Toledo Mud Hens 3, Charlotte Knights 2 (box)
Josh Turley gave the Mud Hens seven excellent innings, and the offense had just enough to pull this one out with a rally in the seventh. Turley punched out nine in perhaps the best start of his pro career. He allowed a pair of runs on six hits and a walk. Philippe Aumont cleaned up the final two innings of work for the save. Harold Castro was the hero for the offense. He drove in Kody Eaves with a single in the seventh to tie the game, and then scampered home on a wild pitch a few batters later with the eventual game winner.
Castro: 3-3, R, RBI
Turley (W): 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, BB, 9 SO
Coming Up Next: The Hens and Knights will lock up again Wednesday morning at 10:35 am ET. No starters are yet announced.
Binghamton Rumble Ponies 6, Erie SeaWolves 5 (box)
Tyler Alexander got knocked around a bit in this one, yet still gave the SeaWolves six innings of work. He surrendered four runs, three earned, and punched out six on the evening. The offense put together a three run third inning, and added to their lead with solo runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Will Maddox and Josh Lester had multi-hit games, while Sergio Alcantara chipped in with a double and a run scored. Unfortunately, Mark Ecker couldn’t hold a late one-run lead, giving up a pair of runs in the ninth to blow the save.
Lester: 3-5, R, 2 RBI, 2B
Maddox: 2-5, R, 2 SO
Alexander: 6.0 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 9 H, BB, 6 SO
Coming Up Next: Beau Burrows will take on Andrew Church and the Rumble Ponies at 6:35pm ET on Wednesday.
Lakeland Flying Tigers 9, Charlotte Stone Crabs 8 (box)
Tom de Blok was rocked pretty badly on Tuesday, ultimately surrendering seven runs in 4 2⁄3 innings of work. The offense, however, found their mojo late in this one and stormed back with eight runs in the final two innings to win it. They loaded the bases in the eighth courtesy of a Stone Crabs relief meltdown. Danny Pinero was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, scoring Daz Cameron. Another walk and then a sac fly plated another pair of runs to pull the Flygers within four. In the ninth, RBI singles from Cameron and Isaac Paredes closed the gap, and Danny Pinero landed the big blow with a two-RBI triple that tied the game. Dylan Burdeaux’s sac fly scored Pinero a few batters later to walk off the Crabs.
Pinero: 3-4, R, 3 RBI, SO
Gibson: 2-4, 2 R, 2B, 3B, BB, 2 SO
de Blok: 4.2 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 9 H, BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: Spenser Watkins will match up with Brandon Lawson on Wednesday evening as the Flygers look to make it three in a row over the Crabs.
West Michigan Whitecaps 4, Fort Wayne TinCaps 1 (box)
Elvin Rodriguez was very good on Tuesday. The young right-hander tossed 5 1⁄3 innings of one run ball with six strikeouts. The Whitecaps held a slim one run lead into the sixth, courtesy of Garrett McCain’s RBI single in the second inning. Wladimir Pinto came on in the sixth to bail out Rodriguez, and promptly allowed the game-tying run on a sac fly. This appeared to annoy Pinto greatly, as he proceeded to punch out five TinCaps while holding them hitless over 2 2⁄3 innings of relief. It was McCain who finally broke this one open with a two-RBI single in the seventh to give the Caps a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
McCain: 2-3, R, 3 RBI, BB
Rosa: 1-3, 2 R, BB, SO
Rodriguez: 5.1 IP, R, 6 H, 2 BB, 6 SO
Coming Up Next: It’ll be Mr. Matt Manning looking to end his road woes as he takes on Luis Patino and the TinCaps at 11:05am ET on Wednesday.