Toledo Mud Hens 4, Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders 2 (box)
Daniel Fields and Josh Wilson each launched a two-run homer in this one, powering the Mud Hens to the victory. Starter Tim Melville posted one of his better outings of the season, going six strong innings, surrendering just a pair of runs while mowing down seven Railriders. Fields' two-run bomb in the third inning put the Mud Hens up early, but the Railriders battled back to tie it in the fourth. The game was knotted into the eighth, with reliever Angel Nesbitt keeping the game deadlocked over two innings of relief and eventually earning the win. It was Wilson's two-run shot in the bottom of the eighth that put the Mud Hens up for good. In the ninth, closer Guido Knudson continued his dominant run this season with a scoreless ninth to collect the save.
Melville (4-9, 5.18 ERA): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 7 SO
Nesbitt (W, 1-4, 5.14 ERA): 2.0 IP, H, 0 ER, SO
Knudson (S, 1-1, 10 S, 2.56 ERA): 1.0 IP, H, 0 ER, SO
Daniel Fields: 2-5, HR, R, 2 RBI, 3 SO, SB
Josh Wilson: 2-4, HR, R, 2 RBI
COMING UP NEXT: Sunday will decide this three-game set as the Mud Hens will send Mike Belfiore (5-10, 5.25 ERA) to the mound in search of his sixth win of the season. Brady Lail (7-5, 2.65 ERA) will start for the second time at the Triple-A level for the Railriders.
Harrisburg Senators 4, Erie SeaWolves 1 (box)
Facing Washington Nationals' elite pitching prospect, Lucas Giolito was a daunting task, but the SeaWolves' Josh Turley went toe-to-toe with him, tossing six shutout innings, and watching his team finally break the scoreless tie in the sixth. Jacoby Jones, recently acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates' organization for Joakim Soria, launched a solo shot off of Giolito for the fourth bomb of his brief stay with the SeaWolves. Unfortunately, reliever Slade Smith, after a solid seventh inning, came unglued in the eighth with the help of some porous defense. Smith allowed four runs, two of them earned, to blow the save. Closer Paul Voelker came on to get the SeaWolves out of the eighth, and then followed with a clean ninth to give his offense a chance to come back. While they managed a pair of base-runners, the SeaWolves were unable to mount a charge.
Turley (9-7, 3.68 ERA): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 4 SO
Smith (1-2, 2 S, 4.70 ERA): 1.1 IP, 2 H, 4 R (2 ER), 3 BB, SO
Voelker (5-1, 15 S, 2.40 ERA): 1.1 IP, 0 ER, BB
Jones: 1-3, HR, R, RBI, 2 BB, SO
Bernard: 3-4, BB
COMING UP NEXT: Michael Fulmer (7-2, 1.75 ERA), the key acquisition in the Yoenis Cespedes trade, will be the featured attraction as he takes the hill Sunday afternoon for the second time in a SeaWolves' uniform. Colin Bates (4-2, 4.29 ERA) of the Senators will attempt to slow Fulmer's roll.
The two teams racked up 22 hits in a wild one full of offense, but the Tortugas managed to sustain their run production a few innings longer to pull this one out. After plating five in the first three innings, the Flying Tigers went quiet, scoring a run in the eighth but unable to mount a comeback. Starter Jonathan Maciel only lasted four innings, but it was Calvin Drummond who took the loss, allowing a pair of unearned runs in the fifth before settling down. Everyone in the Flying Tigers lineup had at least one hit. Ben Verlander and Grayson Greiner each drove in a pair of runs in the losing effort. The Flying Tigers didn't help themselves defensively, committing three errors in this one.
Maciel (4-8, 5.33 ERA): 4.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
Drummond (2-1, 3 S, 2.61 ERA) : 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 5 SO
Martinez: 2-4, 2 R, BB
Verlander: 1-4, 3B, 2 RBI, SO
Greiner: 1-4, 2 RBI, SO
COMING UP NEXT: Kevin Ziomek (6-9, 4.01 ERA), coming off one of his better outings of the year, gets the call for the Flying Tigers on Sunday afternoon from Joker Marchant Stadium. Ziomek will have stiff competition, as Amir Garrett (7-6, 2.77) gets the start for Daytona.
Kane County Cougars 5, White Michigan Whitecaps 0 (box)
Cougars pitching held the Whitecaps in check all day Saturday, steadily piling up runs throughout to take the victory. Whitecaps' starter Jeff Thompson only lasted into the fourth inning, surrendering five hits and a pair of unearned runs. Michael Gerber continued to produce at the plate for the Whitecaps, ripping a double off the Cougars' starter Brad Keller. Joey Pankake and Will Kengor each chipped in a pair of singles in what was a lackluster showing from the Whitecaps' offense.
Thompson (L,4-10, 4.04 ERA): 3.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R (0 ER), BB, 3 SO
Smith (4-1,3 S, 2.45 ERA): 3.1 IP, 5 H, ER, BB
Gerber: 1-4, 2B, SO
Kengor: 2-4, SO
COMING UP NEXT: Fernando Perez (1-8, 4.02 ERA) gets the call for the Whitecaps on Sunday afternoon at Fifth Third Ballpark. Wei-Chieh Huang (6-1, 1.78 ERA) of the Cougars will oppose him.
Lowell Spinners 3, Connecticut Tigers 2 (box)
Sandy Baez gave the Tigers six innings of one-run ball on Saturday. Unfortunately the Spinners' Kevin Steen matched those numbers, allowing just one run of his own. In a battle of bullpens it was the Spinners who survived a wild ninth inning to collect the win in walk-off fashion. The 1-1 tie was broken by the Tigers' third-baseman Josh Lester, who launched a solo shot in the top of the ninth to put his team on top. Unfortunately, after several excellent innings of relief, Gerson Moreno gave up a pair of runs in the bottom half of the ninth to take the loss.
Baez (2-3, 5.18 ERA):6.0 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 5 SO
Moreno (L, 2-5, 3 S, 4.15 ERA): 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 3 SO
Lester: 1-4, HR, R, RBI
Jones: 1-4, 2B, 2 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Tigers have yet to announce a starter for Sunday's afternoon game. The Auburn Doubledays will send Grant Borne (1-1, 2 S, 1.50 ERA) to the mound for game one of this three game series.