Indianapolis Indians 4, Toledo Mud Hens 3 (F/11) (box)
Following a day off, Toledo (47-69) hit the road for the start of a fresh series against the Indianapolis Indians (69-48) and it was Toledo right hander Luis Cessa (0-1, 8.74 ERA) who toed the rubber for the Mud Hens. Cessa worked six innings, allowing three runs off five hits and striking out four. Daniel Fields was one of four Mud Hens to post a multi-hit night to compile 11 hits overall for Toledo. Mike Hessman and Jeff McVaney each contributed a double. The Indians matched a two-run half inning from Toledo in the seventh to tie it up and gave just enough room for the minor league extra inning epidemic to strike. As Angel Nesbitt (1-5, 5.40 ERA) entered to work the 11th for the Mud Hens, a throw miscue proved to be enough to allow the winning run to cross the plate for the Indians, handing Nesbitt his fifth loss this season in Toledo.
Fields: 2-4, R, RBI, BB, SO
Machado: 2-5, RBI
Moya: 2-5, 2 SO
Hessman: 2-5, 2B, SO
Cessa: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BB, 4 SO
Nesbitt (L): 0.1 IP, H, ER, BB, SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Mud Hens will return to Victory Field on Wednesday to kick off game two of their three-game road series.
Clearwater Thrashers 4, Lakeland Flying Tigers 1 (box)
The month of August has not been accommodating to the Lakeland Flying Tigers (42-68) thus far and the action on Tuesday evening against Clearwater (65-51) continued the trend. Brennan Smith (4-4, 2.72 ERA) got the call to throw for the Flying Tigers and despite holding the Thrashers to a pair of runs throughout his six-inning campaign, run support from the Lakeland offense was unable to fill the void. Curt Powell was responsible for the only run scored for the Flying Tigers, as well as two of the five Lakeland hits overall. Francisco Martinez added a double and an RBI; his 48th this season. Lakeland moves to 1-7 for the month, dropping their seventh consecutive contest.
Powell: 2-4, R
Martinez: 1-4, 2B, RBI, SO
Smith, B (L): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 4 SO
COMING UP NEXT: Lakeland will wrap their three-game series on Wednesday against Clearwater with Jairo Labourt (2-8, 4.88 ERA) slated to face off against Thrashers' lefty Matt Imhof (6-4, 3.21 ERA).
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 5, West Michigan Whitecaps 3 (box)
West Michigan (57-55) took to the road for a visit to the west to face off with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (39-74) for the start of a three-game road series for the Whitecaps. It didn't take long for Wisconsin to show they were dialed in at the plate, facing West Michigan's Ross Seaton (9-6, 3.76 ERA). Seaton was tagged for seven hits, including a two-run blast to Blake Allemand in the first inning; two of four runs scored in the top half for Wisconsin. Kade Scivicque is showing no signs of slowing down, maintaining an active seven-game hit streak with three more drives tacked on against Wisconsin. In addition to his eight-game streak, Michael Gerber added a pair of hits, including a double. The strong start from the Rattlers was unable to be matched, despite the offensive push from West Michigan.
Gerber: 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
Scivicque: 3-4, R, RBI, SO
Navarro: 1-4, 2B, 2 SO
Seaton (L): 6.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R (4 ER), 4 SO, HR
COMING UP NEXT: Fox Cities Stadium will once against play host to West Michigan on Wednesday as the Whitecaps return for game two of their three-game series with Wisconsin. Artie Lewicki (1-3, 3.96 ERA) is slated to hold the hill for West Michigan against Wisconsin's Kodi Medeiros (4-2, 4.09 ERA).
Weather and poor field conditions were credited for the activities of the Erie SeaWolves and Connecticut Tigers as both programs were given an unexpected night off on Tuesday.
The Tigers (25-23) will not be rescheduling their game against the Auburn Doubledays (23-26) this season and will continue their activity on the road beginning Wednesday against the Vermont Lake Monsters with Spenser Watkins (4-2, 2.70 ERA) working the hill for Connecticut against the Vermont (22-27) righty Bowdien Derby (1-0, 0.87 ERA).
The SeaWolves (45-68) will pick up play on Wednesday with Warwick Saupold (3-6, 4.09 ERA) slated to face Portland (41-74) right hander Aaron Wilkerson (0-0, 9.64 ERA) in the first half of a double header, scheduled to begin at 5:00 pm.