Toledo Mud Hens 4, Indianapolis Indians 3 (box)
Drew VerHagen picked up the victory with six solid innings on Friday night. He only recorded three strikeouts to two walks, but it was enough to get the job done. Reliever Edward Mujica allowed a pair of runs to make this one close, but Arcenio Leon and Joe Jimenez slammed the door, with Jimenez picking up his second save of the young season.
Coming Up Next: With William Cuevas called up to the Detroit Tigers on Friday, the Mud Hens will juggle their rotation . No starter has been announced as they take on Josh Lindblom (0-0, 0.00 ERA) of the Indians. First pitch is set for 5:05 pm ET from Fifth Third Field.
Erie SeaWolves 5, Binghamton Rumble Ponies 2 (box)
Starter Artie Lewicki notched his first victory of the season with five solid innings of work. He allowed two runs, but just one earned, with the SeaWolves bullpen locking down the final four innings. Paul Voelker spun a clean ninth to earn his first save of the year. Offensively, shortstop A.J. Simcox and outfielder Jason Krizan each had a pair of hits, with Krizan driving in a pair of runs to pace the SeaWolves’ offense. Christin Stewart tacked on an RBI on a rare hitless night for the power hitting prospect.
Coming Up Next: Matt Crouse (0-0, 18.00 ERA) will duel the Rumble Ponies’ Victor Delgado (0-0, 9.00 ERA), with first pitch set for 1:05 pm ET in the second game of the weekend road series.
Charlotte Stone Crabs 3, Lakeland Flying Tigers 2 (box)
Starter Kyle Dowdy was decent, giving the Flying Tigers 5 and 1⁄3 scoreless innings. However, relievers Drew Smith and Mark Ecker blew this one in the late innings, with Ecker taking the loss. Gerson Moreno gave them a chance with a scoreless night, but the Flying Tigers’ offense was unable to muster a comeback. Jose Azocar shone offensively, racking up four hits on the night. DH Wade Hinkle and left fielder Quincy Latimore added a pair of hits of their own from the heart of the order in the losing effort.
Coming Up Next: Lefty Matt Hall (0-1, 10.80 ERA) will take the bump opposite Stone Crabs’ starter Eduar Lopez (0-1, 5.79 ERA). Hall will look to stop the bleeding as the Flying Tigers have dropped the first two of four in this weekend road series. First pitch is set for 6:05 pm ET on Saturday.
South Bend Cubs 6, West Michigan Whitecaps 4 (box)
Spenser Watkins struggled in his start on Friday, going just 4 2⁄3 innings, and allowing four runs—three earned—on seven hits. Reliever Trent Szkutnik was equally ineffective, surrendering a pair of runs of his own. The Whitecaps’ offense was gifted eight walks by Cubs’ pitching in this one, but just couldn’t cash in enough scoring chances. Third baseman Anthony Pereira had two of just four hits for the Whitecaps’ offense.
Coming Up Next: The Whitecaps take a 4-5 record into Saturday’s home game with the Cubs. Anthony Castro (0-1, 6.75 ERA) will look to rebound for a rocky first outing. The Cubs have yet to announce a starter for the 4:00 pm ET game.