Norfolk Tides 3, Toledo Mud Hens 2 (box)
Ryan Carpenter gave up just one unearned run in six innings, striking out seven. However, it was not enough, thanks to a poor showing from Toledo’s offense and a rough inning from reliever Phillippe Aumont. The 29-year-old righty gave up a pair of runs in the top of the seventh, and Toledo was unable to match, as Christin Stewart struck out with the game-tying run in scoring position in the ninth. Stewart struggled on the day, going 0-for-4 with a walk. The rest of the Mud Hens offense was able to notch seven hits, but they went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
Espinal: 2-3, 2 R, RBI, BB, SO
Rodriguez: 1-3, RBI, 2 SO
Carpenter: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R (0 ER), BB, 7 SO
Coming up next: The Mud Hens and Tides will continue their series on Sunday at 6:05 p.m. ET.
Trenton Thunder 4, Erie SeaWolves 1 (F/11) (box)
Danny Woodrow hit an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at 1, but Mark Ecker coughed up three runs (one earned) in the top of the 11th in yet another loss for the SeaWolves. Kyle Funkhouser had a strong start, limiting Trenton to just one run in six innings with six strikeouts. Relievers Joe Navilhon and John Schreiber threw two scoreless innings apiece in relief. Erie’s offense out-hit Trenton 8 to 6, but left 12 runners on base. Woodrow and Chad Sedio had two hits apiece at the bottom of the lineup.
Woodrow: 2-5, RBI
Sedio: 2-4, BB
Funkhouser: 6.0 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 6 SO
Coming up next: The SeaWolves and Thunder match up again on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. ET.
Lakeland Flying Tigers 3, Dunedin Blue Jays 2 (box)
Lakeland improved to 23-22 on the year on Saturday thanks to a big sixth inning from their offense. Dylan Burdeaux and Luke Burch hit back-to-back RBI singles, and Zac Shepherd drew a bases loaded walk to give the Flygers a 3-1 lead at the time. Lefty Eudis Idrogo gave up a run in the bottom of the seventh to bring Dunedin within one, but Alfred Gutierrez shut the door from there for his second save. Gregory Soto earned his second win of the year with four strikeouts and just one hit allowed in five innings.
Cameron: 2-4, 2B, R
Burdeaux: 1-4, R, RBI, 2 SO
Burch: 1-4, RBI, 2 SO
Soto (W): 5.0 IP, H, ER, 3 BB, 4 SO
Coming up next: Spenser Watkins (3-0, 1.09 ERA) will start for Lakeland on Sunday against Dunedin’s Angel Perdomo (0-2, 2.08 ERA).
South Bend Cubs 11, West Michigan Whitecaps 0 (box)
This one did not go well. Starter Jose Vasquez gave up five runs (four earned) in 3 1⁄3 innings, and the relievers were even worse. Brandyn Sittinger gave up four runs in just 2 2⁄3 frames, and Will Vest gave up two runs in his two innings of work. The Whitecaps offense managed just five hits, two from outfielder Jose Azocar. Reynaldo Rivera also got on base twice.
Azocar: 2-4, 2B
Rivera: 1-3, BB, SO
Vasquez (L): 3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R (4 ER), 5 BB, SO
Coming up next: Dane Myers (1-0, 1.29 ERA) will start for the Whitecaps on Sunday evening as they continue their series against South Bend.