Dylan Smith and Isaac Pacheco Power Whitecaps to victory

Toledo Clay Chicken 3, St. Paul Saints 2 (f/10) (can)

Ricardo Sanchez gave the hens a strong start in a tight match, and the hens were knocked out after a controversial call cost the match a win in the ninth round.

Sanchez went six runs, only allowing a run in the sixth game before leaving. Only four hits and walks were allowed, and four hits were allowed. The chickens scattered several hits before penetrating twice in the fourth inning. Andre Lipsius came up with a two-round single after Zach Short and Josh Lester led the half with a walk.

The Saints scored against Sanchez in sixth, and tied the game against Luis Castillo, who recently returned from a short stint in the NBA, in the seventh inning. In the ninth inning, Lepsius achieved what should have been a double to score for Josh Lester. Lester was somehow called home on a call that, without the benefit of a slow motion review, looks incredibly awful. Angel De Jesus closed on the Saints at the top of 10th, and Jack Lopez had come in with the 10th exit song to score Lepsius, who started at second base, with the match winner.

Lipsius: 2-4, R, 2B, SO

Davis: 2-3, 2B, BB, SO, CS

Sanchez: 6.0 IP, ER, 4H, BB, 4 SO

next one: RHP Josh Winder (0-0, 3.38 PM) for Saints begins on Saturday at 5:05 PM EST. Hens have not yet announced a start.

Altona Curve 3, Airy Sea Wolves 1 (can)

The offense just wasn’t present in this. However, Bowie Baysox also lost as the two clubs were held at the top of the division all week and could not be separated from each other.

Ty Madden started with this and it wasn’t very effective. It only lasted four rounds, although the two runs that were allowed were not gained. Luis Castillo’s mistake extended the third inning by two margins, penetrating the curve. Madden hit five on the road and looked pretty good since he was upgraded to Double-A.

Meanwhile, the attack only managed three hits on this hit against a very good starting prospect for Quinn Priester in the Pirates system. Gage Workman’s fifth turn was the only real chance they had throughout the game. Michael de la Cruz hit a solo shot in the ninth inning to avoid a shutdown after hitting the curve in the top half of the inning. Andrew Magno and Brendan White were masters of Madden relief.

De la Cruz: 1-4, R, RBI, HR, BB

Madden (L, 2-1): 4.0 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 5 H, BB, 5 SO

next one: The offense test won’t be easier in front of RHP Carmen Mlodzinski (4-8, 4.91 p.m.) on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. EST. SeaWolves hasn’t announced a start yet.

West Michigan Whitecaps 4, Great Lakes Loons 0 (can)

Desperate to win for a second-half class title chance, the attack built a superb early lead and Dylan Smith came with a fine outing to lead the White Caps over the Loons on Friday.

Smith hit two Loons over the course of six innings, going with a pair but hitting six. After some arm fatigue, his performance affected in the summer months, it is good to see him coming to an end. The Tigers pitching plant is still deep, and we are very interested to see Smith’s reaction at Double-A next year after showing so many positive signs in his first professional season.

Offense bet Smith to advance four games to the bottom of the first. Danny Serretti and Jace Jung were with the singles when Jake Holton sorted at Serretti. Isaac Pacheco followed him with this blast to make the score 4-0. The first baseman, Judge Begby, followed him with two strokes, but Austin Murr flew to finish the inning. Bigbie has had my husband and wife totally over the last week and a half since getting out of Lakeland.

Bigbie: 3-4, 2 2B, SO

Pacheco: 1-4, R, 3 RBI, HR, SO

Smith (W, 8-6): 6.0 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 SO

next one: Lake County on Friday beat TinCaps, so Whitecaps stayed behind in the chase with two games remaining in the season. Good weekend to head to Comstock Park to see Jackson Joby (2-0, 0.84 PM) on Saturday at 6:35 PM EST. He will face top prospective Tigers RHP Kendall Williams (3-5, 4.38 ERA).

Jupiter Hammerhead 9, Lakeland Flying Tiger 3 (can)

The Flying Tigers got stuck there until the bulls’ collapse dumped their chances for the late innings.

Jake Miller struggled a bit on his start, allowing four runs in 3.1 innings of action. After Miller allowed two in the first, the Flygers came back with two in the second. Dom Johnson came out with one, and Adenso Reyes doubled. Jose de la Cruz lined up from singles to center, scoring both and tying things in each. Johnson took a fourth with his second home pro career, and the Flying Tigers briefly led 3-2, but that would be a high water mark for them. Miller allowed two on the bottom half and was raised. The Hammerheads have never looked back.

Johnson: 1-3, 2R, RBI, HR, BB, SO

Reese: 2-4, R, 2B, 2 SO

Graham: 2-4, SO

next one: The first pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. EST on Saturday at Jupiter.

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