Toledo Mud Hens 8, Louisville Bats 6 (box)
After taking the first two from the Louisville Bats (2-5) in their four-game road series, The Toledo Mud Hens (5-1) sent righthander Lucas Harrell (1-0, 3.60 ERA) to the hill for game three. Harrell held the Bats to two runs over five innings, striking out four on the day. Cameron Maybin, continuing his rehabilitation, posted a double and a pair of runs. Chad Huffman added a double for the Mud Hens, as well as three RBI.
Toledo righty Bobby Parnell (3.00 ERA) closed the door for the Mud Hens to earn his second save of the year and securing the victory over Louisville.
Bernard: 2-4, R, SO
Huffman: 2-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI, BB
Diaz: 2-4, R, RBI, BB, 2 SO
Field: 2-3, RBI, SO
Moya: 1-4, 2B, R, RBI, BB, SO
Harrell (W): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: Toledo righty Michael Fulmer (1-0, 0.00 ERA) goes for his second win as the Mud Hens close out their series with Louisville.
Still looking for their first win in front of the home crowd, the Erie SeaWolves (4-5) sent Brennan Smith (0-1, 14.04 ERA) to the hill to face the Binghamton Mets (4-3) in game three of their four-game home stand at Jerry Uht Park. The Mets shook Smith for five runs over five innings of work with only one strikeout. The SeaWolves put their offense to work, posting home runs from Tyler Bortnick and Tim Remes, as well as a double and a triple from Kody Eaves.
Also, if you're not familiar with the name of Kurt Spomer (1-0, 0.00 ERA), the unorthodox righty and former Los Angeles Angels prospect fanned five over two scoreless innings in relief to notch his first win as a member of the SeaWolves.
Eaves: 2-3, 2B, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, SO
Bortnick: 1-3, HR, R, RBI, BB, SO
Harrell: 2-4, R, RBI, SO
Remes: 1-4, HR, R, 3 RBI, SO
Smith: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, SO
Spomer (W): 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: The SeaWolves conclude their four-round contest with Binghamton on Sunday afternoon at 1:35pm. Erie righty Austin Kubitza (1-0, 3.18 ERA) gets the start for the SeaWolves.
Going into game two of their four-game series on the road against the Bradenton Marauders (3-7), the Lakeland Flying Tigers (5-5) once again rode a wave of strong offense to hold the Marauders at bay. Flying Tigers righthander Artie Lewicki(1-1, 4.66 ERA) held Bradenton scoreless until the sixth inning, striking out three and allowing three runs off six hits on the day. Christin Stewart came alive for the Flying Tigers, leading the charge with a pair of doubles, combining with doubles from Kade Scivicque and Michael Gerber.
Despite a home run from Bradenton's Pablo Reyes off Edgar De La Rosa in the ninth, the Flying Tigers held on to nab their third straight win this season.
Stewart: 2-5, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI, 2 SO
Gerber: 2-5, 2B, R
Scivicque: 2-5, 2B, R, RBI
Pankake: 2-4, R, RBI, SO
Lewicki (W): 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: Endrys Briceno (0-0, 20.25 ERA) will lead the Flying Tigers into game three of their four-game series against the Marauders. Game time is set for 1:00pm Sunday afternoon.
West Michigan Whitecaps 3, Dayton Dragons 2 (box)
Taking their two-game win streak against the Dayton Dragons (1-9) into Saturday, lefthander Matt Hall (1-0, 0.84 ERA) led the way for the West Michigan Whitecaps (5-4) from the mound and did not disappoint. Hall worked 6 2/3 innings of scoreless action against Dayton, becoming the third straight Whitecaps starting pitcher to strikeout nine Dayton hitters this week, walking four and only allowing one hit.
Offense was hard to come by for the Whitecaps against Dayton starter Ty Boyles, holding West Michigan to 4-31 at the plate in his 7 1/3 innings for the Dragons. Derek Hill and Shane Zeile notched the only two extra base hits with a double and a triple, while Hill was responsible for a pair of RBI.
Fuentes: 2-3, R, RBI
Zeile: 1-4, 2B, R
Hill: 1-4, 3B, 2 RBI, SO
Hall (W): 6.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 9 SO
Coming Up Next: Before returning home, West Michigan returns to Dayton for a Sunday afternoon conclusion to their four-game road series, sending Beau Burrows (0-1, 9.82 ERA) to the hill to seal the sweep for the Whitecaps.