Durham Bulls 4, Toledo Mud Hens 3 (box)
Artie Lewicki gave up a two-run homer in the first, and the Hens played from behind throughout a 4-3 loss to Durham. Mikie Mahtook smashed his ninth home run of the season in the top of the second; but the Bulls promptly answered with two more in the bottom half. The Hens battled back on a Dawel Lugo RBI single in the 7th, but Jacob Robson was gunned down at third and Christian Stewart and Mikie Mahtook whiffed, stranding Lugo at second. In the eighth, Harold Castro drove in a run on an infield single but Dixon Machado flied out to center and Robson was rung up looking, thwarting the comeback.
Grayson Greiner: 3-5
Dixon Machado: 1-3, R, 2 BB
Paul Voelker: 2.0 IP, H
Coming Up Next: The Hens will lock horns with Durham again on Wednesday night, clinging to a half-game lead over Indianapolis in the Western Division standings.
Erie and Richmond were rained out on Tuesday night. They will play a pair on Wednesday starting at 12:05 PM Eastern. Alfred Gutierrez gets the nod in game one and Kyle Dowdy will take the ball in the nightcap.
In Lakeland, Gregory Soto pitched into the seventh inning without allowing a run for the first time this season. The 23-year old lefty went 6-2/3 innings, allowing just three hits, with six strikeouts, and three walks in a 5-1 Flying Tigers victory over Dunedin. The ballgame was scoreless until the fifth when Cole Peterson, Jose Azocar, & Derek Hill all doubled to give Lakeland a lead it would not relinquish. Hill and Danny Pinero added RBI singles in the seventh to put the Blue Jays away for good. Drew Carlton worked a clean ninth and now sports a tidy 2.51 earned run average on the season.
Azocar: 3-4, 2 R, RBI, 2B, 3B, SO
Hill: 2-3, R, 2 RBI, 2B, SO, SB, CS
Soto (W): 6.2, 3 H, 3 BB, 6 SO
Coming Up Next: Matt Manning is slated to start on Wednesday at 6:30 PM Eastern, looking to make it three in a row over the Blue Jays.
West Michigan Whitecaps
The Whitecaps were off on Tuesday night. They return home on Wednesday against Lake County. Dane Myers (3-2, 3.58 ERA) will be on the bump. The Caps have lost seven of their last nine and are just 3-9 at Fifth Third Ballpark since the All-Star break.
Connecticut Tigers 4, State College Spikes 1 (box)
Connecticut got a pair of unearned runs in the first on an errant pick-off attempt and rode a gem from Gio Arriera to a 4-1 win over State College. Arriera, the Tigers’ fourth-round pick from 2017, fanned six, ceding just two hits and two walks in six innings of shutout work. Darwin Alvarado added a two-run double as insurance in the seventh, and Yaya Chentouf earned his seventh save in as many opportunities.
Verdon: 2-4, R, 2 2B, SO
Ames: 2-3, R, 2B
Arriera (W): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 SO
Coming Up Next: The Tigers and Spikes will be back in action on Wednesday at 11:05 AM Eastern.