Jacob Turner kept his team in the game, but stuggled in this one and got zero help from his offense. Turner gave up four runs in six innings, while Junichi Tazawa was rocked again for three runs in the ninth. Ronny Rodriguez had three hits, but otherwise the Hens’ offense was stifled by Indians’ starter Alex McRae.
Rodriguez: 3-4, 2B, SO
Turner (L): 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 SO
Coming up next: The Mud Hens will host the Louisville Bats on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. ET.
Erie SeaWolves 8, Reading Fightin’ Phils 5 (box)
The SeaWolves offense got loose on Wednesday, ripping off 16 hits to batter Phils pitching. Josh Lester’s three-run home run was the biggest blow, but Harold Castro had a four-hit game, and Will Maddox and Lester had three hits apiece. Liarvis Breto had a strong outing, giving up three runs in five innings, with six strikeouts. John Schreiber earned his eighth save.
Lester: 3-4, HR, R, 3 RBI, SO
Robson: 1-4, R, 2 BB, 2 SO, SB
Breto (W): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 6 SO
Gregory Soto spun five innings of one-run ball and the Flying Tigers put together a three-run first inning to get the win in the first game of the doubleheader. Soto struck out five, with one walk and three hits. A.J. Simcox had a pair of RBI singles while Isaac Paredes singled, walked and scored a pair of runs. Cam Gibson also singled, walked, stole a base and scored in his last game before joining the Erie SeaWolves.
Paredes: 1-2, 2 R, RBI, BB
Simcox: 2-3, 2 RBI
Soto (W): 5.0 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 5 SO
Lakeland Flying Tigers 4, Charlotte Stone Crabs 0 (F/7) (box)
Spenser Watkins was brilliant in the nightcap, spinning seven innings of one-hit ball with seven strikeouts. The offense took a while to get going, but eventually came through with some run support. Watkins took it the rest of the way. Andres Sthromes plated the first run with a fifth inning single and Cam Gibson followed him up with a two-run knock of his own. The Flying Tigers scored again in the sixth as insurance.
Gibson: 1-2, 2 RBI, BB, SB
Montgomery: 2-3, SO
Watkins (W): 7.0 IP, H, 0 ER, BB, 7 SO
Coming up next: The Flying Tigers will look for the sweep over the Crabs on Thursday night.
Dane Myers followed Matt Manning with an excellent start of his own to help sweep the Cubs on Wednesday. Myers went seven innings, allowing one run on five hits, with four strikeouts. The Whitecaps offense was quiet for most of the game but came to life in the top of the ninth, scoring three runs. An error allowed Brock Deatherage to score from third, and Jose Azocar followed with a two-run single to right to give the Whitecaps a 3-1 lead. Clate Schmidt allowed a run in the ninth inning but hung on for the save.
Deatherage: 1-4, 3B, R, 3 SO
Pearce: 1-3, R, BB
Myers: 7.0 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 4 SO
Coming up next: Binghamton comes to town for a four-game weekend set. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday.
Connecticut Tigers: no game
The Tigers were idle on Wednesday. They welcome in the Staten Island Yankees on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. ET.