Louisville Bats 4, Toledo Mud Hens 3 (box)
The Mud Hens took an early 2-0 lead on hits from minor league veterans Jim Adduci and Chad Huffman, but Louisville eventually took a 3-2 lead with runs off Chad Bell and Phillippe Aumont later in the game. Adduci drove in a second run in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 3, but reliever Mark Montgomery coughed up the game-winning run in the bottom of the inning. Mike Gerber and Dawel Lugo both had two hits, including a double apiece. Ronny Rodriguez also reached base twice.
Gerber: 2-4, 2B, R
Adduci: 1-3, R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, SO, SB
Coming up next: The Mud Hens and Bats will play the rubber match of their opening series at 2:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Erie SeaWolves 7, Reading Fightin’ Phils 4 (box)
Erie jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first inning, and padded their lead with three more runs in the fourth to cruise to their third consecutive win to open the season. Outfielder Kenny Wilson and shortstop Sergio Alcantara drove in two runs apiece, while Jake Rogers and Dominic Ficociello added an RBI each. Ficociello, Wilson, and A.J. Simcox each had two hits, while Alcantara’s lone hit was a triple. Starter Spencer Turnbull was electric, if inefficient; he struck out seven and only walked one, but only logged 4 2⁄3 innings while throwing 77 pitches. Mark Ecker recorded the final two outs for his first save of the year.
Quintana: 3-5, R, 2 SO
Ficociello: 2-5, 2B, R, RBI, SO
Alcantara: 1-4, 3B, R, 2 RBI, SO
Turnbull: 4.2 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 7 SO
Coming up next: Kyle Funkhouser will make his first start of the season on Sunday as the SeaWolves go for a four-game sweep at Reading.
Tampa Tarpons 2, Lakeland Flying Tigers 0 (box)
The Flying Tigers went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base in a frustrating loss to Tampa. Outfielders Cam Gibson and Jose Azocar each had two hits apiece, and the Flygers had nine base knocks in all (all singles), but were unable to plate any runs against a quartet of Tampa pitchers. Lakeland starter Austin Sodders struck out seven in six innings, but also gave up both Tampa runs. Isaac Paredes went 0-for-4.
Gibson: 2-4, SO
Cameron: 1-4, 2 SO
Sodders (L): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 7 SO
Coming up next: The Flying Tigers and Tarpons will finish up their series at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.
The Whitecaps offense was only able to manage five hits against South Bend on Saturday, wasting a solid effort from starter Eudis Idrogo. The 22-year-old Venezuelan worked five innings and allowed one run on three hits. Whitecaps right fielder Dylan Rosa had West Michigan’s only extra-base hit of the night, a triple in the seventh inning. Brandyn Sittinger and Billy Lescher worked three scoreless innings out of the bullpen for the Whitecaps.
Rosa: 1-3, 3B, SO
Peterson: 1-3, SO
Idrogo (L): 5.0 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 5 SO
Coming up next: Righthander Garett King will make his Midwest League debut as the Whitecaps finish their home-and-home series with South Bend at 2:05 p.m. ET on Sunday.