Norfolk Tides 6, Toledo Mud Hens 0 (box)
Matt Hall was knocked around a bit on Thursday, but the story was Tides’ starter Keegan Akin. Akin punched out nine Hens, allowing just three hits and a walk. Hall went five, and for four innings he was matching Akin, but he melted down in a four-run fifth inning. The Tides bullpen was just as good, limiting the Hens to just one hit over the final three innings. Jose Fernandez and Sandy Baez matched them, combining for three perfect innings with three strikeouts, while Jose Cisnero allowed two runs in the ninth.
Hall (L, 2-2): 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 3 BB, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: Drew VerHagen will start stretching out as a starter on Friday evening, as the Scranton-Wilkes/Barre RailRiders come to town.
Bowie Baysox 3, Erie SeaWolves 2 (F/10)(box)
For the first time this year, Matt Manning wasn’t racking up the strikeouts. Instead the Baysox did a good job of shortening up against the heater and spoiled some tough pitches. Ultimately the Baysox managed just two second inning runs against Manning, but they eventually found the game winner in 10 innings.
With one on and two outs in the second, Manning gave up a double and a triple back-to-back to allow Bowie to run out to a two-run lead. Kade Scivicque evened things up in the fifth, cracking his third home run in the past 10 days. The two-run blast made it 2-2. After the SeaWolves failed to score under extra innings rules in the 10th, reliever Drew Carlton took over in the bottom half of the fram. The Baysox sacrificed the runner starting on second to third, and Mason McCoy singled him home for the game winner. That makes three straight SeaWolves games with a walkoff, and the first to go against them.
Scivicque: 2-4, HR, R, 2 RBI
Manning: 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: Logan Shore takes the ball on Friday night, while the Baysox send Marcos Molina to the mound.
Tarik Skubal went seven innings for another fine performance, but his bullpen squandered a lead late and the Flygers ultimately fell in 11 innings. Skubal allowed three runs, two earned, on just two hits and two walks while punching out five. He held the Threshers scoreless for six innings, but allowed a three-run shot in the seventh that allowed the Threshers to trim Lakeland’s lead to one run. Meanwhile, the Flying Tigers’ offense filled the bases early and often, but only pushed across four runs. After Clearwater pulled within one in the seventh, the Flying Tigers had a chance to put them away with the bases loaded again in the ninth inning, but only scored one run on a wild pitch. Wladimir Pinto then blew the save, allowing two runs to cross. Daniel Reyes came through with an RBI single in the top of the 11th that should’ve been a game winner, but Brandyn Sittinger allowed an RBI single to Daniel Brito to tie things up again. Three batters later Alec Bohm plated Brito with a walkoff single.
Reyes: 2-4, R, RBI, BB
Policelli: 1-4, 2B, RBI, SO
Ames: 1-5, 2B, R, RBI, 2 SO
Skubal: 7.0 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: The Flying Tigers head home for a weekend series with the Dunedin Blue Jays starting Friday night.
West Michigan Whitecaps 11, Great Lakes Loons 3 (Gm 1)(F/7)(box)
On a tough day around the Tigers’ farm, the West Michigan Whitecaps were the only team to come through. The Whitecaps just raked in this one, collecting 14 hits to maul the Loons. Adam Wolf gave them one of his best outings of the year, going six innings and allowing three earned runs. The offense did the rest. Reynaldo Rivera cracked a two-run shot in the fifth in his return to West Michigan. Rivera and Dayton Dugas each racked up three hit games to lead the offense. The Whitecaps were up 5-2 before erupting for a five run fifth inning. Rivera’s home run, and a two-run single from Parker Meadows were the big blows in the inning. At the end of a long day, 1B Jordan Pearce handled the seventh inning to close this out with no issues.
Rivera: 3-4, HR, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI, SO
Dugas: 3-4, 2B, R, RBI, SO
Proctor: 2-4, 2B, 2 R
Wolf (W, 2-4): 3 ER, 6 H, BB, 3 SO
Great Lakes Loons 6, West Michigan Whitecaps 1 (Gm 2)(F/7)(box)
The Loons got to ‘Caps starter Chance Kirby right away in this game, a makeup for a rainout back on April 14. The Loons scored three in the first and three in the third to run away with the nightcap. Kirby was only able to collect seven outs, surrendering six runs on five hits and four walks. Sam McMillan collecting the only Whitecaps RBI in the sixth, while Jose King doubled as part of a two-hit game.
King: 2-3, 2B, SO
McMillan: 1-1, RBI, 2 BB
Kirby (L, 0-1): 2.1 IP, 6 ER, 5 H, 4 BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: The two clubs meet up at 7:05pm ET on Friday night as the weekend series continues.