Rochester Red Birds 7, Toledo Mud Hens 1 (box)
Daniel Norris struggled from the start in this one, re-aggravating the groin strain that initially sent him to the disabled list. Rubez Alaniz took over on short notice and gave up four runs in collecting just four outs. Jairo Labourt looks to be settling in with the Mud Hens after a rough first outing. The big left-hander spun a pair of strong innings, punching out three. Unfortunately, the offense never got anything going. JaCoby Jones stroked an RBI single in the sixth, but that was all the Hens could muster on Sunday.
Jones: 1-4, RBI, SO
Labourt: 2.0 IP, BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: With Drew VerHagen (7-7, 4.90 ERA) added to the bullpen for reasons, the Mud Hens will look elsewhere for a starter on Monday night.
Erie SeaWolves 12, Reading Fighting Phils 8 (box)
Tyler Alexander got clobbered in this one. Victor Alcantara came on to close out the second inning, and things didn’t go much better over his 2 1⁄3 innings of work. The Fighting Phils led 7-0 through four, and all looked lost. The SeaWolves offense then waxed sorely pissed at the situation, exploding for an eight-run fifth inning and pouring it on the rest of the way. The SeaWolves hit six home runs in this offensive outburst. New Tigers’ prospect Dawel Lugo hit a pair, as did Steven Moya. Wade Hinkle smacked a three-run shot in the fifth, and Gabriel Quintana launched his 17th of the season.
Lugo: 2-5, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 HR
Moya: 3-4, 3 R, 3 RBI, 2 HR, BB
Alexander: 1.2 IP, 5 ER, 9 H
Coming Up Next: A.J. Ladwig (7-1, 3.82 ERA) gets the call Monday night for the SeaWolves.
Austin Sodders finally ran into some worthy competition on Sunday. He allowed just two earned runs across six innings, but his usual strikeout totals were absent, as he racked up just three on the night. Jacob Robson doubled twice for the Flying Tigers’ offense, but they were otherwise quiet.
Robson: 2-4, 2 2B
Sodders (L): 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: Spencer Turnbull (4-3, 3.98 ERA) starts for the Flying Tigers on Monday.
West Michigan Whitecaps 6, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 4 (F/13) (box)
It took seven different pitchers to get this one to the 13th inning, where the Whitecaps’ bats finally took over. Jake Shull struggled in relief, allowing a pair of runs in two innings of work. A triple off the bat of Dylan Burdeaux was the key hit in the top of the 13th, scoring Zac Shepherd for the go ahead run. Evan Hill locked up the save for the Whitecaps. Derek Hill had two hits, as did four other Whitecaps, including Cole Bauml, who drove in three runs in this one.
Hill: 2-7, 2 R, SO
Burdeaux: 2-6, R, RBI, 3B, 2 SO
Watkins: 2.0, ER, 3 H, 4 SO
Coming Up Next: Anthony Castro (7-2, 2.19 ERA) gets the ball for the Whitecaps on Monday.
Hudson Valley Renegades 11, Connecticut Tigers 4 (box)
Brad Bass had a decent short start, striking out four in 2 1⁄3 innings. Burris Warner and Carson Lance struggled, each allowing four runs. Reynaldo Rivera had a pair of hits including a double, while Hector Martinez racked up three hits, a run scored and a pair of RBI.
Rivera: 2-5, 2B
Martinez: 3-4, R, 2 RBI
Bass: 2.1 IP, ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 SO
Coming Up Next: Dane Myers (0-1, 3.29 ERA) starts for the Tigers on Monday.