Charlotte Knights 7, Toledo Mud Hens 6 (box)
A refreshing display of offense came to life for Toledo Monday evening, led by Bryan Holaday and Daniel Fields. Holaday went deep and finished the night with a pair of RBI. Coming off a 6-0 victory on Sunday, the Hens looked to build momentum behind lefthander, Kyle Ryan (0-2 4.02 ERA). Ryan allowed six hits and four runs, while walking three and striking out two in roughly six innings of work.
There was no shortage of offense from either dugout with the Hens tallying 13 hits and Charlotte battling into the 10th inning with 11 hits to close the night. Toledo struck first, scoring Daniel Fields on a wild pitch. The race stayed close, tied at five, going into the 10th. A single by Daniel Fields lifted the Hens to a 6-5 lead, but Charlotte closed the door by scoring two at the bottom of the inning. Steven Moya went hitless in five at-bats with four strikeouts. He is now 0 for 12 in three games with the Mud Hens. Toledo moves to 8-9, one and a half games out of first place in the Northern Division.
Holaday: 3-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, BB
Fields: 3-6, 3B, R, RBI, 3 SO
Wilson: 0-4, BB, 3 SO
Moya: 0-5, 4 SO
Ryan: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO
Mercedes (L): 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO
COMING UP NEXT: Toledo returns to face Charlotte Tuesday evening for the second of a three-game road series for the Mud Hens.
Bowie Baysox: 4, Erie Seawolves: 0 (box)
Almost three weeks from the one-year anniversary of the Seawolves' seven-game skid last May, Erie once again finds itself face to face with circumstances all too familiar. To Erie manager Lance Parrish, the recipe to breaking a slump is cut and dried. "One game is usually what it takes," Parrish said, following the loss. "Put together an inning, throw a few hits together and get guys fired up a little bit. Situations like this everyone tries to do a little bit too much."
The Wolves have allowed 32 hits to their opponents in the last three games, though they haven't been able to find the same success in their visits to the plate. Wynton Bernard and Jeff McVaney contributed two of the four Erie hits Monday evening. With his noteworthy 2-0 start to the season, lefthander Josh Turley attempted to close the door on Bowie. Turley threw four strikeouts, scattering eight hits over six innings. Parrish isn't casting the blame on the 24-year-old lefty. "Turley threw well and kept us in the game," Parrish said. "Allowing two runs in six innings, we should be able to do something for him."
Bernard: 1-3, BB
Wells: 2-4, SO
Price: 0-4, 2 SO
Gaynor: 0-4, 2 SO
Turley (L): 6 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 SO
Duran: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, BB, 3 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Seawolves will enter game two of their three-game home stand against Bowie tomorrow. Erie will have right-handed pitcher Derek Hankins (1-2 3.38 ERA) to face off against Bowie righthander Branden Kline (1-1 5.14 ERA).
It was clear that the Lakeland Flying Tigers came ready to play at Joker Marchant Stadium on Monday evening. Ryan Longstretch (1-2 3.95 ERA), a 25-year-old lefthander, produced a strong start for Lakeland. He worked through six innings, striking out five and holding Brevard County to one earned run. Flying Tigers second baseman Javier Betancourt led at the plate posting four hits and an RBI for the night. Despite tallying 13 hits overall, Lakeland succumbed to a rally by Brevard County at the top of the 13th inning, scoring two against Lakeland reliever Montreal Robertson (1-3). The late push by Brevard County handed Lakeland their second consecutive loss, moving them to 7-12 on the year. The Flying Tigers stand at four and a half games out of first place in the Northern Division.
Betancourt: 4-6, RBI
Greiner: 2-5, 2B, BB, 2 K
Powell: 2-6, 2B, RBI, K
Verlander: 0-5, BB
Borchering: 0-4, BB, K
Longstretch: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), BB, 5 SO
Robertson (L): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER)
COMING UP NEXT: Lakeland will wrap their three-game series with Brevard County with a morning game on Tuesday at Joker Marchant Stadium. Lakeland has slated Tommy Collier (2-0, 1.00 ERA) for the start.
Up in West Michigan, the Whitecaps (8-10) were graced with their first day off in almost three weeks. With the return of outfielder Derek Hill and pitcher Joe Jimenez from the 7-day DL, West Michigan looks to snap a three-game skid as they begin a three-game series at home Tuesday evening against the newest Single-A affiliate, the South Bend Cubs.
In September of 2014, the South Bend Silver Hawks wrapped a 17-year affiliation with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Following the conclusion of their Arizona connection, South Bend signed a four-year player development deal with the Chicago Cubs. The Single-A Cubs currently stand at 9-9, currently tied for fourth place in the Eastern Division, a slot above West Michigan.