Everything was going along just fine for Buck Farmer on Thursday night, and then suddenly it wasn’t. The Braves erupted for five in the fourth, knocking Farmer out of the game after just 3 2⁄3 innings of work, and spoiling the four run lead the Mud Hens had built. The Hens took issue with the Braves’ umbrage, however, and proceeded to tie the game again in the bottom half of the frame, and then blow the Braves out with seven runs in their final three turns at the plate. The Mud Hens’ bullpen helped by blanking the Braves the rest of the way.
Ryan: 3-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 2B,
Almanzar: 2-5, R, RBI, 2B, 3B, 2 SO
Farmer: 3.2 IP, 5 ER, 9 H, BB, 7 SO
Coming Up Next: Anthony Vasquez (2-5, 5.24 ERA) is the welcoming committee as the Columbus Clippers come to Toledo for a weekend series.
Akron Rubberducks 7, Erie SeaWolves 6 (box)
Beau Burrows is still getting settled in Erie, and the Rubberducks fouled the waters for him Thursday night. Burrows allowed a three run shot in the first inning en route to a short outing, with six total runs allowed. Christin Stewart, Kody Eaves and the rest of the SeaWolves’ offense did a nice job getting them within a run in the eighth and ninth, but the deficit was too much for them to overcome.
Stewart: 2-4, R, 2 RBI, BB
Eaves: 3-4, R, 2 RBI, 2 2B, BB
Burrows (L): 4.1 IP, 6 ER, 6 H, , HR, 4 BB, 4 SO
Coming Up Next: Tyler Alexander (3-6, 5.13 ERA) gets the start Friday night as Altoona comes to town.
Austin Sodders’ second game with the Flying Tigers was a stellar effort. Sodders’ advanced pitchability and command was too much for the Tortugas as he punched out 10 over seven scoreless innings of work. Anthony Gose struck out the side on 12 pitches in the eighth, while flamethrower Jason Foley picked up his first save for the Flygers. Dustin Frailey chipped in three hits and an RBI as the offense largely let their pitching staff handle this one.
Frailey: 3-4, RBI
Sodders (W): 7.0 IP, 5 H, BB, 10 SO
Gose: 1.0 IP, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: Josh Turley (1-0, 1.38 ERA) will test the Jupiter Hammerheads with his knuckleball on Friday night.
West Michigan Whitecaps 3, Dayton Dragons 0 (box)
Alfred Gutierrez was the story in this one as he continues to post quality outings for the Whitecaps. He spun seven innings of shutout ball, with seven strikeouts to get the victory. Drew Longley launched a solo shot to lead off the fourth, which proved the game winner.
Longley: 2-4, 2 R, RBI, HR, 2B, SO
Gutierrez (W): 7.0 IP, 5 H, BB, 7 SO
Coming Up Next: Gregory Soto (6-1, 2.57 ERA) has stumbled a bit recently after his dominant start to the season. He takes on the Loons on Friday night.
Tri-City ValleyCats 2, Connecticut Tigers 0 (box)
Pitching ruled the day, as both teams were largely held in check. Hector Martinez had one of the Tigers’ four singles, while Max Green struck out a pair in a inning of relief work. Brad Bass started this one, giving up a pair of runs in three innings, with three strikeouts.
Coming Up Next: Ryan Castellanos (1-0, 0.00 ERA) gets the start for the Tigers on Friday night.