Columbus Clippers 9, Toledo Mud Hens 2 (box)
Daniel Norris struggled once again, allowing seven runs on eight hits in just 2 1/3 innings of work. Five of the seven outs he recorded were strikeouts, but he also walked four. Dixon Machado was the lone bright spot for the Mud Hens offense, collecting three hits and an RBI. The Hens stole three bases off of Clippers starter Mike Clevinger, but were only able to plate a couple runs after going 2-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
Machado: 3-4, RBI, SO, SB
Moya: 1-4, 3B, R, 2 SO
Maybin: 0-2, R, 2 BB, SO, SB
Norris (L): 2.1 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO
Coming up next: Thad Weber (3-1, 0.75 ERA) takes the mound for the Mud Hens as they continue their series with the Clippers at Fifth Third Field.
Jairo Labourt continued his strong start to the season, striking out six batters with one walk in five innings pitched. The Flying Tigers offense gave him plenty of run support, scoring seven runs on 12 hits and four walks. Several Flygers had multi-hit games, but Wade Hinkle's three-run homer in the top of the seventh broke the game open. Casey Frawley also homered for Lakeland, while Christin Stewart picked up a double and an RBI.
Stewart: 2-5, 2B, RBI, SO
Frawley: 2-4, HR, 2 R, RBI, BB
Gerber: 2-5, 2 R, SO
Hinkle: 1-4, HR, R, 4 RBI
Labourt (W): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, BB, 6 SO
Coming up next: A.J. Ladwig (4-1, 1.50 ERA), the Tigers' Minor League Pitcher of the Month in April, will start for Lakeland on Saturday as the Flying Tigers and Manatees finish up their three-game series.
West Michigan Whitecaps 3, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 1 (box)
Starting pitcher Matt Hall allowed one run over six strong innings and the bullpen combined for three shutout frames to deliver the Whitecaps' third win in a row. West Michigan jumped out to an early lead on a Cam Gibson RBI single in the second, and a Will Allen single in the third. David Gonzalez led the way with three hits, while Rashad Brown had another multi-hit game.
Gonzalez: 3-3, 2B, R
Brown: 2-4, RBI
Maddox: 1-4, R, SB
Hall (W): 6.0 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 5 SO
Coming up next: Top prospect Beau Burrows (1-1, 2.33 ERA) will start for the Whitecaps against Wisconsin's Drake Owenby (1-0, 0.98 ERA) as West Michigan looks to sweep the Timber Rattlers.
The Erie SeaWolves and Bowie Baysox were rained out on Friday, and this particular author is currently wondering whether it will ever stop raining on the east coast. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, weather permitting. Myles Jaye (0-3, 587 ERA) will start the first game for Erie against Bowie's Chris Lee (4-0, 2.49 ERA).