Columbus Clippers 10, Toledo Mud Hens 2 (box)
Jordan Zimmermann was rocked for seven runs in 4 2⁄3 innings with the Mud Hens on Monday. While only two of Zimmermann’s runs were earned, he allowed two home runs and six hits on 76 pitches. Zimmermann told reporters after the game that he felt ready to return to Detroit. Meanwhile, the Toledo offense managed 10 hits but could only put two runs on the board. Chad Huffman drove in both runs with a single in the eighth, well after Columbus was up 10-0. Joe Jimenez was one of six Toledo relievers to pitch; he worked around a leadoff single in a scoreless frame.
McGehee: 2-3, SB
Huffman: 1-4, 2 RBI
Zimmermann (L): 4.2 IP, 6 H, 7 R (2 ER), 3 SO
Coming up next: The Mud Hens season is over, but not everyone is going home. Steven Moya and Casey McGehee will be called up to Detroit on Tuesday, along with Zimmermann and Matt Boyd (presumably).
Erie SeaWolves 10, Binghamton Mets 8 (F/13) (box)
Christin Stewart hit a two-run homer in the top of the 13th to break an 8-8 tie and hand the SeaWolves a big win in their final game of the season. The SeaWolves jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the top of the second inning, which included an RBI double from Stewart. Starter Artie Lewicki left with the lead after six innings, though he allowed five runs (four earned) on nine hits. The Erie bullpen was unable to hold the lead, though. Closer Paul Voelker allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game, marking his fourth blown save of the year. Anthony Gose went 3-for-6 with a home run.
Gose: 3-6, HR, R, 4 RBI, 2 SO
Stewart: 2-6, 2B, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, SO
Nunez: 2-6, 2B, R
Lewicki: 6.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R (4 ER), BB 3 SO
Coming up next: The SeaWolves’ season is over. They finished with a 62-79 record, tied for fourth place in the Eastern League’s Western Division.
Great Lakes Loons 5, West Michigan Whitecaps 1 (box)
The Whitecaps held a 1-0 lead for most of the game, but a disastrous five-run inning from their bullpen handed the Loons a win on the last day of the season. Whitecaps starter Sandy Baez was sharp, striking out seven while allowing just one hit in six innings. Recent draftees Bryan Garcia and Mark Ecker were not; they combined to allow the five runs in the eighth, with Garcia taking the loss. Offensively, the Whitecaps managed just four hits. Will Allen had two of those four hits, and Franklin Navarro provided their only offense with a solo home run.
Allen: 2-4, 2B
Navarro: 1-3, HR, R, RBI
Baez: 6.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO
Garcia (L): 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, SO
Coming up next: The Whitecaps are off on Tuesday, but will set out to defend their Midwest League title in a postseason series with the South Bend Cubs on Wednesday. The best of three series will begin at Fifth Third Ballpark, then shift to South Bend for the final two games on Thursday and Friday.
Connecticut Tigers 10, Tri-City ValleyCats 1 (box)
The Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, then added seven (!) more runs in the fifth. They did all of this without a home run, but Josh Lester drove in four runs on a pair of doubles. Tanner Donnels drove in a pair of runs as well, while Sam Machonis and Hunter Swilling each had multi-hit games. Locke St. John ended the season on a high note, striking out seven in six shutout innings. Tri-City’s lone run came in the top of the ninth off reliever Evan Hill.
Lester: 2-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI, SO
Machonis: 2-4, R, RBI, SO
Swilling: 2-5, R, SO
Donnels: 1-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, SO
St. John (W): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, BB, 7 SO
Coming up next: The Tigers’ season is over. They finished the year with a 41-35 record, second in the New York-Penn League’s Stedler Division. They were 3 1⁄2 games behind the Staten Island Yankees for the league’s lone wild card spot.