Charlotte Knights 5, Toledo Mud Hens 4 (box)
The Hens had to go with a bullpen day on Sunday, and four different relievers allowed a run, with Philippe Aumont allowing a pair of them in three innings as the “opener”. Dawel Lugo plated Mike Gerber with a groundout in the fourth, and the Hens roared back with three runs in the top of the seventh to take a one-run lead. Mikie Mahtook tripled home Edwin Espinal, and then rode home on Christin Stewart’s 14th home run of the year. Kevin Chapman and Zac Reininger gave up single runs in the eighth and ninth as the Knights walked this one off to avoid the sweep.
Mahtook: 1-5, R, RBI, 3B, SO
Stewart: 1-4, R, 2 RBI, HR, BB
Chapman (BS): 1.0 IP, ER, 2 H, 2 SO
The Hens beat the Knights on Friday night behind another excellent outing from Jacob Turner. The Tigers’ former number one prospect went six innings, allowing two hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Mikie Mahtook homered, while Jim Adduci posted a three-hit game. Daniel Stumpf spun a clean inning of relief with two strikeouts.
Kyle Dowdy gave the Hens a nice outing on Saturday to earn a 2-1 win over the Knights. He went seven innings and allowed one run, striking out five. Junichi Tazawa pitched a scoreless inning of relief, and Zac Houston closed it out to earn his first International League save. Ronny Rodriguez had two hits, and Mikie Mahtook picked up the lone RBI in the Hens victory.
Coming Up Next: The Hens welcome the Indianapolis Indians on Monday night. Tyler Alexander will take the mount against Nick Kingham.
Erie SeaWolves 9, Altoona Curve 4 (box)
Beau Burrows fought through back-to-back solo shots in the second inning to throttle the Curve offense on Sunday. He finished his outing by striking out the side in consecutive innings, around a single and walk. Burrows struck out a career high 11 batters, allowing four hits and four walks in six innings of work.
Meanwhile, Daz Cameron crushed a fifth inning grand slam on Sunday to continue his red hot start at the Double-A level. In six games with the SeaWolves, Cameron has five extra base hits, including a pair of home runs. Harold Castro cleared the bases with a double in the seventh inning to put the SeaWolves 9-2. Trent Szkutnik gave up a pair of eighth inning runs, but John Schreiber locked it down in the ninth.
Cameron: 1-5, R, 4 RBI, HR, SO
Ficociello: 1-3, 2 R, BB, SB
Burrows (W): 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 B, 11 SO
The Hens won 9-3 on Friday night by virtue of a solid start by lefty Matt Hall, and big nights at the plate for Jake Rogers and Jacob Robson. Robson doubled and tripled to drive in three runs in the contest. Rogers tripled in a two-hit game and scored twice. Daz Cameron didn’t factor in the scoring, but had three hits and a stolen base in his Double-A debut.
The Curve evened the series on Saturday with a 5-3 victory. Kyle Funkhouser pitched well, but was undone in the fifth by a pair of errors behind him, and a wild pitch of his own. Funkhouser allowed four runs, two earned, with six strikeouts to two walks. Daz Cameron had a huge game, launching a solo shot in the first inning and racking up three hits on the day. Like Cameron, Jacob Robson had been crushing the baseball of late. He led the game off with a solo shot, while Kody Eaves had a pair of doubles in the losing effort.
Coming Up Next: The SeaWolves are in Reading to take on the Fightin Phils on Monday. Harold Arauz will start for Reading. The SeaWolves haven’t announced a starter as of yet.
Lakeland Flying Tigers
The Flying Tigers and Mets finished last Thursday rain interrupted contest on Friday. Eudis Idrogo went seven innings of four hit ball, allowing one run. Gregory Soto had pitched a clean first inning before the rain shut things down on Thursday. Kenny Wilson hit a solo shot, and the Flying Tigers scored two in the top of the ninth to pull away 4-1. A Luke Burch double, followed by a Derek Hill single, set the table. Cole Peterson launched a sac fly that plated Burch. An Isaac Paredes single drove in Hill, and Evan Hill picked up the save with a clean ninth.
