Toledo Mud Hens 1, Lehigh Valley IronPigs 0 (box)
Following five consecutive losses, the Mud Hens (46-66) handed the ball to lefty Kyle Ryan (1-9, 4.75 ERA), still looking for his first win for Toledo this season. Facing off with Lehigh Valley (51-62), Thursday evening's activities quickly became a pitcher's show as both starters went a full eight innings. Ryan dealt a shutout performance, holding the IronPigs to three hits, a pair of walks and striking out eight. After reaching base on a walk, a sharp single from Steven Moya in the fourth drove Dixon Machado in to score the lone run for the Mud Hens and just enough to give them final command over Lehigh Valley. Toledo righty Guido Knudson closed out the campaign with a scoreless inning to earn his eighth save this season. Knudson is now nine of 11 in save opportunities.
Krauss: 1-4, 2 SO
Moya: 1-3, RBI, 2 SO
Ryan (W): 8.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO
Knudson (S, 8): 1.0 IP, H, 2 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (62-51) will arrive at Fifth Third Field on Friday evening to kick off a three-game series, beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET. Thad Weber (6-7, 3.91 ERA) gets the start for Toledo against Scranton lefty Chris Capuano (1-1, 2.45 ERA).
Erie SeaWolves 10, Portland Sea Dogs 1 (box)
The Erie SeaWolves (44-66) wasted no time in letting their starter Austin Kubitza (7-10, 5.73 ERA) know that he wouldn't have any trouble receiving run support on Thursday evening as they faced off with the Sea Dogs (41-71). Kubitza worked six innings for the SeaWolves, allowing one run off six hits and holding the Sea Dogs scoreless through his first four frames. James Robbins and Connor Harrell led by example for Erie, combining for five of the SeaWolves' 12 hits overall. Robbins delivered a three-run blast in the eighth, bringing his total RBI count for the evening to four. Warwick Saupold (3-6, 4.09 ERA) came in to for relief for Kubitza and posted three strong innings for Erie, allowing only one hits and striking out five. In his outing, Saupold broke the SeaWolves career strikeout franchise record with 272 career strikeouts.
Castro: 2-4, R, SO
Harrell: 3-4, RBI, SO
Robbins: 2-5, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI, 2 SO
Jones: 1-4, 2 R, BB, SO
Kubitza (W): 6.0 IP, 6 H, R (0 ER), 2 BB, 4 SO
Saupold (S, 1): 3.0 IP, H, BB, 5 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The SeaWolves will welcome the Harrisburg Senators (54-58) to Jerry Uht Park for the start of a three-game home series. Chad Green (3-14, 4.58 ERA) will face off with Senators' John Simms (1-1, 5.25 ERA) on Friday beginning at 7:05 p.m. ET.
Clearwater Thrashers 4, Lakeland Flying Tigers 0 (box)
Following a strong shutout performance from Lakeland (42-63) in game one of their three-game series against Clearwater (62-49), offense has been hard to come by for the Flying Tigers in the games to follow. Brennan Smith (4-3, 2.70 ERA) toed the rubber for Lakeland in their series finale, holding the Thrashers to two runs off six hits and striking out four in his seven innings of work. Once again the run support was in short supply for the Flying Tigers with a combined four hits in 30 plate appearances for the evening. Ismael Salgado took responsibility for two of the four hits by posting a pair of singles. Lakeland was able to find success in getting a man across the plate and fell to Clearwater in their second consecutive shutout loss, dropping the series two games to one.
Powell: 1-3, BB
Smith, B (L): 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Daytona Tortugas (60-48) will face off with the Flying Tigers on Friday evening for the start of a three-game stand at Joker Marchant Stadium. New Lakeland lefty Jairo Labourt (2-7, 4.80 ERA) is slated to take the hill against Daytona right hander Jackson Stephens (10-5, 3.17 ERA).
West Michigan Whitecaps 9, Clinton LumberKings 3 (box)
There is very little found more intimidating to an opposing team than when a workhorse pitcher locks in. As the Clinton LumberKings (34-75) began to work against West Michigan (55-53) in their three-game series finale, Whitecaps big front man, Spencer Turnbull (9-3, 3.18 ERA) let Clinton know that the radar gun was about to get tested in his five-inning outing. Turnbull averaged 95-98 miles per hour through his campaign, tipping 99 on two occasions and sizzling the gun at 100 at least once. Outside of Turnbull's five strikeouts, Clinton managed seven hits and three runs; one earned. Following the entrance of right handed reliever Trey Teakell (3-1, 1.04 ERA), Clinton saw the door close on the opportunity to score as Teakell worked three shutout innings. For West Michigan, Michael Gerber once again found a way to grab the spotlight with a deep solo shot in the seventh, while Rashad Brown continued his steady attack at the plate with three hits, including a pair of doubles.
Brown: 3-5, R, 2 2B, 3 RBI
Gerber: 3-5, 2 R, HR, RBI
Stewart: 2-3, RBI, 2 BB, SO
Contreras: 2-3, 2 R, 2B, BB, SO
Turnbull (W): 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R (1 ER), 5 SO
COMING UP NEXT: West Michigan will begin their second consecutive home stand on Friday evening, as they welcome the Kane County Cougars (30-10) to town to begin a three-game series at Fifth Third Ballpark. A.J. Ladwig (8-8, 3.75 ERA) is slated to start for West Michigan against Ethan Elias (9-3, 2.27 ERA) for the Cougars.
Connecticut Tigers 7, Lowell Spinners 2 (box)
The Connecticut Tigers (22-22) came prepared to play for the kickoff in their series against Lowell (24-22) on Friday evening. Behind Tigers' starter Spenser Watkins (4-2, 2.70 ERA), Connecticut posted 13 hits overall, led Will Allen, who posted a double as one of his three hits for the day. Cam Gibson and Brett Pirtle combined for four of the Tigers' seven runs for the day. Watkins produced six strong innings for Connecticut, holding the Spinners to one run off three hits and striking out two. In relief for the Tigers, lefty Trent Szkutnik (0-0, 0.00 ERA) worked three innings, allowing one run off three hits and securing his first save of the season with Connecticut.
Padron: 2-5, R
Gibson: 2-5, 2 R
Pirtle: 2-4, 2 R
Watkins (W): 6.0 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 7 SO
Szkutnik (S, 1): 3.0 IP, 3 H, R (0 ER), 2 BB, 2 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Tigers return to Edward A. LeLacheur Park on Friday evening to jump into game two of their three-game road series with the Spinners. Matt Hall (0-0, 3.27 ERA) will take the hill for the Tigers with the start.