Toledo Mud Hens 1, Rochester Red Wings 0 (F/7) (box)
Drew VerHagen tossed six scoreless innings and struck out six in a dominant performance against Rochester on Friday. VerHagen allowed just five hits and a walk, but still had to dance out of trouble a couple of times, including a two-on, no-out situation in the second. Toledo pushed a run across in the bottom of the sixth, when a bloop single off the bat of Victor Reyes scored Willi Castro to break the scoreless tie. John Schreiber locked down the ninth inning for his first save at the Triple-A level. Castro had himself a day with a double and a triple. He is now batting .316/.396/.476 on the year.
Castro: 2-3, R, 2B, 3B
Robson: 1-3, 2 SO, SB
VerHagen (W): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, BB, 6 SO
Rochester Red Wings 9, Toledo Mud Hens 8 (F/7) (box)
Toledo put up four runs in the top of the first — they were playing as the road team in a make-up game — but that wasn’t enough for Kyle Funkhouser and company. Funkhouser allowed five runs on eight hits in three innings, though he struck out six while allowing just one walk. Still, the Mud Hens took the lead with a three-run fifth, only to see Zac Reininger cough up four more runs (three earned) in the bottom of the frame for the loss. Victor Reyes was the star in the nightcap, with three hits and three RBI. Dustin Peterson and Jake Robson had two hits apiece, and Mikie Mahtook hit a two-run homer.
Reyes: 3-3, 2 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI
Robson: 2-4, 2B, R
Castro: 1-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, 2 SO
Funkhouser: 3.0 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, BB, 6 SO
Coming up next: The Mud Hens and Red Wings will face off again on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. ET. Tyler Alexander (1-8, 6.50 ERA) will start for the Hens.
Erie SeaWolves 11, Akron RubberDucks 3 (box)
The RubberDucks took a 3-0 lead against Erie starter Matt Manning in the bottom of the first, but it was all Erie from there. Manning settled in to hold Akron scoreless for the next four frames, and finished his outing with seven strikeouts in five innings of work. He also walked four, however, the second time he has done so against Akron this year. Offensively, the SeaWolves erupted for 11 unanswered runs, including a six-run sixth that put the game out of reach. Frank Schwindel logged three hits and five RBI, while Luke Burch added three hits of his own and scored three times. Isaac Paredes also chipped in with two hits and a walk.
Schwindel: 3-5, 2B, R, 5 RBI
Burch: 3-5, 3 R, SO
Eaves: 2-4, HR, R, RBI, BB
Manning (W): 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 7 SO
Coming up next: The SeaWolves will continue their series with the RubberDucks on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. ET.
The Flygers bounced back from a shutout loss on Thursday to take home a big win on Friday. They scored two runs in the first, chased Charlotte starter Justin Marsden to the showers with three more in the second, and added two more in the third to take a commanding 7-1 lead before coasting to a win. Tarik Skubal did his part to help that lead stand up, striking out 11 (!) in five innings. He gave up three runs (one earned) on four hits. Brock Deatherage and Kody Clemens were the stars offensively, combining for five hits, five RBI, and a pair of runs scored between them. Dylan Rosa hit a three-run homer in the seventh to put the game away.
Deatherage: 3-5, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB
Clemens: 2-5, 3 RBI, 2 SO
Policelli: 1-3, 2B, 2 R, BB, SO
Skubal: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 11 SO
Coming up next: Elvin Rodriguez (5-3, 3.48 ERA) will start for the Flying Tigers on Saturday against Charlotte at 6:00 p.m. ET.
Lake County Captains 9, West Michigan Whitecaps 4 (F/7) (box)
The Whitecaps had the lead early on, and opened up a 4-2 margin after scoring a run in the top of the fourth, but the Captains answered with seven runs in the bottom of the frame to put this one away. Lefthander Adam Wolf struggled again for the ‘Caps, allowing six runs on six hits before departing with two outs in the fourth. Sandel De La Cruz did not help matters, as he failed to get an out; he hit two batters, walked two more, and allowed two singles before Angel Reyes finally came in to stop the bleeding. Offensively, the Whitecaps were paced by Vinny Esposito, who had three of their six hits, including a solo home run. Nick Quintana and Andre Lipcius had quiet pro debuts, though both reached base and Lipcius scored a run.
Esposito: 3-4, 2B, HR, R, 2 RBI, SB
McMillan: 2-3, R
Wolf (L): 3.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO
Lake County Captains 4, West Michigan Whitecaps 0 (F/7) (box)
Three Captains pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter against the Whitecaps in the second half of their doubleheader on Friday. The Captains had a perfect game going until the seventh, when Nick Quintana drew a walk (his second of the evening) and Ulrich Bojarski was hit by a pitch with two outs. The ‘Caps couldn’t capitalize with a pair of runners on, however. Robbie Welhaf struck out nine for the Whitecaps, but gave up four runs on six hits in 5 2⁄3 innings.
Quintana: 0-2, BB, 2 SO
Welhaf: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, BB, 9 SO
Coming up next: Gio Arriera (2-4, 6.50 ERA) will start for the Whitecaps on Saturday as they continue their series against Lake County.
Connecticut Tigers (postponed)
The Tigers saw their series opener against the Lowell Spinners postponed on Friday due to rain. They will play a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 5:05 p.m. ET. Lefthander Alfredo Silva will start the opener for Connecticut, who are off to a 3-4 start on the year.