Columbus Clippers 6, Toledo Mud Hens 5 (box)
Mike Gerber cracked a three-run shot in the first inning, but Tyler Alexander slowly let the lead get away from him. Drew VerHagen allowed a pair of runs in the eighth as the Clippers pulled away. The Hens scored a run in the ninth but couldn’t sustain a rally. Jacob Robson stayed hot with a two-hit night including a double, and three runs scored.
Gerber: 1-4, HR, R, 3 RBI, BB, 3 SO
Robson: 2-5, 2B, 3 R
Alexander: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
Coming up next: A.J. Ladwig duels Justin Nicolino as the Hens travel to Louisville to battle the Bats.
Erie SeaWolves 12, Binghamton Rumble Ponies 9 (box)
Alex Faedo just didn’t have it on Thursday. He walked five, allowing seven earned runs in 3 1⁄3 innings of work. Caleb Thielbar didn’t help, allowing a pair of runs in relief. However, Sandy Baez, Mark Ecker, and John Schreiber came through with strong work, and the SeaWolves offense roared back late to win this one. Dominic Ficociello, Danny Woodrow and Cam Gibson all homered. The SeaWolves tied things with a three-run seventh inning, and then scored three in the ninth with a sacrifice fly from Cam Gibson plating the eventual game winner.
Woodrow: 4-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI
Gibson: 2-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 SO
Faedo: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 5 BB, SO
Coming up next: Sandy Baez was reported to be converting to a relief role, but he’s scheduled to start on Friday as the SeaWolves and Rumble Ponies get back at it.
Lakeland Flying Tigers, Jupiter Hammerheads (cancelled)
Rain in Lakeland washing out the Flying Tigers and Hammerheads on Thursday. The Tampa Tarpons come to town on Friday for a weekend set. Starters are still TBA.
West Michigan Whitecaps 6, Lansing Lugnuts 2 (box)
You should probably win 10 out of 10 games when you draw 12 walks, and the Whitecaps had little trouble bringing home the victory on Thursday. The only ‘Cap in the lineup without a walk was Brock Deatherage, and he drove in a pair of runs, scored a run, and stole a base for good measure. Jesus Rodriguez held serve on the mound with a fine outing, giving the Whitecaps 7 2⁄3 innings of two-run ball. For his part, he walked just two, and struck out five on the night.
McCain: 2-3, 2 R, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, SB
Deatherage: 1-4, R, 2 RBI, SO, SB
Rodriguez (W): 7.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO
Coming up next: Brad Bass takes the mound for the Whitecaps as they head to Lake County for a 7:00 p.m. ET tilt with the Captains.
Connecticut Tigers 5, Lowell Spinners 2 (box)
The Tigers’ seventh round pick, Eric De La Rosa, did major damage at the plate on Thursday, as did catcher Gresuan Silverio. The Tigers won and went up 3-2 in this back-to-back series with the Spinners. De La Rosa went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored, and a pair of RBI. Silverio scored a pair of runs and had an RBI double in the contest. Carlos Guzman was excellent for five innings, striking out six with two unearned runs in. Jack O’Loughlin was even better, blanking the Spinners on two hits with six punchouts over the final four innings to earn the save.
De La Rosa: 4-4, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI, SB
Silverio: 1-3, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB, SO
Guzman (W): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 6 SO
Coming up next: The Spinners and Tigers will wind-up their week-long clash at 7:05 p.m. ET at Dodd Stadium on Friday night.