Toledo Mud Hens 7, Louisville Bats 2 (box)
Matt Boyd’s second start for the Mud Hens was a solid one. The left-hander tossed six inning of two-run ball to get the victory. Tyler Collins staked Boyd to an early lead with a three-run shot in the first inning. They added two more in the first and the pitching staff did the rest. Jeff Ferrell and Edward Mujica combined for three scoreless innings to wrap this one up.
Collins: 2-4, R, 3 RBI, HR
Jones: 1-3, R, 2 RBI, 2B, BB, SO
Boyd (W, 1-0): 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, HR, BB, SO
Coming Up Next: The Mud Hens are off on Monday. Matt Crouse (1-1, 3.00 ERA) gets the start Tuesday evening as they open up a three-game home series against the Gwinnett Braves.
Portland Sea Dogs 10, Erie SeaWolves 7 (box)
Hopes that Tyler Alexander would be ready to provide some depth to the Tigers’ rotation remain definitively on hold. Alexander ran his ERA over five with a five run, four inning start on Sunday. It took a brilliant relief outing from Ruben Alaniz, who struck out five in two innings, to stop the bleeding. The offense did their part, giving Alexander an early lead with two runs in the third, followed by a three-run fourth that featured a two-run shot from Grayson Greiner. They later scored a go-ahead run in the top of eighth. The bullpen couldn’t hold it. Mike Zagurski and Adam Ravenelle combined to surrendered four runs in the bottom of the eighth as the Sea Dogs rolled to victory.
Stewart: 3-5, RBI, SO
Castro: 2-5, R, 3B, SO
Alexander: 4.0 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 7 H, HR, BB, SO
Coming Up Next: The SeaWolves are idle on Monday. Beau Burrows (1-0, 3.60 ERA) will make his second start since jumping to Double-A ball on Tuesday evening.
The Flying Tigers’ pitching staff was brilliant on Sunday. Starter Kyle Dowdy gave his club 6 1⁄3 scoreless innings on just give hits. Fernando Perez went 1 2⁄3 innings with three strikeouts. Gerson Moreno wrapped up his eighth save, pitching around a walk in the ninth. Mets pitching nearly matched them. The Flying Tigers’ offense managed just a walk and three hits, but a solo shot from Dustin Frailey in the third provided the margin of victory.
Dowdy (W, 4-4): 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: After a rough start to the year in Erie, lefty Josh Turley went to extended spring training to work on his knuckleball. He returns to game action to take on the Clearwater Threshers on Monday night.
West Michigan Whitecaps 9, Dayton Dragons 2 (box)
University of Michigan product Trent Szkutnik got his first start of the year on Sunday, taking on the Whitecaps nemesis, the Dayton Dragons. Szkutnik was excellent. He went 5 2⁄3 innings, allowing just one run to five strikeouts. Meanwhile the Whitecaps’ bats erupted. RF Jacob Robson has been one of the best hitters in the Midwest League this season and he went off again on Sunday, racking up four hits, including a double and two RBI to pace the offense. Shortstop Danny Pinero had a huge game as well, and the Whitecaps just continued to put runs on the board in the late innings.
Pinero: 3-3, 2 R, RBI, 2B, 3B, BB
Salter: 2-5, R, SO
Szkutnik (W, 3-0): 5.2 IP, ER, 4 H, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: Anthony Gutierrez(4-3, 3.42 ERA) takes on Dayton for a mid-day scorcher on Monday.