Toledo Mud Hens 5, Columbus Clippers 1 (box)
Anthony Vasquez came through with another solid outing and the offense slowly built an early lead into an insurmountable one for the Clippers. Vasquez went seven, allowing just a solo shot while striking out four. Jim Adduci smacked a solo shot in the third that put the Hens up 2-0. Jeimer Candelario had two hits and drove in a pair of runs. Kyle Ryan and Bryan Garcia closed this one out with no trouble.
Adduci: 1-4, R, RBI, HR
Candelario: 2-5, 2 RBI
Vasquez (W): 7.0 IP, 5 H, HR, BB, 4 SO
Coming Up Next: Daniel Norris (0-3, 10.50 ERA) would like to get himself back on track. He’ll go for the Hens on Thursday in what is presumably his final rehab start.
Binghamton Rumble Ponies 5, Erie SeaWolves 1 (box)
Binghamton greeted Sandy Baez quite rudely in his Double-A debut, launching a pair of home runs in the first inning. Baez settled in to go five innings, striking out five and redeeming the outing to a degree. Mike Gerber had a pair of hits in the losing effort.
Gerber: 2-4, 2 SO
Baez (L): 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 2 HR, BB, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: Spencer Turnbull (0-2, 4.96 ERA) goes for the SeaWolves on Thursday night.
Lakeland Flying Tigers 1, Jupiter Hammerheads 0 (F/16) (box)
Pitchers ruled on Wednesday night to a ludicrous degree. The two pitching staffs combined for 43 strikeouts to eight walks. Josh Turley mowed down 12 of his own in seven innings of two hit ball. Joe Navilhon gave the Tigers three innings. They got two from Eduardo Jimenez, and then Jeff Thompson arrived in the 12th and went the rest of the way, punching out six in four innings of work. Thompson and the pitching staff were finally rewarded in the 16th when Jose Salas was hit by a pitch, went to third on a Jake Robson single, and then scored on a Will Maddox single to walk it off.
Alcantara: 3-7, SO
Turley: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 12 SO
Coming Up Next: Kyle Dowdy (8-11, 3.60 ERA) starts in game one of an afternoon double-header.
West Michigan Whitecaps 2, South Bend Cubs 0 (box)
Whitecaps pitching coach, Jorge Cordova, has got to be thrilled with his pitching staff. The Tigers’ organization has got to be thrilled with Cordova. Anthony Castro went five shutout innings, and the bullpen followed suit producing the Whitecaps 26th shutout on the year. Three straight two-out hits produced the game winning run in the first inning, courtesy of an Isaac Paredes RBI single. Dylan Burdeaux doubled in Chad Sedio in the fourth, and that was all the offense they needed.
Pinero: 2-3, BB
Castro (W): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 2 SO
Coming Up Next: Anthony Gutierrez (10-7, 3.16 ERA) takes on the Cubs on Thursday.
Connecticut Tigers 3, Aberdeen IronBirds 2 (box)
Ryan Castellanos was very sharp on Wednesday. He punched out six across five innings, allowing one run. A solo shot from Ignacio Valdez tied the game up at two in the second inning. Colby Bortles then cracked a two-run shot in the sixth to take the lead in the sixth.
Bortles: 1-3, R, 2 RBI, HR, SO
Castellanos (W): 5.0 IP, 2 R, ER, 4 H, HR, 6 SO
Coming Up Next: The Tigers will play a double-header against Staten Island on Thursday evening.