The Mud Hens trailed 10-2 at one point in this game, but did their best Seattle Mariners impression to tie the score with eight unanswered runs. Jordany Valdespin originally played the hero, hitting a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings. Valdespin struck again in the 11th, hitting a sacrifice fly to tie the score after Indianapolis had taken the lead in the top half of the frame. He even came in to pitch in the 13th inning, but only after reliever Logan Kensing had allowed four runs, blowing the game wide open.
Moya: 3-6, 2B, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI, SO
Collins: 3-6, 2 2B, 3 R, RBI, BB, SO
Valdespin: 1-3, HR, R, 5 RBI
Huffman: 1-3, 2B, R, RBI, 2 BB, SO
Weber: 4.2 IP, 10 H, 9 ER, BB, 2 SO
Coming up next: Dustin Molleken (1-1, 2.73 ERA) will face off against former Tigers pitcher Kyle Lobstein (0-0, 1.29 ERA) as the Mud Hens and Indians continue their series.
Trenton Thunder 5, Erie SeaWolves 3 (box)
The SeaWolves scored three runs in the top of the first, but couldn't manage anything afterward as they dropped to 21-33 on the season. Dean Green did all of the damage for Erie with his three-run homer, his 11th of the season. He and Harold Castro both had two hits, while JaCoby Jones reached base three times. Starter Tommy Collier faced a couple batters too many, and was not able to make it through the seventh before allowing the go-ahead runs. He dropped to 4-4 on the year.
D. Green: 2-4, HR, R, 3 RBI, BB
Castro: 2-4, SO
J. Jones: 1-3, R, 2 BB, 2 SO
Collier (L): 6.1 IP, 9 H, 5 R (4 ER), 3 SO
Coming up next: The SeaWolves and Thunder will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET. Anthony Fernandez (0-1, 2.81 ERA) will start the first game for Erie against Trenton's Caleb Smith (0-0, 2.70 ERA).
Bradenton Marauders 17, Lakeland Flying Tigers 7 (box)
The Marauders jumped all over Flying Tigers starter Jairo Labourt, who didn't even make it through two innings. Labourt allowed six of the seven runs Bradenton scored in that frame, and the pitchers who relieved him didn't fare much better. It was 9-0 by the end of the third inning, and the Marauders answered a four-run sixth from Lakeland by scoring eight (!) runs in the top of the seventh. Position players Ben Verlander and Brett Pirtle were called upon to pitch the eighth and ninth innings, respectively. Naturally, they did not allow any runs. Christin Stewart did not homer, but he reached base four times and drove in a run.
Stewart: 2-3, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, SO
Gerber: 2-5, R
Hinkle: 2-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB
Verlander: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 BB, SO
Pirtle: 1.0 IP, H, 0 ER, SO
Coming up next: A.J. Ladwig (7-3, 2.44 ERA) and the Flying Tigers will try to get back on track in a Saturday evening matchup against Yeudy Garcia (1-4, 2.76 ERA) and the Marauders.
West Michigan Whitecaps 2, South Bend Cubs 1 (box)
Beau Burrows was dominant, holding the Cubs to just one hit and one walk in six innings. He lowered his ERA to 2.01 on the year, but only struck out one of the 20 batters he faced. Toller Boardman allowed a run in the seventh, but stranded a runner on first to end the threat. Jose Azocar had two hits for the Whitecaps, including one of their two doubles. Will Allen and Jose Zambrano each drove in a run. Gerson Moreno worked a scoreless ninth for his ninth save of the year. He has a 1.37 ERA in 19 2/3 innings.
Azocar: 2-3, 2B, BB
Maddox: 2-4, R, SO, SB
Hill: 0-4, 2 SO
Burrows (W): 6.0 IP, H, 0 ER, BB, SO
Moreno (S): 1.0 IP, H, 0 ER, BB, SO
Coming up next: The Whitecaps and Cubs will play a doubleheader beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET at Coveleski Stadium. Kyle Dowdy (2-0, 1.07 ERA) and Fernando Perez (1-0, 6.43 ERA) will face South Bend's Carson Sands (5-0, 2.91 ERA) and Casey Bloomquist (3-2, 2.95 ERA).