After two straight losses on Friday and Saturday, the Mud Hens rebounded to split this four-game set with the Indians, retaining a slim half-game lead over them in the division. Matt Hall’s control issues put him behind the eight-ball on Sunday, but he fought through five walks to go 5 1⁄3 innings of two-run ball with just three punchouts. The game was tied as Hall left the game in trouble in the sixth. However, the Hens answered with single runs in the seventh and eighth, and blew the game open with a five-run ninth inning keyed by home runs from Harold Castro and Christin Stewart.
Machado: 3-4, 2 R, BB, CS
Stewart: 1-4, R, 4 RBI, HR, SO
Castro: 2-4, 2 R, RBI, HR
Hall: 5.1 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 5 BB, 3 SO
On Friday, the Hens were crushed 8-0 by the Indians. Starter Artie Lewicki and then Warwick Saupold in relief were mauled for seven runs combined, in just 3 2⁄3 innings of work. Meanwhile, the Indians’ Brandon Waddell was on fire. Even Jacob Robson failed to record a hit, striking out three times as Waddell spun seven inning of two-hit ball with nine K’s.
The Indians took Saturday’s contest 5-4 after the Hens built an early lead. Tyler Alexander allowed two runs in five innings as Indianapolis worked their way back into the game. The Hens’ offense was quiet after the fourth inning, and Victor Alcantara allowed a pair of runs to blow the lead in the seventh. On the plus side, Jacob Robson had four hits, including a pair of doubles.
Coming Up Next: The Hens welcome in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on Monday. Nestor Cortes goes for Scranton, while Toledo’s starter is still TBA.
Erie SeaWolves 7, Altoona Curve 1 (box)
Beau Burrows throttled the Curve on Sunday, punching out nine in seven innings of work. Burrows allowed a run on three hits and two walks, throwing 98 pitches in the kind of dominant outing the Tigers are looking for from him. He had plenty of backup. Daz Cameron hit his fifth homer with the SeaWolves, a two-run shot in the first inning. Cameron added an RBI single in the second inning as the SeaWolves scored four more to run away with this one.
Cameron: 2-5, R, 3 RBI, HR, 2 SO
Alcantara: 2-4, 2 R, 2B, BB, SO
Burrows (W): 7.0 IP ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 9 SO
Altoona and Erie split a double-header on Friday. A.J. Ladwig was rocked in his start, but the offense had his back. Danny Woodrow and A.J. Simcox homered as the SeaWolves offense couldn’t be denied a Game One victory. Altoona returned the favor with a 5-1 victory in the nightcap, getting to Alfred Gutierrez for four runs and largely shutting down the SeaWolves attack. Daz Cameron did have two hits, while Josh Thole homered in the losing effort.
On Saturday, the Curve jumped on Kyle Dowdy for a three-run first and hung on to win. Sandy Baez was wild in relief but neither he, nor John Schreiber allowed any late runs. The SeaWolves just couldn’t come up with enough big hits despite tallying 11 hits and three walks for the day. Daz Cameron had two hits, while Sergio Alcantara racked up a three hit game out of the leadoff spot.
Coming Up Next: The SeaWolves travel to Richmond to take on starter Conner Menez and the Flying Squirrels on Monday.
Lakeland Flying Tigers 5, Fort Myers Miracle 4 (box)
Another rehab start for the Tigers’ number two prospect, Franklin Perez, went pretty well on Sunday. He allowed four hits and three walks, striking out four, in 2 2⁄3 shutout innings. Meanwhile his offense built an early lead and carried it into the ninth. Eduardo Jimenez came unglued in the top of the frame, allowing three runs to tie things up. Shortstop Cole Peterson had the answer, however, as singled in Zac Shepherd in the bottom of the ninth to walk off the Miracle.
Burdeaux: 3-4, R, 2B
Peterson: 2-5, R, RBI, SO, SB
Perez: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 4 SO
The Miracle won 5-2 on Friday, spoling a good outing from Gregory Soto, who continues to struggle to gain traction after his breakout 2017 season. Soto punched out nine, with two walks, five hits, and two runs allowed in six innings of work. Wladimir Pinto was hit hard in relief, allowing three runs to take the loss. Derek Hill had two hits and an RBI in the losing effort.
