Louisville Bats 5, Toledo Mud Hens 4 (box)
Drew VerHagen didn’t make it through the fifth inning, allowing four runs on seven hits (and four walks) in his fourth loss of the season. JaCoby Jones and Tyler Collins helped the Mud Hens offense make things interesting with home runs, but they could not plate the game-tying run with a late rally in the eighth. Bruce Rondon threw a scoreless inning in relief.
Jones: 1-3, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB
Krizan: 2-3, 2B, RBI, BB
Hicks, 2-4, SO
VerHagen (L): 4.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 4 BB
Coming up next: Chad Bell (1-4, 3.38 ERA) will take the mound for the Mud Hens as they look to avoid a three-game sweep at Louisville.
Portland Sea Dogs 4, Erie SeaWolves 3 (box)
The two teams traded two-run first innings, then remained scoreless until Portland took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth. Erie tied the game in the seventh on a sacrifice fly from Dominic Ficociello, but Myles Jaye and Jairo Labourt combined to allow the game-winning run in the bottom of the inning. Jaye was charged with the earned run and the loss, his fifth of the season. Labourt worked 1 2⁄3 innings with two strikeouts. Ficociello was one of three SeaWolves players with two hits. Gabriel Quintana homered again, his 14th of the season.
Ficociello: 2-3, 2B, R, RBI, BB
Castro: 2-5, 2 SO, SB
Valdes: 2-4, 2B, SO
Jaye (L): 6.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, BB, 6 SO
Coming up next: Tyler Alexander (3-4, 4.53 ERA) will start for Erie on Sunday against Portland’s Taylor Grover (1-1, 6.48 ERA).
Lakeland Flying Tigers 6, St. Lucie Mets (F/14) (box)
Left fielder Elvis Rubio drew a bases loaded walk to score the winning run in a walk-off victory (literally) against the Mets. The two teams played the first 12 innings on Friday, but play was suspended due to rain and resumed on Saturday afternoon. Kyle Funkhouser started and struck out seven in five innings of work, but he also walked four. Zac Reininger, Endrys Briceno, and Bryan Garcia combined for 6 2⁄3 scoreless innings of work out of the bullpen, allowing just two hits with eight strikeouts. Rubio also homered earlier in the game, and Wade Hinkle drove in a pair of runs.
Maddox: 3-7, 2 R, RBI, SO, SB
Allen: 2-5, 2B, SO
Rubio: 1-6, HR, R, 2 RBI, BB, SO
Funkhouser: 5.0 IP, 4 H, ER, 4 BB, 7 SO
Lakeland Flying Tigers 9, St. Lucie Mets 1 (box)
The Flying Tigers opened the scoring early, but didn’t pour it on until the later innings. St. Lucie starter Andrew Church worked seven innings, and ultimately allowed seven runs on nine hits after a three-run seventh from the Lakeland offense. Joey Pankake and Wade Hinkle homered for the Flygers, driving in five of their nine runs. Zac Shepherd added a pair of hits, and Arvicent Perez drove in two runs. Matt Hall was the beneficiary of this offensive explosion; he struck out nine in 7 1⁄3 innings to earn his fourth win of the season.
Pankake: 3-4, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI
Shepherd: 2-4, 3B, R, SO
Hinkle: 1-3, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, SO
Hall (W): 7.1 IP, 5 H, R (0 ER), BB, 9 SO
Coming up next: Kyle Dowdy (3-4, 2.83 ERA) takes the mound for the Flying Tigers on Sunday as they aim for a three-game sweep of the Mets.
West Michigan Whitecaps 5, Dayton Dragons 1 (box)
Dayton’s Jose Siri hit a solo home run in the first inning, but that would be all the offense the Dragons could muster in this game. Eudis Idrogo went the distance for West Michigan, striking out 10 while allowing just three hits. He threw an even 100 pitches in the complete game, earning his third win of the season. Danny Woodrow and Cam Gibson combined to drive in all five of the Whitecaps’ runs. Austin Athmann had three hits and scored twice.
Athmann: 3-3, 2B, 2 R
Woodrow: 2-3, 3 RBI
Gibson: 1-4, 2 RBI
Idrogo (W): 9.0 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 10 SO
Coming up next: The Whitecaps will finish off their three-game series against Dayton on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. ET.