Toledo Mud Hens 6, Buffalo Bisons 3 (box)
Artie Lewicki gave the Hens a nice outing in his second start. He went 5 2⁄3 innings, striking out seven and allowing just one run. Bryan Holaday landed the big blow, powering up for a two-run shot in the sixth. But it was just the icing on the cake. The Hens were first on the board in the fourth, with a Tyler Collins double and JaCoby Jones single putting them up 2-0. Back to back doubles from Omar Infante and Efren Navarro made it 3-0, and the Hens would never relinquish the lead. Jairo Labourt pitched a scoreless, and hitless, inning and a third, but continued to struggle with his command, issuing three walks on the night.
Holaday: 2-4, R, 3 RBI, HR, SO
Infante: 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B
Lewicki (W): 5.2 IP, ER, 7H, 3 BB, 7 SO
Coming Up Next: Myles Jaye (2-5, 3.82 ERA) takes on the Bisons as the weekend home series continues.
Binghamton Rumble Ponies, Erie SeaWolves 1 (box)
Matt Crouse got clobbered out of the gate on Thursday. He surrendered five earned runs on twelve hits in just 4 2⁄3 innings. Gerson Moreno gave the Wolves’ offense a chance to come back with 2 1⁄3 innings of no-hit ball and four strikeouts. The SeaWolves put 10 runners on base but just couldn’t come up with the big hits.
Cox: 2-3, RBI, 2B, BB, SO
Quintana: 1-4, 2B, SO
Crouse (L): 4.2 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 12 H, HR, 2 BB, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: The SeaWolves welcome in the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Friday.
Lakeland Flying Tigers 3, Clearwater Threshers 1 (box)
Kyle Dowdy was brilliant on Thursday, striking out 11 Threshers and nearly going the distance in this one. Dowdy allowed just one run on seven hits and a walk over eight innings of work. The Tigers have an intriguing relief candidate in Zac Houston and he picked up his first save with the Flying Tigers. Jake Robson, Cam Gibson, and Mike Gerber all drove in a run to cash in on Dowdy’s effort.
Gerber: 1-4, RBI, 2B, 3 SO
Azocar: 2-3, R, 2B
Dowdy (W): 8.0 IP, ER, 7H, BB,11 SO
Coming Up Next: Since his return from early season injuries, Spencer Turnbull (6-3, 3.25 ERA) has gotten on a nice role. He’ll look to continue the comeback on Friday against the Threshers.
West Michigan Whitecaps 9, Great Lakes Loons 9 (S/9)(box)
This was suspended for rain in a 9-9 tie after nine innings. Tom de Blok and Locke St. John both got knocked around. Chad Sedio erupted at the plate to power the Whitecaps. The second baseman homered twice, including a moonshot grand slam to right field en route to a six RBI day, and the game isn’t even over yet. Isaac Paredes added a pair of hits and an RBI. The game will resume on Friday before the scheduled night game.
Coming Up Next: Anthony Castro (8-4, 2.85) has been something of a revelation with the Whitecaps this season. He’ll take the mound against the Loons on Friday night.
Connecticut Tigers 4, Auburn Doubledays 1 (box)
Dane Myers and Max Green did solid work to get the Tigers through 6 2⁄3 innings with a 3-1 lead. Reynaldo Rivera had a pair of hits and a pair of RBI to pace the offense. Jordan Pearce and Cole Peterson also had two hit games.
Rivera: 2-3, 2 RBI, SO
Myers: 4.0 IP, ER, H, HR, BB, SO
Green: 2.2 IP, H, BB, 2 SO
Coming Up Next: The Tigers welcome in Batavia on Friday. No starters are yet announced.