Toledo Mud Hens 5, Columbus Clippers 1 (box)
When the Tigers dealt catcher Bobby Wilson to the Rangers for starter prospect, Myles Jaye, no one was terribly excited. But Jaye continues to show signs that he may have a higher ceiling than was first thought. He went 6 and 1⁄3 innings Thursday night, punching out eight Clippers en route to the win. Jaye has a tidy 3.03 ERA over 29 2/3 innings since moving up to Triple-A.
The Mud Hens’ offense blew up Clippers’ starter Toru Murata, with JaCoby Jones’ scoring three runs and chipping in one of five Mud Hens’ doubles on the night. Dustin Molleken and Preston Guilmet did nice work in relief. They turned the game over to Joe Jimenez, who collected his seventh save since arriving in Toledo by getting just the final out in the game.
JaCoby Jones: 2-3, 2B, 3 R, BB
Jose Iglesias: 2-4, 2B, R
John Hicks: 2-4, 2 RBI, SO
Myles Jaye (W): 6.1 IP, 3 H, R, 8 SO, 2 BB
Coming Up Next: Jordan Zimmermann will make his first rehab start on Friday night, taking on the Clippers’ Adam Plutko (6-4, 3.76 ERA) at Fifth Third Field.
Altoona Curve 5, Erie SeaWolves 3 (box)
SeaWolves starter Artie Lewicki surrendered four runs, though just two earned, in 6 1⁄3 innings of work and took the loss in this one. Greyson Greiner and Christin Stewart each doubled in the game, with Stewart driving in a pair of runs. Second baseman Corey Jones had the other RBI for the SeaWolves, but was also charged with two costly errors. Mike Gerber added a pair of hits in the losing effort.
Christin Stewart: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, 2 SO
Greyson Greiner: 2-4, 2B, R
Artie Lewicki (L): 6.1 IP, 5 H, HR, BB, SO
Coming Up Next: RHP Tommy Collier (9-7, 3.73 ERA) gets the road start against the Curves’ Tyler Eppler (8-9, 4.01 ERA) on Friday night.
Daytona Tortugas 5, Lakeland Flying Tigers 4 (box)
Starter Matt Hall pitched five strong inning for the Flying Tigers in this one, but didn’t factor in the decision. His offense backed him with eleven hits and four runs, paced by Ben Verlander, who drove in a pair of runs. Left fielder Rashad Brown and catcher Drew Longley also had multi-hit games to help the cause. Unfortunately, Santiago Garrido was unable to lock down the late lead, and Tortuga walked them off in the tenth on a single from Jonathan Reynoso.
Ben Verlander: 2-5, 2 RBI
Rashad Brown: 2-5, 2B, R
Drew Longley: 3-5, R, 2 SO
Matt Hall: 5.0 IP, 4 H, HR, ER, 3 BB, 7 SO
Coming Up Next: Jeff Thompson (7-6, 3.59 ERA) gets the call as the Flying Tigers try to end their six game losing streak. The Dunedin Blue Jays will oppose him with Brad Allen (4-6, 5.94 ERA) as the teams open up a three-game weekend set.
Kyle Dowdy picked up his 10th win of the year, punching out eight Cubs in a fine performance Thursday night. Cam Gibson drove in a run as he and second baseman Arivicent Perez each tallied multi-hit games. Drew Smith and Zac Houston spun 3 1⁄3 excellent innings of relief, combining to allow just one hit. The two relievers racked up eight strikeouts as Whitecaps pitching baffled the Cubs all night. Houston picked up his third save of the season in the process.
Cam Gibson: 3-4, 3B, RBI, R
Arvicent Perez: 2-3, BB
Kyle Dowdy (W): 5.2 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 8 SO
Coming Up Next: Beau Burrows (6-4, 3.41 ERA), the Tigers’ number two prospect will take the bump Friday night for the Whitecaps. This should be a fun matchup as the Fort Wayne TinCaps will send their superb young pitching prospect, Anderson Espinoza (0-3, 5.79 ERA) to the mound against him. The Boston Red Sox dealt Espinoza to the San Diego Padres for starter Drew Pomeranz back in July.
Hudson Valley Renegades 4, Connecticut Tigers 0 (box)
Starter Gregory Soto struck out six, and allowed just an earned run, but took the loss anyway. The Tigers’ bullpen leaked three runs, and the Renegades were dominant on the mound. Right fielder Cole Balumi had the Tigers’ only hit on the night.
Cole Balumi: 1-4, 2B, SO
Gregory Soto (L): 4.2 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 BB, 6 SO
Coming Up Next: Locke St. John (4-7, 2.55 ERA) will have his hands full with the Vermont Sea Monsters on Friday night, as he takes on the 2016 sixth overall draft pick, A.J. Puk (0-2, 2.16 ERA).