Columbus Clippers 5, Toledo Mud Hens 3 (box)
The Hens jumped out to an early lead when Jim Adduci doubled home Tyler Collins in the first. An Adduci solo shot in the third, coming after another home run from Brendan Ryan, staked starter Matt Boyd to a three run lead. Boyd was strong through five, but came apart in the sixth and seventh, surrendering five runs. The Clippers bullpen did the rest, shutting down the Mud Hens the rest of the way.
Adduci: 2-4 R, 2 RBI, HR, 2B, 2 SO
Boyd (L): 6.2 IP, 5 ER, 9 H, BB, 8 SO
Coming Up Next: Drew VerHagen (6-6, 4.53 ERA) starts for the Mud Hens on Friday.
Erie SeaWolves 9, Akron Rubberducks 4 (box)
The SeaWolves returned from the All-Star break, and quickly blew open a scoreless game on Thursday. They scored five in the third inning, punctuated by a two-run blast from Dominic Ficociello. They followed in up in the fifth inning, putting four more on the board courtesy of a string of singles and a two-run shot from Wade Hinkle. With a comfortable lead, the SeaWolves’ pitching stumbled a bit, but this one was ultimately out of reach already for the Rubberducks.
Ficociello: 3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR,
Hinkle: 1-4, R, 2 RBI, HR, 2 SO
Alexander(W): 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, HR, 4 SO
Coming Up Next: A.J. Ladwig (6-1, 3.62 ERA) takes on the Rubberducks on Friday.
Wednesday’s rain interrupted contest resumed Thursday, with Fire Frogs’ pitching continuing to shut down the Flying Tigers. They managed just one hit, with only Cam Gibson keeping them from being no-hit over seven innings, failing to take any advantage of six walks. Sandy Baez had a solidly unspectacular outing in the losing effort.
Gibson: 1-2, BB
Baez (L): 5.2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 SO
Lakeland Flying Tigers 2, Florida Fire Frogs 1 (box)
A Jose Azocar squeeze bunt scored Ariel Serrano as the Tigers walked this one off in the ninth inning. Azocar added a single and a stolen base, while Josh Lester doubled twice. Josh Turley continued a recent run of success with 6 2⁄3 innings in this one, racking up eight strikeouts.
Lester: 2-3, 2 2B, BB, SO
Turley: 6.2 IP, ER, 4 H, BB, 9 SO
Coming Up Next: The home series continues from Joker Marchant Stadium on Saturday.
West Michigan Whitecaps 2, Cedar Rapids Kernels 0 (box)
The Whitecaps pitching staff continues to dominate the Midwest League. Eudis Idrogo got back on track with a dominant outing on Wednesday. The young left-hander scattered three hits, striking out seven across seven dominant innings. Eduardo Jimenez was just as good out of the bullpen, punching out four for a six-out save. CF Danny Woodrow and catcher Austin Athmann combined to score the game winning run in the first inning, while Zac Shepherd added a double and an RBI.
Woodrow: 2-3, R, SO, SB
Idrogo (W): 7.0 IP, 3 H, 7 SO
West Michigan Whitecaps 3, Cedar Rapids Kernals 2 (F/10)(box)
Alfred Gutierrez went seven quality innings on Thursday night surrendering a pair of runs, with only one earned. The Whitecaps’ offense took a while to get on track, but they scored solo runs in the fifth and eighth to tie this one up late. Danny Pinero doubled home catcher Austin Althmann in the bottom of the tenth to walk off the Kernals.
Pinero: 2-5, RBI, 2B
Gutierrez: 7.0 IP, 2 R, ER, 2 H, HR, 2 BB, 4 SO
Coming Up Next: Gregory Soto (7-1, 2.64 ERA) starts for the Whitecaps on Friday.
Connecticut Tigers 2, Williamsport Crosscutters 1 (box)
Matt Manning handled the Crosscutters for four innings of one-run ball, throwing strikes and punching people out. Manning racked up six strikeouts, allowing one hit and a walk before the game was postponed due to weather. Clete Schmidt and Wladimir Pinto took it from there, with the well regarded Pinto racking up three strikeouts in two innings of work. 1B Dylan Burdeaux had a pair of hits including a walkoff single, while catcher Joey Morgan had a single and an RBI.
Burdeaux: 2-4, RBI, SO
Burch: 1-3, R, BB
Manning: 4.0 IP, ER, H, BB, 6 SO
Coming Up Next: The Connecticut Tigers haven’t announced a starter to take on the Aberdeen Ironbirds on Friday, after a week plagued by rain outs.
Reliever Jairo Labourt has been promoted to Triple-A Toledo after outstanding campaigns at both the Advanced-A and Double-A levels this season. Labourt compiled a 2.64 ERA, as he struck out 36 hitters, and walked just seven, across 30 2⁄3 innings of work for the SeaWolves.
Catcher Grayson Greiner has been activated off Erie’s disabled list.