Toledo Mud Hens 8, Louisville Bats 4 (box)
After a rough four-game losing streak that saw their divisional lead collapse, the Hens have righted the ship a bit with their second straight victory over the Bats. Phillipe Aumont was pretty good in a spot start, punching out five in 3 1⁄3 innings with one run allowed. Daniel Stumpf allowed a run in his rehab appearance, while Kevin Chapman allowed a pair of late runs. This one was never in doubt. The Hens erupted with a seven-run first inning and cruised. Ronny Rodriguez led off the inning with a bunt single, and wrapped it with a two-run double as the Hens batted around against Bats starter Cody Reed. Incredibly, Reed settled in and went seven innings after the drubbing. So kudos to you Cody Reed.
Rodriguez: 4-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 2B
Lugo: 2-4, R, RBI
Aumont: 3.1 IP, ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: After taking the first two games, the Hens will look to lock up a series win on Saturday at 7:30pm ET. No starters are announced yet.
Erie SeaWolves 4, Bowie Baysox 3 (box)
The SeaWolves built a small early lead in this one, but Beau Burrows struggled to hold it. He gave up two runs in the third and one in the fourth, allowing the Baysox to tie the game. However, he held the line from there, going 5 2⁄3 innings with three runs on seven hits. In the seventh, Daz Cameron drilled a triple to right field and raced home on a throwing error to score the difference maker in this one. The law firm of Schreiber, Szkutnik and Ecker blanked the Baysox in relief.
Cameron 2-4, 2 R, 3B
Lester: 2-4, RBI, 2B
Burrows: 5.2 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: The two teams will get together again at 7:05pm ET on Saturday. UPMC Park will have fireworks after the game set to the music of the late Tom Petty. Be there.
Fort Myers Miracle 6, Lakeland Flying Tigers 1 (box)
Eudis Idrogo had a bit of a rough go on Friday, but his offense didn’t do much to pick him up either. An error prolonged fourth inning was Idrogo’s downfall, as he allowed four runs to score. He was alright otherwise, but there were few whiffs to be found from Miracle bats, either. Troy Montgomery had a three-hit game and continues to rake, while Caleb Sthormes had the lone RBI for the Flygers.
Burdeaux: 1-4, R, SO
Idrogo (L): 6.0 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 8H, 2 BB, 2 SO
Coming Up Next: Alfred Gutierrez will take on veteran Ervin Santana at 6:30pm ET on Saturday in Fort Myers.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 13, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (box)
Jesus Rodriguez got mauled for eight runs in just three innings as the Hot Rods scored 13 runs for the second straight day. Will Vest gave up the other five in relief in a messy game from a defensive standpoint as well. Rey Rivera and Jordan Pearce each had two hits but there was otherwise little production for the Whitecaps.
Rivera: 2-4, R
Rosa: 1-4, 2B, SO
Rodriguez (L): 3.0 IP, 8 R, 7 ER, 9H, 2 BB, 2 SO
Coming Up Next: Bowling Green and the Whitecaps meet up at 7:05pm ET with fireworks scheduled after the game.
Connecticut Tigers 5, Staten Island Yankees 4 (box)
Gio Arriera, the Tigers fourth round pick in 2017, handled the Yankees with no difficulty, and the Tigers built enough of a lead to withstand their bullpen issues on Friday. Arriera went 5 2⁄3 scoreless innings, punching out eight with just three hits allowed. Jose King racked up three RBI with a pair of key hits. Sam McMillan doubled, walked twice and scored a run.
McMillan: 1-2, R, 2B, 2 BB
King: 2-4, 3 RBI, SO
Arriera (W): 5.2 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 8 SO
Coming Up Next: The Yankees and Tigers play at 6:05pm ET on Saturday.
Gulf Coast League Notes
The Tigers’ second round pick this year, prep outfielder Parker Meadows, made his pro debut for GCL Tigers West on Friday. He racked up a hit and a pair of walks. Recently drafted pitchers Tarik Skubal and Adam Wolf are each off to a nice start in just two appearances each thus far. Franklin Perez made a two inning rehab appearance back on June 25th, and should throw his next within days as he returns from a lat strain he suffered back in March.