The Mud Hens’ offense did good work on Tuesday, hammering Red Sox pitching early and continuing to build on their lead through the game. Christin Stewart erupted in this one, launching his third home run and racking up four hits on the night. Jason Krizan stayed red hot, scoring three times and racking up three hits and a walk to sustain his .448 batting average in the early going. Chad Bell and Victor Alcantara didn’t miss many bats, but managed seven innings of two-run ball between them. The Hens tacked on insurance runs late and Kevin Comer struck out four in two innings of work to smother any hope of a Red Sox rally.
Stewart: 4-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR, 2B
Krizan: 3-4, 3 R, RBI, BB
Rodriguez: 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B, SO
Bell: ER, H, HR, BB, SO
Coming Up Next: Artie Lewicki will take the mound for the Hens as they wrap up their series in Pawtucket. The Red Sox have yet to announce a starting pitcher.
Erie SeaWolves, Altoona Curve (postponed)
Sandy Baez was scheduled to start for the SeaWolves on Tuesday, but they were washed out. The game will be made up as part of a May 4 doubleheader instead. The two teams were already scheduled to play a 10:30am ET game on Wednesday, but elected not to play two. Presumably Baez will start in that contest as currently scheduled, but Tom Reisenweber of the Erie Times-News, dropped an interesting thought on Twitter.
It would be interesting if Sandy Baez was an extra pitcher sent to Pittsburgh for the #tigers DH tomorrow, because the only way he is available is today's rainout.— Tom Reisenweber (@ETNreisenweber) April 25, 2018
He went on to note that the SeaWolves are less than an hour away from Pittsburgh, and the Tigers could add Baez and keep the SeaWolves’ rotation on schedule, should they choose. It’s an interesting idea, and perhaps Reisenweber knows something he can’t say, but if the Tigers call up a pitcher as expected it will probably still be a Mud Hen. Personally, I say give Baez a shot. He’s 24 already, so there’s little point worrying about starting his clock too soon. A little taste of the big leagues might be good for him. It’d be fun. So probably the Tigers won’t be doing it.
Alex Faedo rolled on Tuesday, carving through hitters like you’d expect from a college ace. He tossed 6 2⁄3 innings, allowing one run on four hits and six strikeouts. Faedo sat in the low 90’s with his fastball and some early concerns about his velocity can probably be put to rest. The Flying Tigers’ offense scratched out a run in the seventh when a Jose Azocar sacrifice fly allowed Anthony Pereira to score from third. Isaac Paredes walked in the eighth and came home on a Cam Gibson triple to score the eventual game winner. Eduardo Jimenez closed out the Jays in the ninth with a pair of strikeouts.
Alex Faedo highlights from 4/24/18 against Dunedin. Love the way he burries the FB into RH. The last sequence to Logan Warmoth was the best. Struck him out on 3 pitches pic.twitter.com/YjiIi4I2dl— Jason Woodell (@JasonAtTheGame) April 25, 2018
Gibson: 2-3, RBI, 3B, BB
Paredes: 1-3, R, BB
Faedo: 6.2 IP, ER, 4 H, 6 SO
Coming Up Next: The Flying Tigers and Blue Jays will play a doubleheader on Wednesday. Austin Sodders will take the ball in the afternoon game for Lakeland. Josh DeGraaf will oppose him for the Jays. Anthony Castro will look to continue his strong start in game two as he duels Patrick Murphy.
West Michigan Whitecaps, Lake County Captains (postponed)
It’s been this kind of a season so far. The Whitecaps and Captains have rescheduled Tuesday’s game into a doubleheader on Wednesday. Garrett King has 16 strikeouts in 11 1⁄3 inning of work so far. He’ll take on Francisco Perez in game one at 5:00pm ET. Starters have yet to be announced for the nightcap.