Louisville Bats 3, Toledo Mud Hens 1 (box)
The bats were quiet as the Hens wasted a decent outing from Edwin Jackson. Jackson wasn’t very impressive of course, and only managed one strikeout on the night. He did pick off a runner and first and got a pair of double play balls to snuff Bats rallies. Ultimately he allowed two earned runs, while Victor Alcantara allowed a run in his return to duty. Jacob Robson’s RBI single in the sixth inning was the only sign of life from the offense.
Lugo: 2-4, SO
Robson: 1-3, RBI, BB, SO
Jackson (L, 1-2): 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, SO
Coming Up Next: Tim Adleman (4-4, 3.46 ERA) gets the ball on Saturday night in Louisville.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 7, Erie SeaWolves 5 (box)
Alex Faedo looked to be in cruise control until melting down in a lengthy and painful fourth inning. Faedo allowed four runs and was getting into deep counts and still getting hit hard with only one out when he was lifted for Wladimir Pinto. Overall, Faedo wasn’t missing badly but he had a hard time keeping the fastball down, and he and catcher Joey Morgan didn’t seem to be on the same page, with several conversations both by word and by body language occurring during the inning. Pinto quieted things in the fourth with four runs in, but allowed a run of his own in the fifth. The SeaWolves fought back but Ethan DeCaster allowed two runs in the top of the ninth to lose it.
Derek Hill had things off on the right foot, mashing his 13th home run of the season to lead off the bottom of the first inning. Isaac Paredes followed with a double and eventually rode home on a Cam Gibson two-out double. Paredes came back in the second to single home Joey Morgan, and the SeaWolves had a quick three-run lead. After Faedo blew the lead they were down 5-3 when Kody Eaves cracked a two-run shot to right field in the eighth to tie things up. The energy was short-lived as DeCaster struggled and lost the tie, and the SeaWolves went quietly in the ninth.
Paredes: 3-3, 2B, R, RBI, BB
Hill: 2-4, HR, R, RBI
Faedo: 3.1 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 6 SO
Coming Up Next: Mr. Matt Manning (8-4, 2.63 ERA) gets the ball on Saturday night in Erie as the Fisher Cats stay in town.
Another rainy day in Florida. No surprise. The Flying Tigers and Miracle did get through five innings and made this one official on Friday. Garrett Hill allowed two unearned runs in the first, courtesy of a Cole Peterson error, as the Miracle got out to a 2-0 lead. He then settled in to punch out seven and hold them scoreless for four innings. The Flying Tigers scored got one back in the first on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Kody Clemens that scored Brock Deatherage. In the second, Chad Sedio picked up an infield RBI single and then a Kody Clemens groundout scored Deatherage again for the final margin.
Sedio: 1-1, RBI, 2 BB
Hill (W, 4-4): 5.0 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 H, BB, 7 SO
Coming Up Next: Spencer Watkins (9-3, 4.81 ERA) is getting pushed in the wrong direction by the pitching in the upper minors. He takes on Blayne Enlow at 6:00pm ET on Saturday.
Gio Arriera had the power stuff under a little better control today, but the offense couldn’t get much going as they fell to the Cubs of South Bend. Arriera spun 5 2⁄3 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and three walks, punching out four. A Daniel Reyes double scored Andre Lipcius in the second inning to give Arriera a bit of a lead to work with. Unfortunately, Drew Crosby allowed the tying run in relief, and both bullpens did good work to push this one all the way to 11 innings, where Sandel De La Cruz finally allowed the walkoff run to the Cubs.
W. Perez: 2-4
Reyes: 1-4, 2B, RBI, SO
Arriera: 5.2 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 4 SO
Coming Up Next: Adam Wolf (3-9, 6.55 ERA) returns to the mound on Saturday at 7:05pm ET as the Whitecaps move to Fort Wayne to battle the TinCaps.
Batavia Muckdogs 6, Connecticut Tigers 5 (box)
Kingston Liniak had a huge day at the plate to power the Tigers’ offense but the bullpen blew a late lead to lose on Friday. Liniak posted three hits, including a triple and a double in the contest, picking up a pair of RBIs as well. Starter Marco Jimenez struggled, allowing four runs in five innings of work before the offense came roaring back. Liniak’s two-RBI double in the fifth got the Tigers going, and they came back with three more in the sixth to take the lead. Hector Martinez had a big day of his own and came through with a two-RBI double to tie the game. He then raced home on an Eric De La Rosa double to give the Tigers a one run lead. Unfortunately, Maddux Conger allowed two runs in relief, and no more offense was forthcoming.
Liniak: 3-5, 3B, 2B, 2 RBI, SO
Martinez: 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI
Alfonzo: 1-3, R, 2 BB
Jimenez: 5.0 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 2 SO
Coming Up Next: The Tigers and Muckdogs meets up again at 7:05pm ET on Saturday. No starters are yet announced.