Toledo Mud Hens 3, Louisville Bats 2 (box)
The Hens jumped out to an early lead, and Ryan Carpenter came through with a strong outing to get the second half off on the right foot. Jacob Robson landed the big blow, launching a three-run shot in the top of the first to account for all the Hens’ runs on the night. Carpenter went six innings of one-run ball, while Trevor Rosenthal allowed the Bats second run in the eighth inning to make for a bit of a nailbiter. John Schreiber was perfect with a pair of strikeouts to earn his third save for the Hens.
Robson: 2-4, HR, R, 3 RBI, BB, SO, SB
Woodrow: 4-5, 2B, R
Carpenter (W, 4-5): 6.0 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 6 SO
Coming up next: The two clubs meet up at 7:00 p.m. ET on Friday night.
Erie SeaWolves 5, Altoona Curve 3 (box)
The SeaWolves followed the Mud Hens’ playbook, scoring three in the first inning and hanging on in the ninth inning. With one run already in, Daniel Pinero ripped a two-run double to right field to give starter Logan Shore a nice lead to work with. Pinero wasn’t done either, mashing a solo home run in the fourth. As usual, Shore wasn’t fooling anyone, but he managed six innings with just an unearned run allowed. Sergio Alcantara smacked a solo shot in the seventh to get that run back, and while Will Vest was shaky and allowed two run in the ninth, he was able to hang on and close out the Curve.
Pinero: 2-4, HR, 2B, R, 3 RBI, 2 SO
Hill: 2-4, SO
Azocar: 2-4, R
Shore (W, 3-7): 6.0 IP, 2 H, R (0 ER), 2 BB, 3 SO
Coming up next: The SeaWolves send Tarik Skubal to the mound for his first Double-A start at UPMC Park on Friday night.
Bradenton Marauders 3, Lakeland Flying Tigers 2 (box)
Tom de Blok was hurt by four walks but held in there to throw a pretty good game on Thursday. The offense just took too long to get going. De Blok went six innings, allowing three runs on five hits, with seven punchouts. The Flygers didn’t get on the board until Kody Clemens launched a solo shot in the seventh inning. Clemens came through again in the eighth, lofting a sacrifice fly that scored Brock Deatherage. The comeback stalled at that point.
Clemens: 1-3, HR, R, 2 RBI
Deatherage: 0-3, R, BB, 2 SO, SB
de Blok (L, 0-8): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 7 SO
Coming up next: Jesus Rodriguez (2-11, 5.66 ERA) gets the start as the Flygers travel to Daytona Beach to take on the Tortugas for he weekend.
Quad Cities River Bandits 1, West Michigan Whitecaps 0 (box)
Robbie Welhaf threw a decent game but the ‘Caps couldn’t capitalize on their scoring chances on Thursday. Welhaf went six innings, allowing just three hits and an unearned run. Parker Meadows singled and walked, while Andre Lipcius added a pair of singles in the losing effort.
Meadows: 1-2, BB, SO
Welhaf (L, 2-4): 6.0 IP, 3 H, R (0 ER), BB, 4 SO
Coming up next: Chance Kirby (3-4, 4.14 ERA) takes the ball on Friday night against the River Bandits’ R.J. Freure (4-4, 3.86 ERA).
Connecticut Tigers 8, Auburn Doubledays 3 (box)
Jack O’Loughlin threw a great game, and after the bullpen squandered a lead, the Tigers roared back to thump the Doubledays in the late innings. O’Loughlin allowed just two hits and an unearned run while punching out seven in six innings of work. The Tigers staked him to a three run lead that eventually evaporated in the seventh. However they filled up the bases in the final two innings and took advantage of an error and a Cooper Johnson two-RBI single to score four in the ninth and win going away.
Greene: 3-5, 2 R
Liniak: 2-4, 2 R, BB, SO
Kreidler: 2-4, R, BB
O’Loughlin: 6.0 IP, 2 H, R (0 ER), BB, 7 SO
Coming up next: The two clubs meet up again in Auburn on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. ET.