July 1st Games
AAA Toledo Mud Hens - Toledo 3, Columbus 1
33-50, 4th in West Division
The Mud Hens topped Columbus 3-1 on Friday night behind a strong start from Duane Below. Below tossed seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Chance Ruffin in his Triple-A debut then tossed two innings, giving up one unearned run but picking up the save. Scott Thorman went 3-for-4 with a double and a pair of runs driven in for the club, while Jeff Salazar added a hit and an RBI.
AA Erie Seawolves - Erie 11, Akron 9
41-39, 3rd in Western Division
The SeaWolves pulled out a high scoring affair on Friday, topping Akron 11-9. Brooks Brown yielded plenty of runs in his start, but most came unearned. Brown went 4 2/3 innings, giving up eight runs but just three earned with three walks and three strikeouts. Jared Gayhart allowed one run in 2 1/3 innings, while Austin Wood got the win for tossing two shutout innings. Rawley Bishop led the charge at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double and driving in three runs. Brandon Douglas mirrored that line, also going 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI. Jeff Kunkel added two hits and drove in two runs, and Francisco Martinez and Bryan Pounds each had two hits and scored twice.
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – Dunedin 6, Lakeland 0
3-4, 5th in North Division
Lakeland was shut out by Dunedin on Friday, 6-0. Cole Nelson took the loss and wasn't able to make it out of the first inning, giving up five runs (four earned) on four hits while recording only two outs. Shawn Teufel, Matt Little and Nate Newman combined to allow just one run over the 7 1/3 innings that they pitched, but the Flying Tigers' offense wasn't able to get much going to get them back into the game. The team managed just three hits, with doubles from Wade Gaynor and Brent Wyatt.
A West Michigan Whitecaps - GM1: West Michigan 4, Fort Wayne 3
GM2: West Michigan 16, Fort Wayne 11
5-3, t-1st in Eastern division
The 'Caps picked up a pair of wins on Friday, completing the comeback victory of their game from Thursday, and then winning the second game 16-11. The first game was set up for an easy win for the club, with the score tied in the bottom of the ninth and runners at the corners with one out and Steven Moya at the plate. With the game picking up like that after being suspended, Moya ended things quickly with a single to right field that scored Nick Castellanos for the win. Castellanos went 2-for-5 with an RBI while Rob Brantly added a solo home run. Josue Carreno had gotten the start, giving up one unearned run on two hits in six innings, while Antonio Cruz got the win in relief. In the second game, neither team could keep the other off the scoreboard, the Whitecaps were just able to score a bit more. Brian Flynn got the start, giving up four runs in four innings. Michael Torrealba got the win in relief but allowed three runs in two innings. Logan Hoch allowed four more runs in his 1 1/3 innings, but Ramon Lebron and Bruce Rondon combined to close things out without allowing another run over the final 1 2/3 innings. Seven Whitecaps had multi-hit games, while all nine in the lineup had an RBI. Castellanos had two hits including a double and drove in four runs, Luis Castillo added three hits including a double and drove in two, and Hernan Perez had two hits, scored twice and drove in two.
SS-A Connecticut Tigers - Connecticut 6, Vermont 5
6-7, 3rd in Stedler Division
The CT-Tigers got a win back on Friday as they topped Vermont 6-5. Matt Crouse got the start and earned the win, tossing 5 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball. Melvin Mercedes allowed three runs in two innings, while Pedro Perez gave up two more runs, both unearned. Daniel Bennett pitched a perfect ninth for his second save. Jason King had two hits with a triple, scored twice and drove in two runs. P.J. Polk and Dean Green also each added two hits and drove in a run.
R GCL Tigers - Postponed: Rain
4-6, t-4th in North Division
R DSL Tigers - Braves 9, Tigers 7
9-19, 3rd in DSL SPM Division
R VSL Tigers - Rays 8, Tigers 7
13-26, 6th in VSL
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