Norfolk Tides 5, Toledo Mud Hens 4 (box)
Jefry Marte broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the tenth inning with his 11th home run of the year, only to see the Norfolk Tides score a pair of runs in the bottom half to walk it off against reliever Jose Valdez. Alex Avila, in his first rehab start, guided starter Tim Melville through six solid innings adding a single in three trips to the plate. Melville allowed two runs, departing after getting the first out of the seventh with a 3-2 lead. Angel Nesbitt took over to finish the inning, but allowed the tying run in the eighth, setting the stage for the tenth inning drama.
Jefry Marte: 2-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI, SO
Alex Avila: 1-3, SO
Tyler Collins: 1-4, RBI, SO, BB
Tim Melville: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, SO, 3 BB
Jose Valdez: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB
Coming Up Next: A pitching duel may be in the works as the Mud Hens send Shane Greene (0-1, 3.18 ERA) to the mound to take on the Tides' Mike Wright (4-0, 2.45 ERA).
Erie SeaWolves 2, Altoona Curve 1 (box)
Josh Turley (W, 7-5, 2.76 ERA) was brilliant on Friday night, dominating the Curve over eight shutout innings, allowing just one unearned run to earn the victory. The left-hander, who features a hard knuckleball as his primary off-speed pitch, punched out six in his best start of the year to date. Jeff McVaney and Harold Castro paced the SeaWolves offense out of the top two spots in the order. Each chipped in a pair of hits, with McVaney cracking a double to drive in recently promoted shortstop Jared Reaves for the eventual game winner in the eighth inning. Drew VerHagen (S 2, 3.38 ERA), newly converted to a relief role, walked a pair and allowed a hit before recovering to earn his second save in his new role. The game concluded a 10-game road trip in which the SeaWolves went 6-4.
Jeff McVaney: 2-4, 2B, RBI, SO
Harold Castro: 2-3
Josh Turley: 8.0 IP, 5 H, 6 SO
Drew VerHagen: 1.0 IP, H, SO, 2 BB
Coming Up Next: Chad Green (2-9, 5.18 ERA) takes the ball for the SeaWolves on Saturday night as they open a three-game home series against the Bowie Baysox. He'll take on Elih Villanueva (5-5, 2.54 ERA).
The Flying Tigers' offense broke out with a three-run first inning and never looked back, taking down the Yankees on Friday night. Jiwan James led the way with a double early and then smoked a two-run shot in the sixth to put the game out of reach. Javier Betancourt and Dominic Ficociello also had big nights with five hits including a double between them. Matt Crouse (W, 4-1, 2.03 ERA) went five strong innings, striking out just one but scattering five hits to earn the win. Calvin Drummond pitched two scoreless in relief, while Paul Voelker (S, 7, 1.64 ERA) handled the final two innings for the save.
Jiwan James: 3-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, SO
Dominic Ficociello: 2-5, 2B, RBI, R, SO
Javier Betancourt: 3-5, R
Matt Crouse: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 SO
Paul Voelker: 2.0 IP, 2 H, R, SO
Coming Up Next: Lakeland comes home to Joker Marchant Stadium to open a four-game set with the Jupiter Hammerheads on Saturday. Kevin Ziomek (4-5, 4.48 ERA) will take the ball for the Flying Tigers.
West Michigan Whitecaps 8, Lansing Lugnuts 4 (box)
After Joey Pankake launched a solo home-run in the sixth inning to tie the game, the Whitecaps offense broke out with a four-run eighth inning to pull away to a decisive victory on Friday. Artie Lewicki started for the Whitecaps, but was bled for four runs in five innings. He gave way to Gage Smith (W, 3-1, 2.30 ERA) who shut down the Lugnuts offense over three innings of work to collect the win. Ross Kivett led the Whitecaps offense with a four-hit night, scoring a pair of runs. Garrett Mattlage and Austin Schotts each added a pair of RBI for the Whitecaps. Johan Belisario pitched a clean ninth in a non-save situation to close out the night.
Joey Pankake: 2-5, HR, RBI, R, SO
Ross Kivett: 4-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI
Will Kengor: 2-5, 2B, RBI, R, SO
Garrett Mattlage: 2-4, 2 RBI, R, SO
Gage Smith: 3.0 IP, 4 H, BB, SO
Coming Up Next: A.J. Ladwag (6-5, 4.20 ERA) will take the mound for the Whitecaps in game three on Saturday night. The Lugnuts will start Shane Dawson (9-4, 3.16 ERA), with first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm ET.