Drew VerHagen was a little shaky early in this one, but his defense did him no favors. Only one of the four runs he surrendered in the second inning was earned. From that point he retired seven straight Indians to give the Mud Hens four innings. Indians pitching was worse, as the Mud Hens rode a 12 hit attack and six free passes to fight back and eventually seize control of the game. Blaine Hardy allowed a run, but picked the win with Angel Nesbitt locking down the late innings. Left fielder David Lough and shortstop Brendan Ryan combined for five hits, while Juan Perez cleaned the bases, racking up five RBI.
VerHagen: 4.0 IP, ER, 4 R, 3 H, BB, 4 SO
Hardy: (W, 1-0) 1.2 IP, ER, H, 2 SO
Perez: 3-4, 2 R, 5 RBI, 3B, BB, SO
Coming Up Next: The Mud Hens head to Louisville for three. William Cuevas will get the start, taking on Tim Adleman of the Bats. First pitch scheduled for 6:35 pm ET.
Erie SeaWolves 10, Trenton Thunder 9 (box)
The first game of Sunday’s doubleheader was an absolute slugfest, with the two teams combing for seven home runs. The Tigers’ No. 2 prospect, outfielder Christin Stewart, stole the show by clubbing a pair of his own in consecutive at-bats. He would add a third in the nightcap for a three home run day.
#Tigers Christin Stewart in today's double-header for Double-A Erie: 3-for-7, 3 R, 4 RBI, 3 HR.— Emily Waldon (@emilywaldon2080) April 10, 2017
Jason Krizan added a solo shot of his own, and Mike Gerber added a clutch two-run double of his own as the SeaWolves outfield picked up the pitching staff.
Stewart: 2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 HR, 2 BB, SO
Krizan: 2-5, R, RBI, HR, BB, SO
Zagurski: (W, 1-0) 2.0 IP, H, BB, 2 SO
Erie SeaWolves 5, Trenton Thunder 4 (box)
Christin Stewart was the star of this one as he crushed his third home run of the day in the second of a Sunday doubleheader. The sixth-inning shot proved the margin in the seven-inning contest. Catcher Grayson Greiner drove in a pair of runs to keep the SeaWolves close enough to pull this one out late. Starter Josh Turley was roughed up in his first outing of the season. However, the SeaWolves bullpen was up to the task. Sean Donatello spun two scoreless innings for the win, with Jeff Ferrell picking up his first save.
Stewart: 1-3, R, RBI, HR, SO
Greiner: 1-3, 2 RBI, SO
Turley: 4 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, HR, 3 BB, 2 SO
Donatello: (W, 1-1) 2 IP, H, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: The SeaWolves haven’t announced a starter for Monday’s contest. Tanner Scott of the Bowie Baysox, takes the ball for the visitors as the two teams kick off a three game set.
Sandy Baez, Zac Reininger and Santiago Garrido were all roughed up by the Yankees’ offensive attack on Sunday. Garrido, in particular, crumbled, giving up four earned runs and recording just four outs. The Flying Tigers’ offense had a solid day at the plate, with center fielder Jose Azocar and catcher Austin Green each going deep.
Baez: (L, 0-1) 4.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, HR, 2 BB, 3 SO
Garrido: 1.1 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, HR, BB, SO
Jose Azocar: 1-5, R, RBI, HR, SO
Austin Green: 2-4, R, RBI, HR
Coming Up Next: Matt Hall will start for the Flying Tigers on Monday, taking on Alberto Tirado of the Clearwater Threshers. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 pm ET from Joker Marchant Stadium.
Anthony Castro was knocked around, surrendering three earned runs on four hits, striking out five. Trent Szkutnik couldn’t do any better in relief. Meanwhile, Manuel Rondon of the Cubs dominated the Whitecaps, striking out seven batters and giving up one run.
Castro: (L, 0-1) 4.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, BB, 5 SO
Szkutnik: 4.0 IP, 3 ER, 7 H
Coming Up Next: Left-hander Austin Sodders takes the ball for the Whitecaps as they travel to Dayton to take Andrew Jordan and the Dayton Dragons at 7:00 pm ET.