brennan Smith and Paul Voelker were enough to seal a doubleheader split for Lakeland. Hits were at a premium in this game, as the two teams combined for just nine base hits in seven innings. Charlotte's offense drew four walks, three of which came from Voelker in two innings.
Rhymes: 1-3, SO
Borchering: 1-3, 2B, RBI, SO
Salgado: 0-1, R, 2 BB, SB
Smith (W): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, BB, 3 SO
Voelker (S): 2.0 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 BB, SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Flying Tigers and Stone Crabs will continue their four-game series this morning in a 10:00 a.m. ET start. Eduar Quinonez (0-1, 5.14 ERA) will start for Charlotte.
West Michigan Whitecaps 7, Fort Wayne TinCaps 1 (box)
The Whitecaps offense gave starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull an early cushion, and the burly righthander made the most of it, working 5 2/3 shutout innings. Turnbull struck out five while allowing four hits and two walks, lowering his ERA to 2.67 this season. Rashad Brown and Ross Kivett led the Whitecaps offense with two hits apiece, but a sloppy TinCaps defense was a major reason why the Whitecaps rolled so easily in this one. Fort Wayne committed five errors, resulting in just two earned runs for TinCaps pitching on the night.
Brown: 2-5, 2 R, RBI
Kivett: 2-3, 2 2B, R, RBI, SO
Shepherd: 1-3, 2B, R, BB, SO
Turnbull (W): 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Whitecaps have two more home games against the TinCaps before heading out on a seven game road trip surrounding the Midwest League All-Star Game next Tuesday.
The Whitecaps placed outfielder Derek Hill on the seven-day disabled list with an undisclosed injury prior to Tuesday's game against Fort Wayne. While the seven-day DL is only used for concussion injuries in the major leagues, it can be used for any type of injury in the minors. Outfielder Rashad Brown was recalled to take Hill's place. The Whitecaps also promoted right-handed pitcher Scott Sitz, and sent Nate Fury to short-season Connecticut.