Toledo Mud Hens 7, Norfolk Tides 5 (F/11) (box)
Starter Beau Burrows is making a heck of an impression through two games at the Triple-A level. On Thursday he tossed 6 1⁄3 innings of three-hit ball, once again allowing no runs. He punched out five along the way. The Hens scored two in the first and took a 3-0 lead into the ninth inning. Unfortunately Zac Houston blew the save, allowing three runs in a messy outing to send this to extra innings.
Fortunately, the Hens quickly bounced back. Shortstop Willi Castro singled home Jacob Robson from second in the top of the 10th inning, and Victor Reyes followed with his second RBI single of the contest to give Toledo a two-run cushion. Eduardo Paredes couldn’t lock things down in relief unfortunately. He allowed two runs in the 10th to blow the save. The Hens had another rally in them, though. Danny Woodrow came to the dish with the bases loaded in the 11th, and scored Harold Castro and Dawel Lugo. In his second opportunity, Paredes came through and closed the door.
Castro: 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, SO, SB
Reyes: 3-5, R, 2 RBI
Burrows: 6.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 5 SO
Coming up next: Matt Hall takes the ball for the Hens on Friday, while the Tides send Keegan Akin to the mound. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. ET.
Binghamton Rumble Ponies 4, Erie SeaWolves 3 (box)
Much like Beau Burrows, Alex Faedo also tossed an excellent game and then watched his bullpen blow it. Faedo allowed two runs in six innings of work, but punched out eight Ponies without a walk allowed. The SeaWolves were down two into the seventh inning, when RBI singles from Cam Gibson and Troy Montgomery plated three runs on a night where the offense had been very quiet. Trent Szkutnik took over and gave the SeaWolves two good innings of relief, but Mark Ecker melted down in the ninth to blow the save and ultimately lose the game.
Gibson: 2-3, R, RBI, BB, SB
Faedo: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 8 SO
Coming up next: Spencer Watkins will take the ball for the SeaWolves on Friday night. He will be opposed by Chris Mazza of the Rumble Ponies, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.
Lakeland Flying Tigers 2, Clearwater Threshers 1 (box)
Elvin Rodriguez tossed a quality start for the Flying Tigers in this one, while the offense did just enough to pull it out. The versatile Brady Policelli got the Flygers on the board in the first with an RBI single to score Luke Burch, and then raced around the score on an A.J. Simcox triple. That would be all the offense they could manage, but Rodriguez blanked the Threshers for six innings, allowing just one hit and two walks while punching out four. Flamethrowing reliever Jason Foley continued his nice start in his comeback from Tommy John surgery last year. He touched 99 mph in a clean inning of work. Wladimir Pinto allowed a run in the ninth but closed the door to earn the save.
Policelli: 2-3, R, BB
Simcox: 2-4, 3B, RBI, BB
We have a clip of Foley courtesy of our friend Sherri Cousin, who was on hand.
Coming up next: The Flying Tigers travel to Jupiter to take on the Hammerheads on Friday. Jesus Rodriguez gets the start, facing off against Will Stewart with first pitch set for 6:30 p.m. ET.
West Michigan Whitecaps 7, Lansing Lugnuts 3 (box)
Wilkel Hernandez gave the Whitecaps a strong outing, and the offense built an early lead and kept adding on late to earn the victory. Ulrich Bojarski got the party going with a two-run homer (his second of the year) in the second inning. Parker Meadows also had a fine game, racking up three hits and a walk, and driving in a pair of runs. Meanwhile Nick Ames reached base five times, smacking two doubles and scoring three of the Caps’ runs. Yaya Chentouf collected his second save, this one of the six-out variety.
Ames: 2-2, 2 2B, 3 R, 3 BB
Meadows: 3-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, BB, SB
Hernandez (W, 1-1): 5.0 IP, 6 H, ER, 5 SO
Coming up next: The Whitecaps welcome in the Great Lakes Loon for a weekend set on Friday with first pitch set for 6:35 p.m. ET.