AAA Toledo Mud Hens – NORFOLK 5, TOLEOD 3
56-43, 1st in West division
Norfolk edged Toledo 5-3, Thursday night to even the four game series at two games a piece. Jordan Tata (3-3) earned the loss after allowing five hits and four earned across five and one thirds innings pitched. Kevin Hooper and Erick Almonte each had multi-hit games for the 'Hens and both added an RBI. Chris Shelton added a hit, run and an RBI as did Chris Maples. Ron Chiavacci will start for the 'Hens against Richmond on Friday.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves – BOWIE 3, ERIE 1
53-43, 2nd in Southern division
Matt Joyce scored the SeaWolves only run as they fell 3-1 to the Bowie Baysox. Joyce was 1-for-3 with a triple in addition to scoring the only run on a wild pitch. Clete Thomas also had a triple and was 1-for-5. Five other SeaWolves had singles in the game. Starting pitcher Andrew Kown pitched well but fell to 3-6 on the season. Kown allowed only five hits, three runs and two walks while striking out six in six innings of work. Anthony Tomey pitched the final two innings and allowed only one hit and struck out three. The 'Wolves will try to rebound against Bowie on Friday at 7:05 p.m. Dallas Trahern (10-5, 3.76 ERA) will take the mound for Erie against Oscar Alvarez (6-4, 5.10 ERA).
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – GM1: TAMPA 4, LAKELAND 2
GM2: LAKELAND 1, TAMPA 0
12-13, 6th in West division
The Flying Tigers picked up a win in pitcher's duel, topping Tampa 1-0. Burke Badenhop went the distance in the shortened game (they first finished a suspended game from June), pitching a complete shutout for Lakeland. Badenhop gave up just three hits and two walks while striking out four. The Lakeland offense had eight hits but was able to manage just one run. Fortunately, because of the excellent showing from Badenhop, that one run was enough to get Lakeland a win. Jeff Kunkel got the lone run, scoring on a fielding error from third. Lakeland and Tampa square off again on Friday at 7:00pm.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 4, KANE CTY. 1
18-8, 1st in Eastern division
A four run third inning was more than enough for West Michigan Thursday as a solid outing from Lauren Gagnier led the Whitecaps to a 4-1 victory over Kane County. Gagnier went 6 1/3 innings, allowing only one earned run on four hits and three walks with four strikeouts. His only run allowed came while facing a bases loaded, no out jam in the fifth. Gagnier got Samuel Hernandez to ground into a double play, scoring the run, followed by a fly out to end the inning. Four straight West Michigan singles in the third brought in their first two runs and a one out single from Ryan Strieby brought in two more before Strieby was thrown out a third trying to advance on a pitcher's throwing error. Brennan Boesch extended his hitting streak to 10 games with an RBI single. West Michigan will look to take the series Friday as Matt O'Brien takes the hill for the 'Caps at 7:00 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent
SS-A Oneonta Tigers – ONEONTA 5, JAMESTOWN 3
16-13, 2nd in Stedler division
Oneonta got a pair of long balls to lead them over Jamestown 5-3 on Thursday. Mark Brackman got his first win as an O-Tiger, pitching six shutout innings, giving up just two hits and two walks. Cory Middleton and Devin Thomas each reached the seats, Thomas bringing home two other runners on his. Chris Carlson also went 2-for-4 with a run scored. After wrapping up a successful homestand, Oneonta hits the road for a three game series at Mahooning Valley starting Friday at 7:05pm.
R GCL Tigers – TIGERS 4, BRAVES 3
15-11, 2nd in North division
The GCL Tigers edged the Braves on Thursday, scoring more runs than they had hits en route to a 4-3 victory. Dario Carvajal turned in a quality start, giving up three runs in 6 2/3 innings, but walked away with a no decision. That's because after trailing for the first eight innings, the Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the lead back via a Haydon Parrott two run home run. Shawn Roof also had a hit and an RBI. The Tigers and Braves square off again at noon on Friday.
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