Toledo Mud Hens 6, Gwinnett Braves 2 (box)
Jordan Zimmermann threw 78 pitches in his second rehab start with the Mud Hens, and limited the Braves to two runs (one earned) in four innings. Zimmermann’s final line wasn’t particularly shiny — he allowed six hits and walked two to one strikeout — but he told reporters after the game that he expects to make his next start in a Tigers uniform. Blaine Hardy picked up the win for the Mud Hens after throwing two scoreless innings, and Joe Jimenez earned his first Triple-A save by striking out the only batter he faced. Offensively, the Mud Hens racked up 11 hits, and six different players drove in a run. J.D. Martinez went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts.
Presley: 1-4, 2B, R, RBI
Hicks: 2-4, 2 R, RBI, SB
Diaz: 2-4, R, RBI, SO
Martinez: 1-5, 3 SO
Zimmermann: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, SO
Coming up next: Matt Crouse (4-4, 3.08 ERA) will take on Gwinnett’s Casey Kelly (3-6, 3.58 ERA) as the Mud Hens and Braves continue their three-game series.
#Tigers Jordan Zimmermann confirmed that he's buying postgame spread. "I've been here twice, bought twice." Frugal J.D. has yet to buy.— Tony Paul (@TonyPaul1984) July 30, 2016
Erie SeaWolves 4, Reading Fightin’ Phils 3 (F/10) (box)
The Phils tied the game in the ninth with a run off closer Paul Voelker, then took a 3-2 lead in the top of the 10th off Joe Rogers, but the SeaWolves offense responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning to earn a walk-off victory. Jason Krizan had four hits for Erie, including an RBI double that tied the game in the 10th. Corey Jones made his lone hit count, driving in the winning run. Wynton Bernard added two hits (including a triple), and Gustavo Nunez scored twice. Starter Tommy Collier only worked four innings, but allowed just one unearned run and struck out seven.
Krizan: 4-5, 2B, 2 RBI
Bernard: 2-5, 3B, R, SO
Nunez: 2-4, 2 R, BB
Collier: 4.0 IP, 4 H, R (0 ER), BB, 7 SO
Coming up next: Josh Turley (4-7, 4.15 ERA) will start for the SeaWolves against Reading’s Tyler Viza (4-3, 3.67 ERA).
St. Lucie Mets 16, Lakeland Flying Tigers 3 (box)
This wasn’t a good night for the Lakeland pitching staff. Jeff Thompson did not record an out, and gave up seven runs on five hits and three walks in the bottom of the first inning. Jairo Labourt came on in relief and steadied the ship, allowing two runs in four innings. Meanwhile, the Lakeland offense generated 10 hits, but only two went for extra bases. They went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight. Wade Hinkle led the way with three hits, including his eighth home run of the season.
Hinkle: 3-4, HR, R, 2 RBI
Stewart: 1-4, 2B, 2 SO
Thompson (L): 0.0 IP, 5 H, 7 ER, 3 BB
Labourt: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 4 SO
Coming up next: Tyler Alexander (6-7, 2.27 ERA) will take on St. Lucie’s P.J. Conlon (3-1, 2.13 ERA) at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Fort Wayne TinCaps 8, West Michigan Whitecaps 7 (box)
The Whitecaps held a 6-3 lead after five innings and stretched it to 7-3 in the top of the sixth, but a three-run sixth from the TinCaps brought the score within one. Runs in the seventh and eighth off reliever Adenson Verastegui gave the TinCaps an 8-7 lead, and their bullpen shut the door over the final three innings to hand the Whitecaps their 45th loss of the season. David Gonzalez had three hits for the Whitecaps, who out-hit Fort Wayne 15-13. Will Maddox and Cam Gibson had two RBI apiece.
Gonzalez: 3-5, 2B, R, 2 SO
Gibson: 2-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, SO
Perez: 2-5, 2B, R
Azocar: 2-5, SO
Coming up next: Kyle Dowdy (7-2, 2.62 ERA) will look to continue a strong season as the Whitecaps kick off a four-game series with the Lake County Captains. Jared Robinson (2-2 5.63 ERA) will start for Lake County.
Connecticut Tigers 2, Tri-City ValleyCats 1 (box)
Austin Athmann and Daniel Pinero tripled and scored for the Tigers, who improved their record to 21-19 with a win over Tri-City on Friday. Neither team got much going offensively, and the two clubs combined for just nine hits on the evening. Daniel Woodrow doubled, walked twice, and drove in a run for Connecticut. Starter Gregory Soto was sharp, throwing five shutout innings with six strikeouts. Mark Ecker worked two innings for his fourth save of the year.
Athmann: 1-3, 3B, R, BB, SO
Pinero: 1-4, 3B, R, RBI, SO
Woodrow: 1-2, 2B, RBI, 2 BB
Soto: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO
Ecker (S): 2.0 IP, H, ER, BB, 4 SO
Coming up next: Austin Sodders (0-2, 3.63 ERA) will start for Connecticut against Tri-City’s Edgardo Sandoval (0-1, 3.21 ERA) on Saturday evening at Dodd Stadium.