Toledo Mud Hens 6, Rochester Red Wings 3 (box)
Tyler Collins homered and drove in three runs as the Mud Hens jumped out to a 6-0 lead and coasted to an easy win over Rochester. Collins went 3-for-4 on the night, and four other Toledo hitters added two hits apiece. John Hicks doubled and drove in a run, and Efren Navarro scored twice. Anthony Vasquez got the win after tossing seven shutout innings with five strikeouts.
Collins: 3-4, HR, R, 3 RBI, SO, SB
Hicks: 2-4, 2B, R, RBI, SB
Jones: 2-4, 2B, RBI, 2 SO
Vasquez (W): 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO
Coming up next: Toledo and Rochester will continue their series on Friday at 6:05 p.m. ET. Myles Jaye (1-2, 2.57 ERA) will start for Toledo against former Mud Hens starter Tim Melville (2-3, 3.27 ERA).
Reading Fightin’ Phils 6, Erie SeaWolves 3 (box)
Matt Crouse was tagged for five runs (four earned) on seven hits in five innings as Erie lost their series opener at Reading. The SeaWolves mounted a comeback in the seventh, scoring three runs to cut Reading’s lead to two. However, scoreless innings from the Fightin’ Phils bullpen shut the door. Grayson Greiner led Erie’s offense with three hits, while Logan Watkins and Harold Castro drove in runs. New prospect Dawel Lugo had a debut to forget; he went 0-for-3 with a walk.
Greiner: 3-4, 2B, SO
Quintana: 2-4, 2B, R, SO
Crouse (L): 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 H, 4 ER, SO
Coming up next: Artie Lewicki (8-3, 3.66 ERA) will start for Erie as they continue their series against Reading.
West Michigan Whitecaps 6, Beloit Snappers 3 (box)
The Whitecaps exploded for six runs in the fourth inning on Thursday after their regularly scheduled Wednesday game was suspended for a storm of biblical proportions.
No joke. Lightning bolt just hit the field and took out the scoreboard and half the light towers. A look at what we're dealing with. pic.twitter.com/axLuHWrdRe— Dan Hasty (@ThatDanHasty) July 20, 2017
Danny Woodrow and Chad Sedio had three hits apiece for the Whitecaps, while Zac Shepherd drove in a pair of runs. Trent Szkutnik earned the win with three innings in relief after play resumed on Thursday, though he gave up three runs on six hits. Zac Houston continued his impressive work in relief, striking out four in two scoreless innings.
Woodrow: 3-5, R
Sedio: 3-4, R, RBI
Pinero: 2-3, R, BB
Beloit Snappers 2, West Michigan Whitecaps 0 (F/7) (box)
The Whitecaps out-hit Beloit 4-3, but were unable to plate any runs in the second half of a pseudo-doubleheader at Beloit. Alfred Gutierrez gave up two runs in 5 2⁄3 innings for West Michigan, and was saddled with his fifth loss of the year. David Gonzalez had two of West Michigan’s four hits.
Gutierrez (L): 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO
Coming up next: Gregory Soto (8-1, 2.44 ERA) will go for his ninth win of the season on Friday as West Michigan continues their series against Beloit.
Brooklyn Cyclones 6, Connecticut Tigers 4 (F/11) (box)
The Tigers scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at three, but coughed up three runs in the top of the 11th to lose a heartbreaker against Brooklyn. Second round pick Reynaldo Rivera helped pace the Connecticut offense with a pair of hits (including a double) and two RBI. Power hitting prospect Randel Alcantara — no, not the guy Detroit just traded for — added two hits of his own. Catcher Joey Morgan went 1-for-5.
McCain: 3-5, R, BB, SO, SB
Rivera: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, BB
Alcantara: 2-3, 2B, BB
Coming up next: Top prospect Matt Manning (1-1, 1.69 ERA) will start on Friday as Connecticut hosts Brooklyn at 7:05 p.m. ET at Dodd Stadium.
The Lakeland Flying Tigers have not played baseball since Sunday because summer in Florida is miserable. They will attempt to baseball again on Friday as they travel to Dunedin. Josh Turley (2-0, 0.68 ERA) is scheduled to start for Lakeland.