Toledo Mud Hens 5, Norfolk Tides 4 (box)
Dixon Machado hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Mud Hens a hard-fought 5-4 comeback win on Thursday night. Down 4-0 in the sixth inning, the Hens scored twice in the sixth and seventh to tie the game. A strong effort from their bullpen -- including a scoreless inning from Bruce Rondon in the 10th -- kept Norfolk off the scoreboard long enough for Toledo to push across the winning run. Machado had three hits on the night and was a triple shy of the cycle.
Machado: 3-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI, SO
Avery: 3-5, 2B, R, RBI, SO
Pina: 1-4, 2 RBI, SO
Weber: 6.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R (3 ER), BB, 3 SO
Rondon (W): 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 SO
COMING UP NEXT: Toledo and Norfolk will continue their weekend series tonight at Fifth Third Field. Mike Belfiore (2-7, 6.34 ERA) will start for the Mud Hens against Eddie Gamboa (4-4, 3.45 ERA).
Lakeland Flying Tigers 7, Charlotte Stone Crabs 3 (box)
Lakeland scored all seven of their runs in the final three innings, coming back from a small 1-0 deficit to take three of four games from the Stone Crabs. Bobby Borchering, Francisco Martinez, and Raph Rhymes all doubled for the Flying Tigers, who finished the night with 10 hits overall. Rhymes and catcher Will Allen had a pair of RBI apiece. Starter Trent Szkutnik, who started the year with the West Michigan Whitecaps, allowed one run over five innings.
Allen: 2-3, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB
Martinez: 2-4, 2B, 2 R
Rhymes: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Szkutnik: 5.0 IP, 7 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
Crouse (W): 3.0 IP, H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Flying Tigers are off tomorrow, as the Florida State League All-Star Game will take place on Saturday evening. Four Lakeland players have been selected: pitchers Kevin Ziomek and Ryan Longstreth, first baseman Dominic Ficociello, and outfielder Ben Verlander.
Fort Wayne TinCaps 4, West Michigan Whitecaps 1 (box)
The TinCaps jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and a strong effort from their pitching staff made it stand up for all nine innings. The Whitecaps managed eight hits on the night, but went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left eight runners on base. Rashad Brown and Garrett Mattlage had two hits apiece for West Michigan. Starter Artie Lewicki worked five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits.
Mattlage: 2-4, 2B, SO
Pankake: 1-4, SO, SB
Lewicki (L): 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R (2 ER), BB, SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Whitecaps will head on the road for one final series before their All-Star break. They will face the South Bend Cubs in a three-game series starting tonight at 7:35 p.m., ET. Jeremy Null (6-1, 2.01 ERA) will start for the Cubs against West Michigan righty Fernando Perez (0-6, 3.74 ERA).