Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders 3, Toledo Mud Hens 2 (box)
The Mud Hens (46-67) welcomed the RailRiders (63-51) to town on Friday evening for game one of their three-game home series at Fifth Third Field. Thad Weber (6-8, 3.91 ERA) powered his way through seven innings, allowing eight hits, including solo shots to Rob Refsnyder in the first inning and Aaron Judge in the second. Toledo struggled to kickstart the offense, producing only five hits in 32 plate appearances. Corey Jones and Dixon Machado were responsible for the pair of runs for the Mud Hens. The three runs scored off Weber were all the RailRiders would need to walk away with the victory.
Hessman: 1-4, RBI, SO
Jones: 1-1, 2B, R
Casilla: 1-4, RBI, SO
Weber (L): 7.0 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
COMING UP NEXT: Toledo will face off with Scranton in game two at Fifth Third Field with Tim Melville (4-9, 5.29 ERA) slated to toe the rubber for Toledo against Scranton righty Joel De La Cruz (7-0, 3.06 ERA).
Harrisburg Senators 5, Erie SeaWolves 4 (box)
After a convincing victory over Harrisburg to kick off the series, the SeaWolves were all the more prepared for a repeat of the previous evening. Erie righty Chad Green (3-14, 4.58 ERA) took the mound and worked six innings, striking out six and allowing four runs off seven hits. Jason Krizan worked to carry the Erie offense with a trio of hits, while former Arkansas Razorback standout Dominic Ficociello posted a double as one of his two hits for the evening. In relief for the SeaWolves, Montreal Robertson (1-3, 3.06 ERA) was tagged for a single run in the ninth, leading to the victory for Harrisburg. Robertson was charged with the loss, his third this season.
Krizan: 3-4, R, RBI, BB
Jones: 2-5, 2B, R, RBI, 2 SO
Ficociello: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Green: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R (3 ER), BB, 6 SO
Robertson (L): 2.1 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 SO
COMING UP NEXT: Both clubs return on Saturday for game three of their four game stand at Jerry Uht Park. Josh Turley (9-7, 3.87 ERA) will be back in action for the SeaWolves for go for his 10th win this season. Turley will face off against Harrisburg righty Lucas Giolito (0-1, 9.00 ERA).
Daytona Tortugas 5, Lakeland Flying Tigers 0 (box)
It was Lakeland lefty Jairo Labourt's (2-8, 4.88 ERA) turn once again to break the Flying Tigers (42-64) out of a two-game shutout skid as they took on Daytona (61-48) at Joker Marchant Stadium. Daytona struck first with a three-run second inning, and tagged Labourt for four runs off seven hits in six innings. Curt Powell drove the offense with two of the five combined hits for the Flying Tigers overall. Daytona found a way to sneak one more run on the board off Lakeland reliever Julio Felix (3-4, 5.03 ERA) and Lakeland was unable to answer back, dropping their third consecutive shutout loss.
Powell: 2-3, BB
Martinez: 1-4, SO
Greiner: 1-3, BB, SO
Labourt (L): 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The action returns to Joker Marchant Stadium on Saturday, pitting Jonathan Maciel (4-8, 5.19 ERA) against Daytona lefty Nick Routt (5-1, 2.57 ERA).
West Michigan Whitecaps 7, Kane County Cougars 2 (box)
Working behind big righthander A.J. Ladwig (9-8, 3.67 ERA), West Michigan (56-53) locked in to have some fun against Kane County (66-43) on Friday evening at Fifth Third Ballpark. Ladwig maneuvered seven innings of work for West Michigan, holding the Cougars to two runs and striking out five. It was a team effort at the plate for the Whitecaps, with Michael Gerber and Kade Scivicque among those to post a multi-hit game. Gerber stretched his latest hit streak to six games. Franklin Navarro punched a huge two-run double to add to his trio of RBI for the evening. West Michigan reliever Adam Ravenelle (1-0, 5.21 ERA) worked two scoreless innings, striking out four to close the door on Kane County and hand Ladwig his ninth victory this season.
Gerber: 2-4, 2 R
Scivicque: 2-4, R, RBI
Kengor: 2-4, R, 2 SO
Shepherd: 2-3, R, RBI, SO
Ladwig (W): 7.0 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 SO
COMING UP NEXT: West Michigan will play host to Kane County once again on Saturday as West Michigan righty Jeff Thompson (4-9, 4.20 ERA) will face off against Cougars' righthander Brad Keller (6-8, 2.59 ERA).
Connecticut Tigers 7, Lowell Spinners 1 (box)
The Tigers (23-22) looked to left hander Matt Hall (0-0, 2.88 ERA) to produce against Lowell (24-23) on Friday evening and he did just that. As the two programs clashed for their series finale, Hall worked a solid three innings, holding the Spinners scoreless off of one hit allowed. The Connecticut bats offered the right amount of assistance behind Hall, including a two-run blast for Shane Zeile in the second inning. Chase Edwards (6-3, 4.33 ERA) and Nate Fury (0-0, 1.69 ERA) worked a combined six innings of relief for Connecticut, again holding the Spinners to a single run and combining for four strikeouts to secure the victory for Edwards.
Simcox: 1-4, 2 R, RBI, BB, SO
Zeile: 1-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, SO
Zambrano: 1-4, R, RBI
Allen: 1-4, R, 2 RBI, BB, SO
Baptist: 1-4, R, SO
Edwards (W): 3.0 IP, 7 H, ER, 2 BB, SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Tigers will welcome the Auburn Doubledays to begin a three-game series beginning on Saturday. Sandy Baez (2-3, 5.82 ERA) is slated to take the mound for the Tigers.