Toledo Mud Hens 4, Columbus Clippers 1 (box)
The Hens got out an early lead and their pitching did the rest. Dawel Lugo doubled home Jeimer Candelario and scored on a Jim Adduci single in the first inning. Edwin Espinal added a solo shot in the fourth. On the mound, Drew VerHagen was cruising. The Hens’ starter struck out eight, allowing just a run on two hits over six innings. Paul Voelker and Johnny Barbato closed it out.
Espinal: 3-4, HR, R, 2 RBI
Lugo: 1-4, 2B, R, RBI
VerHagen (W): 6.0 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 8 SO
Coming up next: A.J. Ladwig is off to an excellent start in Toledo. He will get the call Thursday morning with first pitch set for 11:05 a.m. ET.
Harrisburg Senators 5, Erie SeaWolves 4 (box)
Beau Burrows was a little wild on Wednesday and surrendered an early lead. The SeaWolves rallied late but ultimately fell short in the ninth inning. Burrows gave up four runs, three earned in 4 2⁄3 innings of work. He struck out seven, but walked three. Will Maddox got the SeaWolves on the board with a solo shot in the third. They put two on in the ninth for Josh Lester, who came through with a single to plate two runs and get the SeaWolves within one. That was as far as they got. Matt Hall was a bit of a wild man in relief but held the Senators to a run over 2 1⁄3 innings, with Joe Navilhon closing it out with a strong eighth.
Maddox: 3-4, 2B, HR, R, 2 RBI, BB
Woodrow: 2-3, 2 R, BB
Burrows (L): 4.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 7 SO
Coming up next: Sandy Baez gets the start Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. ET. He’ll take on the Senators’ Logan Darnell.
Lakeland Flying Tigers 8, Palm Beach Cardinals 4 (box)
Anthony Castro gave the Flying Tigers six strong innings, but the offense was stifled much of the game. Wladimir Pinto gave up a pair of runs in relief, but the offense stormed back with a four-run seventh inning to take a 6-4 lead. Daz Cameron led the way launching home runs in both the sixth and seventh inning. Anthony Pereira homered in the seventh. Dylan Burdeaux cracked his third home run this week in the eighth. It was an impressive, if rare, display of power. Alfred Gutierrez chipped in by punching out five in two innings to earn his first save with the Flygers.
Cameron: 2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, SO
Hill: 2-3, R, BB, SO, SB
Castro: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO
Coming up next: The Flying Tigers will head to Dunedin to take on the Blue Jays on Thursday. A struggling Tom de Blok will start for Lakeland, taking on Connor Eller.
West Michigan Whitecaps 2, Fort Wayne TinCaps 1 (box)
The TinCaps have seen about enough of the Whitecaps this week. The good guys won their third straight with Elvin Rodriguez and reliever Clate Schmidt prevailing in a pitcher’s duel. Rodriguez was electric, punching out nine to three walks on the day. A Colby Bortles sacrifice fly opened the scoring in the first inning. Garrett McCann broke the 1-1 tie in the sixth with an RBI single.
McCain: 1-3, RBI, BB
Rivera: 1-3, BB
Rodriguez (W): 6.0 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 BB, 9 SO
Coming up next: The Whitecaps will look to sweep the four-game set against the TinCaps on Thursday night with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. No starters have been announced as of yet.