Louisville Bats 5, Toledo Mud Hens 3 (box)
Matt Hall was good again in this one, but one inning spoiled his night. Hall struck out eight, but allowed eight hits, including a three-run fifth by the Bats. The Hens scored one in the first, then two more in the sixth when they loaded the bases. A groundout from Jason Krizan scored Dixon Machado, and Mikie Mahtook dumped a double into left that plated Christin Stewart. Unfortunately, a throwing error from Dixon Machado keyed off a two-run inning by the Bats against Johnny Barbato, and the Hens couldn’t answer back.
Stewart: 2-4, R, RBI
Robson: 1-4, R, 2B, 2 SO
Hall: 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 8 H, BB, 8 SO
Coming Up Next: The Hens are 3-7 in their last 10 games. They’ll welcome in the division leading Indianapolis Indians on Thursday.
The SeaWolves and the Portland SeaDogs were rained out on Wednesday. They’ll play two on Thursday, with Game 1 set for noon.
Through five innings, Matt Manning was absolutely dominating the Blue Jays on Wednesday. He’d allowed only one hit, with no walks and six strikeouts. Unfortunately, he got into a jam in the sixth and couldn’t escape. Manning had the Jays’ Kevin Smith down 1-2, but center cut a fastball that Smith barreled up for a three-run shot. Meanwhile, the offense was quiet too long in this one. Kade Scivicque plated Dylan Burdeaux in the seventh to get the Flygers on the board, but Eduardo Jimenez allowed a run in the eighth to re-open a three-run deficit. It was Scivicque again in the top of the ninth, launching a two-run shot to pull within one run. That was as far as the rally got.
Scivicque: 2-4, R, 3 RBI, HR
Burdeaux: 2-4, 2 R, 2B
Manning (L): 5.1 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 7 SO
Coming Up Next: Spencer Watkins gets the call for Lakeland on Thursday night. He’ll take on the Blue Jays’ Patrick Murphy.
West Michigan Whitecaps 4, Great Lakes Loons 2 (box)
Elvin Rodriguez pitched a really nice game on Wednesday, and the Whitecaps erupted with a late rally to win it. Rodriguez spun 6 1⁄3 innings of one-run ball. He allowed six hits, three walks, but punched out seven on the night. Kody Clemens continued to power the offense, reaching base four times, but it was Dylan Rosa and Brock Deatherage who gave through with the big knocks. Rosa smacked a two-run shot in the top of the eighth to give the Whitecaps their first lead. In the ninth, Brock Deatherage singled home Christopher Proctor to add an insurance run. Endrys Briceno cleaned up the ninth with little trouble to earn the save.
Clemens: 2-3, 2B, 2 BB, SO, SB
Rosa: 2-4, R, 2 RBI, HR, 2 SO
Rodriguez: 6.1 IP, ER, 6 H, 3 BB, 7 SO
Coming Up Next: Brad Bass gets the start for the Caps on Thursday night against the Loons.
Our own Jay Markle has been on hand at several recent Whitecaps games, and put together a compilation of Kody Clemens clips for you to enjoy. Check it out and follow him @jaymarkle_BP.
Connecticut Tigers 3, Vermont Lake Monsters 1 (box)
Carlos Guzman tossed a nice game, and the offense got unlimbered in the fifth and seventh innings to build the margin of victory. Guzman went five shutout innings, allowing four hits and a walk, with four strikeouts. Clark Brinkman rode home on an RBI single from Wenceel Perez in the fifth. It was Perez at the dish in the seventh when a wild pitch plated Brinkman, with Shane Cooper advancing to third. An error on a Perez groundball scored Cooper and made it 3-0. Drew Carlton allowed a run in the eighth, but the Monsters comeback stalled there.
Perez: 1-4, 2 RBI
Brinkman: 0-1, 2 R, 2 BB
Guzman (W): 5.0 IP, 4 H, BB, 4 SO
Coming Up Next: Carson Lance goes for the Tigers as they head to Staten Island to take on Nolan Martinez and the Yankees.