Toledo Mud Hens 12, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 8 (box)
The Mud Hens rotation is rather decimated at this point, requiring a Friday night bullpen game. Fortunately, the offense brought all the firepower to make it work against a major league veteran in the RailRiders’ Drew Hutchison. Willi Castro and Dawel Lugo each racked up a four-hit game and continue to make for a more potent middle infield than their major league counterparts. Daz Cameron and Mikie Mahtook each launched their fifth home run of the year, both off of Hutchison, while Jake Robson had a much-needed big game, reaching base and scoring three times. Zac Houston and Nolan Blackwood combined to allow six of the eight earned runs against, while Joe Navilhon, Caleb Thielbar, and Jose Cisnero blanked the RailRiders over the final five frames to lock down the victory.
W. Castro: 4-5, 3B, 2 R, 3 RBI, SO, SB
Lugo: 4-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI, SB
Cameron: 2-5, HR, 2 R, RBI, SO
Navilhon (W, 1-0): 2.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 2 SO
Coming up next: Matt Hall gets the start on Saturday afternoon with first pitch set for 4:05 p.m. ET.
Altoona Curve 8, Erie SeaWolves 4 (box)
For the first time this year, Casey Mize actually had to deal with some traffic on the basepaths, and the Curve got to him for a pair of runs. Mize surrendered seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts in five innings of work. However, it was the bullpen who cost the SeaWolves the game. Derek Hill led off the contest with a solo shot, his fourth, and then scored in the third on a Jake Rogers sacrifice fly. A Kody Eaves triple in the fourth inning plated Taylor Motter, and Eaves later scored on a sacrifice fly to center from Sergio Alcantara. Fernando Perez and Mark Ecker were both rocked in relief to lose this one.
Hill: 3-4, HR, 2 R, RBI, BB, SO
Gibson: 3-4, 2B, 3B
Rogers: 2-3, RBI, BB
Mize: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 SO
Coming up next: Matt Manning gets the call on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. ET. He will battle the Curve’s Scooter Hightower.
For five innings, Tarik Skubal was in total control of this one, but he fell apart in the sixth, allowing three runs. In the end, his offense didn’t do a thing to pick him up anyway. Skubal struck out six, allowing six hits and four earned runs. Wladimir Pinto and Clate Schmidt combined for three innings of shutout relief. The offense deserves no further mention, though they weren’t striking out so much as unlucky on batted balls.
Rivera: 1-2, BB
Skubal (L, 2-3): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 6 SO
Coming up next: Elvin Rodriguez takes the ball on Saturday as the Flygers and Tortugas meet up at 7:05 p.m. ET. Mac Sceroler will start for Daytona.
West Michigan Whitecaps 8, Cedar Rapids Kernels 1 (box)
Wilkel Hernandez pitched through a fair amount of traffic, but limited the Kernels to just one run in six innings of work. Reece Hampton scored from third in the first inning to give the ‘Caps an early lead, but they blew the game open in the fourth. A two-run double by Parker Meadows was the big blow of the inning, but there were a parade of Whitecaps hitters on the basepaths throughout the inning. Angel De Jesus came on to get the final nine outs, and recorded seven punchouts in the process.
Meadows: 2-4, 2B, R, RBI, BB
Bojarski: 2-4, R
Tuck: 1-3, R, RBI, BB, SO
Hernandez (W, 4-2): 6.0 IP, 7 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
Coming up next: The two clubs meet up again at Fifth Third Park on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. ET.