Toledo 7, Charlotte 8 (White Sox)
Charlotte chipped away at a 5-2 Mud Hens lead from the 5th through the 9th when Charlotte scored the winning run off of Enrique Gonzalez. Thad Weber (RHP) started and allowed 6 ER on 8 hits. Fu Te Ni and Enrique Gonzalez allowed an earned run each. Brendan Wise (RHP) and Matt Hoffman (LHP) combined to throw a scoreless 8th.
While the pitching staff tried their hardest to lose this one, the Mud Hens bats put up some quality numbers. Bryan Pounds (3B) went 3-4 with a walk. Scott Thorman (LF) went 2-5 with 2 homers and 4 RBI. Timo Perez (DH) and Ryan Strieby (1B) each added two hits.
Erie 6, Bowie 12 (Orioles)
Erie led 6-5 heading into the 7th inning. Bowie then tallied 7 runs in the frame to crush the SeaWolves. Casey Crosby (LHP) made it through 5 innings before giving way to the bullpen. Crosby allowed 5 ER on 5 hits. Cory Hamilton (RHP) led the SeaWolves to the slaughter house in the 7th and allowed 5 runs (1 earned) in an inning and a third. Jared Gayhart (RHP) also got roughed around in the 7th: 4 hits, 2 ER in 2/3 IP. Rob Waite (RHP) pitched the last two innings allowing only one base runner on a walk.
5 SeaWolves had 2 or more hits (Douglas, Guez, Ciriaco, Henry, and Roof). Justin Henry (LF) picked up 3 RBI on 3 hits, including 1 double. Michael Bertram (1B) picked up 2 RBI on 1 hit, Shawn Roof (3B) got the other RBI for the ‘Wolves on a 2-3 night with a walk.
Lakeland 9, Tampa 0 (Yankees)
If you are wearing a cap while reading this, it’s time for you to tip it to Jared Wesson. Wesson allowed 2 hits over eight scoreless innings for the Flying Tigers to record the win. Wesson walked 4 and struck out 3. Ryan Robowski (LHP) pitched a perfect 9th to complete the game.
Tony Plagman (DH) went 1-3 with a 2B and a walk. Plagman led the team with 3 RBI. Julio Rodriguez (C) had a spectacular night with the bat: 4-4, 2 R, 2 RBI. Rodriguez is hitting .360 on the year. Finally, Gustavo Nunez (SS) went 0-1 on the night but drew three walks. As I’ve mentioned, I am a big fan of “Moneyball”-esque analysis and view 3 walks as nearly as good as a 3 hit night.
West Michigan 6, Great Lakes 4 (Dodgers)
Josue Carreno (RHP) rebounded from his last performance with a near-quality start. He lasted 6 innings and allowed 4 ER on 7 hits and a walk. He also K’ed 5. Ramon Lebron (RHP) recorded a hold after allowing 1 walk and striking out 4 over 2 IP. Michael Torrealba (RHP) notched the save after allowing 1 hit and striking out 2 in the 9th.
Robert Brantly (C) went 3-4 with a homer and 4 RBI. He leads the Whitecaps with a .362 BA. Brantly has only had one game this year in which he failed to record a hit. For the year he’s hitting .362 with an OBP at .407. Rowland, J. and Nowlin picked up one RBI apiece. Finally, Hernan Perez (SS) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored.