Toledo Mud Hens 4, Lehigh Valley IronPigs 3 (box)
Tyler Alexander tossed a good game, and Mike Gerber flexed his muscles en route to a 4-3 win on Thursday. Alexander went 7 2⁄3 innings that was only blemished by some sloppy defense and two unearned runs allowed in the third. Zac Reininger allowed a run in relief. As for Gerber, he launched a pair of solo shots, his 11th and 12th on the season, in just 59 games. The second dinger jumpstarted a three-run eighth inning as the Hens came back to win.
Gerber: 2-3, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, SO
Stewart: 1-4, 2 RBI, SO
Alexander: 7.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 4 SO
Coming up next: The International League-leading IronPigs and the West Division leading Mud Hens meet up again on Friday evening with no starters yet announced.
Erie SeaWolves 7, Bowie Baysox 3 (box)
A three-run blast by Jake Rogers keyed off a five-run first inning for the SeaWolves and they won comfortably over the Baysox. Daz Cameron had two more hits and a walk to continue his fine start with Erie. Alfred Gutierrez gave the SeaWolves 5 2⁄3 quality innings and other than Trent Szkutnik, the bullpen was solid. The SeaWolves also stole five bases in the contest, while collecting 13 hits and five walks.
The star of the show, however, was Isaac Paredes, who was promoted to Double-A Erie on Thursday. The fast-rising teenager debuted in style going 2-for-3 with a walk and three RBI on the night. He played second base, with Sergio Alcantara still at shortstop, a development that will bear watching.
Paredes: 2-3, 3 RBI, BB
Woodrow: 3-5, 2 R, SO, SB
Gutierrez (W): 5.2 IP, 7 H, R (0 ER), BB, 4 SO
Coming up next: Kyle Dowdy goes for the SeaWolves on Friday night. He will take on Keegan Akin of the Baysox.
Matt Manning ambushed himself on Thursday, and the Flying Tigers ultimately lost in 10 innings. Manning walked three in the first inning and eventually allowed three runs in the frame on just two hits. On the plus side, Manning settled in and hit the afterburners, ultimately throwing 96 pitches and 6 2⁄3 innings while no-hitting the Miracle the rest of the way with six strikeouts. Kade Scivicque had three hits and scored two runs, and Derek Hill added a two-hit game with a double as the Flygers fought their way back. The two teams took a 3-3 tie into the 10th, but Drew Carlton allowed the Miracle to walk it off.
Scivicque: 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Hill: 2-4, 2B, SB, CS
Manning: 6.2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 6 SO
Coming up next: Fernando Perez takes on a tough opponent in Brusdar Graterol on Friday night.
Kane County Cougars 8, West Michigan Whitecaps 5 (box)
Jesus Rodriguez was knocked around on Thursday, allowing seven runs, six earned, in five innings of work. The dagger was a five-run fifth inning after the Whitecaps had built a 4-2 lead. The offense put up a good fight. Brock Deatherage had another two-hit game with a walk and an RBI, while Kody Clemens drove in a pair of runs. Brady Policelli posted two hits, including a double, out of the leadoff spot.
Policelli: 2-5, 2B, R
Deatherage: 2-4, 2B, RBI, BB, 2 SO
Rodriguez (L): 5.0 IP, 9 H, 7 R (6 ER), 2 BB, 5 SO
Coming up next: Brad Bass will duel the Cougars’ Jeff Bain on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Hudson Valley Renegades 10, Connecticut Tigers 2 (box)
The Tigers didn’t have much chance in this one, as Carson Lance was just crushed in his outing. Lance gave up eight runs, seven earned, in just 3 2⁄3 innings of work. Sam McMillan paced the offense two three hits, a double, and a run scored. Clark Brinkman chipped in with a two-hit game and an RBI.
McMillan: 3-4, 2B, R, SB
Brinkman: 2-4, RBI, 2 SO
Lance (L): 3.2 IP, 10 H, 8 R (7 ER), 3 BB, SO
Coming up next: Adam Wolf gets the start for the Tigers as they move to Aberdeen to take on the IronBirds for the weekend.