Louisville Bats 2, Toledo Mud Hens 0 (box)
Blaine Hardy threw three scoreless innings in a spot start for the Mud Hens, but Dustin Molleken and Kyle Ryan coughed up runs later on to doom Toledo to their 32nd loss of the season. The real problem was the Toledo offense, which managed just three hits on the game. They walked seven times against Louisville pitching, but left all 10 runners on base.
Jones: 1-4, 2B, 2 SO
Hardy: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 SO
Molleken (L): 2.0 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, SO
Coming up next: Matt Boyd (0-0, 4.26 ERA) will start for Toledo on Saturday as they continue their series against Louisville.
Portland Sea Dogs 7, Erie SeaWolves 5 (box)
The SeaDogs came up victorious in a battle of fictional marine canines, thanks to Nick Longhi’s walk-off home run off Erie reliever Waldis Joaquin. The SeaWolves took an early 3-0 lead, but A.J. Ladwig struggled in the fourth inning, giving up three runs. He allowed four earned runs in 6 1⁄3 innings before departing. Offensively, the SeaWolves were paced by Mike Gerber, who had two hits and two RBI, and Gabriel Quintana, who hit his 13th home run of the season to tie the game at five in the eighth.
Gerber: 2-5, 2 RBI, 2 SO
Quintana: 2-4, 2B, HR, R, RBI, SO
Ladwig: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, BB, 2 SO
Coming up next: Myles Jaye (1-4, 3.62 ERA) will try to get the SeaWolves back into the win column on Saturday.
Dayton Dragons 4, West Michigan Whitecaps 3 (box)
The Whitecaps took a 3-1 lead after scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the Whitecaps defense let their pitching staff down, committing five errors in a loss at Fifth Third Ballpark. Starter Gregory Soto could not find his command, walking six batters in just five innings. He was still in line for the win until Locke St. John coughed up a pair of runs in the sixth to take the loss. Anthony Pereira drove in two of West Michigan’s three runs with a home run in the fourth, his third of the season.
Athmann: 2-4, SO
Pereira: 1-4, HR, R, 2 RBI
Soto: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 6 BB, 4 SO
St. John (L): 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), BB, 4 SO
Coming up next: Eudis Idrogo (2-2, 3.16 ERA) will try to stop West Michigan’s two-game skid as he takes on the Dragons on Saturday evening.
The Lakeland Flying Tigers were able to play some baseball on Friday, a rare occurrence in the Gulf Coast League this week. Unfortunately, they went to extra innings and saw their game suspended due to rain. The game will be resumed on Saturday evening at 5:00 p.m. ET. Kyle Funkhouser went five innings before the rain came; he struck out seven but walked four, and only allowed one run.