Toledo Mud Hens 1, Louisville Bats 0 (box)
In a tense, low-scoring affair, Warwick Saupold out-dueled our old pal Alfredo Simon to pick up his sixth victory of the year. JaCoby Jones, playing centerfield Wednesday night, tripled in the fourth. Catcher Miguel Gonzalez sacrificed him home for the only scoring of the night. Manager Lloyd McClendon really wanted this one, going full Robin Ventura, and matching up three different relievers to get through the eighth. Closer Joe Jimenez came on to shut the door for his sixth save, and twenty-ninth overall across three levels in 2016.
JaCoby Jones: 1-4, 3B, R, SO, SB
Steven Moya: 2-5, 2B
Jose Iglesias: 1-5
Warwick Saupold (W) : 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: The Columbus Clippers visit Toledo, sending Toru Murata (7-3, 3.84 ERA) to the mound Thursday night. The Mud Hens have not yet announced a starting pitcher.
Erie SeaWolves 8, Richmond Flying Squirrels 7 (box)
SeaWolves' starter Thad Weber was lit up by the Flying Squirrels on Wednesday. The Flying Squirrels' starter, Andrew Suarez, fared little better as they were collectively hammered for 12 earned runs and 17 hits in just 7 1⁄3 innings pitched. Fortunately for the SeaWolves, Cory Riordan came on in relief and spun 4 2⁄3 scoreless innings, allowing his offense to come back and earning the win in the process. The real hero was catcher Grayson Greiner, who launched a two-run shot in the seventh inning to take the lead. Joe Mantiply cruised through the ninth in order to earn his first save.
Grayson Greiner: 2-4, HR, R, 3 RBI
Mike Gerber: 2-4, 2B, 2 R, SO
Kody Eaves: 1-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, SO
Thad Weber: 2.1 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, SO
Coming Up Next: Artie Lewicki (1-6, 3.56 ERA) will take on the Altoona Curve’s Brandon Waddell (7-8, 4.19 ERA) to open up a weekend road series.
Daytona Tortugas 7, Lakeland Flying Tigers 1 (box)
Spencer Turnbull’s return from the disabled list continues to go decently, but his offense and bullpen let him down Wednesday as he took the loss. Turnbull spun six innings and surrendered three earned runs. A Tyler Bortnick solo home run in the fourth inning was the only offense the Flying Tigers could muster.
Tyler Bortnick: 1-3, HR, R, RBI, SO
A.J. Simcox: 2-3, BB, SO
Spencer Turnbull (L) : 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, BB, 4 SO
Coming Up Next: Matt Hall (3-2, 4.37 ERA) gets the ball for the Flying Tigers on Thursday. The Tortugas have yet to announce a starting pitcher.
South Bend Cubs 11, West Michigan Whitecaps 10 (F/10) (box)
The Whitecaps stormed back from an early deficit in this one, but were ultimately undone as the Cubs walked this one off in the tenth inning. Whitecaps’ starter Fernando Perez was mauled in this one, surrendering eight earned runs in just 3 2⁄3 innings of work. Five different Whitecaps posted multi-hit games in this one, but it was catcher Arvicent Perez who drove in what appeared to be a game winning run in the tenth inning. Reliever Ryan Milton couldn’t make it stick unfortunately, surrendering a pair of runs in the tenth to blow the save.
Jose Zambrano: 2-4, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI, BB
Arivicent Perez: 3-5, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI
Cam Gibson: 2-5, R, RBI, SO
Fernando Perez: 3.2 IP, HR, 8 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO
Coming Up Next: Kyle Dowdy (9-2, 2.62 ERA) gets the call for the Whitecaps on Thursday. The Cubs will send Justin Steele (5-6, 5.51 ERA) to the mound to oppose him.
Hudson Valley Renegades 4, Connecticut Tigers 2 (box)
Tigers’ starter Ryan Castellanos went six innings, but was knocked around for four earned runs to take the loss. The Renegades Jose Rojas got to Castellanos for a two-run shot in the fourth. After the Tigers scored two in the fifth on a two-RBI single from centerfielder Daniel Woodrow, the Renegades came right back. Castellanos wild pitched in the fourth run against him and his night was over. The Tigers’ bullpen did solid work, giving the offense a chance to come back, but they were unable to capitalize as the Renegades held them to just three hits.
Daniel Woodrow: 1-4, 2 RBI
Ryan Castellanos (L) : 6.0 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, HR
Coming Up Next: Gregory Soto (3-1, 2.57 ERA) gets the call for the Tigers on Thursday night. No starter has been announced for the Renegades.