Toledo Mud Hens 4, Indianapolis Indians 2 (box)
Even though the Tigers can’t beat the Indians, their Triple-A affiliate got the job done on Wednesday. Jordan Zimmermann threw four innings in his rehab start, allowing just one hit and an unearned run. Perhaps most encouraging of all was the fact that he struck out four Indianapolis batters against just one walk. Toledo’s offense was paced by back-to-back homers from Steven Moya and Casey McGehee in the first, as well as Dean Green’s three-hit day. Cesar Ramos pitched 3 2⁄3 innings for the win while Joe Jimenez had a clean ninth for his eighth save as a Mud Hen.
Green: 3-4, 2B
Moya: 1-5, HR
McGehee: 1-4, HR, BB
Zimmermann: 4 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 4 K, 1 BB
Ramos (W, 2-3): 3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 K, 3 BB
Jimenez (SV, 8): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R
Coming up next: The Mud Hens travel to Columbus to play the Clippers at 7:05 PM EDT. Buck Farmer is listed as the starter, but he will be called up to the majors before Friday so that probably won’t last.
Erie SeaWolves 3, Akron RubberDucks 2 (F/13) (box)
The SeaWolves walked off on MiLB’s best-named team last night, with Austin Green singling home Harold Castro to end the game. Artie Lewicki’s seven strong innings led the way for Erie, who struck out 13 batters and walked just four on the night. Castro led the offense with three hits and two runs, while top prospects Christin Stewart and Michael Gerber were shut down.
Castro: 3-5, 2 R
Gose: 1-6, RBI, K
Gerber: 0-4, BB, 2 K
Lewicki: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 7 K, 2 BB
Ravenelle (W, 1-1): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 K, 0 BB
Coming up next: The SeaWolves host Akron at 7:05 PM EDT on Thursday, with Tommy Collier (9-7, 3.97) on the bump for Erie.
The Lakeland Flying Tigers are dealing with inclement weather as Tropical Storm Hermine approaches. They did not play yesterday, nor will they today.
West Michigan Whitecaps 3, South Bend Cubs 1 (box)
The ‘Caps were involved in a pitcher’s duel, but they came out on top when their offense pushed two runs across in the fifth innings. Brett Pirtle’s squeeze bunt scored David Gonzalez (they bunt a lot in Single-A), and Will Maddox drove in Connor Myers. Fernando Perez scattered seven hits over six innings while allowing just one run. He lowered his ERA to 5.53. Meanwhile, 2016 draft pick Mark Ecker worked a perfect ninth for the save.
Maddox: 1-2, 2B, RBI, 2 BB
Perez (W, 4-7): 6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 K, 1 BB
Ecker (SV, 5): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R
Coming up next: Kyle Dowdy (10-2, 2.56) looks to continue his excellent season on Thursday against South Bend at 7:00 PM EDT.
Staten Island Yankees 5, Connecticut Tigers 4 (box)
John Schreiber imploded in the eighth inning, ceding three runs and giving away a Connecticut win. Connecticut loaded the bases with nobody out in the top of the ninth, trailing 5-3, but failed to push the tying run across as Daniel Pinero struck out and Jacob Robson grounded out to end the game. The loss spoiled a decent start by Locke St. John. Tanner Donnels collected three hits for the Tigers.
Donnels: 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Lester: 2-3, 3B, RBI, R
Schreiber (L, 2-2): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 K, 2 BB
St. John: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 K, 3 BB
Coming up next: Connecticut hosts the Lowell Spinners at 7:00 PM EDT. Austin Sodders (0-2, 1.98) is on the bump.