AAA Toledo Mud Hens – DURHAM 9, TOLEDO 3
68-51, 1st in West division
Durham defeated Toledo 9-3 Thursday night and Virgil Vasquez got shelled. Again. The right-hander allowed eleven hits and four earned runs, including two home runs in five innings of work. Dane Sardinha led the offense with two RBI and Brent Clevlen had two hits. Timo Perez had a hit and an RBI for the 'Hens who face Durham on Friday at 7 p.m. with Ron Chiavacci scheduled to start.
- Jon Gunnells, Toledo Correspondent
AA Erie SeaWolves – CCLD: RAIN
65-49, 2nd in Southern division
The scheduled game between the Erie SeaWolves and New Britain Rock Cats was cancelled due to rain. The game will not be made up. The 'Wolves return to action on Friday at 7:05 p.m. against the Connecticut Defenders. Jon Connolly (6-5, 4.45 ERA) is scheduled to start for Erie and Connecticut has not named a starter.
- David Oleksy, Erie Correspondent
A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers – LAKELAND 6, VERO BEACH 1
19-25, 6th in West division
The Flying Tigers took an early lead against the Vero Beach Devil Rays Thursday night, but more noticeable was the potential no-hitter that was unfolding. Starting pitcher Angel Castro pitched eight hitless innings before he was replaced by Derek Witt, much to the dismay of the crowd. Witt gave up two hits and one run in the ninth, spoiling the milestone but still maintaining the lead for the win. On the offensive side, Dusty Ryan batted 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Also, Danny Worth batted 1-for-2 on the night with a triple and two walks. The final score for the night was 6-1. The two teams will meet again Friday night at 7:00 PM. Starting pitchers have yet to be announced.
- Kyle Yerkes, Lakeland Correspondent
A West Mich. Whitecaps – W. MICH. 7, CLINTON 3
30-16, 1st in Eastern division
A four-run seventh inning led to a 7-3 victory for West Michigan over Clinton Thursday. With the score tied 1-1 in the seventh, Michael Bertram hit a two-run home run, his first of the season. With two outs in the same inning, Joseph Tucker doubled and scored on a Gorkys Hernandez single, who then scored on a James Skelton double. Skelton also hit a two-run double in the ninth, and Tucker smashed his first professional home run in the first. Duane Below (10-5, 3.44 ERA) got the win, allowing only one earned run over 6 1/3 innings on five hits and three walks with nine strike outs. The series concludes Friday, with the Whitecaps' Lauren Gagnier scheduled to start against Zach Phillips at 8:00 p.m.
- Mike Itchue, West Michigan Correspondent
SS-A Oneonta Tigers – AUBURN 8, ONEONTA 2
29-21, 2nd in Stedler division
Oneonta only managed three hits all night, as they fell to the Auburn Doubledays by the score of 8-2. Auburn roughed up Tiger starter Sandy Vasquez (3-5, 5.71), as he allowed six runs in three and two thirds innings to record the loss. By the time the Tigers got to the plate in the sixth inning they already faced a 6-0 deficit. Oneonta cut the lead in sixth as Cory Middleton doubled home Casper Wells for the first Tiger run. After Ryan Seawell walked to load the bases, Doubleday pitcher Drew Taylor walked Angel Flores for the second Tiger run. Auburn added two insurance runs in the eighth to make the final score 8-2. Ron Bourquin, Wells and Middleton recorded the lone Tiger hits, while Collin Mahoney (2-1, 4.84) pitched three and two thirds scoreless innings. The Tigers travel back to Oneonta to begin a three game series with Williamsport, first pitch is at 7:00 p.m.
- Cash Kruth, Staff Writer
R GCL Tigers – INDIANS 7, TIGERS 0
20-24, 5th in North division
The GCL Tigers were shut out by the Indians on Thursday, falling 7-0 while the Tiger defense let the pitching staff down. Luke Putkonen took his first loss as a pro but pitched well, giving up a run on two hits in five innings of work. Brandon Johnson then came on in relief, and was the victim of some poor defense, as he allowed six unearned runs in his three innings of work. Mark McBratney had three hits at the plate, but the rest of the team managed just two as they couldn't get a run across the plate. The Tigers will try and straighten things out when they return home to host the Indians at noon on Friday.
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