The Mud Hens (36-45) welcomed the Indianapolis Indians (45-33) back to Fifth Third Field for the their series finale on Friday evening in front of a sellout crowd. An offensive surge by the Mud Hens gave Shane Greene (1-1, 3.47 ERA) the offensive support he needed to work through the Indians lineup for six innings. Greenw held the Indians to one run off six hits, tossing six strikeouts into the mix. Toledo was sparked by a typical clutch evening from Mike Hessman, who contributed a pair of runs and a pair of hits, including a double and a triple.
The newest addition to the Toledo batting order, Trayvon Robinson, added a pair of hits to the cause, bringing the team total to 10 hits for the evening. Following Greene's exit after his six innings, Angel Nesbitt (4.22 ERA) and Guido Knudson (1.74 ERA) made quick work of the Indians secure the Mud Hens a victory. Toledo pitching posted seven strikeouts, and Knudson notched his second save with the Mud Hens.
Hessman: 2-4, 2 R, 2B, 3B, RBI, SO
Robinson: 2-3, BB
McVaney: 2-4, RBI, 2 SO
Marte: 1-2, 2 R, 2 BB
Greene (W): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Mud Hens will hit the road on Saturday to face the Columbus Clippers (43-39) in a split road/home series; featuring each team hosting a trio of games, bringing the stretch to six total games between the two clubs. The first pitch for their Fourth of July matchup is scheduled for 7:05pm EST.
SeaWolves lefty Josh Turley (8-5, 2.75 ERA) notched his eighth win of the season on Friday, matching a career-high. Despite allowing eight hits throughout his seven innings of work, Turley was successful in holding the Mets to a pair of runs and did not allow a walk. Behind a few hits by Connor Harrell and Wade Gaynor, James Robbins was the hero of the evening. Robbins hit his second home run of the season, a two-run bomb over the wall for the SeaWolves in the bottom of the fourth. The win marked several milestones for Turley including this being his 15th career start as well as his 12th start where he allowed two runs or less to opposition (per Tom Reisenweber). Right-handed reliever Paul Voelker continued his superior season by adding one more save to his resume. Voelker is 11-for-12 in save opportunities this season.
Harrell: 2-3, R
Gaynor: 1-3, 2B
Robbins: 1-3, HR, R, 2 RBI
Krizan: 0-3, R, BB, 2 SO
Turley (W): 7.0 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 3 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The first place Bowie Baysox (46-33) will host the SeaWolves for a three-game series at Prince George's Stadium beginning Saturday evening. The Baysox currently sit 15 games over Erie in the Eastern League Western Division.
A lack of offense and 11 strikeouts were enough to cripple the Flying Tigers (35-42) in their game against Daytona (42-36) on Saturday. Lakeland lefty Locke St. John (2-7, 4.72 ERA) took the loss for the Flying Tigers, allowing three runs off six hits with five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. The single run scored by the Flying Tigers came off a wild pitch to Dominic Ficociello, providing an opportunity for Jiwan James to cross the plate in the ninth inning. Ficociello and James were among four Flying Tigers to hit for the evening, as Lakeland finished the evening going 4-for-28 at the plate. Daytona's Sebastian Elizalde contributed the highlight for 3,834 fans in attendance with a home run to right field in the seventh inning.
James: 1-3, R, BB, 2 SO
Rhymes: 1-4, SO
Betancourt: 1-4, SO
Ficociello: 1-4, 2 SO
St. John (L): 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, BB, 5 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The third place Dunedin Blue Jays will make their way to Joker Marchant Stadium on Saturday for a Fourth of July start to a three-game series. The Independence Day special is set to kick off at 5:00 pm EST.
West Michigan Whitecaps 6, Great Lakes Loons 1 (box)
The Whitecaps (39-39) returned to Dow Diamond to face the Loons (41-36) for the second of their two-game road series before returning home. West Michigan righthander A.J. Ladwig (7-6, 3.74 ERA) came out ready to work, and the 12 Whitecaps hits gave him just the support he needed. Ladwig controlled the hill through eight innings, scattering six hits, striking out four and holding the Loons to one run. For the Whitecaps, Zach Shepherd led the charge with a trio of hits and contributing a pair of runs. Joey Pankake posted the only extra base hit for West Michigan with his 13th double of the season. Big Joe Jimenez (3-1, 1.88 ERA) worked a solid inning in relief and West Michigan posted their third consecutive win.
Shepherd: 3-4, R, 2 RBI, BB, SO
Gerber: 2-5, R, RBI
Pankake: 1-5, 2B, SO
Perez: 2-5, SO
Kengor: 1-5, 2 R, 3 SO
Ladwig (W): 8.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 4 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Whitecaps will take the hosting hat from Great Lakes to welcome the Loons for a pair of games at Fifth Third Ballpark, beginning on Saturday for a Fourth of July celebration. West Michigan will host a pair of games against the Lake County Captains on Monday and Tuesday before hitting the road once again.
Lowell Spinners 2, Connecticut Tigers 1 (box)
The Tigers broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the eighth when a wild pitch from Lowell's Enfember Martinez scored Connecticut shortstop Keaton Jones. Unfortunately, relievers Gerson Moreno and Jordan Smith combined to allow two runs in the top of the ninth, snapping Connecticut's five-game win streak. Starter Spenser Watkins was excellent, allowing just three hits and a walk in six shutout innings. The Connecticut offense was not, however. They collected just three hits on the night. Christin Stewart reached base twice with a walk and a double.
Stewart: 1-3, 2B, BB, SO
Jones: 1-4, 2B, R, SO
Watkins: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, BB 5 SO
Moreno (L): 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 SO
Smith (BS): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER
COMING UP NEXT: Matt Hall (0-0, 4.50 ERA) will get the Fourth of July start for Connecticut against Bowdien Derby of the Vermont Lake Monsters.