Toledo Mud Hens 5, Indianapolis Indians 1 (box)
Matt Crouse gave up five walks in this one, but only one hit and just one run across six innings of work. Meanwhile, James McCann appears fully recovered, as he tagged Indians starter Jameson Taillon for a pair of RBI singles en route to a four-hit night at the plate. JaCoby Jones doubled and scored a run as well. The bullpen was outstanding. Jeff Ferrell struck out the side in the seventh, while Bruce Rondon and Edward Mujica pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth to lock this one up.
McCann: 4-4, R, 3 RBI
Crouse (W, 1-1): 6.0 IP, ER, H, 5 BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: Drew VerHagen (4-3, 4.29 ERA) has been on a roll lately, and he will look to keep in going Thursday night.
Erie SeaWolves 3, New Hampshire Fisher Cats 2 (Game 1) (box)
Beau Burrows’ debut for the SeaWolves went quite well, though he wasn’t exactly dominant. He struck out five, but uncharacteristically walked four, perhaps a bit careful of the Fisher Cats potent lineup. Burrows went five innings, allowing two earned runs to collect his first victory at the Double-A level. Kody Eaves and Gabriel Quintana each homered for the SeaWolves to lead the offense.
Burrows (W, 1-0): 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 5 SO
Quintana: 1-3, R, 2 RBI, HR, SO
Erie SeaWolves 5, New Hampshire Fisher Cats 1 (Game 2) (box)
The Tigers’ top prospects continued to have success in game two of this double-header. The teams were knotted at 1-1 into the sixth inning of the seven inning nightcap. Christin Stewart came to the dish with the bases loaded and promptly smoked a grand slam, his 15th home run on the year, to effectively end this one. The victory extended the SeaWolves winning streak to eight.
Stewart: 1-3, R, 4 RBI, HR, 2 SO
Castro: 2-4, 2 R, SO
Labourt: 2.0 IP, H, BB, 2 SO
Coming Up Next: Artie Lewicki (3-2, 4.03 ERA) takes on the Fisher Cats Thursday night as the SeaWolves look to sweep the three-game set.
West Michigan Whitecaps 8, Great Lakes Loons 2 (box)
Anthony Castro was excellent again on Wednesday. He consistently pounded the lower reaches of the strike zone with his nasty sinker, inducing a ton of ground balls. He provided seven innings of two-run ball in this one. Meanwhile, his teammates were hitting the ball all over the park, as five different batters had multi-hit games. Jacob Robson led the way with a pair of RBI and two runs scored, while Blaise Salter launched a two-run shot in the fifth as the Whitecaps rolled.
Salter: 2-3, R, 3 RBI, HR, 2B, BB, SO
Castro (W, 5-1): 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, BB, 4 SO
Houston: 2.0 IP, BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: The Whitecaps send Austin Sodders (6-0, 1.05 ERA) to the mound Thursday evening.
The Lakeland Flying Tigers have had six games cancelled due to rain in five days. Wednesday was a regular off day, and they will send Matt Hall (3-5, 4.75 ERA) to the mound Thursday night to kick off a four-game set with the St. Lucie Mets.