Thad Weber (6-9, 3.84 ERA) powered through seven innings against the Indians at Victory Field, holding Indianapolis to a pair of runs off 11 hits. Despite Weber's quality performance, the Mud Hens offense wasn't able to provide the support to back him up. Marc Krauss provided the only extra-base knock for Toledo with a double, while the Mud Hens as a whole were held to five hits in 30 plate appearances. A third run allowed by Alberto Cabrera (2-2, 6.85 ERA) in relief was all that was needed for Indianapolis to secure the shutout against Toledo.
Krauss: 1-4, 2B, SO
Pina: 1-3, BB
Jones: 1-3, BB, SO
Fields: 1-4, 2 SO
Weber (L): 7.0 IP, 11 H, 2 ER, 4 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Mud Hens return home to Fifth Third Field on Friday to begin a three-game stand against the Charlotte Knights (63-57). Hector Noesi (1-2, 3.44 ERA) is scheduled to take the hill for Charlotte, while the front man for Toledo has yet to be determined.
Portland Sea Dogs 2, Erie SeaWolves 1 (box)
Portland right hander Justin Haley (5-13, 5.08 ERA) went head-to-head with the SeaWolves' Tommy Collier (3-2, 3.50 ERA), and both starters produced stellar performances. Collier threw seven solid innings, allowing only two runs off seven hits and fanning three. Despite Collier's performance, the Erie offense fell to the shoulders of Connor Harrell who became responsible for the only pair of hits for the SeaWolves, including a 403-foot solo shot over the "Maine Monster" in the eighth inning to score the only run for the evening. Haley was lights out against the SeaWolves, working seven innings, striking out six and holding Erie scoreless off one hit.
Harrell: 2-3, R, HR, RBI, SO
Collier (L): 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, BB, 3 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The SeaWolves kick off a three-game series on the road against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Chad Green (3-14, 4.58 ERA) is slated to start off the series against the Fisher Cats' Casey Lawrence (11-10, 4.38 ERA).
Whatever way you spin it, eight consecutive losses is not on anyone's wish list and the Lakeland Flying Tigers (43-69) entered Thursday evening ready to snap the skid. If any doubt remained regarding the health of Javier Betancourt, freshly reinstated off the disabled list the same morning, he silenced it quickly. The infielder notched three hits, adding to the 12 overall for the Flying Tigers against Daytona (65-50). Curt Powell added to the excitement by punching a two-run triple in the fifth inning to add to the lead for Lakeland. Flying Tigers starter Jonathan Maciel (4-8, 5.12 ERA) combined with his relief squad to hold the Tortugas to two hits and fanned seven as Lakeland said goodbye to their losing streak.
Betancourt: 3-4, R, BB
Martinez: 2-5, RBI, SO
Powell: 1-5, 3B, 2 RBI, SO
Maciel: 4.1 IP, H, 5 BB, SO
Drummond (W): 2.2 IP, H, 2 SO
COMING UP NEXT: Lakeland enters game two of their three-game series with the Tortugas on Friday. Kevin Ziomek (6-9, 3.78 ERA) will toe the rubber for Lakeland against Daytona lefty Amir Garrett (7-6, 2.68 ERA).
West Michigan Whitecaps 7, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 3 (box)
In typical Spencer Turnbull (10-3, 3.22 ERA) fashion, the big West Michigan (59-55) righthander came out ready to work the hill against Wisconsin (39-76) on Thursday evening. Turnbull powered through his typical seven-plus innings of work, fanning six and allowing three runs off eight hits for the evening. Turnbull had all the offensive support he could have wanted, thanks to a pair of two-run blasts from Joey Pankake and 2015 draft selection Christin Stewart. Stewart's drive added to his five-RBI evening for West Michigan, and Wisconsin was not able to keep pace with the Whitecaps. Turnbull moves into the 10-win column, giving him command of the team-high win total and moving him into fourth-place for wins overall in the Midwest League.
Brown: 3-4, R
Pankake: 3-5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, SO
Stewart: 3-4, R, 2B, HR, 5 RBI
Turnbull (W): 7.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, BB, 6 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Whitecaps enter action on Friday to start off a three-game road series with the Beloit Snappers. A.J. Ladwig (9-8, 3.67 ERA) will take the hill for West Michigan to face Beloit righty Junior Mendez (3-9, 5.56 ERA).
Vermont Lake Monsters 3, Connecticut Tigers 1 (box)
The Tigers (25-25) looked to Matt Hall (0-0, 2.57 ERA) to take the hill for their second outing against the Vermont Lake Monsters (24-28) on Thursday evening. Hall maneuvered three innings for the Tigers, holding Vermont scoreless and fanning five. Victor Padron and Jose Zambrano led the Connecticut offense, combining for five of the seven overall hits for the Tigers. The tides turned for Connecticut reliever Chase Edwards (6-4, 4.44 ERA), as Vermont tagged Edwards for two runs late in the eighth, lifting them to a victory against the Tigers with Edwards shouldering the loss. The Tigers fall behind two games in the best of three against the Lake Monsters.
Padron: 3-4, R
Zambrano: 2-4, 2B
Edwards (L): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB
COMING UP NEXT: The Tigers will wrap their three-game stand with Vermont on Friday evening, before returning home. Sandy Baez (2-3, 5.18 ERA) will hold the hill for Connecticut, while the starter for Vermont has yet to be determined.