Norfolk Tides 4, Toledo Mud Hens 3 (F/12) (box)
Norfolk got to Buck Farmer early, putting up three runs in the early innings. Farmer managed to turn the tables from there, ultimately throwing six innings with seven strikeouts. Bryan Holaday launched a solo shot, driving in a pair of runs. Jeimer Candelario had the Hens’ only other RBI. The bullpen held on through the eleventh inning, with Bryan Garcia, Kyle Ryan and Zac Reininger combined for five scoreless innings, until Logan Kensing gave up a walkoff single in the twelfth.
Holaday: 2-5, R, 2 RBI, HR
Farmer: 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 7 SO
Garcia: 2.0 IP, SO
Reininger: 1.2 IP, 2 SO
Coming Up Next: Anthony Vasquez (7-7, 4.04 ERA) goes against Norfolk on Sunday afternoon.
Bowie Baysox 9, Erie SeaWolves 0 (box)
Tyler Alexander was solid for four innings, and then came unglued in the middle innings. He surrendered six runs on ten hits. Adam Ravenelle did no better in relief, and the offense had nothing to offer in this one.
Maddox: 2-4, 2 SO
Alexander (L): 5.1 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 10 H, HR, BB, 4 SO
Coming Up Next: A.J. Ladwig (7-5, 5.01 ERA) takes on the Baysox on Sunday.
Gregory Soto is having no trouble transitioning to the Florida State League. He punched out seven on Saturday, throwing six innings of one run ball. Jeff Thompson and Joe Navilhon were good in relief. The offense however, couldn't back their pitching. Sergio Alcantara, Will Allen and Jose Azocar had two singles apiece, but the Tigers couldn’t cash any of them in.
Azocar: 2-4, SO
Soto (L): 6.0 IP, R, 7 H, BB, 7 SO
Coming Up Next: Josh Turley (2-1, 0.80 ERA) starts after Sunday Brunch at Joker Marchant Stadium on Sunday.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 3, West Michigan Whitecaps 1 (box)
Alfred Gutierrez labored through 4 1⁄3 innings, but limited the damage to just two runs. Clate Schmidt lost an insurance run to the Hot Rods, and the Whitecaps’ offense was held in check on a rough night around the Tigers’ farm system.
Pereira: 1-2, R, 2B, 2 BB
Burdeaux: 1-3, RBI, BB, 2 SO
Gutierrez (L): 4.1 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 4 SO
Coming Up Next: No starters are announced for Sunday’s game.
Connecticut Tigers 8, Vermont Lake Monsters 6 (box)
Starter Ken Figueroa got knocked around for four innings in this one, but the bullpen settled things down and the offense eventually reeled in the Lake Monsters with a late rally. Max Green and Drew Carlton had the clean innings of relief. The Tigers didn’t exactly hit the cover off the ball, collecting eight hits and three walks, but they capitalized on nearly every change they had. Luke Burch, Jordan Pearce and Teddy Hoffman each singled as part of a three run ninth to pull ahead.
Burch: 2-5, R, RBI
Rosa: 1-4, RBI, 2B, 2 SO
Figueroa: 4.0 IP, 5 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, SO
Coming Up Next: Ryan Castellanos (4-4, 4.50 ERA) starts on Sunday for the Tigers.