Syracuse Chiefs 15, Toledo Mud Hens 2 (box)
Toledo’s second half slump continued on Thursday night, as the Hens were spanked 15-2 by visiting Rochester. Tyler Alexander was torched for seven earned runs on 11 hits in 5 2⁄3 innings of work. Alfred Gutierrez’s Triple-A debut was an absolute disaster, as the young righthander was lit up for eight earned runs, including three long balls, in just one inning. Tonight was the first time since July 28, 2017 that Alexander had allowed more than six earned runs in a start.
The loss dropped Toledo to 6-10 in the month of August, as they are struggling to keep their heads above water in the International League playoff chase. Matt Hall (2-0, 2.88 ERA) will try to stop the bleeding on Friday night.
Stewart: 1-4, RBI, SO, BB, Outfield Assist
Houston: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 SO, 2 BB
Erie SeaWolves: off day
Erie had the night off and will return to action on Friday night at home against Bowie. It hasn’t been officially announced yet, but newly signed Christian Binford is likely to get the start.
Casey Mize was on the hill down in Lakeland, but the Flying Tigers’ bats stole the show with a nine-run first inning that buried Daytona in a 12-1 rain-shortened win. Danny Pinero blasted a grand slam that started the scoring, while A.J. Simcox and Chad Sedio followed with RBI triples. Mize struck out a pair in the first and then was bailed out when Cincinnati Reds prospect Stuart Fairchild lined into a double play in the second with two runners on. Mize was lifted with one out in the third after throwing 52 pitches, 34 of which were strikes.
Eudis Idrogo worked the final 2 2⁄3 innings to earn his third win in the Florida State League. Troy Montgomery threw out a Tortugas runner trying to stretch a double into a triple to lead off the game. It was Montgomery’s second outfield assist in as many nights, and ninth on the season. Lakeland stays home on Friday, kicking off a three-game set with Matt Manning (3-3, 2.90 ERA) looking to maintain his positive momentum down the homestretch.
Mize: 2.1 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 3 SO
Idrogo: 2.2 IP, 0 R, BB, SO
Sedio: 2-3, 3 R, 3 RBI
Pinero: 1-3, HR, 5 RBI, BB
Lansing Lugnuts 3, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (box)
Brad Bass finally allowed an earned run, snapping a 24-inning scoreless streak, and the Whitecaps lost a close one, 3-2, to the visiting Lansing Lugnuts. “Big Tuna,” as Bass is affectionately known in the clubhouse, struggled with command early and often, but still kept the ‘Caps in the game. Brady Policelli led the game off with a monster home run to left, his seventh of the season. Bass walked the leadoff hitter in the third, and a couple base hits later, the Lugnuts were leading, 2-1. Kody Clemens tied it up in the sixth with an RBI single to plate Policelli, but West Michigan managed to go just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
A pair of errors in the seventh resulted in an unearned run and Johan Belisario was the hard-luck loser, despite allowing just one hit and fanning six in three innings of relief. With two hits on the night, Kody Clemens now has a nine-game hitting streak over which he is 14-for-31 (.451). Friday night’s starter has not been announced, but it will likely be Carson Lance making his second Midwest League start.
Clemens: 2-4, RBI
Policelli: 2-5, HR, 2 R, RBI
Belisario: 3 IP, H, R (0 ER), BB, 6 SO
Connecticut Tigers 2, Tri-City ValleyCats 1 (box)
Despite just three hits, Connecticut earned a two-game split with Tri-City in a 2-1 win. In the top of the third, Wenceel Perez drew a one-out walk and then promptly stole second and third. After a Clark Brinkman walk, Perez came in to score on a wild pitch and Gresuan Silverio followed with an RBI single. Carlos Guzman spun six innings of no-hit, shutout ball to earn his third win. Despite just the three hits, the Tigers drew seven walks and were aggressive on the basepaths, successful in five of seven attempts. Yaya Chentouf recorded the final three outs to earn his ninth save of the season. Stevie Ledesma, the Tigers’ 27th round pick who was recently bumped up from the GCL, is scheduled to start on Friday night.
Perez: 1-2, R, 2 BB, 2 SB
De La Rosa: 1-3, BB, SO, 2 SB
Guzman: 6 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, BB, 3 SO
Chentouf (SV): 1 IP, H, 0 ER
Finally, there was a game of interest down in the Gulf Coast League, as Daniel Norris made a rehab start on Thursday. The 25-year-old lefty went 2 2⁄3 innings, allowing one run on three hits. He struck out seven and walked one. Second round pick Parker Meadows had a pair of hits and José King had a triple and a home run, his second of the GCL campaign.