Toledo Mud Hens 5, Gwinnett Stripers 3 (box)
The Hens broke out to an early lead, and Tyler Alexander turned in five solid innings to earn the victory on Wednesday night. They jumped all over Luiz Gohara in the first inning. Dawel Lugo tripled to left to plate Mikie Mahtook and Jim Adduci, and then scored on a Christin Stewart single. Alexander surrendered a pair of runs, and Paul Voelker and Kevin Comer were solid in relief to get the game to the ninth inning. Jim Adduci launched a solo shot in the top half of the frame to open a 4-2 lead. Zac Reininger leaked a run but held on for the save.
Adduci: 2-5, 2 R, RBI, HR, 2 SO
Lugo: 1-5, R, 2 RBI, 3B, SO
Alexander (W): 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, BB, 4 SO
Coming Up Next: The Hens will turn to A.J. Ladwig on Thursday at 12:05pm ET. The Stripers will look to Kolby Allard to avoid the sweep.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 10, Erie SeaWolves 9 (F/10)(box)
Sandy Baez has gotten roughed up since his one-game appearance with the Detroit Tigers. The Fisher Cats knocked him out with five runs in 2 1⁄3 innings and then came through late to complete a three-game sweep on Wednesday. The SeaWolves’ offense was relentless as well, and the two teams traded runs all throughout the middle innings. Josh Lester homered with a man on in the second inning. The other long ball came from Jake Rogers, who launched a two-run shot in the fourth inning for his eighth homer of the season. He’s posted a 1.122 OPS with five home runs in June after a very slow start. Rogers also gunned down three baserunners in the game, showcasing the defensive tools that make him one of the Tigers’ most intriguing prospects. Unfortunately John Schreiber drew the extra innings assignment and allowed two runs. The SeaWolves scored a run in the bottom of the frame but couldn’t complete the comeback.
Rogers: 2-5, R, 2 RBI, HR, 2 SO
Lester: 3-4, 3 R, 3 RBI, BB
Baez: 2.1 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: The SeaWolves will welcome in the Altoona Curve for a weekend set after an off-day on Thursday.
Charlotte Stone Crabs 6, Lakeland Flying Tigers 5 (F/11)(box)
Anthony Castro survived an eight hit attack from the Stone Crabs, only surrendering a run in five innings of work. His relief wasn’t so lucky, but the two teams dueled into the eleventh inning before Drew Carlton allowed a walk-off single. Isaac Paredes racked up three hits, incuding a double, while Zac Shepherd hit a two-run shot to lead the offense.
Paredes: 3-5, R, RBI, 2B
Gibson: 1-4, 2 R, BB, 2 SO
Castro: 5.0 IP, ER, 8 H, 3 BB, SO
Coming Up Next: Gregory Soto gets the start on Thursday as the Flying Tigers travel to St. Lucie to take on Josh Prevost and the Mets.
West Michigan Whitecaps
The Whitecaps begin the second half on Thursday night against the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Elvin Rodriguez put together an intriguing first half. He’ll get the start against the TinCaps’ Osvaldo Hernandez. The Whitecaps will get a little help as centerfielder Brock Deatherage has been promoted to West Michigan from the Gulf Coast League. Deatherage was the Tigers’ 10th round pick in the 2018 draft. The NC State product hit four home runs in his first two pro games this week.
Vermont Lake Monsters 10, Connecticut Tigers 3 (box)
Carson Lance was wild, but held the Monsters in check for five innings. He allowed two runs and struck out three, but handed out five free passes as well. Cameron Warner had two hits and an RBI, while SS Isrrael De La Cruz homered, walked and scored twice.
De La Cruz: 1-5, 2 R, RBI, HR
Silverio: 1-3, BB
Lance: 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 5 BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: The Tigers welcome in the Brooklyn Cyclones on Thursday night at 7:05pm ET.