Indianapolis Indians 9, Toledo Mud Hens 3 (box)
Starter Matt Crouse struggled, allowing six runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings for his fifth loss of the season. The Mud Hens offense managed nine hits (including three from outfielder Alex Presley) but went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven men on base. Presley had the lone extra base hit for Toledo, and Casey McGehee drove in two runs.
Presley: 3-5, 2B, R
McGehee: 1-2, 2 RBI, 2 BB, SB
Machado: 1-3, R, BB
Crouse (L): 5.2 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO
Coming up next: Buck Farmer (2-5, 4.86 ERA) will take the mound against Indy’s Chad Kuhl (6-3, 2.37 ERA) as the Mud Hens and Indians continue their series.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5, Erie SeaWolves 2 (box)
Lefthander Tyler Alexander was roughed up in his Double-A debut. He allowed five runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings, resulting in his eighth loss of the season across all levels. Anthony Gose had another strong night at the plate with two hits, including his third home run in a SeaWolves uniform. Gose has six hits and five runs scored in his last three games. Kody Eaves also had two hits for Erie, and Michael Gerber added a double. Joe Mantiply had a perfect night in relief, striking out all four batters he faced.
Gose: 2-4, HR, 2 R, RBI
Eaves: 2-3, 2B, SO
Gerber: 1-4, 2B
Alexander (L): 4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, BB, 3 SO
Mantiply: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 4 SO
Coming up next: The SeaWolves and Fisher Cats continue their series on Saturday evening at 7:05 p.m. ET. Conner Greene (3-3, 4.28 ERA) will start for New Hampshire.
Clearwater Threshers 3, Lakeland Flying Tigers 2 (box)
Ross Kivett’s single to open the top of the ninth inning broke up a no-hit bid by Clearwater starter Shane Watson, who had only allowed three baserunners (all walks) through the first eight innings. Watson was pulled after allowing a second hit, and the Flying Tigers nearly capped a comeback after two more singles. However, Clearwater’s Matt Hockenberry was able to retire Zac Shepherd with the tying run on third base to preserve the Threshers’ win. Endrys Briceno allowed three runs in five innings for Lakeland.
Kivett: 1-3, R, BB
Stewart: 1-4, RBI
Hinkle: 1-3, RBI, BB, SO
Briceno (L): 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R (1 ER), 2 BB
Coming up next: A.J. Ladwig (9-9, 4.11 ERA) will take the mound still in search of his 10th win of the season for Lakeland. He will face Clearwater’s Drew Anderson (1-0, 3.38 ERA) at 6:15 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Dayton Dragons 5, West Michigan Whitecaps 1 (box)
Dayton jumped out to an early 3-0 lead against Whitecaps starter Fernando Perez, who ultimately allowed four runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. Perez struck out three and did not walk a batter, but suffered his sixth loss of the season. The Whitecaps offense managed just four hits on the game, and went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Derek Hill had one of those four hits and scored the Whitecaps’ lone run.
Hill: 1-4, R, 2 SO
Pirtle: 1-4, RBI, SO
Gibson: 0-2, BB, SB
Perez (L): 5.1 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 3 SO
Coming up next: Kyle Dowdy (8-2, 2.51 ERA) will start for the Whitecaps against Jose Mujica of the Bowling Green Hot Rods as the two teams kick off a four game series on Saturday evening.
Connecticut Tigers 10, Batavia Muckdogs 3 (box)
The Tigers scored three runs in the bottom of the first and piled on more runs late in a big win over Batavia. Joey Havrilak led the way for Connecticut’s offense with four hits, including a double, and two RBI. Center fielder Sam Machonis added three hits of his own, and two others had two-hit games. The top of the Tigers’ lineup — Will Savage, Cole Bauml, and Havrilak — combined for seven hits and seven runs scored. Kyle Funkhouser struck out four and did not allow a hit in three innings, and Ryan Castellanos picked up the win in relief.
Havrilak: 4-4, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB
Machonis: 3-3, 2B, R, RBI, BB
Bauml: 2-6, 2 R, RBI, SB
Funkhouser: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, BB, 4 SO
Castellanos (W): 4.0 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, SO
Coming up next: Alfred Gutierrez (1-3, 3.02 ERA) will start for Connecticut as they kick off a three-game home series with the Aberdeen IronBirds on Satuday. Keegan Akin (0-1, 2.45 ERA) will start for Aberdeen.