Toledo Mud Hens 9, Columbus Clippers 6 (box)
A four-run eighth inning gave the Mud Hens a late win in a back-and-forth affair with the Clippers. Corey Jones' RBI double gave Toledo a 7-6 advantage, then a pair of Columbus errors in Alexi Casilla's at-bat helped Toledo pad their lead. Casilla had two hits and two runs scored on the night, one of three Mud Hens with multi-hit games. Steven Moya and Mike Hessman both homered for Toledo, and the top seven hitters in their lineup scored at least one run. Starter Buck Farmer allowed three runs in five innings, while Rafael Dolis picked up the win in relief.
Moya: 2-5, HR, R, 3 RBI
Casilla: 2-5, 2B, 2 R, SO
Hessman: 1-4, HR, R, RBI, BB, 3 SO
Holaday: 1-4, R, RBI, BB
Farmer: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO
Dolis (W): 2.0 IP, 0 ER, BB, 2 SO
COMING UP NEXT: Thad Weber (5-3, 3.59 ERA) will take the mound for Toledo today as they play the second of a six-game home-and-home series with the Clippers. Shaun Marcum (4-1, 1.95 ERA) will start for Columbus.
Bowie Baysox 2, Erie SeaWolves 1 (box)
SeaWolves starter Chad Green gave up a pair of runs in the third inning, but worked seven strong frames in a losing effort. He struck out seven while walking three, but was handed his 11th loss of the season as his offense was unable to put together many scoring chances. Alberto Gonzalez had two hits for Erie, including a solo shot in the sixth inning to cut the lead in half. Connor Harrell also had a pair of hits, but the rest of the Erie offense was only able to muster two hits all evening.
Gonzalez: 2-4, HR, R, RBI
Harrell: 2-3, SB
Green (L): 7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The SeaWolves will continue their series against Bowie this afternoon, starting at 2:05 p.m. ET. Derek Hankins (2-6, 5.43 ERA) will start for Erie.
Lakeland Flying Tigers 6, Dunedin Blue Jays 2 (box)
Lakeland scored three runs in the first inning and jumped out to a 4-0 lead, giving starter Jonathan Maciel all the cushion he needed to cruise to his third win of the year. Maciel allowed two runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out four. The Flying Tigers collected 12 hits, three off the bat of outfielder Ben Verlander. Francisco Martinez chipped in five RBI on the day, including a three-run homer in the first. Javier Betancourt had two hits and scored three times for the Flying Tigers.
Martinez: 2-3, 2B, HR, R, 5 RBI
Betancourt: 2-3, 2B, 3 R, BB
Verlander: 3-4, RBI, SO
Greiner: 0-4, SO
Maciel (W): 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO
Verastegui: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, BB, 4 SO
COMING UP NEXT: Trent Szkutnik (0-2, 7.80 ERA) has struggled since being promoted to Lakeland, but he will look to get back on track this afternoon against the Blue Jays at Joker Marchant Stadium.
West Michigan Whitecaps 6, Great Lakes Loons 5 (box)
Spencer Turnbull wasn't particularly sharp, allowing four runs and four walks in six innings of work, but his offense came through to hand him his sixth win of the season. The teams were tied at four in the sixth inning when a wild pitch from Loons reliever Cameron Palmer scored Zach Shepherd. Ross Kivett scored on a Joey Pankake sacrifice fly in the seventh to pad the lead, and Johan Belisario was able to work around a solo homer from Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Alex Verdugo to notch his ninth save. The Whitecaps drew seven walks in all, four by Kivett himself.
Hill: 3-5, 2 R, SO
Kivett: 0-1, R, 4 BB
Pankake: 1-3, 2B, 3 RBI
Shepherd: 1-4, R, SO
Turnbull (W): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO
COMING UP NEXT: Jeff Thompson (3-7, 5.34 ERA) and Matt Shelton (0-0, 8.59 ERA) will square off this afternoon as the Whitecaps and Loons finish up their four-game home-and-home series. West Michigan will kick off a similar four-game set against the Lake County Captains on Monday.
Connecticut Tigers 7, Vermont Lake Monsters 6 (box)
Connecticut jumped out to a 7-2 lead on Vermont, scoring all of their runs in the middle innings, and were able to hold off a late rally from the Lake Monsters for their eighth win of the year. Second baseman Patrick Mackenzie had three hits for Connecticut, while Kade Scivicque and Jose Zambrano added a pair of hits apiece. Joey Havrilak and Josh Lester both homered, driving in five of the seven runs the Tigers scored. Chase Edwards picked up the win in relief despite allowing five runs, while starter Matt Hall had a no-decision after three shutout innings. Drew Smith continued his strong early work with three strikeouts in two innings, collecting his first save of the year.
Mackenzie: 3-5, 2B, R, SO
Havrilak: 2-4, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, SO
Lester: 1-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, BB, SO
Scivicque: 2-5, R, SO
Zambrano: 2-3, R, BB, SO
Hall: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
Edwards (W): 3.0 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, BB, SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Tigers and Lake Monsters will continue their series this afternoon at Dodd Memorial Stadium. Sandy Baez (1-1, 5.63 ERA) will start for Connecticut against Vermont's Kyle Friedrichs (0-0, 3.00 ERA).