Charlotte Knights 4, Toledo Mud Hens 0 (box)
Tyler Alexander threw a really good game on Friday, but the Knights’ Justin Nicolino outdueled him with an eight-inning, one-hit performance to guide Charlotte to victory. Alexander allowed two runs over six innings of work with seven punchouts. Mikie Mahtook and Dustin Peterson had the only two hits for the Hens. Bryan Garcia’s return to Toledo didn’t go so well as he surrendered a pair of runs in his inning of relief work as Charlotte pulled away late in this one.
Alexander (L, 1-7): 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, BB, 7 SO
Coming Up Next: The two clubs get back at it with a 7:05pm ET Saturday start time.
Erie SeaWolves 4, Akron RubberDucks 1 (box)
It was Casey Mize night in Erie, so Akron wasn’t gonna have a good time. Mize wasn’t overpowering in this one and actually struggled with his control a little bit at times. He allowed nine baserunners in six innings of work, but buckled down against every threat, blanking the Ducks on six hits, two walks, a hit-by-pitch, and five strikeouts. That’s now three straight scoreless outings for the Tigers top prospect.
Kade Scivicque provided all the offense Erie would need with a two-run single in the fourth inning. Cole Peterson picked up his first RBI since his promotion, doubling home Luke Burch in the fifth, and Burch returned the favor, picking up an RBI double of his own in the eighth to make it 4-0. Zac Houston picked up two strikeouts in a scoreless seventh inning, while Will Vest allowed a solo shot in the top of the ninth, but picked up his third save with no other issues.
Of note in this game, is the fact that Cole Peterson was just promoted from Lakeland and may be the Tigers’ best defensive shortstop. Yet he played third base. If not Peterson, Sergio Alcantara may well be the Tigers’ best defensive shortstop, yet he played second base. The Tigers are really trying to make Isaac Paredes work as their shortstop of the future, and I am here for it until the experiment proves untenable.
Scivicque: 3-4, R, 2 RBI
Burch: 2-4, 2B, R, RBI, 2 SO
Paredes: 1-4, 2B, R
Mize (W, 5-0): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 5 SO, HBP
Coming Up Next: The Ducks now get to deal with the stylings of Matt Manning on Saturday night at 7:05pm ET.
Fort Myers Miracle 8, Lakeland Flying Tigers 3 (box)
Flying Tigers’ pitching was hit hard on Friday as the Miracle rolled to victory. Gerrit Hill debuted with a quick two innings, allowing one run. However, Dane Myers and Brad Bass were rocked in relief, combining to give up seven runs over the final seven innings. Brock Deatherage and Dylan Rosa had RBI hits in the game, but the Flygers wasted numerous scoring chances going 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
Deatherage: 2-4, 2B, RBI, SB
Bortles: 2-4, 2B, 2 R
Myers (L, 3-5): 4.0 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: The two clubs match up again at 6:00pm ET on Saturday.
Lake County Captains 9, West Michigan Whitecaps 4 (box)
Kacey Murphy and Drew Crosby were both knocked around in this one and the offense could never really get in the game. After the ‘Caps scored two in the top of the fourth for their only lead of the game, Murphy came unglued for four runs in the bottom of the frame. Jordan Pearce produced RBI hits in the seventh and again in the ninth, but the Whitecaps couldn’t sustain those rallies, scoring single runs both times.
Pearce: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, SO
Perez: 2-5, R, SB
Murphy (L, 1-3): 5.0 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: Gio Arriera will look to even the series on Saturday at 1:00pm ET.