Columbus Clippers 8, Toledo Mud Hens 1 (box)
Despite six walks, the Hens’ offense couldn’t get anything going on Thursday. Starter Josh Turley was clobbered for eight runs, and couldn’t get out of the third inning. Jairo Labourt, Ruben Alaniz and Blaine Hardy quieted the Clippers from there, but the offense didn’t take advantage.
Turley (L): 2.2 IP, 8 R, 7 ER, 6 H, 5 BB, 4 SO
Coming Up Next: Anthony Vasquez (8-7, 3.77 ERA) gets the start for the Mud Hens on Friday.
Erie SeaWolves 5, Akron RubberDucks 3 (box)
Dawel Lugo, A.J. Simcox and Gabriel Quintana all homered early in this one, running the score to 5-0 through five innings. Tyler Alexander ran out of gas late, surrendering three runs in the seventh, but was excellent to that point, striking out six with no walks. Paul Voelker picked up the save with a clean ninth, including two strikeouts.
Lugo: 3-4, R, 2 RBI, HR, 2B
Quintana: 2-3, 2 R, RBI, HR, SO
Alexander (W): 6.2 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 6 SO
Coming Up Next: A.J. Ladwig (7-6, 5.27 ERA) goes for the SeaWolves on Friday night.
Tampa Yankees 10, Lakeland Flying Tigers 1 (box)
Kyle Dowdy was rolling along just fine until the fifth inning, having allowed just one run in the first inning. He surrendered seven runs from there until he was lifted with two outs in the sixth. Derek Hill had a hit and a walk, while Blaise Salter’s solo shot in the first inning put the Tigers’ only run on the board.
Hill: 1-3, BB, SO, 2 SB
Dowdy (L): 5.2 IP, 8 ER, 12 H, HR, BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: Sandy Baez (6-7, 3.86 ERA) starts on MetroPCS Family 4 Pack night.
South Bend Cubs 5, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (box)
Eudis Idrogo had one of his worst outings of the season on Thursday. He allowed just two runs through five innings, but then gave up three in the sixth without recording an out. Locke St. John struck out five in four innings of one-hit relief work, but no comeback was imminent. Dylan Burdeaux had a double and an RBI to lead the Whitecaps’ modest attack.
Burdeaux: 1-4, RBI, 2B
Idrogo (L): 5.0 IP, 5 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 4 SO
Coming Up Next: Alfred Gutierrez (9-7, 3.33 ERA) takes on Bowling Green on Scout Night at Fifth Third Ballpark.
Connecticut Tigers 2, Tri-City ValleyCats 1 (box)
Ken Figueroa gave the Tigers six good innings and was rewarded with a victory on Thursday. While the offense continues to struggle overall, they had just enough to take this one despite just five hits. Cole Peterson’s double was the only extra base hit they managed in this one.
Peterson: 1-4, R, 2B
Figueroa (W): 6.0 IP, ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 2 SO
Coming Up Next: No starters are announced for Friday night’s contest.