The Mud Hens beat the Indians early Tuesday afternoon thanks to a four-run third inning. Chad Huffman hit a three-run home run in the frame, while Jordany Valdespin and Miguel Gonzalez each ended the day with three hits. Making his first minor league start of the year was Buck Farmer, who allowed one run on four hits over three innings. Farmer only threw 61 pitches, as he is transitioning back to the rotation from his time in the bullpen with the Tigers.
Huffman: 2-5, HR, R, 3 RBI, SO
Valdespin: 3-4, 2B, R, RBI, SO
Gonzalez: 3-3, R, BB
Farmer: 3.0 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, SO
Weber (W): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 SO
Coming up next: Daniel Norris (0-0, 4.50 ERA in High-A) will make his third minor league start this season -- but first with Toledo -- against the Indians’ Chad Kuhl (0-0, 3.68 ERA) on Wednesday afternoon.
Bowie Baysox 6, Erie SeaWolves 2 (box)
The SeaWolves started off the game on the right foot, scoring runs in each of the first two innings. Dean Green hit a two-out double to put Erie on the board, and Connor Harrell hit his first home run of the season in the second inning. However, the Baysox tied up the game with two runs against SeaWolves starter Myles Jaye, and later scored three more runs against reliever Lendy Castillo.
Gustavo Nunez: 2-4, R, SO
Green: 2-4, 2B, RBI, SO
Harrell: 1-2, HR, R, RBI, 2 BB
Jaye: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
Castillo (L): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
Coming up next: Tommy Collier (0-2, 20.25 ERA) makes the start for Erie after a two rough outings to open up the year. The Baysox will turn the ball over to Joe Gunkel (0-2, 3.38 ERA) for Wednesday’s matchup.
Lakeland Flying Tigers 9, Bradenton Marauders 2 (box)
The Flying Tigers did their damage early, scoring three runs in the first inning and five runs in the third. Doubles by Joey Pankake and Grayson Greiner highlighted the opening frame, and a one-out A.J. Simcox two-run double helped open up the game in the third inning. Rehabbing Jeff Ferrell threw one scoreless inning during his first appearance with Lakeland, and usual starter Jairo Labourt was excellent over the next five innings, surrendering just two hits and three walks without allowing a run. Labourt has now thrown 12 scoreless innings to begin the season.
Simcox: 2-5, 2B, R, 2 RBI
Pankake: 1-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI, BB, SO
Greiner: 1-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI, BB, SO
Ferrell: 1.0 IP, H, 0 ER, SO
Labourt (W): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO
Coming up next: Lakeland will start A.J. Ladwig (2-0, 0.00 ERA) on Wednesday, who has not allowed an earned run in ten innings this season. He will square off against the Manatees’ Eric Hanhold (0-1, 1.59 ERA).
Lake County Captains 6, West Michigan Whitecaps 3 (box)
The Captains got on the board early, scoring a pair of runs against Whitecaps starter Sandy Baez. The Whitecaps had runners in scoring position in each of the third, fourth, and fifth innings, but could not capitalize until Cam Gibson and Rashad Brown hit back-to-back RBI-singles in the sixth. However, the Captains came right back and plated three runs against West Michigan reliever Trent Szkutnik during the next inning and never looked back.
Brown: 2-5, RBI, SO
Will Allen: 1-4, RBI, BB, SO
Gibson: 2-4, RBI
Baez (L): 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), BB, 5 SO
Coming up next: Jordan Smith (1-0, 3.86 ERA) will make his first start of the year for the Whitecaps on Wednesday. Matt Esparza (1-1, 9.72 ERA) takes the mound for the Captains.