Scranton Wilkes/Barre RailRiders 7, Toledo Mud Hens 3 (box)
Ryan Carpenter managed seven innings on Sunday afternoon, but they weren’t particularly good ones. Carpenter kept his team in the game and was efficient, but solo runs in the sixth and seventh innings undid an otherwise solid outing. Victor Alcantara allowed a pair of runs in the eighth to put this one out of reach. Chad Huffman launch a two-run shot, while Christen Stewart doubled and walked twice to pace the offense.
Huffman: 1-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, 3 SO
Stewart: 1-2, 2B, R, RBI, 2 BB
Carpenter (L): 7.0 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, BB, 3 SO
Coming up next: Then Hens will play a doubleheader on Monday as they head to Pawtucket to take on the Red Sox. Chandler Shepherd will start for the Red Sox in game one, while Warwick Saupold will start game two for the Hens. Otherwise, the starters are not yet announced.
Erie SeaWolves 7, Binghamton Rumble Ponies 3 (box)
The SeaWolves offense rapped out 15 hits and drew five walks, erupting for a five-run third inning that proved the difference in this one. They batted around in the third, taking advantage of a few miscues, two walks, and four singles to drop a five spot on the Rumble Ponies. They were backed by strong pitching as starter Tyler Alexander spun five scoreless innings. The Tigers’ second round pick in 2015 is off to a nice start after something of a lost 2017 campaign, so he will be worth monitoring. Gerson Moreno and Mark Ecker each leaked runs in relief, but John Schreiber came on in the ninth to slam the door.
Simcox: 3-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI, SB
Rogers: 2-5, R, RBI, SO
Castro: 3-5, R, 2 RBI, SO
Alexander (W, 2-0): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 5 SO
Coming up next: The SeaWolves head to Altoona next for a three game set before returning home over the weekend. Beau Burrows will duel the red hot J.T. Brubaker at 6:00 p.m. ET on Monday night.
Lakeland Flying Tigers 4, Florida Fire Frogs 3 (F/10) (box)
Gregory Soto just didn’t have it on Sunday. As always, he blew away his share of hitters, but he struggled to find the strike zone as well. The hard throwing lefty threw 80 pitches but lasted just 2 2⁄3 innings. He punched out six and walked five, allowing two runs in a long second inning that saw him eventually run out of gas. Trent Szkutnik bridged the gap to Spenser Watkins, who then pounded the strike zone for six innings and let his defense do work, surrendering just one unearned run in the process for the win.
The Flying Tigers’ offense held pace with the Fire Frogs, ringing up a pair of early runs to build an early lead that Soto couldn’t hold. Both teams went quiet until the 10th inning, when, with Andres Sthormes as their extra innings runner on second, a leadoff single by Derek Hill and then walks to Daz Cameron and Chad Sedio pushed a run across home plate. Isaac Paredes struck out three times in this game, but in the key spot, he came through with a one-out sacrifice fly that scored Hill and proved the margin of victory.
Hill: 2-4, R, SB
Pinero: 1-4, 2B, RBI, BB
Soto: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 6 SO
Coming up next: The magic of Bark in the Park returns to Lakeland as the Flying Tigers welcome in the Dunedin Blue Jays. The Jays have yet to announce a starter to oppose Alex Faedo at 6:30 p.m. ET.
West Michigan Whitecaps 2, Great Lakes Loons 1 (box)
Brad Bass is making a nice early impression out in Grand Rapids. The big righthander struck out seven in five scoreless innings of work on Sunday, and the Whitecaps ran their record to 11-3 on the young season. Burris Warner allowed one run, but otherwise the Whitecaps’ bullpen was solid, with Wladimir Pinto collecting his third save. Center fielder Luke Burch did the lifting for the offense, doubling in a pair of runs in the third inning. Second baseman Alexis Garcia had a pair of hits, but otherwise Caps hitters were largely held in check.
Burch: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 SO
Bass (W, 2-0): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO
Pinto (S, 3): 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
Coming up next: Lefty Eudis Idrogo will take on Juan Hillman of the Lake County Captains at 6:30 p.m. ET on Monday night as the two teams begin a four-game series outside Cleveland.