Toledo Mud Hens 8, Durham Bulls 5 (box)
The Hens jumped out to an early lead and then poured on the offense late after the bullpen melted down to earn the win in this one. Ronny Rodriguez got things going in the first, turning on an Aaron Slegers’ offering and planting it over the wall in left for a three-run homer. Drew VerHagen took it from there, allowing just one run in six innings of work. VerHagen came out in the seventh but after a Jacob Robson error in left field and two one-out single, he was lifted for John Schreiber who allowed a sacrifice fly that tied the game. The Hens came back with three more in the bottom of the frame on a two-run double from Willi Castro and then a Robson single that brought home Castro with the eventual game winner. Bryan Garcia allowed two more runs in the eighth, but the Hens came right back with two of their own again to get Jose Cisnero some margin as he earned his seventh save.
W. Castro: 3-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, SO
Jones: 2-4, R, RBI, BB, SO
Rogers: 1-3, 2B, R, BB
VerHagen: 6.1 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 9 H, 2 BB, 7 SO
Coming Up Next: Tyler Alexander (4-9, 5.72 ERA) gets the ball on Friday night as the Hens welcome in the Syracuse Mets.
Erie SeaWolves 3, Richmond Flying Squirrels 0 (box)
Spenser Watkins pitched the game of his young career on Thursday night. The right-hander carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning despite a 40 minute rain delay. He got a lineout and then a pop-up before Ryder Jones finally broke up the no-no with a hot grounder through the left side for a double. With Watkins at 105 pitches, manager Mike Rabelo got him out of there to a nice round of applause from the Richmond fans, and Drew Carlton came on to get the final out. Watkins allowed three walks and recorded eight strikeouts.
The SeaWolves gave him a one-run lead to work with in the top of the first inning. Derek Hill led off with a double, and moved to third on a Jose Azocar bunt. Frank Schwindel plated Hill with a sacrifice fly. Josh Lester added a solo shot in the sixth, and they pushed across another run in the seventh for good measure.
Hill: 2-4, 2B, R, BB, SO
Lester: 2-4, HR, R, RBI, SO
Watkins (W, 3-1): 8.2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 3 BB, 8 SO
Coming Up Next: Tarik Skubal (0-1, 0.90 ERA) was pushed back after originally being scheduled to pitch on Thursday. He’s now slated to take on the Flying Squirrels on Friday night.
The Flying Tigers erupted for five runs in the top of the 10th inning to blow away the Blue Jays after a hard fought contest on Thursday night. Jesus Rodriguez gave the Flygers a decent start despite getting precious few whiffs, allowing three runs, two earned, in 5 1⁄3 innings of work. His offense tied the game at two apiece in the third on an RBI single from Brady Policelli followed by an RBI double from Chad Sedio. They took the lead with two more in the fifth and one in the eighth, but Rodriguez and the bullpen allowed the Blue Jays to come back and send it to extra innings. RBI hits from Brock Deatherage, Cole Peterson, and Nick Ames were the keys to the 10th inning rally that carried them to victory.
Policelli: 2-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB, SO
Deatherage: 2-5, R, RBI, BB, 2 SO
Rosa: 3-4, 2 R, RBI, BB
Rodriguez: 5.1 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 2 SO
Coming Up Next: The Flying Tigers head home to welcome in the Daytona Tortugas on Friday night at 6:30pm ET.
West Michigan Whitecaps 13, Beloit Snappers 7 (box)
A good start by Robbie Welhaf went badly sideways at the end, but it mattered little as the Whitecaps’ offense brought the pain to Snappers’ pitching all night long. Bryant Packard went off for the second night in a row, mashing a three-run shot to center field in the third inning to get the party started. They scored single runs in each of the next four innings, with solo shots in the sixth and seventh from Jack Kenley and Rey Rivera. The Snappers had a big inning of their own in the sixth, scoring five runs, but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Mud Hens batted around in the top of the ninth and Kenley came back for his second home run of the game.
Kenley: 3-5, 2 HR, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI, SO
Packard: 2-2, HR, 2B, R, 3 RBI
Rivera: 2-3, HR, 2 R, RBI, SO
Welhaf (W, 3-4): 5.1 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: Chance Kirby (3-5, 4.44 ERA) gets the ball on Friday night at 7:30pm ET as the ‘Caps look to make it three in a row.
Aberdeen IronBirds 4, Connecticut Tigers 3 (Gm 1)(box)
When this game started on Wednesday, Jack Kenley and Bryant Packard were still in the Tigers lineup, making for a peculiar comparison of box scores. After play was suspended with the score tied at three, the game resumed on Thursday night, and unfortunately the IronBirds walked off against reliever Raul De Los Reyes.
Kenley: 1-2, 3B, 2 RBI, SO
King: 2-4, 2B, R, RBI
O’Loughlin: 4.2 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, BB, 3 SO
Connecticut Tigers 3, Aberdeen IronBirds 2 (Gm2)(F/7)(box)
Starter Kyle Thomas allowed two runs in four innings of work in the nightcap, but the offense picked him up. The Tigers loaded the bases with one-out in the fourth, and pushed across three runs with the help of some suspect defense from the IronBirds. Hector Martinez grounded into a routine out, but IronBirds’ shortstop Clay Fisher threw it away, allowing two runs to score. After Eric De La Rosa was hit by a pitch, Jose King plated the final run on a groundout. Jake Baker and converted infielder Zac Shepherd took it to the house with Shepherd earning the save.
Holton: 1-2, R, 2 BB
King: 0-2, RBI, 2 BB, SO, SB
Greene: 0-2, 2 BB, SO
Thomas: 4.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: The Tigers and IronBirds will play a doubleheader on Friday night with first pitch set for 5:05pm ET.