The Indians shelled Alberto Cabrera in the eighth inning to pull away in a once-close game in Toledo. Josh Wilson was the only Mud Hen to collect multiple hits while Thad Weber pitched deep into the game, collecting a quality start and a loss. New call-up Dean Green went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
Weber (L, 6-5): 7.0 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, BB, 5 SO
Cabrera: 0.0 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, BB
Wilson: 2-3, 2B, R
Moya: 1-4, 2B, RBI
Up Next: The Mud Hens take on Indianapolis again at home tonight, starting at 7:00 p.m. EDT. Kyle Ryan (0-6, 4.58 ERA) starts for Toledo.
Akron Rubber Ducks 5, Erie SeaWolves 2 (box)
A few things I learned: apparently Akron has a Double-A team, it is not named after Lebron James, and it's called the Rubber Ducks. The Rubber Ducks got to Austin Kubitza for a pair of runs in the first and didn't relinquish the lead. The SeaWolves had just one extra-base hit on the game, a Tony Thomas home run. Erie's pitchers struck out eight on the game but waked six.
Kubitza (L, 5-8): 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO
Saupold: 3.0 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
Gonzalez: 2-3, BB, RBI
Thomas: 2-3, HR, RBI
Up Next: Derek Hankins (3-6, 5.04 ERA) toes the slab for Erie tonight at 7:05 p.m. EDT against the Rubber Ducks.
It's starting to get ridiculous how often the Flying Tigers find themselves in extra innings. They played another 16-inning marathon on Thursday, and eventually lost on a JaCoby Jones RBI double. Will Clinard was the losing pitcher for a weary Lakeland staff that pitched a full 10 innings of relief. Francisco Martinez had a five-hit day with no help coming from his team.
Clinard (L, 0-1): 1.1 IP, 2 H, ER, BB
Mayberry: 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO
Smith: 5.1 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 4 SO
Martinez: 5-6, BB
James: 2-7, 3B, RBI
Up Next: If Lakeland has any pitchers left, Kevin Ziomek (5-7, 4.07 ERA) will lead the charge in Bradenton at 6:30 p.m. EDT tonight.
West Michigan Whitecaps 5, Dayton Dragons 4 (F/10) (box)
Rashad Brown walked off for West Michigan last night, singling home Zach Shepherd with two down in the 10th. Shepherd was a monster all game long, reaching base four times. Trey Teakell struck out a pair in the tenth to earn the win. West Michigan had 16 baserunners on the game, but just one extra base hit.
Teakell (W, 1-0): 1.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 2 SO
Belisario (BS, 4): 1.2 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 3 SO
Brown: 2-5, RBI, R, BB
Shepherd: 2-2, 2 BB, 2 R, RBI
Mattlage: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI
Up Next: The Whitecaps host Dayton tonight at 7:00 p.m. EDT. Spencer Turnbull (7-2, 3.08 ERA) is the starting pitcher for West Michigan.
Lowell Spinners 1, Connecticut Tigers 0 (box)
Connecticut's offense fell asleep last night to waste a brilliant pitching duo. Matt Hall and Chase Edwards struck out 12 while walking nary a batter and still lost. Josh Lester was the only Tiger with multiple hits, and, much like Erie and West Michigan, Connecticut only had one extra base hit on the night.
Edwards (L, 2-3): 6.0 IP, 4 H, R (0 ER), 8 SO
Hall: 3.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 4 SO
Pirtle: 1-3, 2B, 2 BB
Up Next: Sandy Baez (1-3, 8.40) looks to turn things around tonight in Lowell. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. EDT.