Toledo Mud Hens 3, Columbus Clippers 1 (box)
Tim Adleman came through with another solid start, while Clippers’ starter Mitch Keller was busy striking out 13 Hens in just five innings of work. Adleman went five as well, blanking the Clippers on four hits and two walks, with five strikeouts.
The game was scoreless until the seventh, when Dustin Peterson scored on a Jacob Robson sacrifice fly. The Clippers came right back to tie things up again in the top of the eighth, but the Hens weren’t done. Daniel Pinero led off the inning with a walk and went to second on a Willi Castro single. After Victor Reyes popped out, Pinero and Castro executed a double steal. A fly ball off the bat of Dustin Peterson allowed Pinero to score, and Kody Eaves followed with a single to plate Castro. With a two-run lead, Jose Cisnero locked down the ninth for his fourth save.
Castro: 1-3, R, BB, SB
Eaves: 1-3, RBI, BB, 2 SO, SB
Adleman: 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: Saturday will feature a doubleheader, with first pitch set for 5:05pm ET.
Erie SeaWolves 6, Trenton Thunder 1 (box)
Casey Mize handled the Thunder with cool authority on Friday night, while Derek Hill and Isaac Paredes led the SeaWolves 10-hit attack. Hill smacked his seventh home run to lead off the game. Mize gave up three straight singles with one out in the first inning, but got out of the jam with only one run allowed. He flipped the switch at that point and got stronger throughout his outing, punching out four over his final two innings of work.
Things were quiet until the fifth inning when Cam Gibson drew a leadoff walk and scored on a Chad Sedio triple to right field. Isaac Paredes flicked a sacrifice fly to right field, and the SeaWolves had a two run lead. They pulled away when A.J. Simcox cracked a two-run triple in the sixth. Trent Szkutnik and Joe Navilhon combined for a strong four innings of relief to keep this one under wraps.
Hill: 2-5, HR, 3B, 2 R, RBI, SO
Paredes: 2-3, 2 RBI, BB
Mize (W, 6-0): 5.0 IP, ER, 6 H, BB, 8 SO
Coming Up Next: Matt Manning will take on the Thunder’s Garrett Whitlock on Saturday at 7:00pm ET.
Tarik Skubal was fantastic in dismantling the Mets on Friday night. Skubal didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning and struck out five hitters in a row at one point. He ultimately went six innings, allowing just two hits and two walks with eight strikeouts. He didn’t factor in the decision though, as the Flying Tigers couldn’t push across a run until the seventh. Dylan Rosa came through with a two-run shot to provide the margin of victory. Angel De Jesus and Mark Ecker kept the Mets off the board over the final three innings, with Ecker picking up a six-out save.
Rosa: 1-3, HR, R, 2 RBI, SO
Clemens: 1-3, 3B, BB
Skubal: 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 8 SO
Coming Up Next: The two clubs meet up again on Saturday night at 6:00pm ET.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 7, West Michigan Whitecaps 6 (F/10)(box)
Hugh Smith showed off a pretty good fastball again on Friday, but one crooked inning was enough to ruin an otherwise solid effort. The offense got off the Whitecaps off to a pretty good start. Wenceel Perez doubled with one out and scored on a error in the first inning. Hector Martinez, just recently arrived in West Michigan, bashed a two-run shot in the fourth, and the ‘Caps had a 3-0 lead.
Unfortunately the lead slipped away quickly. The leadoff man reached in the fourth on an error by 2B Jose King. Smith walked Wander Franco on four straight pitches and then plunked the next batter. The Ponies went on to score three runs to tie things up. Ulrich Bojarski his ninth home run with Perez aboard in the sixth, but the Ponies came right back in the bottom half of the frame. 1B Zach Malis came through with an RBI single in the top of the ninth to send the game to extra innings, but the game came down to Franco versus reliever Jose Vasquez and Franco, the Tampa Bay Rays top prospect, walked it off with a single.
Martinez: 2-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, SO
Bojarski: 3-5, HR, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, SO
Perez: 2-4, 2B, 2 R
Smith: 5.0 IP, 3 R, ER, H, 2 BB, 4 SO
Coming Up Next: Gio Arriera takes on the Hot Rods’ Shane Baz at 7:35pm ET on Saturday.