Toledo Mud Hens 10, Louisville Bats 8 (box)
For a brief stretch, Buck Farmer looked like he’d found a whole new gear with the Detroit Tigers this season. Sustainability is always the issue with a minor breakout like that, and unfortunately for Farmer, things have continued to go a bit south since his return to Toledo. He was rocked for five runs in 4 1⁄3 innings on Independence Day, but the Mud Hens’ offense had fireworks to burn. Trailing by one in the fifth, JaCoby Jones crunched his seventh home run for the Hens, a two-run shot to take the lead. Bryan Holaday followed suit with a two-run homer of his own in the sixth, and Efren Navarro added a solo shot in the seventh as the offense poured it on to pull this one out.
Jones: 1-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR, 2 BB
Infante: 3-5, 2 R, 2B
Farmer: 4.1 IP, 5 ER, 6 R, 9 H, BB, 2 SO
Coming Up Next: Anthony Vasquez (3-5, 5.02 ERA) starts against the Bats as the road series continues Wednesday night.
Richmond Flying Squirrels 4, Erie SeaWolves 3 (box)
Beau Burrows got his feet back under him Tuesday after a rocky start to his SeaWolves’ career. He struck out five and walked four, but allowed just a hit and a run across 5 2⁄3 innings of work. Gabriel Quintana supplied most of the offense with a double and a pair of RBI. Unfortunately Jairo Labourt blew just his third lead of the year, giving up a pair of runs in the eighth to tie things up. Adam Ravenelle then walked the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the ninth, and eventually surrendered a walkoff single.
Quintana: 1-4, 2 RBI, 2B
Burrows: 5.2 IP, ER, H, 4 BB, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: Tyler Alexander (4-6, 4.85 ERA) gets the call Wednesday night from Richmond as the series with the Flying Squirrels continues.
Austin Sodders continues to argue for a call-up to Erie. The college lefty has continued to dominate inexperienced hitters since his move to Lakeland a few weeks ago. He struck out six and allowed six hits in keeping the Blue Jays off the board for six innings. Unfortunately, the Blue Jays matched him on the mound, and the game was scoreless until the eighth. Cam Gibson was the only Flyger to do much offensively, driving in his team’s only run and racking up a pair of doubles on the day. Reliever Fernando Perez came apart in the bottom of the eighth as the Blue Jays marched to victory.
Gibson: 2-3, RBI, 2 2B
Sodders: 6.0 IP, 6 H, BB, 6 SO
Coming Up Next: Josh Turley (1-0, 1.38 ERA) starts against the Blue Jays on Wednesday night.
Lansing Lugnuts 10, West Michigan Whitecaps 4 (box)
The Lugnuts roughed up Eudis Idrogo on Tuesday. In Idrogo’s worst outing of the season thus far, he surrendered six runs before departing in the third. Reliever Zac Houston had a bad day as well, giving up three earned in his 2 1⁄3 innings of work. Daniel Pinero homered for the Whitecaps, as he and shortstop Anthony Pereira drove in all four of the the Whitecaps’ runs.
Pinero: 1-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR, 2 BB
Idrogo (L): 2.2 IP, 6 ER, 9 H, 3 BB, 2 SO
Coming Up Next: Anthony Gutierrez (6-4, 3.56 ERA) takes on the Lugnuts on Wednesday night.
Vermont Lake Monsters 5, Connecticut Tigers 4 (box)
Ryan Castellanos surrendered four runs in 4 2⁄3 innings, though only two were earned. Reynaldo Rivera doubled and chipped in an RBI. Hector Martinez walked and added an RBI of his own, while reliever Clate Schmidt struck out four in two innings of quality relief work.
Coming Up Next: Brad Bass (0-1, 6.00 ERA), the Tigers’ seventh round selection in the 2017 draft, takes on the Vermont Lake Monsters on Wednesday.