Norfolk Tides 5, Toledo Mud Hens 3 (box)
The Tides jumped on Shane Greene early, scoring three runs in the first inning while adding another in the third. Greene left the game after four innings with a blister on his right middle finger. Greene threw 71 pitches in the outing and allowed four runs on seven hits while striking out two. The Mud Hens offense came up with nine hits, including four extra base hits, but went 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Steven Moya hit his sixth home run of the season, while Jordan Lennerton and Miguel Gonzalez notched the other two RBIs.
Marte: 2-4, 2B, SO
Moya: 1-4, HR, R, RBI, SO
Lennerton: 1-4, 3B, R, RBI, SO
Avery: 1-4, SO, SB
Greene (L): 4.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, BB, 2 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Mud Hens are off today, but will kick off a three-game series on Tuesday against the Durham Bulls. Buck Farmer (6-2, 3.56 ERA) will start for Toledo against former Kansas City Royals lefthander Everett Teaford (4-5, 5.63 ERA).
Erie SeaWolves 3, Akron Rubber Ducks 1 (box)
Josh Turley scattered seven hits across six innings, allowing just one run as the SeaWolves won the opener of a doubleheader against Akron. Turley struck out five and did not walk a batter, and Drew VerHagen pitched a scoreless inning of relief for his first save. Drew Longley paced the Erie offense, collecting a double, a home run, and all three RBI in the win. Adam Plutko pitched a complete game for the Rubber Ducks, but took the loss, his first of the season.
Longley: 2-3, 2B, HR, R, 3 RBI, SO
Krizan: 1-3, SO
Turley (W): 6.0 IP, 7 H, ER, 5 SO
VerHagen (S): 1.0 IP, 0 ER, SO
Erie SeaWolves 2, Akron Rubber Ducks 1 (box)
Warwick Saupold was even more dominant than his teammate in the nightcap, allowing a run on two hits in six innings as the SeaWolves swept Sunday's doubleheader. Saupold struck out seven, tying a season high. James Robbins had both of the RBI in this game, scoring Harold Castro and Jeff McVaney with two outs in the fourth. Joe Mantiply earned his first save of the season with a scoreless seventh inning.
Robbins: 1-3, 2 RBI
Castro: 2-3, R, BB
A. Green: 1-2, BB, SO
Saupold (W): 6.0 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 7 SO
Mantiply (S): 1.0 IP, 0 ER, SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Longest Series Ever concludes today as the SeaWolves and Rubber Ducks play their sixth game in four days. Will Roberts (6-2, 3.76 ERA) will start for Akron.
South Bend Cubs 5, West Michigan Whitecaps 1 (box)
The Whitecaps managed just five hits against South Bend's pitching staff on Sunday afternoon, dropping the final game (and series) of the first half. Rashad Brown scored West Michigan's only run of the game after tripling in the sixth inning, their only extra base hit of the game. Starter Jeff Thompson was knocked around in four innings, allowing four runs on six hits. He drops to 2-7 on the season. Shortstop Gleyber Torres, one of the Cubs' top prospects, had a pair of RBI for South Bend.
Brown: 1-4, 3B, R
Kivett: 0-4, RBI
Thompson (L): 4.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO
Belisario: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Whitecaps get the next few days off for the Midwest League's All-Star Break, which takes place on Tuesday evening at Dozer Park in Peoria, Illinois. The Whitecaps return to action on Thursday against the Lansing Lugnuts.