Durham Bulls 6, Toledo Mud Hens 4 (box)
Tim Adleman was knocked around in this one, and the offense couldn’t muster much of a comeback on Wednesday night. The Hens got out to a lead in the first as JaCoby Jones led off with a double and scored on a two-out knock from Ronny Rodriguez. Adleman allowed a run in the top of the second, but JaCoby Jones came through with an RBI single to recapture a one-run lead. From there it fell apart for Adleman as he was knocked out of the game after allowing six runs in four innings of work. The bullpen dominated the rest of the way, racking up nine punchouts to just one hit, but a rally wasn’t in the offing. Pete Kozma came though with an RBI double in the sixth and later scored to close the deficit to two runs, but that was as close as they’d get.
Jones: 2-5, 2B, R, RBI, 3 SO
Robson: 2-4, 2B, SO, SB
Kozma: 2-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI
Adleman (L, 3-4): 4.0 IP, 6 ER, 9 H, 6 SO
Coming Up Next: Drew VerHagen (4-2, 4.82 ERA) gets the ball on Thursday night as the series with the Bulls concludes.
Erie SeaWolves 6, Akron RubberDucks 2 (box)
Kyle Funkhouser rebounded with a solid outing in his first since being demoted to Erie, while Daniel Pinero powered the offense. Funk tossed 5 2⁄3 innings of two-run ball with five strikeouts, and, blessedly, no walks. Meanwhile, Pinero built him an early lead with a three-run shot in the first inning, his 12th of the year, and he and Frank Schwindel picked up RBI hits in the third to give the SeaWolves a lead that was never in jeopardy.
Pinero: 3-3, HR, 2B, R, 4 RBI, CS
Schwindel: 2-3, 3 R, RBI, BB, SO
Funkhouser (W, 1-1): 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: Spenser Watkins (2-1, 5.35 ERA) takes on Brandon Beachy (3-6, 5.80 ERA) as the SeaWolves travel to Richmond to duel the Flying Squirrels.
The Blue Jays dropped five runs on starter Tom de Blok, and the game was called due to the weather after 5 1⁄2 innings on Wednesday. Reece Hampton came through with a two-RBI single in the fourth to plate both Flygers’ runs. Brock Deatherage didn’t have a hit, but did walk twice and pick up his 35th stolen base of the year.
Hampton: 2-3, 2 RBI
de Blok: (L, 0-9): 3.2 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 3 BB
Coming Up Next: Jesus Rodriguez (2-12, 5.94 ERA) starts on Thursday night as the series with Dunedin concludes.
West Michigan Whitecaps 8, Beloit Snappers 5 (box)
Wilkel Hernandez put together a solid outing, and the top of the Whitecaps’ order did plenty of damage as they won handily despite some rough relief appearances. Parker Meadows returned from a minor injury, and he, Bryant Packard and Andre Lipcius did most of the damage. Lipcius doubled home Meadows in the first and then rode home on a rocket of a two-run homer to center field from Packard. Meadows and Packard each drilled RBI doubles in the fifth, and they each scored in the seventh on a wild pitch and a Dayton Dugas double, respectively. Wenceel Perez launched a solo shot in the ninth for emphasis.
Meadows: 4-5, 2B, 3 R, RBI
Packard: 3-5, HR, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI, SO
Lipcius: 2-5, 2 2B, R, RBI, BB
Hernandez (W, 7-5): 5.0 IP, ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 SO
Coming Up Next: Robbie Welhaf (2-4, 2.11 ERA) gets the start on Thursday night as the series continues from Beloit, Wisconsin.
Connecticut Tigers 3, Aberdeen IronBirds 3 (Gm 1)(susp)
This one was suspended after 6 1⁄2 innings of play, and will resume before tomorrow’s scheduled game. Xavier Javier and Jack O’Loughlin were both decent in their outings, while Jack Kenley’s two-run triple in the second was the big blow of the game for the Tigers thus far. Riley Greene had the day off. The game is set to resume at 5:35pm ET on Thursday. Carson Lance is scheduled to start the regularly scheduled game at 7:05pm ET.