Columbus Clippers 14, Toledo Mud Hens 8 (box)
Drew VerHagen got mauled by the Clippers’ lineup on Friday night. His relievers didn’t do much better. Sean Donatello, and Jairo Labourt, in his first appearance for Toledo, combined to give up six runs in two innings of work. Jim Adduci and Argeniz Diaz each homered in the losing effort.
Adduci: 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR, 2B, BB
Jones: 0-4, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 SO
Labourt: 1.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 3 SO
Columbus Clippers 3, Toledo Mud Hens 0 (box)
Anthony Vasquez gave the Hens six strong innings, allowing one run against six strikeouts. Jeff Ferrell surrendered two runs in relief but ultimately the offense made it a moot point. JaCoby Jones doubled as part of a two-hit night.
Jones: 2-4, 2B, SO
Vasquez (L): 6.0 IP, ER, 6 H, BB, 6 SO
Coming Up Next: Myles Jaye (1-1, 3.52 ERA) takes on Danny Salazar on Sunday.
Erie SeaWolves 6, Akron RubberDucks 5 (box)
The SeaWolves got out to an early lead, and poured on enough offense to hang on. Dominic Ficociello, Gabriel Quintana and Grayson Greiner each homered in the winning effort. A.J. Ladwig struggled through six innings, but managed to hold Akron off long enough for the bullpen to take over. Bryan Garcia came through in the ninth with another dominant outing to earn his fifth save for the SeaWolves. He struck out the side to wrap this one up.
Ficociello: 2-4, R, 2 RBI, HR, 2B, SO
Greiner: 2-3, R, RBI, HR
Ladwig (W): 6.0 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 6 H, HR, BB, 2 SO
Erie SeaWolves 15, Akron RubberDucks 1 (box)
Christin Stewart and the SeaWolves offense took Akron to task on Saturday. The Tigers’ third ranked prospect launched a two-run shot for his 20th home run of the season. The bomb leaves him second in the Eastern League. Dominic Ficociello got the scoring started with a two-RBI double in the first inning. SeaWolves’ pitching didn’t need any more help, but they got it, as the offense erupted for seven runs in the fourth to salt this one away. Steven Moya, Kody Eaves and Grayson Greiner each homered, while starter Matt Crouse struck out seven batters while cruising through seven innings.
Stewart: 2-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, HR, 2B, BB, SO
Eaves: 1-4, 2 R, 4 RBI, HR, BB
Crouse (W): 7.0 IP, ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 7 SO
Coming Up Next: Artie Lewicki (7-3, 3.81 ERA) takes the ball for the SeaWolves on Sunday.
Florida Fire Frogs 4, Lakeland Flying Tigers 1 (box)
Kyle Dowdy was knocked around a bit on Friday. He struck out seven, but gave up four runs in six innings. Joe Navilhon was lights out in relief, striking out six in just three innings of work. Ultimately, the offense couldn’t break through against the Fire Frogs’ pitching staff. Jake Robson continued to swing a hot bat, collecting a double and a triple on the night.
Robson: 2-3, 2B, 3B
Dowdy (L): 6.0 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, BB, 7 SO
Palm Beach Cardinals 5, Lakeland Flying Tigers 1 (box)
Matt Hall had his strikeout touch going on Saturday, but the two earned runs he surrendered was enough to take the loss. Johan Belisario gave up a pair of runs in relief, and the Tigers’ offense couldn’t get anything going.
Robson: 2-2, R, 2 BB
Hall (L): 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 7 SO
Coming Up Next: Spencer Turnbull (4-2, 3.81 ERA) goes for the Flying Tigers on Sunday, and it’s Sunday Brunch Day!!!
West Michigan Whitecaps 3, Cedar Rapids Kernels 0 (box)
Gregory Soto was absolutely on fire Friday night. Soto mowed down 11 Kernels, allowing just three hits over six innings. Zac Houston and Eduardo Jimenez shut the door, while Derek Hill and Danny Pinero paced the offense.
Hill: 1-3, R, 2B, BB
Soto (W): 6.0 IP, 3 H, BB, 11 SO
Quad City River Bandits 8, West Michigan Whitecaps 1 (box)
Spenser Watkins pitched well enough to win, taking the Caps through seven innings, allowing just two earned runs. Evan Hill and Jake Shull got rocked in the eighth and ninth to put this one out of reach. Chad Sedio doubled and scored a run.
Sedio: 1-3, R, 2B, SO
Watkins (L): 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, HR, 2 BB, 7 SO
Coming Up Next: Tom de Blok (1-0, 1.11 ERA) gets the ball for the Whitecaps on Sunday.
Connecticut Tigers 3, Aberdeen IronBirds 2 (box)
Dane Myers and Jhonny Mateo combined to give the Tigers give solid innings, while Max Green vultured his first save by striking out the final batter of the game. Hector Martinez and Colby Bortles each doubled, while Reynald Rivera walked and chipped in an RBI single.
Martinez: 1-4, 2B, SO
Sittinger: 1.2 IP, H, BB, 3 SO
Aberdeen IronBirds 8, Connecticut Tigers 1 (box)
Jose Vazquez got knocked around in a short start on Saturday. He gave up five runs, three earned, in just three innings of work. Dylan Burdeaux had a pair of hits, while Colby Bortles added a double and the Tigers’ sole RBI on the day.
Burdeaux: 2-4, R, 2B
Martinez: 1-4, SO
Coming Up Next: Ryan Castellanos (1-2, 4.20 ERA) gets the call for the Tigers on Sunday.