Toledo Mud Hens 7, Columbus Clippers 3 (box)
Beau Burrows was scheduled to start on Thursday, but unfortunately he ended up on the 7-day injured list with shoulder inflammation instead. Mud Hens manager Doug Mientkiewicz downplayed the move, calling it precautionary, but we will see how Burrows responds to some rest. An MRI revealed no structural damage, so hopefully it’s just a minor flare-up for Burrows, who has been extremely durable in his young pro career to date.
Lefthander Tyler Alexander was up to the task of taking Burrows’ spot though. Alexander punched nine Clippers tickets in this one, allowing just one run on five hits and a walk across five innings. Meanwhile, the offense got right to work. Daz Cameron cracked a solo shot to lead off the bottom of the first inning. It was his third long ball on the young season. Pete Kozma sacrificed home Dustin Peterson in the second inning, and then came back for a two-run double in the fourth. Nolan Blackwood and Jose Cisnero allowed solo home runs in the sixth and eighth inning, respectively, but the Clippers never closed the gap as the Hens tacked on three more late runs.
Peterson: 5-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI
Kozma: 2-3, 2B, R, 4 RBI
Cameron: 1-3, HR, 2 R, RBI, BB
Alexander (W, 1-2): 5.0 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 9 SO
Coming up next: The two clubs get back at it on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. ET.
Bowie Baysox 4, Erie SeaWolves 0 (box)
Gregory Soto put together another encouraging start in his second outing for the SeaWolves. The hard-throwing lefty allowed two runs on six hits and zero walks. For Soto that is a big day. He struck out seven in his 5 1⁄3 innings of work, and holds a 2.61 ERA overall with three walks allowed in 10 1⁄3 total innings since his promotion. The SeaWolves offense put 10 men on base but just couldn’t get the key hits when needed. Isaac Paredes, Daniel Pinero, and catcher Jake Rogers each chipped in with both a single and a walk, but they were the standouts on a quiet day at the plate for the SeaWolves.
Rogers: 1-3, BB, 2 SO
Paredes: 1-3, BB, SO
Soto (L, 0-1): 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 7 SO
Coming up next: The Baysox and SeaWolves lock up again at 6:05 p.m. ET on Friday night. This is unofficial, but Casey Mize and Matt Manning should be Saturday and Sunday’s starters, so if you are planning to get out to UPMC Park this spring, this weekend is a good time to do it.
Lakeland Flying Tigers (postponed)
The Flygers and the Florida Fire Frogs were rained out on Thursday. The Flying Tigers move to Bradenton on Friday for a weekend set with the Marauders. First pitch on Friday night is set for 6:30 p.m. ET, with Jesus Rodriguez set to start.
West Michigan Whitecaps 7, Clinton LumberKings 4 (box)
Kacey Murphy struck out seven and didn’t walk a batter for West Michigan, but he did allow four runs, including a pair of home runs, in six innings of work. His offense picked him up, however, putting together a six-run fifth inning to leave the LumberKings in their dust. Sam McMillan and Parker Meadows led off the frame with back-to-back doubles. Jeremiah Burks, who returned to action on Thursday, plated them both with a single to left field. Reece Hampton followed with a single after Avery Tuck struck out. Wenceel Perez singled home Burks and Hampton, and then scored on a John Valente single. A double off the bat of Nick Ames plated Valente, and the ‘Caps had a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Hampton: 3-5, 2B, R, RBI, SO
Burks: 1-3, R, 2 RBI, BB, SO
Murphy (W, 1-1): 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 7 SO
Coming up next: The Whitecaps head to Burlington on Friday to tangle with the Bees. Lefty Adam Wolf gets the start, while Jose Soriano will throw for the Bees.