AAA Toledo Mud Hens – TOLEDO 5, CHARLOTTE 4
66-47, 1st in West division
Yorman Bazardo allowed only one run in six and two thirds innings pitched to lead the Mud Hens to another one run victory Thursday night. The 5-4 contest at Fifth Third Field featured a home run by Henry Mateo who went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Preston Larrison earned his fifteenth hold of the season and Aquilino Lopez recorded his twentieth save of the year, but Bazardo was the only pitcher to strike out any batters. Dane Sardinha and David Espinosa each went 2-for-4 and Andres Torres had an RBI triple for the 'Hens. Virgil Vasquez (10-5) will get the start for Toledo against Charlotte's Heath Phillips on Friday.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves – ERIE 13, NEW BRITAIN 3
63-46, t-1st in Southern division
Steve Torrealba drove in three runs and Wilkin Ramirez drove in four as the Erie SeaWolves pounded the New Britain Rock Cats 13-3. Ramirez hit his second home run of the season for the 'Wolves and was 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Steve Torrealba was 2-for-3 and scored three runs. Clete Thomas had a 4-for-5 night and scored three runs for Erie. Kody Kirkland added a solo home run. Starting pitcher Eddie Bonine earned his 12th win of the season pitching six strong innings allowing six hits and three earned runs. Matt Rusch and Danny Zell pitched three scoreless innings in relief. The 'Wolves will be back in action at 7:05 p.m. Friday night against the Connecticut Defenders. Jon Connolly (6-4, 4.23 ERA) will take the mound for Erie against Nick Pereira (6-9, 3.50 ERA).
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – FT. MYERS 9, LAKELAND 5
15-22, 6th in West division
Burke Badenhop struggled mightily from the mound Thursday night, as the Flying Tigers fell to the Ft. Myers Miracle, 9-5. Badenhop pitched 5 and 1/3 innings and surrendered seven runs on nine hits. Lakeland's offense failed to score any runs in the first six innings of the game, but a late offensive push of four runs in the seventh innings made for a closer match. Deik Scram batted 3-for-5 with a triple on the night and Max Leon batted 2-for-3 as well. The two teams will meet again Friday night with a scheduled start of 7:05 PM. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 7, PEORIA 1
26-13, 1st in Eastern division
Jonah Nickerson pitched seven more shutout innings Thursday to bring his scoreless innings streak to 16 1/3 as the Whitecaps defeated Peoria 7-1. Nickerson allowed only three hits and one walk while striking out four, becoming the first West Michigan pitcher to reach 10 wins this season. On the offensive side, James Skelton went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, while Gorkys Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Ryan Stieby belted a two run homer in the first that scored Brennan Boesch, who reached on an RBI double. West Michigan begins a four game home series with the Swing of the Quad Cities Friday at 7:00 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent
SS-A Oneonta Tigers – BROOKLYN 5, ONEONTA 2
24-19, 3rd in Stedler division
The Brooklyn Cyclones came out swinging, scoring four runs in the top of the fourth inning, to post a 5-2 victory over the Oneonta Tigers. Two singles and a walk left the bases loaded for clean up hitter Jason Jacobs, who hit a double to bring home Micah Schilling and Jacob Eigsti for the first runs of the game. A Will Vogl single and a ground ball to the right side off the bat of Brandon Kawal brought home the other two runs of the inning. Oneonta's lone runs came in the bottom of the third thanks to RBI singles by Justin Henry and Christopher Carlson. The Cyclones posted an insurance run in the sixth inning as Raul Reyes tripled and later scored on a wild pitch by Paul Nardozzi (1-1, 3.95). Sean Finefrock (2-3, 4.50) started and took the loss for the Tigers. Ron Bourquin, Kody Kaiser, Jorge Patino and Carlson each had two hits a piece to lead Oneonta. The Tigers and Cyclones face each other again tonight at 7:00 p.m.
- Cash Kruth, Staff Writer
R GCL Tigers – PPD: RAIN
17-19, 4th in North division
The GCL Tigers and GCL Blue Jays were rained out on Thursday afternoon, with no makeup date announced yet. The GCL Tigers will try and get a full game in on Friday with the Blue Jays at noon.
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