Florida Fire Frogs 8, Lakeland Flying Tigers 1 (box)
Anthony Castro is off to a good start early this season, but he didn’t have it on Thursday. The Fire Frogs got to him for a pair of home runs, eventually scoring seven runs and knocking him out in the fourth. The bullpen did good work, but the offense couldn’t get anything going. A Blaise Salter solo shot in the ninth was all they were able to muster.
Salter: 1-4, R, RBI, HR, SO
Cameron: 1-3, H, BB, SO
Castro (L): 3.1, 7 R, 6 ER, 8 H, 2 HR, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: Tom de Blok has had a rough go so far, but he’ll look to turn things around on Friday. The Fire Frogs will send Jeremy Walker to oppose de Blok with first pitch set for 6:30pm ET.
West Michigan Whitecaps 8, Lake County Captains 3 (box)
Matt Manning was unhittable on Thursday, but once again pretty inefficient. Manning struck out six and walked five in this one. He allowed one earned run, and took 86 pitches to get through four innings. Still, it was another completely over-powering outing for the young right-hander. The Whitecaps backed him with a six run fourth inning, and tacked on a pair in the ninth, while the bullpen ensured that the outcome wasn’t in doubt.
Rosa: 3-5, 2 R, SO
Morgan: 2-4, R, 2 RBI, 2B, SO
Manning: 4.0 IP: ER, 5 BB, 6 SO
Coming Up Next: Jesus Rodriguez and Donnie Sellers of the Lansing Lugnuts will lock horns in game one of Friday’s doubleheader at Fifth Third Ballpark. First pitch is set for 6:30pm ET. Burris Warner takes on Maverik Buffo in the nightcap. The Whitecaps are currently a half game behind the first place Lugnuts in the standings, so the rivalry should be in full effect this weekend.
News from the farm
The Toledo Mud Hens were idle on Thursday after their game against the Pawtucket Red Sox was rained out on Wednesday. They’ll be fresh as they welcome in the Louisville Bats for a weekend set. The Bats will send Jackson Stephens to the mound, while the Mud Hens have yet to announce a replacement for scheduled starter Artie Lewicki. He only threw an inning of work while with the Detroit Tigers, so he may get the nod anyway.
The Erie SeaWolves were also off on Thursday. The Binghamton Rumble Ponies come to town for a weekend set. Spencer Turnbull will face off against the Ponies’ Mickey Jannis at 6:05pm ET on Friday.