Columbus Clippers 8, Toledo Mud Hens 4 (box)
The Mud Hens scored four runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 4-3 lead, but Columbus answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning en route to an 8-4 victory. Toledo starter Chad Bell was responsible for six of those runs in just three innings — he did not retire any of the four batters he faced in the fourth. The outing bumped his season-long ERA up to 4.21. Offensively, the Mud Hens were led by JaCoby Jones, who broke out of a slump with a three-hit game. Jeff McVaney also reached base three times and drove in a run.
Jones: 3-4, 2B, 3B, R
McVaney: 1-2, R, RBI, 2 BB, SB
Huffman: 1-4, 2B, R, 2 SO
Bell (L): 3.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 2 SO
Coming up next: Cory Riordan is scheduled to start for the Mud Hens as they kick off a short series with the Indianapolis Indians on Thursday.
Erie SeaWolves 6, Harrisburg Senators 3 (box)
The SeaWolves offense battered Harrisburg pitching all night, collecting 13 hits in their 37th win of the season. Four different Erie players had multi-hit games, including three from infielder Tyler Bortnick. Wynton Bernard and Grayson Greiner both homered for the SeaWolves, and Bernard added his fourth stolen base of the season. Starter Josh Turley scattered six hits in his six innings, limiting the Senators to one unearned run. Joe Jimenez pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save in a SeaWolves uniform. His season-long ERA is 0.28.
Bortnick: 3-4, 2B, RBI, BB
Bernard: 2-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, SO, SB
Greiner: 2-5, HR, R, 2 RBI
Krizan: 2-5, R
Turley (W): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R (0 ER), BB, 3 SO
Coming up next: The SeaWolves will look to even their four-game series with Harrisburg on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Clearwater Threshers 7, Lakeland Flying Tigers 6 (box)
Lakeland starter Jeff Thompson was roughed up for five runs (four earned) on seven hits in five innings, resulting in his fourth loss of the season. The Flying Tigers did their best to chip away at the lead, eventually scoring six runs on nine hits. Joey Pankake had three of those, including a two-run home run, his 13th of the season. Ben Verlander also homered for Lakeland, and added a double and two runs scored. Christin Stewart reached base three times, bringing his on-base percentage up to .399 this season.
Pankake: 3-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, SB
Verlander: 2-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, SO
Gerber: 1-3, 2B, 2 R, BB
Stewart: 1-3, RBI, 2 BB, SO
Thompson (L): 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 4 SO
Coming up next: Trent Szkutnik (0-1, 9.00 ERA) will start for Lakeland as they play a quick one-off game with the Tampa Yankees before hosting Palm Beach for a four-game set.
Great Lakes Loons 6, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (F/10) (box)
Leonard Laffita drove in Jose Azocar with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the score at two, but a disastrous four-run 10th inning from the Whitecaps bullpen cost them a shot a their fifth consecutive win. Reliever Drew Smith was the offender, allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits and a walk for his first loss of the season. Starter Spenser Watkins was solid prior to that, holding Great Lakes to two runs in six innings. Offensively, the Whitecaps only managed seven hits, all singles. Azocar and catcher Arvicent Perez combined for four of those.
Azocar: 2-4, R
Watkins: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO
Smith (L): 1.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R (3 ER), BB, 3 SO
Coming up next: Eudis Idrogo (1-3, 6.75 ERA) and the Whitecaps go for the series win over the Loons on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Connecticut Tigers 2, Williamsport Crosscutters 1 (box)
The Tigers received a solid effort from their pitching staff on Wednesday, with four players combining to hold the Crosscutters to one unearned run on nine hits while striking out 10. Austin Sodders started the game and worked three innings, allowing the unearned run. Oswaldo Castillo, John Haynes, and Joe Navilhon handled the final six frames with eight strikeouts between them. The Tigers offense only managed six hits, including two from Blaise Salter, but were able to scratch across runs in the sixth and seventh to come away with the win.
Salter: 2-4, 2B, RBI, SO
Pereira: 1-3, SO, SB
Sthormes: 1-3, 2B, RBI
Sodders: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 SO
Hayes (W): 2.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 3 SO
Coming up next: The Tigers are off on Thursday but will return to action on Friday in a road series against the Lowell Spinners. Kyle Funkhouser (0-0, 9.00 ERA) will start for Connecticut.