Toledo Mud Hens 6, Charlotte Knights 1 (box)
The Mud Hens jumped on Charlotte starter Hector Noesi early, scoring three runs in the first two innings. They ultimately tagged Noesi for five runs on nine hits, including an RBI extra-base hits from Mike Hessman and Alexi Casilla. The worst part of Noesi's night, however, may have been when Marc Krauss stole second base in the fifth inning. Tim Melville was dominant, holding the Knights to a single hit in seven innings.
Hessman: 2-4, 3B, RBI, SO
Casilla: 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, SB
Jones: 2-4, 2 R, SO
Krauss: 1-3, 2 R, BB, SB
Melville (W): 7.0 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 8 SO
Knudson (S): 1.2 IP, H, 0 ER, 2 SO
COMING UP NEXT: Toledo's Mike Belfiore (5-11, 5.60 ERA) and Charlotte's Kyle Drabek (6-7, 3.20 ERA) will face off tonight as the Mud Hens and Knights continue their three-game series.
Erie SeaWolves 5, New Hampshire Fisher Cats 4 (box)
New Hampshire jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead against Erie starter Chad Green, but the SeaWolves battled back in the middle innings. With the score tied at three in the eighth, Dean Green hit a two-run homer to give Erie the lead for good. It was one of two dingers for the SeaWolves, as JaCoby Jones launched his fifth blast in 13 games. Montreal Robertson got the win in relief, while Paul Voelker worked a scoreless ninth for his seventh save.
D. Green: 3-4, HR, R, 2 RBI
M. Gonzalez: 3-4, 2B, R, SB
Krizan: 2-4, 2B, 2 R, SB
Jones: 1-4, HR, R, RBI
C. Green: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 6 SO
Robertson (W): 2.1 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 SO
COMING UP NEXT: Josh Turley (9-7, 3.68 ERA) will go for his 10th win of the season tonight against New Hampshire's Scott Barnes (2-3, 3.99 ERA).
The Tortugas snapped Kevin Ziomek's scoreless streak in the fourth inning of Friday's matchup, plating a couple of runs en route to a 3-2 win over Lakeland. Ziomek worked six innings while allowing three runs and striking out eight, but a lifeless Lakeland offense saddled him with his 10th loss of the season. The Flying Tigers nearly got him off the hook in the eighth, scoring a pair of runs, but a double play ended their threat. Jiwan James had two hits for Lakeland and reached base three times.
James: 2-3, 3B, R, RBI, BB
Rhymes: 1-4, RBI
Ziomek (L): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 SO
Mayberry: 2.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 3 SO
COMING UP NEXT: Endrys Briceno (0-2, 4.70 ERA) will make his third start of the season for the Flying Tigers tonight as he continues his recovery from Tommy John surgery. He will face Cincinnati Reds top prospect Keury Mella (1-1, 4.00 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. ET.
West Michigan Whitecaps 8, Beloit Snappers 5 (box)
The Whitecaps scored six runs in the first four innings of action, sending Beloit starter Junior Mendez to an early shower. A persistent rally from the Snappers in the middle innings made things close, but a two-run double from Rashad Brown in the eighth inning made things a bit more comfortable for West Michigan, who are now 3 1/2 games up in the Midwest League playoff race. A.J. Ladwig picked up his 10th win of the season thanks to a Whitecaps offense that pounded out three home runs. Trey Teakell worked four innings in relief for his first career save.
Mattlage: 3-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, SO
Brown: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 SO, SB
Scivicque: 2-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB
Kivett: 2-5, R, SO
Pankake: 2-5, HR, R, RBI, SO
Ladwig (W): 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, BB, 6 SO
Teakell (S): 4.0 IP, 3 H, R (0 ER), BB, 4 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Whitecaps and Snappers will continue their series tonight at 8:00 p.m., ET. Jeff Thompson (4-10, 4.04 ERA) will start for West Michigan against Beloit's Brett Graves (11-5, 4.89 ERA).
Vermont Lake Monsters 4, Connecticut Tigers 3 (box)
The Tigers took a 3-0 lead into the ninth inning, but closer Jake Shull was rocked for four runs on three hits, capped off by a three-run walk-off home run from Vermont's Chris Irart. The meltdown was Shull's first blown save of the season and his third loss of the year. It ruined a solid effort from Sandy Baez, who allowed just one hit in six innings. The Tigers scored three runs on seven hits, all singles.
Mackenzie: 2-3, BB
Gibson: 1-4, R, RBI, 2 SO
Kapstein: 1-3, R, BB
Baez: 6.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 5 SO
Shull (BS, L): 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, BB
COMING UP NEXT: Ryan Castellanos (1-0, 2.33 ERA) will start for Connecticut tonight as they kick off a series against the Aberdeen Ironbirds at Dodd Stadium.