Buffalo Bisons 3, Toledo Mud Hens 0 (box)
Thad Weber worked seven strong innings, allowing two runs on eight hits with three strikeouts, but picked up his third loss of the season thanks to a listless Mud Hens offense. The Hens managed just five hits -- two from Casey McGehee -- against Buffalo pitching and went 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position. The loss drops Toledo to 21-26 on the season, last in the International League's West Division.
McGehee: 2-3, SO
Huffman: 1-3, SO
Collins: 0-3, SO
Weber (L): 7.0 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO
Coming up next: Chad Bell (2-0, 3.29 ERA) will start for Toledo against Roberto Hernandez (2-2, 4.85 ERA) in the series finale between the Mud Hens and Bisons.
Erie SeaWolves 4, Richmond Flying Squirrels 2 (box)
JaCoby Jones had two hits and a walk to lead an Erie offense that put up 11 hits on Richmond pitching, 10 of which came via starter Tyler Beede, one of the top prospects in the San Francisco Giants' system. A throwing error on Jones' single in the first inning opened the scoring, and the SeaWolves added a pair of runs in the third. Erie starter Myles Jaye was brilliant, allowing a run on four hits in eight innings of work. Erie improved to 19-29 with the win, good enough for fourth place in the Eastern League's Western Division.
J. Jones: 2-3, BB, SB
Castro: 2-3, 2B, RBI
D. Green: 1-4, HR, R, RBI, 2 SO
Jaye (W): 8.0 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 4 SO
Coming up next: Tommy Collier (3-3, 3.91 ERA) starts against Richmond's Kyle Crick (1-2, 4.25 ERA) as the SeaWolves and Flying Squirrels continue their four-game series.
Jairo Labourt labored through an inefficient outing, throwing 92 pitches in five innings of work. He allowed three runs on five hits and three walks, but suffered his third loss of the season. The Flying Tigers offense totaled eight hits, including two doubles and a home run, but went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. They dropped to 26-23 with the loss and are in third place in the Florida State League's Northern Division, 4 1/2 games behind the Tampa Yankees.
Gerber: 2-4, 2B, SO
Kivett: 2-3, 2B, BB, SB
Hinkle: 1-4, HR, R, RBI, SO
Stewart: 1-4, 2 SO
Labourt (L): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO
Coming up next: A.J. Ladwig (6-3, 2.50 ERA) and the Flying Tigers look to avoid the sweep and snap a three-game losing streak against Matt Imhof (4-2, 3.46 ERA) and the Threshers on Sunday.
West Michigan Whitecaps 3, Dayton Dragons 1 (box)
Shane Zeile's RBI triple in the bottom of the first inning drove in two, and would be all the offense the Whitecaps would need on Saturday. Beau Burrows scattered six hits in 5 1/3 shutout innings and picked up his third win of the season. He struck out three and has a 2.33 ERA on the season. Closer Gerson Moreno gave up the Dragons' only run, but still notched his seventh save of the year. The Whitecaps improved to 26-19 on the year, second in the Midwest League's Eastern Division. They are three games behind the South Bend Cubs.
Maddox: 2-4, 2B, R
Zeile: 1-4, 3B, 2 RBI
Hill: 1-4, SB
Azocar: 1-4, SO
Burrows (W): 5.1 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
Coming up next: Kyle Dowdy (1-0, 1.01 ERA) starts for the Whitecaps on Sunday as they continue their series with Dayton.