Toledo Mud Hens 5, Louisville Bats 2 (box)
Mike Hessman and Corey Jones both homered in a four-run sixth inning to give the Mud Hens a 5-2 win in their series opener against the Bats. Hessman's home run moved him to within three of all-time minor league home run record holder Buzz Arlett. Jones' home run drove in three runs, breaking a 2-2 tie. Thad Weber had another strong outing for the Mud Hens, working seven innings while allowing two runs off six hits. Tom Gorzelanny allowed a pair of walks to the only two batters he faced, but Drew VerHagen worked a pair of scoreless innings for his first save.
Jones: 2-4, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI
Hessman: 2-4, 2B, HR, R, RBI
Machado: 2-4, RBI
Weber (W): 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, 2 SO
VerHagen (S): 2.0 IP, 0 ER, SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Mud Hens and Bats will play a doubleheader this evening starting at 5:00 p.m. ET. Mike Belfiore (3-8, 5.68 ERA) will start game one for Toledo.
Erie SeaWolves 6, Harrisburg Senators 3 (box)
Erie's Tony Thomas hit a game-tying home run in the top of the sixth inning, then added an insurance run in the top of the seventh with an RBI single to help the SeaWolves get back in the win column. Thomas had four hits in five at-bats and scored three times. Connor Harrell added a trio of hits and two RBI. Wynton Bernard scored the eventual game-winning run after getting hit by a pitch and stealing second base. Josh Turley picked up the win for Erie, allowing three runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Thomas: 4-5, 2B, HR, 3 R, 2 RBI
Harrell: 3-5, 2B, R, 2 RBI, 2 SO
Green: 1-5, R, RBI
Turley (W): 6.2 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
Voelker (S): 1.0 IP, 0 ER, BB
COMING UP NEXT: Chad Green (2-11, 5.00 ERA) will start for Erie tonight as they continue their series against Harrisburg. Richard Bleier (6-3, 2.96 ERA) will start for the Senators.
St. Lucie Mets 5, Lakeland Flying Tigers 4 (box)
The Flying Tigers followed Michael Gerber's advice and kept their game to nine innings, but unfortunately, they came up on the losing end against St. Lucie. Reliever Whit Mayberry allowed a run on two hits in the top of the ninth, breaking a 4-4 tie. The Flying Tigers had a lead after starter Trent Szkutnik worked five solid innings, but Mayberry and Calvin Drummond combined to allow three runs in the seventh to let St. Lucie back into the mix.
Betancourt: 2-4, R, BB
Ficociello: 2-3, 2 R, BB
Martinez: 2-5, R, 2 SO
Szkutnik: 5.0 IP, 8 H, ER, BB, 3 SO
Mayberry (L): 2.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), BB, 4 SO
COMING UP NEXT: Brennan Smith (4-0, 1.93 ERA) and Miller Diaz (4-6, 3.81 ERA) will face off today as the Flying Tigers and Mets continue their four-game series.
West Michigan Whitecaps 4, Bowling Green Hot Rods 3 (box)
The Whitecaps scored two runs apiece in the third and fourth innings, jumping out to a 4-1 lead that their pitching staff was able to hold, giving Spencer Turnbull his seventh win of the season. Turnbull held the Hot Rods to two runs on eight hits in six innings, striking out six. Joey Pankake led the charge for the Whitecaps offense with three hits and an RBI. The Whitecaps moved to 10-5 in the second half and are one half game behind the Fort Wayne TinCaps in the Eastern Division standings.
Pankake: 3-4, RBI
Kengor: 2-4, RBI, SO
Kivett: 1-4, 2B, R, RBI, SO
Turnbull (W): 6.0 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, BB, 6 SO
Jimenez (S): 1.0 IP, H, R (0 ER)
COMING UP NEXT: A.J. Ladwig (7-6, 3.74 ERA) will take the mound for the Whitecaps tonight, facing Bowling Green starter Henry Centeno (5-5, 4.18 ERA).
State College Spikes 7, Connecticut Tigers 5 (box)
After falling behind 4-0 early, a Connecticut rally was cut short when the Spikes followed a three-run Tigers sixth inning with three of their own in the bottom half of the frame. Tigers starter Matt Hall was roughed up, allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits and a walk in three innings. Reliever Chase Edwards was no better, taking the loss after he gave up three runs on four hits in three frames. Christin Stewart continued his slugging ways, collecting a single and a triple in five at-bats. Stewart has a .513 slugging percentage in 11 games for Connecticut.
Stewart: 2-5, 2 R, 3B, SO
Allen: 2-4, 2B, R, RBI, SO
Donnels: 2-4, 2B, R, RBI, SO
Hall: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R (3 ER), BB, 4 SO
Edwards (L): 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, BB, 2 SO
COMING UP NEXT: Sandy Baez (1-2, 6.55 ERA) will look to improve his record to .500 tonight when he takes on Mitch Gueller (2-1, 3.71 ERA) and the Williamsport Crosscutters. The Tigers and Crosscutters will play a three-game series before Connecticut has an off day on Tuesday.