Toledo Mud Hens 2, Indianapolis Indians 0 (box)
Anthony Vasquez was the star of the show in this one. The Mud Hens’ righthander tossed a shutout, scattering five hits without allowing a free pass. Vasquez threw 119 pitches en route to victory, and struck out seven on the night. The Mud Hens only mustered six hits of their own, but three of them were doubles. Jason Krizan scored the sole run necessary for a win by doubling and riding home on an Efren Navarro single in the first inning.
Krizan: 1-4, R, 2B
Vasquez (W, 2-2): 9.0 IP, 5 H, 7 SO
Coming Up Next: Rumors had Drew VerHagen (4-3, 4.29 ERA) potentially joining the Tigers after Anthony Vasquez pitched in VerHagen’s turn through the rotation on Thursday. VerHagen is currently listed as the Mud Hens’ starter on Friday evening.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 2, Erie SeaWolves 1 (F/10) (box)
Artie Lewicki gave the SeaWolves a fine outing on Thursday. He tossed seven innings of three-hit ball, allowing just a single run to score. Unfortunately, his teammates had even worse luck against Fisher Cats’ pitching. The game stretched into the 10th inning, when the Fisher Cats managed to walk this one off against reliever Sean Donatello. The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak for the SeaWolves.
Stewart: 2-4, 2B, SO
Lewicki: 7.0 IP, ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 SO
Coming Up Next: A.J. Ladwig (2-1, 4.56 ERA) starts for the SeaWolves on Friday night.
Lakeland Flying Tigers 1, St. Lucie Mets 0 (box)
Sandy Baez has struggled after some early season injury issues. He finally got the monkey off his back with a one-hit performance over six innings on Thursday to collect his first win of the season. Baez punched out seven and had his heavy fastball inducing ground balls with regularity. The Flying Tigers scored the only run of the game when Elvis Rubio doubled in Will Maddox in the sixth. The power trio of Mark Ecker, Bryan Garcia, and Gerson Moreno shut down the Mets over the final three frames to wrap this one up.
Rubio: 1-4, RBI, 2B, SO
Baez (W, 1-6): 6.0 IP, H, BB, 7 SO
Coming Up Next: Kyle Funkhouser (0-2, 2.33 ERA) gets the call as the Friday night special from Joker Marchant Stadium.
Great Lakes Loons 6, West Michigan Whitecaps 5 (F/12) (box)
Austin Sodders gave the Whitecaps a quality outing, though his usual strikeout touch was lacking. He went seven innings, giving up three runs. When Drew Longley scored on a Cam Gibson sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh, the score was knotted at three apiece. It stayed there until the 12th. Unfortunately, after a couple of solid innings, reliever Jake Shull fell apart as the Loons racked up three runs. The Whitecaps scored a pair in the bottom half of the frame, but couldn’t complete the comeback.
Salter: 3-6, RBI
Sodders: 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 9 H, 4 SO
Coming Up Next: Gregory Soto (5-1, 1.86 ERA) starts for the Whitecaps on Friday night.