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Wednesday, May 23
Columbus, Ohio — Edwin Espinal homered and had three hits, driving in two, and Drew VerHagen allowed just two hits over six innings as the Toledo Mud Hens defeated the Columbus Clippers, 4-1, on Wednesday (BOX SCORE).
VerHagen (1-0) allowed one run while striking out eight and walking one to get the win.
Toledo started the scoring in the first inning when Dawel Lugo hit an RBI double and then scored on a single by Jim Adduci.
After Toledo added a run in the fourth on a home run by Espinal, the Clippers cut into the deficit in the fourth inning when Yu Chang hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Lonnie Chisenhall.
The Mud Hens tacked on another run in the sixth when Espinal hit an RBI double, scoring Adduci.
Adam Wilk (1-5) went six innings, allowing four runs and six hits in the International League game. He also struck out four and walked one. Johnny Barbato recorded his second save of the season.
With the win, Toledo improved to 5-2 against Columbus this season.
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Harrisburg, Pa. — Daniel Johnson hit a two-run triple in the fifth inning, leading the Harrisburg Senators to a 5-4 win over the Erie SeaWolves on Wednesday (BOX SCORE).
Derek Self got Dominic Ficociello to fly out with runners on first and third to end the game for his fifth save of the season.
The triple by Johnson, part of a three-run inning, gave the Senators a 3-2 lead before Dan Gamache hit an RBI single later in the inning.
The Senators tacked on another run in the eighth when Austin Davidson hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Gamache.
Erie saw its comeback attempt come up short after Josh Lester hit a two-run single in the ninth inning to cut the Harrisburg lead to 5-4.
Harrisburg right-hander Luis Reyes (4-4) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing two runs on eight hits over six innings. Opposing starter Beau Burrows (5-3) took the loss in the Eastern League game after allowing four runs and four hits over 4.2 innings.
Will Maddox homered, doubled and singled, driving in two runs for the SeaWolves. Danny Woodrow singled twice, scoring two runs.
Harrisburg improved to 4-1 against Erie this season.
Lakeland, Fla. — Daz Cameron hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning, leading the Lakeland Flying Tigers to an 8-4 win over the Palm Beach Cardinals on Wednesday (BOX SCORE).
The home run by Cameron capped a four-run inning and gave the Flying Tigers a 6-4 lead after Anthony Pereira hit a two-run home run earlier in the inning.
The Flying Tigers added to their lead in the eighth when Dylan Burdeaux hit a two-run home run.
Wladimir Pinto (1-0) got the win in relief while Eric Carter (0-1) took the loss in the Florida State League game. Alfred Gutierrez pitched two scoreless innings for his first save of the season.
Single-A West Michigan
Comstock Park, Mich. — Garrett McCain hit a run-scoring single in the sixth inning to give the West Michigan Whitecaps a 2-1 win over the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Wednesday (BOX SCORE).
Jordan Pearce scored on the play after he reached base with a single and advanced to third on an out.
The single by McCain scored Pearce to give the Whitecaps a 2-1 lead.
Clate Schmidt got Robbie Podorsky to ground out with a runner on first to end the game for his third save of the season.
In the bottom of the first, West Michigan grabbed the lead on a sacrifice fly by Colby Bortles that scored Cole Peterson. Fort Wayne answered in the third inning when Podorsky hit an RBI double, bringing home Jalen Washington.
West Michigan right-hander Elvin Rodriguez (3-2) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing one run on just four hits over six innings. Opposing starter Aaron Leasher (2-3) took the tough loss in the Midwest League game after giving up two runs and six hits over six innings.
For the TinCaps, Washington singled twice, also stealing two bases.