Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders 5, Toledo Mud Hens 1 (box)
Matt Crouse showed out alright in his first start since being called up from Double-A Erie. He surrendered three earned runs on six hits in six innings of work. That was too much for a Mud Hens’ offense that was kept in check all evening. Argenis Diaz launched a solo shot for their only run. Bruce Rondon was knocked around badly again in relief, giving up a pair of runs in the eighth to salt this one away.
Diaz: 2-4, R, RBI, HR, SO
Crouse (L, 0-1): 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 4 SOA
Coming Up Next: Anthony Sanchez (0-1, 9.00 ERA) starts for the Mud Hens on Sunday evening.
Altoona Curve 8, Erie SeaWolves 1 (box)
Josh Turley needed 81 pitches to go just four innings in this one, surrendering a pair of earned runs. Over the next three innings, A.J. Achter and Kurt Spomer combined to give up another five. Kody Eaves had the only SeaWolves RBI, while Ross Kivett and Mike Gerber doubled in the losing effort.
Eaves: 2-4, RBI
Turley (L, 0-2): 4.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 SO
Coming Up Next: A.J. Ladwig (1-1, 7.11 ERA) gets the call Sunday afternoon, against Pirates’ starter Jameson Taillon. May be interesting to see how Stewart and Gerber handle him, though he’s still in midst of his rehabilitation after testicular cancer treatment.
Kyle Dowdy was excellent as the Flying Tigers evened the three game series at one apiece. Dowdy tossed 7 1⁄3 innings allowing just a run on four hits, with five strikeouts. Stellar support followed as two of the Tigers’ brighter relief prospects took center stage. Bryan Garcia struck out both hitters he faced to wrap up the eighth, while Gerson Moreno allowed a double, but struck out three to earn his sixth save. The Flying Tigers fared little better than the Blue Jays offensively, but managed to push a pair of runs across on four hits and two walks.
Allen: 1-3, RBI, SO
Dowdy (W, 3-3): 7.1 IP, ER, 4 H, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: Matt Hall (3-4, 5.36 ERA) takes on the Blue Jays at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday from Joker Marchant Stadium.
Dayton Dragons 5, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (box)
Gregory Soto suffered his first loss after an outstanding start to the 2017 season. Soto surrendered five earned in 5 2⁄3 innings, striking out five. The only real fireworks for the Whitecaps came when Jacob Robson and manager Mike Rabelo were ejected in the middle of the sixth inning after Robson struck out to end the inning. Cam Gibson and Cole Bauml each doubled and scored a run.
Bauml: 2-4, R, 2B, SO
Soto (L, 4-1): 5.2 IP, 5 ER, 8 H, HR, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: Spenser Watkins (2-1, 1.59 ERA) will look to continue his fine start to the season on Sunday evening from Dayton.