Toledo Mud Hens 7, Gwinnett Stripers 4 (box)
Mikie Mahtook doubled and swatted a late two-run home run to lead the Hens’ offense as they rolled over the Stripers. Artie Lewicki went five innings, allowing just one run. Junichi Tazawa earned his first hold with a scoreless seventh inning. Kade Scivicque hit a solo shot, while Christin Stewart singled, walked twice and drove in a run.
Mahtook: 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR, 2B, 2 SO
Castro: 2-3, R, RBI, SB
Lewicki (W): 5.1 IP, ER, 4 H, 2 BB, SO
Coming Up Next: Tyler Alexander will take on Luiz Gohara in a battle of lefties. Gohara is supposed to be part of the Atlanta Braves future plans, but has struggled of late. First pitch is set for 7:05pm ET.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5, Erie SeaWolves 3 (Gm 1)(F/8)(box)
Beau Burrows wasn’t especially good in this one, but his defense cost him a run as well. He went five innings, allowing three runs, two earned. He only gave up two walks, but there were some long plate appearances and difficulty putting Fisher Cats hitters away. The offense got those runs back in the sixth. Dominic Ficociello and Kody Eaves had RBI singles as the SeaWolves tied things at three apiece. Because the game was scheduled for seven innings to accommodate a nightcap, the eighth started with a runner on second base, and John Schreiber couldn’t hold the Cats off the board.
Ficociello: 2-4, R, RBI, 2 SO
Cameron: 1-3, 2B, BB, 2 SO
Burrows: 5.0 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5, Erie SeaWolves 4 (Gm 2)(F/10)(box)
Alex Faedo’s first Double-A appearance went very well. He manhandled the Fisher Cats for six innings, allowing just two hits and two runs. The Cats got to him for a run in the first inning, but Faedo cruised from there, striking out seven against two walks, before giving up a solo shot in the sixth inning. Daz Cameron powered the offense by reaching base four times and scoring a pair of runs. Danny Woodrow had a three-hit game with a pair of RBI. Ultimately, Matt Hall and Mark Ecker couldn’t hold the late lead and eventually lost in ten.
Cameron: 2-3, 2 R, 3B, 2 SO, SB
Woodrow: 3-5, 2 RBI, 2B, 2 SO
Faedo: 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 7 SO
Coming Up Next: The SeaWolves and Fisher Cats will wrap this three-game series on Wednesday at 12:05pm ET.
Spenser Watkins was strong in this one, but got no run support along the way. Watkins pitched all six innings, striking out eight Crabs without issuing a walk. Isaac Paredes and Kenny Wilson doubled among a smattering of hits, but the Flying Tigers only had six baserunners total.
Paredes: 1-3, 2B
Watkins (L): 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, 8 SO
Lakeland Flying Tigers 3, Charlotte Stone Crabs 2 (Gm 2)(box)
The Flying Tigers offense came through with big hits to take this pitching duel from the Crabs. Dylan Burdeaux smoked a solo shot in the fourth to start the scoring, but the pitching held up until the late innings. Alfred Gutierrez went five scoreless innings, and Wladimir Pinto struck out the side in the sixth. Eduardo Jimenez ran into trouble in the eighth, however, and gave up the lead. The offense had an answer, with Troy Montgomery and Zac Shepherd collecting RBI hits in the top of the ninth to pull out a win.
Paredes: 2-4, 3B
Montgomery: 2-4, R, RBI, SB
Gutierrez: 5.0 IP 2 BB, SO
Coming Up Next: Anthony Castro will take on Willy Ortiz as the Flying Tigers and Stone Crabs wrap a four-game series on Wednesday morning, and then head to St. Lucie for a weekend set.
West Michigan Whitecaps
The East Division won the Midwest League All-Star Game by a score of 3-2 on Tuesday. After an off day on Wednesday, Elvin Rodriguez will start for the Whitecaps on Thursday against the TinCaps in Fort Wayne.
Vermont Lake Monsters 5, Connecticut Tigers 4 (Gm 1)(box)
Several Tigers pitchers leaked runs in this one, but Carlos Guzman took the worst of it. Drew Crosby struck out six in relief. OF Cesar Gonzalez doubled and scored a pair of runs. Jose King had a double and two RBI. Gresuan Silverio had a hit and scored a run. Jorge Mateo struggled to wrap the final 2 2⁄3 innings, walking five though he allowed just one run.
Vermont Lake Monsters 1, Connecticut Tigers 0 (Gm 2)(F/8)(box)
Australian sensation Jack O’Laughlin’s stateside debut went extremely well. He spun four perfect innings with five strikeouts. There were only four hits total in this game as both pitching staffs held their own. Aaron Fernandez allowed the walk-off hit under extra inning rules in the eighth.
Coming Up Next: The Tigers and Lake Monsters will wrap their series at 7:05pm ET. Carson Lance, will take the bump for the Tigers.
Brock Deatherage, who debuted on Monday with a three-HR game, came back on Tuesday and crushed a grand slam for GCL Tigers West.
Shortstop Alvaro Gonzalez, who was the premier international free agent inked during the last signing period for the Tigers, is off to a nice start in the Dominican Summer League. He has an .878 OPS with four triples and an excellent strikeout-to-walk ratio through 13 games.