Altoona Curve 11, Erie SeaWolves 4 (box)
SeaWolves starter Austin Kubitza (L, 3-5, 5.13 ERA) was mauled in a two-inning outing, surrendering six runs (four earned) to take the loss on Monday night. The Curve pounded out 10 hits total, including four doubles as only Confesor Lara, of all four SeaWolves' pitchers, escaped without surrendering a run. Wynton Bernard continued to swing a hot bat for the SeaWolves, knocking both a single and a double to drive in three runs. SeaWolves SS Curt Powell lashed four singles as well for one of the few bright spots in the contest.
Bernard: 2-5, 2B, R, 3 RBI, SB
Powell: 4-5, R
Kubitza (L): 2.0 IP, 4 ER, 2 SO
Lara: 1.0 IP, H
COMING UP NEXT: Josh Turley 4-4), 3.02) will try to get the SeaWolves back on track as they take on Altoona starter Miguel Sulbaran (3-3, 4.33 ERA) on Tuesday night.
Locke St. John (2-4, 3.57 ERA) had his roughest outing of the season for the Flying Tigers on Monday night. St. John threw five solid innings, giving up two runs, but could not record an out in the sixth as the Miracle opened a 5-1 lead. The Flying Tigers returned fire in the bottom half of the sixth when Dominic Ficociello slammed a two-run shot to tighten things up but the Miracle slammed the door over the final three innings to preserve the victory.
Ficociello: 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR, SO
Greiner: 1-3, 2B, SO
St. John: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, SO, BB
COMING UP NEXT: Kevin Ziomek (4-4, 4.55 ERA) and the Flying Tigers take on the Miracle again tomorrow as they send Mat Batts (0-1, 2.13 ERA) to the mound.
Cedar Rapids Kernels 4, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (box)
Ross Seaton (5-3, 4.44 ERA) was putting together a superb outing through five shut-out innings before it came unraveled in the sixth and seventh, where he surrendered a combined four runs to give up the lead. Michael Gerber smoked a triple and Joey Pankake added an RBI single and scored a run in the fourth, but the Whitecaps managed no offense in the late innings. They had only three hits on the night. The Whitecaps bullpen gave them the opportunity to come back but the Kernels relievers were up to the task, blanking the Whitecaps over the final three innings to preserve the victory.
Pankake: 1-3, R, RBI, BB
Gerber: 1-2, 3B, R
Seaton: 6.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 SO
Ford: 1.0 IP, H, SO
Speier: 1.1 IP, H
COMING UP NEXT: The Whitecaps will be off Tuesday, before travelling to Peoria to take on the Chiefs in a three-game set.
The Toledo Mud Hens were rained out on Monday night. They will play a double-header against the Syracuse Chiefs on Tuesday with game one starting at 5:30 p.m. ET. Mike Belfiore (2-7, 6.59 ERA) will start in game one for the Mud Hens, with Derek Hankins (1-1, 7.00 ERA) getting the ball in game two.