The Flying Tigers swept the a doubleheader on Saturday from the Mets to go up 3-0 in the four-game set. They took the first game 4-2, scoring three runs in the third and holding on with quality bullpen work late. Fernando Perez went 2 2⁄3 scoreless innings, while Eduardo Jimenez picked up a four-out save.
In the nightcap, Troy Montgomery doubled and drove in four runs, while Dylan Burdeaux and Derek Hill contributed two-hit games to the winning effort. Burris Warner got knocked around in a spot start, but Wladimir Pinto gave the Flying Tigers 2 2⁄3 of perfect relief with five strikeouts. They scored four in the third and two in the fourth inning, and ran away with this one in seven innings, 8-3.
Sunday’s game with the St. Lucie Mets was rained out, and will be rescheduled.
Coming Up Next: The Flying Tigers are idle on Monday, and welcome in the Charlotte Stone Crabs for a three-game set starting Tuesday evening.
Fort Wayne TinCaps 8, West Michigan Whitecaps 3 (Gm 1)(F/7)(box)
Brad Bass was solid for four inning, but he and Clate Schmidt blew up in a six-run fifth inning to put this one out of reach. Rey Rivera cracked a solo shot in this one, and recent draft picks Brock Deatherage and Eric De La Rosa each chalked up a hit in the contest.
Pearce: 2-2, 2B, SO
Rivera: 1-3, R, RBI, HR
Bass (L): 4.0 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO
Fort Wayne TinCaps 6, West Michigan Whitecaps 3 (Gm 2)(F/7)(box)
Endrys Briceno got jumped in the first inning, surrendering five runs, four earned, and the Whitecaps couldn’t mount a comeback. Jose Azocar tripled again in this one, while Rey Rivera cracked a double. Garrett McCain had a pair of doubles, scored two runs, and added an RBI along the way to pace the Whitecaps’ offense.
McCain: 2-3, 2 R, RBI, 2 2B, SO
Pereira: 2-3, RBI
Briceno: 3.0 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, SO
The Whitecaps took down the Tin Caps on Friday by a score of 5-3. Elvin Rodriguez gave them another fine outing, spinning seven innings of one-run ball without a walk. Rey Rivera doubled as part of two-hit game with two RBI. Jose Azocar continues to rage since returning to West Michigan. He racked up a three-hit game, scoring a run.
Jesus Rodriguez punched out seven in seven innings of two-run ball on Saturday. Alexis Garcia tripled in a run in the fourth, and then sped home on a wild pitch to score the eventual game winner as the Whitecaps won 3-2. Jordan Pearce had three hits, while Brock Deatherage had a hit, a walk and a stolen base.
Coming Up Next: The Whitecaps head to South Bend to take on the Cubs on Monday. Tom de Blok gets the start.
Hudson Valley Renegades 7, Connecticut Tigers 1 (F/7)(box)
Carlos Guzman was good for three innings on Sunday, but was hit up for three runs in the fourth. Jack O’Laughlin came on in relief and got clobbered for four runs and the Tigers couldn’t get anything going at the plate. Jose King doubled and walked while Teddy Hoffman had an RBI double for the only bright spots in the Tigers’ lineup.
King: 1-1, 2B, BB
Hoffman: 1-3, RBI, 2B, SO
O’Laughlin: 2.0 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 2 BB
Brooklyn hammered Tigers pitching and took advantage of some sloppy play in a 9-1 loss for the good guys on Friday. Jose Vasquez struck out six in 3 2⁄3 innings, but allowed six runs though only three were earned. Sam McMillan singled and walked, while Cameron Warner had the Tigers’ lone RBI.
Things went a little better for the Tigers on Saturday, but they lost 8-4 anyway. Gio Arriera had a decent start, going five innings and allowing three runs. Hector Martinez homered and drove in a pair of runs. Shortstop Isrrael De La Cruz was 4-for-4 on the day, scoring a pair of runs as the Tigers’ middle infield powered the offense. They had the lead into the top of the ninth, but the bullpen blew up for five runs as the Cyclones roared back to win.
Coming Up Next: The Tigers stay in Hartford Valley on Monday, with first pitch set for 7:05pm ET.