Toledo Mud Hens 3, Pawtucket Red Sox 1 (box)
Buck Farmer struck out eight hitters in six innings to propel the Mud Hens to a series split against Pawtucket. Farmer limited the Red Sox to just one run on five hits, earning his seventh win of the year. Offensively, the Mud Hens were led by catcher Bryan Holaday, who went 4-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Juan Perez added a solo home run, and shortstop Brendan Ryan also drove in a run for Toledo. Reliever Joe Jimenez worked his 15th consecutive scoreless outing in relief, and Edward Mujica shut the door in the ninth for his 11th save.
Holaday: 4-4, 2 2B, RBI
Perez: 2-4, HR, R, RBI
Krizan: 1-4, 2B, R
Farmer (W): 6.0 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 8 SO
Coming up next: Ruben Alaniz (0-0, 4.91 ERA) is scheduled to start for Toledo on Friday as they welcome Rochester to Fifth Third Field for a weekend series.
Erie SeaWolves 5, Richmond Flying Squirrels 3 (box)
The SeaWolves jumped out to an early lead with a five-run third inning, and held on late to win their third game in a row. Second baseman Zack Cox kicked off the scoring with a two-run single, and Christin Stewart hit a three-run homer — his 21st of the season — to put Erie up 5-0. Starter Beau Burrows gave up a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning, but prevented any further scoring in his five innings of work. He had one of the most impressive outings of his young career, with 10 strikeouts and just two hits allowed. The Erie bullpen worked the final four innings, allowing just an unearned run without a hit.
Castro: 2-5, R
Stewart: 1-3, HR, R, 3 RBI, BB
Cox: 1-5, R, 2 RBI, 3 SO
Burrows (W): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 10 SO
Coming up next: Tyler Alexander (5-6, 5.25 ERA) will take the mound for Erie against Richmond as the SeaWolves look to win their fourth in a row.
Fort Myers Miracle 9, Lakeland Flying Tigers 2 (box)
The Flying Tigers took an early lead when Jacob Robson scored on a throwing error by Fort Myers catcher Mitchell Kranson, and held that slim 1-0 margin through four innings. Unfortunately, starter Endrys Briceno fell apart after that. He and reliever Jeff Thompson combined to allow six runs (five earned) over the next two innings, effectively putting the game out of reach. The Lakeland offense couldn’t mount any sort of rally after that, and finished with just three hits.
Robson: 1-4, 2B, R, SO, SB
Maddox: 1-4, R
Briceno (L): 4.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 SO
Coming up next: Austin Sodders (1-2, 1.13 ERA) will start for the Flying Tigers on Hank Williams Jr. Tribute night at Joker Marchant Stadium.
West Michigan Whitecaps 4, Fort Wayne TinCaps 2 (box)
Alfred Gutierrez struck out 10 batters in seven strong innings, leading the Whitecaps to a win over Fort Wayne. Gutierrez held the TinCaps offense to just four hits, earning his eighth win of the season. The Whitecaps only managed five hits of their own, but also drew five walks, and had a few timely hits to score their runs. Cole Bauml tripled and drove in a run, and shortstop Anthony Pereira doubled and scored a run.
Bauml: 1-3, 3B, RBI, BB
Pereira: 1-4, 2B, R
Hill: 0-4, RBI, 2 SO
Gutierrez (W): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO
Coming up next: Gregory Soto (9-1, 2.30 ERA) will start for the Whitecaps on Friday against Jim McDade (2-2, 3.35 ERA) and the TinCaps.
Connecticut Tigers 7, Vermont Lake Monsters 1 (box)
Matt Manning tossed five scoreless innings and received some timely run support to earn his second win of the year on Thursday. He allowed three hits and two walks, and struck out just two Lake Monsters hitters in a solid outing. Connecticut took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single from Jordan Pearce, and exploded for six runs in the bottom of the fifth. Pearce added a second RBI in that inning, and center fielder Luke Burch had two hits of his own.
Burch: 2-4, R, RBI, SO
Pearce: 2-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI
McCain: 1-4, 2 R, RBI, SO, SB
Manning (W): 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
Coming up next: Ryan Castellanos (3-2, 3.62 ERA) will take the mound for Connecticut on Friday against Vermont.