William Cuevas put together his best start of the year thus far, but the offense went quiet after the third inning. Cuevas gave up three earned in six innings, but punched out six Braves along the way. Bruce Rondon and Mike Zagurski cleaned up the seventh, and Arcenio Leon the eighth to give the Mud Hens time for a rally, but they fell short. On the plus side, J.D. Martinez cracked a solo shot as he concluded his rehab assignment. He will rejoin the Tigers on Friday in Anaheim.
Martinez: 1-4, HR, R, RBI
Jones: 1-3, BB, SO
Cuevas (L, 1-3): 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, HR, 6 SO
Coming Up Next: The Mud Hens head to Durham to take on the Bulls on Friday night. Warwick Saupold (1-0, 2.93 ERA) gets the start for Toledo.
Erie SeaWolves 7, Hartford Yard Goats 1 (box)
A tight, well-pitched game turned into a laugher as the SeaWolves scored four in the top of the ninth. A.J. Ladwig gave them six strong innings of work, striking out five. But it was Mike Gerber who stole the show with a pair of home runs to pace the offense. Gabriel Quintana added a solo shot in the 8th as Victor Alcantara picked up his first save with three innings of stellar relief work.
Gerbs: 4-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 HR
Quintana: 2-5, 2 R, RBI, HR, SO
Ladwig (W, 1-0): 6.0 IP, ER, 5 H, BB, 5 SO
Alcantara (S, 1): 3.0 IP, H, 4 SO
Coming Up Next: The four-game series continues, with Myles Jaye (0-3, 4.91 ERA) taking the mound for the SeaWolves.
Kyle Dowdy pitched well enough to win, but an error and a wild pitch in the fourth inning undercut a solid outing as the Fire Frogs took down the Flying Tigers in a battle of magical creatures. Third baseman Zac Shepherd has cooled after a red hot April, but chipped in a double and an RBI on the night. Endrys Briceno blew the lead and took the loss, allowing a pair of runs in the seventh. Designated hitter Will Allen cracked a solo shot in the eighth to tighten things up, but the Flying Tigers couldn’t muster a comeback in the ninth.
Allen: 2-4, 2 R, RBI, HR, 3B, SO
Shepherd: 1-4, RBI, 2B, 2 SO
Azocar: 1-3, R, RBI, BB, SO, SB
Briceno (BS, 1)(L, 0-1): 0.2 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, BB, SO
Dowdy: 6.0 IP, 3 R, ER, 9 H, 2 BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: Beau Burrows (3-1, 1.16 ERA) will look to continue his stellar season as the Flying Tigers again battle the Fire Frogs.
West Michigan Whitecaps 10, Burlington Bees 3 (box)
Anthony Castro put together a decent outing on Thursday, but the swings and misses still haven’t appeared. It mattered little, as the offense stole the show. Third baseman Josh Lester and catcher Austin Athmann each homered, and the Whitecaps racked up 12 hits to crush the Bees. First baseman Blaise Salter doubled and scored three runs and also nicked a base along the way. Eduardo Jimenez and Tom De Blok locked things down in relief, each pitching a pair of innings with Jimenez allowing one earned run.
Salter: 3-5, 3 R, 2 2B
Lester:3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR, SO
Athmann: 1-4, R, 3 RBI, HR, SO
Castro (W, 2-1): 5.0 IP, 2 R, ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 2 SO
Coming Up Next: Austin Sodders (3-0, 0.69 ERA) has been a one man wrecking crew thus far, racking up 34 strikeouts in just 26.0 inning of work. He will look to keep it going on Friday night from Burlington.