Toledo Mud Hens 5, Scranton Wilkes/Barre Railriders 0 (box)
Drew VerHagen came through with a superb outing on Memorial Day. The right-hander posted his best start of the season, spinning 7 1⁄3 innings of scoreless ball with five strikeouts. Bryan Holaday launched a solo shot in the fifth to open a two-run margin. Michael Almanzar landed the knockout blow, a three-run bomb in the eighth. Daniel Stumpf and Edward Mujica locked this one down in the final 1 2⁄3 frames.
Almanzar: 2-4, R, 3 RBI, HR, SO
VerHagen (W, 3-3): 7.1 IP, 6H, 2 BB, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: Anthony Vasquez (1-1, 6.00 ERA) gets the call Tuesday as the Mud Hens head to Buffalo.
Altoona Curve 3, Erie SeaWolves 2 (box)
Starter Myles Jaye was wild, yet reasonably effective, allowing just two hits over five innings. However, both hits were solo home runs. He left with the game tied at two. Unfortunately the offense was shut down the rest of the way and, in the eighth, reliever Mike Zagurski allowed another home run to take the loss.
Cox: 1-4, R, 2 RBI, HR, 2 SO
Jaye: 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 4 BB, 7 SO
Coming Up Next: Tyler Alexander (2-3, 4.89 ERA) starts on Tuesday as the SeaWolves kick off a three-game road series with the Bowie Baysox.
Dayton Dragons 4, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (box)
Eudis Idrogo finally struggled a bit on Monday. The Whitecaps lefty has been stellar so far, but gave up three runs in this one, two of them earned. Still, he went 6 2⁄3 innings, allowing just seven hits. 3B Josh Lester launched his seventh home run of the year, but despite 12 baserunners, the Whitecaps couldn’t buy another RBI hit.
Lester: 2-4, R, RBI, HR
Idrogo (L, 2-2): 6.2 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: Anthony Gutierrez (4-2, 3.43 ERA) takes the ball on Tuesday for the Whitecaps as they head out on the road.
On Sunday, the West Michigan Whitecaps’ game against the Dayton Dragons took an ugly turn in the sixth inning. Jose Siri of the Dragons stole second base and slid into Whitecaps shortstop, Daniel Pinero. The throw from home pulled Pinero into Siri path, Pinero’s left leg was swept and they came to a stop tangled up together.
It’s not clear in the video, but Pinero appeared to step on Siri’s hand, and as he got up, clearly spiked his ankle. Siri, understandly, took offense, charging Pinero, and a wholesale fracus erupted.
Things got awfully spicy tonight between the Dayton Dragons & the West Michigan Whitecaps. pic.twitter.com/CGTOLPPofK— 120 Sports (@120Sports) May 29, 2017
That was enough, but notice in the background, someone from the Whitecaps side whips a baseball, hitting Dragons pitcher Jesse Stallings. Not cool. None of it. The Whitecaps player was identified as reliever Eduardo Jimenez. While only Pinero and Siri were ejected, you can probably expect a suspension for Pinero, and there has to be one for Jimenez as well.
The Lakeland Flying Tigers were off on Monday. Sandy Baez (0-5, 7.84 ERA) is still looking for his first win of the season. He will start Tuesday, as the Flying Tigers head to Palm Beach to battle the Cardinals.