Toledo 0, Charlotte 1 (White Sox)
The Mud Hens wasted a terrific pitching performance from Charlie Furbush (LHP). The young lefty threw 8 innings of 1-hit baseball and allowed only 1 ER but still took the loss. Additionally, he K’ed 8 while walking 2 during a Verlander-esque performance in northern Ohio. On the night, Furbush threw 108 pitches, 75 for strikes in a masterful display of command and elusiveness. It’s a shame the bats didn’t get him a win. Lester Oliveros (RHP) threw a perfect 9th inning of relief.
The entire lineup for the ‘Hens looked anemic; however there was one bright spot. Scott Thorman (RF) went 3-3.
Erie 10, Bowie 2 (Orioles)
The SeaWolves scored in every inning except the 6th and 7th as they led this one wire to wire for the win. LJ Gagnier (RHP) threw 7 innings and posted the following line: 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5K. Garcia and Simons combined to throw 2 innings; Simons gave up an ER in the top half of the 9th on a solo homer.
I hate to single out the negative here but every SeaWolf except for Michael Bertram (1B) recorded a hit in this landslide victory. The nights RBI leader was Francisco Martinez (3B) who picked up 3 RBI and went 2-3 with a homer, a triple, and a walk.
Lakeland 1, Tampa 7 (Yankees)
Victor Larez (RHP) was beat around pretty handily right out of the gate. In a starting role he lasted just 3 2/3 innings and somehow found a way to allow 10 hits and 6 ER. To his credit, an outing this bad has only dropped his record to 3-3 on the year and his ERA remains under 5. Zach Samuels (LHP) allowed one more ER over 2 1/3 IP. Morrison and Pratt combined for two scoreless innings.
Offensively, Wade Gaynor (3B) had the only night worth mentioning: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI.
West Michigan 6, Dayton 4 (Reds)
Kevin Eichhorn (RHP) got the win: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 8 K. Michael Torrealba (RHP) recorded the save after throwing 2/3 of an inning.
Nick Castellanos (3B) went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI. Robert Brantly (C) went 3-4 with a walk and 2 runs scored. In 84 ABs, Brantly is hitting .381.