Buffalo Bison 9, Toledo Mud Hens 5 (box)
Kyle Dowdy got shelled for seven runs in just 2 2⁄3 innings, putting this one out of reach early without a monster comeback. The bullpen leaked two more runs before Zac Houston and Kevin Comer came on to shut the Bisons down in the eighth and ninth innings. Mike Gerber had a big night, with three hits and his fifth home run of the season. Dawel Lugo had a pair of doubles and drove in three runs on the night.
Lugo: 2-4, R, 3 RBI, 2 2B
Gerber: 2-4, 2 R, RBI, HR, 2 SO
Dowdy (L): 2.2 IP, 7 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, SO
Coming Up Next: The Hens will welcome in the Norfolk Tides for a three-game set at Fifth Third Field starting Friday evening.
Erie SeaWolves 8, Hartford Yard Goats 7 (F/13)(box)
Beau Burrows gave the SeaWolves another good outing, but it was nearly forgotten by the time the two teams erupted in the 13th to finally decide the matter. Burrows went 5 2⁄3 innings, allowing a pair of runs on six hits and a walk. The hero was Jacob Robson, who came through twice in the clutch and saved the SeaWolves’ bacon. His sacrifice bunt in the 12th tied the ballgame and forced it another inning where he again had the answer.
John Schreiber saved the SeaWolves in relief, spinning three innings of one run ball. Kurt Spomer wasn’t so fortunate, as the Goats put three runs up in the top of the 13th to take the lead. Harold Castro and Sergio Alcantara each had RBI in the bottom of the frame, but it was once again Jake Robson coming through with a single that plated Castro and Jake Rogers to walk this one off.
Robson: 3-6, 5 RBI, 2 SO, SB
Woodrow: 3-6, R, 3B, 2 SO
Eaves: 2-5, 2 R, RBI, HR, BB, SO
Burrows: 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, BB, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: The Reading Fightin Phils come to UPMC Park for a weekend series starting Friday night at 7:05pm ET.
Gregory Soto was mauled by the Hammerheads on Thursday. He gave up nine runs, seven of them earned, and recorded only seven outs. Wladimir Pinto leaded another pair of runs in relief and the Flying Tigers’ offense had no answers. Cam Gibson and Andres Sthormes each had two hits in the losing effort.
Paredes: 1-3, RBI, BB
Sthormes: 2-4, 2B, SO
Soto (L): 2.1 IP, 9 R, 7 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 2 SO
Coming Up Next: The Flying Tigers welcome in the St. Lucie Mets on Friday night.
West Michigan Whitecaps 6, Great Lakes Loons 1 (box)
Brad Bass gave the Whitecaps a stellar outing and the offense did the rest in this one. Bass went seven innings, allowing a run on six hits, with five strikeouts to one walk. Leadoff man Cole Peterson continued to rake, tallying three hits, two RBI and a run scored in this one. Colby Bortles had three hits as well while the offense racked up 16 hits in this one. Aaron Fernandez wrapped up the final two innings of work to secure the victory.
Peterson: 3-3, R, 2 RBI, 3B
Morgan: 2-4, R, 2B, SO
Bass (W): 7.0 IP, ER, 6 H, BB, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: The Whitecaps will welcome in the South Bend Cubs for a weekend series beginning Friday night.