Toledo Mud Hens 4 Charlotte Knights 1 (box)
Chad Bell easily outdueled top starting pitching prospect Lucas Giolito on Wednesday night, punching out six over six scoreless innings. Shortstop Brendan Ryan chipped in a solo shot, while catcher Bryan Holaday added a pair of hits and an RBI. Logan Kensing gave up a run, but the bullpen was solid otherwise, with Arcenio Leon picking up his team-leading fifth save with a clean 1-2-3 ninth.
Holaday: 2-4, RBI, 2B
Moya: 0-4, 4 SO
Bell (W, 1-2): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 6 SO
Coming up next: Drew VerHagen (2-0, 2.40 ERA) takes on the Knights’ Tyler Danish (1-1, 2.00 ERA).
Altoona Curve 3, Erie SeaWolves 2 (box)
Artie Lewicki hung tough for 5 1⁄3 solid innings, striking out four for the SeaWolves on Wednesday afternoon. He allowed two earned runs, good enough to allow his teammates to keep the game tied into extras, but they couldn’t come up with the game winner. Instead, Paul Voelker, in his second inning of relief, gave up a solo shot in the 10th inning that proved the difference. Designated hitter Gabriel Quintana lauched a solo home run of his own for the SeaWolves, while left fielder Christin Stewart had their other RBI.
McVaney: 3-5, R, 2B
Quintana: 1-4, R, RBI, HR, SO
Stewart: 1-3, RBI, BB, SO
Lewicki: 5.1 IP, 2 ER, 9 H, BB, 4 SO
Coming Up Next: Matt Crouse (2-0, 5.14 ERA) takes on the Trenton Thunder’s Domingo German (0-2, 2.70 ERA).
The Flying Tigers mounted a rally late with a three-run eighth inning, but couldn’t quite make up the deficit as they fell to the Mets Wednesday night. Starter Matt Hall was out of the game before he recorded five outs. Jeff Thompson came on in relief and didn’t last much longer, surrendering five earned runs. Santiago Garrido and Jairo Labourt were excellent in relief to give their offense a chance. Quincy Latimore got things going in the eighth and rode home on Wade Hinkle’s double. Zac Shepherd and Jose Azocar added hits to keep the inning moving, but with Azocar as the tying run after stealing second base, Ben Verlander lined out to left to end their run at this one.
Shepherd: 1-5, R, 2 SO
Castro: 4-5, R, RBI, 4 H, 2B, 3B
Azocar: 2-4, R, RBI, 3B
Thompson (L, 0-1): 2.2 IP, 5 ER, 6 H, HR, BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: Beau Burrows (2-0, 0.84 ERA) looks to keep rolling Thursday, as he battles Nabil Crismatt (1-1, 4.24 ERA) to wrap up the three-game road series with the St. Lucie Mets.
West Michigan Whitecaps 8, Fort Wayne TinCaps 2 (box)
Eudis Idrogo gave the Whitecaps a strong outing on Wednesday afternoon. He scattered eight hits, allowing two earned run over six innings, with six punchouts on the day. Cam Gibson and left fielder Jacob Robson, who is red hot, set the table with five combined hits and three walks. First baseman Blaise Salter was cleaning that table, driving in four with a three-hit day of his own as the Whitecaps offense got loose.
Robson: 2-2, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB
Gibson: 3-4, 3 R, 3B, BB
Salter: 3-5, R, 4 RBI, 2B, SO
Idrogo (W, 1-1): 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, B, 6 SO
Coming Up Next: Anthony Gutierrez (2-0, 0.69 ERA) battles Micah Miniard (0-1, 1.59 ERA) as the Whitecaps travel to Lake County to take on the Captains.