Toledo Mud Hens 6, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 5 (box)
The Mud Hens teed off on RailRiders starter Brody Koerner, scoring six runs in the top of the second to take a huge lead. Koerner settled down to make it through 5 2⁄3 innings, but Toledo’s pitching staff would make that early lead stand up. A.J. Ladwig gave up three runs in five innings, and struck out two with just one walk. Kevin Comer and Zac Reininger combined for 2 2⁄3 scoreless frames out of the pen, and Johnny Barbato was able to close it out despite giving up a pair of runs (one earned). Offensively, the Mud Hens played station-to-station ball to score their runs. They had nine hits, all singles. Mikie Mahtook had two of those singles and drove in a run.
Mahtook: 2-5, RBI, SO, SB
Krizan: 2-3, R, RBI, BB
Lugo: 1-5, RBI
Ladwig (W): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, BB, 2 SO
Coming up next: The Mud Hens will go for their seventh straight win on Sunday in a matchup with the RailRiders. The game starts at 1:05 p.m. ET.
Binghamton Rumble Ponies 4, Erie SeaWolves 2 (box)
The SeaWolves jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but were limited to just five hits on the game. Kyle Funkhouser struck out nine hitters in five innings, but allowed three runs to take his first loss of the year. Matt Hall struck out five hitters in 2 2⁄3 scoreless innings in relief. Offensively, the SeaWolves were led by Herlis Rodriguez and A.J. Simcox, who both doubled and drove in a run.
Rodriguez: 1-4, 2B, RBI
Simcox: 1-4, 2B, RBI
Alcantara: 1-4, SO
Funkhouser (L): 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, BB, 9 SO
Coming up next: The SeaWolves and Rumble Ponies will wrap up their series on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. ET.
Tom de Blok struggled again for Lakeland, allowing seven runs on 12 hits in 4 1⁄3 innings for his third loss of the young season. His ERA climbed to 12.34 after the outing, his third in a row where he finished with an ERA north of 9. The Flygers fought back in the middle innings, led by Daz Cameron, who scored a pair of runs. But their lack of power — all eight of their hits were singles — ultimately did them in.
Cameron: 2-5, 2 R, SO
Burdeaux: 2-2, 2 BB
Salter: 2-5, RBI
Coming up next: Gregory Soto (0-0, 3.97 ERA) will start for the Flying Tigers on Sunday in their rubber match against Florida.
West Michigan Whitecaps 7, Great Lakes Loons 2 (box)
The Whitecaps jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, and tacked on three more runs in the fourth as they cruised to an easy win over the Loons. They managed seven runs on the afternoon despite only collective three hits. Luke Burch had one of those, a bases clearing double that scored three runs in the fourth. The Whitecaps benefitted from eight walks from Loons pitching, including three by leadoff hitter Cole Peterson. Jesus Rodriguez was solid on the mound for West Michigan, holding the Loons to two runs in 5 1⁄3 innings. Clate Schmidt worked the final 3 2⁄3 frames for his first save of the year.
Burch: 1-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI, BB, SO
Rosa: 1-2, R, 2 RBI, BB, SB
Peterson: 0-2, 3 R, 3 BB
Rodriguez (W): 5.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
Coming up next: Brad Bass (1-0, 1.80 ERA) will start for West Michigan on Sunday as they go for a three-game sweep of the Loons. Melvin Jimenez (0-1, 23.63 ERA) will start for Great Lakes.