Toledo Mud Hens 11, Gwinnett Stripers 6 (box)
Toledo erupted for a six-run second inning and poured it on late to smother a Stripers charge. Drew VerHagen allowed a pair of runs while punching out nine in just four innings of work. Meanwhile, the Hens offense was pounding out 15 hits to rout the Stripers. Ronny Rodriguez had a triple as part of a three-hit night to lead the way. Kurt Spomer provide a strong three innings of relief while Zac Reininger blew up late to make it look a little closer than it really was.
Rodriguez: 3-4, 3B, R, 2 RBI, BB
Stewart: 2-4, R, RBI, BB, SO
VerHagen: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, 9 SO
Gwinnett Stripers 5, Toledo Mud Hens 3 (box)
A.J. Ladwig was cruising on Saturday night. The righthander spun seven perfect innings before it blew up on him a little in the eighth. The Hens had built a lead on solo shots from Jim Adduci and Kenny Wilson. However, Ladwig allowed a pair of home runs in the inning to tie things up at 3-3. Phillipe Aumont came on in the ninth and got hit up for a pair of runs to take the loss.
Adduci: 3-4, HR, R, 2 RBI
Stewart: 1-4, 2B
Ladwig: 8.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 7 SO
Coming up next: The Stripers and Hens will get back at it at 2:05 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Erie SeaWolves 2, Reading Fightin Phils 1 (F/12) (box)
The SeaWolves pitching staff dominated Friday night. Sandy Baez went five innings, allowing one run. Five relievers combined to finish the Phils off, with Zac Houston allowing just one hit while striking out four in 2 1⁄3 innings. Dominic Ficociello was the hero in this marathon, grounding a walkoff single through the infield to plate A.J. Simcox.
Alcantara: 1-3, 2B, R, BB
Ficociello: 2-4, RBI, BB, SO
Baez: 5.0 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
Coming up next: The two teams were rained out on Saturday, so they will play two on Sunday, with game one slated for a 12:35 p.m. ET start.
Lakeland Flying Tigers 1, Tampa Bay Tarpons 0 (F/8) (box)
It was all Alex Faedo on Friday. He spun seven innings of two-hit ball, dominating the Tarpons with a fine performance after a rough stretch in mid-May. Cam Gibson had the Flygers only RBI, while Isaac Paredes pieced together a two-hit game. Drew Carlton picked up the save with no issues. The former 32nd round pick continues to look good this spring.
Paredes: 2-3, SO
Faedo (W): 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, BB, 5 SO
Coming up next: The Flying Tigers and Tarpons were rained out on Saturday. They will play a double-header, weather willing, on Sunday with a 12:00 p.m. ET start time.
West Michigan Whitecaps 7, Lake County Captains 2 (box)
Brad Bass went 6 1⁄3 innings, allowing two runs on Friday night. Wladimir Pinto gave out with another monster relief appearance, striking out five as he closed this one out. Reynaldo Rivera doubled and drove in a pair of runs. Colby Bortles doubled and drove in three.
Bortles: 3-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI
Garcia: 3-5, 2 R, SO, SB
Bass: (W): 6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO
West Michigan Whitecaps 7, Lake County Captains 1 (box)
Jose Vasquez made a strong debut, tossing five innings of one-run ball for the Whitecaps. Burris Warner and Clate Schmidt handled the rest. Meanwhile, Dylan Rosa launched a 440 foot, two-run shot to pace the offense.
Rosa: 2-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, SO
McCain: 2-3, 2 RBI
Vasquez (W): 5.0 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 3 SO
Coming up next: The Whitecaps will welcome in Lake County for one more on Sunday, with first pitch set for 2:00 p.m. ET.