Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 2, Toledo Mud Hens 1 (box)
The Mud Hens (43-59) returned to PNC Field on Sunday for the conclusion of their three-game series with the RailRiders (56-47). Righty Thad Weber (6-7, 3.91 ERA) was successful in holding Scranton to a pair of earned runs off six hits, combined with six strikeouts through 6 1/3 innings of work. Manny Pina served as the lone Mud Hen to cross the plate, courtesy of a solo shot in the second inning. Toledo finished the night with a total of three hits in 29 appearances at the plate and, following the long ball from Pina, there was little offensive momentum to be found. Aside from a refreshing performance from Weber, key hits from Scranton's Ben Gamel and Aaron Judge proved to be more than Weber and the Mud Hens could respond to, dropping their third straight contest.
Hessman: 1-4, SO
Pina: 1-3, R, HR, RBI
Weber (L): 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Mud Hens are back at it on Monday as they welcome the Rochester Red Wings to Fifth Third Field for a three-game series.
Erie SeaWolves 10, Richmond Flying Squirrels 1 (box)
Whichever side of the bed that Jeff McVaney decided to roll off of Sunday morning seemed to work in his favor as the SeaWolves (39-61) went to work against Richmond (53-47). Big Austin Kubitza (6-9, 5.83 ERA) toed the rubber for Erie, working five innings and holding the Flying Squirrels to a single run off eight hits. McVaney tried a little bit of everything at the plate with a double and three runs off his three hits. Wynton Bernard and Jason Krizan combined for four runs scored, while James Robbins contributed a double, adding to the 10 hits overall for the SeaWolves. With four scoreless innings produced by the relief staff, the Flying Squirrels had to concede to a split of the four-game contest. With the victory, Kubitza walks away with his sixth win this season with the SeaWolves.
McVaney: 3-3, 3R, 2B, BB
Krizan: 1-3, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB
Thomas: 1-4, R, 3 RBI, BB, SO
Robbins: 2-5, R, 2B, 3 RBI, SO
Kubitza (W): 5.0 IP, 8 H, ER, 2 BB, SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Seawolves hit the road to face the second-place Reading Fightin Phils for the start of their three-game road tour before heading on to face New Britain.
Any time a new face surfaces in West Michigan (51-48), there is bound to be a buzz, but for 9th round selection Trey Teakell (3-0, 0.90 ERA), the buzz is quickly becoming legitimate. The righty out of Texas Christian University received the nod for his first official start in West Michigan as they faced the South Bend Cubs (45-53) on Sunday afternoon at Fifth Third Ballpark. Teakell maneuvered his way through five strong innings, holding South Bend to one run off five hits and striking out three. At the plate for West Michigan, Joey Pankake was electric, clearing the wall with a solo drive in the fourth inning as well as punching a double and adding three RBI to the mix for West Michigan. David Gonzalez and Will Kengor each added a hit and an RBI to join the effort. Adam Ravenelle and Joe Jimenez added the finishing touches in relief and the West Michigan fans were treated to a Whitecaps win, handing Teakell his third victory.
Pankake: 2-3, 2 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI
Kengor: 1-2, RBI, BB, SO
Gonzalez: 1-3, RBI
Teakell (W): 5.0 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
COMING UP NEXT: West Michigan will lay low on Monday for some downtime before jumping back on the road for the long drive to take on Bowling Green in a three-game travel series for the Whitecaps.
Sunday afternoon brought the conclusion of the Tigers' (18-17) three-game series with the Lake Monsters (14-21). Connecticut looked to 22-year-old southpaw Matt Hall (0-0, 3.32 ERA) to guide the way. Hall worked the hill for the Tigers through three innings, allowing one run off three hits while striking out two. Will Allen liked what he saw at the plate, knocking not one, but two doubles for the Tigers. He also decided to go deep just for kicks with a solo home run in the second inning. Joey Havrilak added a double to the mix, combining to the eight hits overall for Connecticut. Chase Edwards (4-3, 4.93 ERA) and Drew Smith (2-0, 0.42 ERA) came in strong once again in relief for Connecticut and right hander Jake Shull (0-1, 1.80 ERA) tied the bow, earning him his fifth save of the season (fourth with Connecticut) in as many opportunities.
Allen: 3-4, 3 R, 2 2B, HR, RBI, SO
Havrilak: 1-4, 2B, RBI, SO
Zeile: 1-4, R, RBI, SO
Edwards (W): 3.0 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 SO
COMING UP NEXT: The Tigers are off from the action on Monday, but return Tuesday to begin a three-game series against Mahoning Valley.
With rain that just won't quit, the Lakeland Flying Tigers have now faced weather related postponements in four of the last five days, including two failed attempts at doubleheaders. With a current 13-game losing streak on their minds, the only silver lining is some much-needed rest late in the season. Lakeland will return to face Fort Myers on Monday with fingers crossed to take part in another doubleheader, scheduled to kick off at 6:05 p.m. EST.