The Mud Hens scored all six of their runs in the top of the seventh inning, and starter Cory Riordan allowed just five hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings for Toledo’s fifth win of the month. Riordan out-dueled former Tiger Kyle Lobstein, who threw six shutout frames of his own before Indians reliever Curtis Partrich coughed up five runs while recording just one out. Argenis Diaz and John Hicks had multi-hit games for Toledo, and Chad Huffman added a solo home run.
Hicks: 2-4, R, SO
Diaz: 2-4, 2B, R, RBI
Huffman: 1-4, HR, R, RBI, SO
Riordan (W): 7.2 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 7 SO
Coming up next: Matt Boyd (2-5, 2.25 ERA) is scheduled to start against the Indians on Friday, though I would be surprised if he actually takes the mound. Following this game, the Mud Hens return home for a weekend series against the Louisville Bats.
Harrisburg Senators 14, Erie SeaWolves 3 (box)
Artie Lewicki wasn’t bad through the first few innings, allowing a run on two hits. The floodgates opened after that, though. Lewicki was tagged with seven runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings. Reliever Joe Rogers wasn’t any better, coughing up five runs in just 1 2/3 innings. Offensively, the SeaWolves managed just six hits to Harrisburg’s 16. Corey Jones had two of those hits, and Harold Castro hit a home run.
Jones: 2-4, R, SO
Castro: 1-4, HR, R, RBI
Ficociello: 1-4, 2B, R, RBI
Lewicki (L): 4.1 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, BB, 4 SO
Coming up next: Myles Jaye (3-6, 4.15 ERA) will start against Cody Dickson (7-3, 3.84 ERA) of the Altoona Curve as the two teams begin a three-game series on Friday night at Jerry Uht Park.
The Yankees scored three early runs off Flying Tigers starter Trent Szkutnik, and that would be all the Tampa pitching staff would need. They limited the Flygers to just seven hits, including an anemic 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Lakeland’s single run came courtesy of Christin Stewart, who hit his 19th home run of the season in the top of the sixth inning. Stewart also walked twice, and is now hitting .248/.403/.518 this season.
Stewart: 1-2, HR, R, RBI, 2 BB, SO
Hinkle: 2-4, SO
Shepherd: 1-3, 2B
Szkutnik (L): 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, BB, 5 SO
Coming up next: Tyler Alexander (5-6, 1.97 ERA) takes the mound as the Flying Tigers return home for a four-game series against the Palm Beach Cardinals. Ian McKinney (6-4, 3.28 ERA) will start for Palm Beach.
The West Michigan Whitecaps had their game against the Great Lakes Loons suspended in the middle of the first inning due to rain. The game may be difficult to make up, as the two teams do not play one another until the very last weekend of the minor league season, September 3-5. On Friday, the Whitecaps will host the Fort Wayne TinCaps as a part of Joel Zumaya Bobblehead Night at Fifth Third Ballpark.
The Connecticut Tigers were off on Thursday. They will travel to Lowell to face off against the Spinners on Friday for a three-game weekend series. Kyle Funkhouser (0-0, 9.00 ERA) will start for Connecticut. Following that series, the Tigers return home for a three-game set against the State College Spikes starting on Monday.