Pawtucket Red Sox 6, Toledo Mud Hens 5 (box)
Jake Robson and Frank Schwindel each drove in a pair of runs, but it was not enough for Toledo to get by Pawtucket on Saturday evening. Kyle Funkhouser wasn’t very sharp, allowing five runs on nine hits in five innings. He only struck out two batters, walked three, and took 92 pitches to get through his five frames. The Hens were fairly quiet offensively for large stretches of this game; all five of their runs came on home runs, and they went just 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position.
Woodrow: 3-4, R, SO
Robson: 1-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, SO
Schwindel: 1-4, HR, R, 2 RBI
Funkhouser (L): 5.0 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO
From Friday: The Hens beat the Red Sox by a 7-6 score thanks to big days from Ronny Rodriguez and Willi Castro. Tim Adleman struck out 10 in 6 2⁄3 innings. Frank Schwindel also drove in a pair of runs.
Coming up next: The Mud Hens and Red Sox will finish off their series at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday. Toledo is then off on Monday before a six-game East Coast swing.
Erie SeaWolves 3, New Hampshire Fisher Cats 2 (box)
Joey Wentz struck out nine in five solid innings of work, and the SeaWolves took their second in a row over New Hampshire on Saturday. Wentz was somewhat inefficient, needing 87 pitches to get through five, but limited the Fisher Cats to a pair of runs on four hits. Erie needed to come from behind to win this one, but got the job done; Kody Eaves and Chace Numata homered in the sixth and seventh, respectively, to give Erie the lead, and the bullpen shut the door from there. Zac Houston struck out four in three scoreless innings, and Nolan Blackwood worked the ninth for the save.
Eaves: 1-3, HR, R, RBI, BB, SO
Numata: 1-2, HR, R, RBI, 2 BB
Wentz: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 9 SO
From Friday: The SeaWolves downed New Hampshire 4-2 thanks to a brilliant outing from Matt Manning. The big righthander limited the Fisher Cats to just one unearned run on four hits in six innings while striking out 10. Chace Numata and Kody Eaves both drove in runs.
Coming up next: Casey Mize (6-2, 2.65 ERA) will take the ball on Sunday for the SeaWolves as they go for the sweep against New Hampshire.
Lakeland Flying Tigers 3, Florida Fire Frogs 1 (box)
Elvin Rodriguez dominated in this one, holding the Fire Frogs to a single run in 7 1⁄3 innings of work. He struck out five and did not walk a batter, and finished his day after a tidy 90 pitches. Offensively, the Flygers did just enough; Chad Sedio and Jon Rosoff gave them an early lead with RBI singles in the first, and Brock Deatherage added an RBI double in the second. Will Vest recorded the final five outs for the save.
Sedio: 2-4, R, RBI, 2 SO
Hampton: 2-4, 2B, R
Deatherage: 1-4, 2B, RBI, SO
Rodriguez: 7.1 IP, 4 H, ER, 5 SO
From Friday: Paul Richan struggled again, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits in 5 2⁄3 innings. Jason Foley struggled out of the bullpen as well, turning a manageable deficit into an eventual 8-4 win for the Fire Frogs.
Coming up next: Tom de Blok will try to deliver a series win for Lakeland as they finish up their series with the Fire Frogs on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. ET.
Lake County Captains 6, West Michigan Whitecaps 4 (box)
Riley Greene went quiet in this one, going hitless in five at-bats. Parker Meadows and the rest of the Whitecaps lineup weren’t much better, and scored two of their four runs on wild pitches. John Valente did a nice job out of the leadoff spot, recording three of West Michigan’s seven hits. Former infielder Zac Shepherd took the loss after allowing three runs on four hits in 2 1⁄3 innings out of the bullpen.
Valente: 3-5, RBI
Packard: 1-3, 2B, R, 2 BB, 2 SO
Shepherd (L): 2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, BB, 5 SO
From Friday: The Whitecaps dropped their series finale against Bowling Green by a 5-3 score. Adam Wolf struggled, allowing five walks and four runs in three innings. Riley Greene delivered an RBI double, and then scored on a Parker Meadows single, offering fans a glimpse of the future in Detroit.
Coming up next: The Whitecaps will continue their series against Lake County on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Connecticut Tigers 5, Brooklyn Cyclones 2 (box)
The Tigers were able to avoid the series sweep on Saturday thanks to strong games from Nick Quintana and Corey Joyce. The former scored a pair of runs, the latter drove in two, and Connecticut’s bullpen combined for four scoreless innings to deliver the W. Kona Quiggle also added a solo home run, his second of the season.
Quintana: 2-4, 2 R
Joyce: 2-4, 2 RBI, SB
Quiggle: 1-4, HR, R, RBI, SO
Lance (W): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO
From Friday: Connecticut was roughed up in a 12-1 loss in Brooklyn. Jack O’Loughlin allowed two runs in a pair of innings, while Raul de los Reyes and Kory Behenna combined to give up 10 more out of the bullpen.
Coming up next: The Tigers kick off a six-game homestand with a 4:05 p.m. ET tilt against the Tri-City Spinners on Sunday.