Lakeland won 3-1 on Saturday, as Spenser Watkins pitched around six walks to outduel an excellent Twins pitching prospect in Brusdar Graterol. Watkins allowed just three hits, striking out five as he allowed just one run in six innings of work. Derek Hill walked and stole second in the fifth inning, then raced home on a Dylan Burdeaux single to provide the eventual game winning run. Clark Brinkman tripled home Jose Azocar in the sixth for a little insurance.
Coming Up Next: Eudis Idrogo has converted to relief with the Flying Tigers, but he’ll take a spot start as Lakeland heads to Palm Beach to take on the Cardinals on Monday.
Beloit Snappers 8, West Michigan Whitecaps 1 (box)
Wilkel Hernandez struggled on Sunday, and his relief, in the form of Endrys Briceno and Oswaldo Castillo didn’t give him any help. Hernandez surrendered three runs in just 3 2⁄3 innings of work. Kody Clemens RBI double in the sixth accounted for the only offense from the Whitecaps.
Clemens: 1-3, RBI, 2B, SO
Proctor: 1-3, R
Hernandez (L): 3.2 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 SO
On Friday, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Whitecaps, 6-5. Brad Bass went 6 2⁄3 innings, but his outing fell apart with a three-run seventh by the Rattlers. Brady Policelli, playing right field, had a three-hit game, including his third home run, to lead the Whitecaps’ offense. Brock Deatherage added a three-hit game of his own, scoring a run.
Beloit took the first game of their three-game set in West Michigan with a 4-3 victory. Tom de Blok was wild, but gave the Caps five innings of one-run ball. Things got sloppy in the sixth, as Felix Viloria allowed a pair of unearned runs. Brady Policelli homered in this one as well to lead the Whitecaps’ attack. He, Kody Clemens, and Rey Rivera all had two-hit games. The two teams entered the ninth tied 3-3, but Clate Schmidt allowed the game winner and the Whitecaps couldn’t answer in the bottom of the frame.
Coming Up Next: The Whitecaps look to stave off the sweep as they take on the Snappers on Monday night at 7:05pm ET. Fireworks are schedule at Fifth Third after the ballgame.
Vermont Lake Monsters 7, Connecticut Tigers 5 (box)
Gresuan Silverio and Eric De La Rosa each had two hits, driving in three runs combined, but the pitching staff struggled on Sunday. The Tigers built a quick 5-0 lead, but saw it start to slip away in the middle innings. Jose Vasquez allowed four runs, though only one was earned. The Tigers actually still had the lead when catcher turned pitcher, Arvicent Perez came on in the sixth. He gave up three runs in his two innings of work, and the Tigers didn’t have a comeback in them.
Silverio: 2-4, RBI, 2B, SO
De La Rosa: 2-4, R, 2 RBI
Vasquez: 5.0 IP, 4 R, ER, 7 H, 3 BB, 5 SO
On both Friday and Saturday, the Tigers took down the Lake Monsters with victories in extra innings.
Friday was a well pitched affair, with both teams held scoreless in regulation. Carson Lance punched out six in five sterling innings. The Tigers gave up a run in the top of the 10th, but tied it on a Reece Hampton groundout in the bottom of the frame. In the 11th, Sam McMillan squeezed Jeremiah Burks home from third with the winning run.
They went 12 on Saturday. Adam Wolf was hit hard early in his outing, but the Tigers mustered a furious rally in the ninth, and again in the bottom of the tenth to keep things tied up. SS Isrrael De La Cruz sacrificed Darwin Alvarado home in the bottom of the 12th inning to walk the Monsters off again. Wenceel Perez was promoted to Connecticut after tearing up the GCL, but went for a jet-lagged 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in his debut.
Coming Up Next: Vermont will look to square the series at two apiece on Monday at 7:05pm ET from Dodd Stadium in Connecticut.