Toledo Mud Hens 5, Rochester Red Wings 4 (box)
The Mud Hens got a much-needed win over Rochester, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the tenth to walk it off, 4-3. Jacob Turner was stellar in seven innings of work, allowing just one earned run on a solo homer in the fourth. Toledo took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth on a two-out, bases loaded, two-run single by Dawel Lugo. Zac Houston came on and worked a clean eighth but surrendered the tying run in the ninth after a pair of walks and a single. The run was the first allowed by Houston since July 1st, a string that spanned 14 outings.
Rochester took the lead in the top half of the tenth, but the Mud Hens bounced back with four straight singles in the bottom half, concluding with a Jacob Robson bases loaded single to plate Warwick Saupold, who was on to pinch run for Chad Huffman. With the win, Toledo kept pace with Indianapolis at 4-1/2 games back in the International League West Division, and 3-1/2 games back of Wild Card leader Columbus. The Hens get a day off on Monday before hitting the road for a three-game set with Louisville. Toledo has 14 games remaining in the season, with three against Indianapolis and a seven decisive games against Columbus.
Turner: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO
Robson: 3 for 5, R, RBI
Lugo: 1 for 4, 2 RBI, 2 SO
Houston: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, BS
Bowie Baysox 3, Erie SeaWolves 1 (box)
Alex Faedo, coming off two rough outings in which he gave up a combined seven home runs, was clean through three innings against Bowie when the long ball bit him again. After an infield single and blooper put two aboard in the fourth, Faedo served up a three-run tater to Yusniel Diaz. Erie scattered eight hits and managed just a solo home run by Isaac Paredes in the ninth to drop this one, 3-1. Josh Lester doubled to lead off the second but then got caught in no-man’s land on a comebacker.
Erie put two on in the seventh on singles by Paredes and Josh Thole, but Cam Gibson grounded into a fielder’s choice to halt the potential rally. Willi Castro hit a two-out triple in the eighth but was stranded also. Castro has hit safely in ten of his last eleven, and 15 out of 17 overall since joining the Tigers’ organization. Newly acquired relievers Nick Tepesch and Andrew Schwaab worked 4-1/3 innings of shutout ball in relief of Faedo, who took the loss, falling to 1-6 since his promotion to Erie. Faedo needed 101 pitches to get through 4-2/3. Erie sends AJ Ladwig (4-0, 1.99 ERA) to the mound tonight against Akron.
Faedo: 4-2/3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
Paredes: 2 for 4, HR, R, RBI
Castro: 1 for 4, 3B, SO
Florida Fire Frogs 5, Lakeland Flying Tigers 0 (box)
Greg Soto’s “Jekyll & Hyde” season continued, as he was his own worst enemy in a 5-0 loss to Florida. Soto threw three wild pitches and walked a pair in four innings of work to fall to 7-7 on the year. Lakeland’s top five hitters were a combined 0 for 18 and Lakeland had just two at-bats all game with a runner in scoring position. Fernando Perez threw three shutout innings in relief, striking out four. But the Flying Tigers mustered just three hits and didn’t draw a single walk in the ballgame. Kody Clemens was 0 for 4 and is now 0 for 13 since moving up to the Florida State League. Lakeland will take the day off and then head to Daytona on Tuesday with Liarvis Breto (3-1, 2.17 ERA) listed as the probable starter.
Soto: 4 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
Perez: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO
Clemens: 0 for 4, SO
Deatherage: 0 for 3, SO
Hill: 1 for 3, 2B
Lake County Captains 5, West Michigan Whitecaps 4 (box)
The Whitecaps squandered a four-run lead and lost in extras to Lake County, 5-4. Chance Kirby was solid into the sixth, allowing just 2 ER in 5-1/3 innings of work. Kolby Bortles got the Caps on the board with a two-run single in the fourth. Dylan Rosa then scored on a wild pitch and Bortles scored on a Luke Sherly sac fly to make it 4-0. Lake County chipped away, however, plating one run in four straight innings. Billy Lescher gave up a two-out single in the tenth for the Captains’ game-winner. Elvin Rodriguez (6-7, 3.66 ERA) will take the ball Monday night, as West Michigan looks to avoid the sweep.
Kirby: 5-1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO
Policelli: 0 for 4, 3 SO
Valente: 2 for 4, R
Perez: 1 for 5, 2B, R, SB, SO
Connecticut dropped a pair to Aberdeen, including a suspended game that was resumed from July 22nd. Kacey Murphy took the loss in the opener, despite allowing just a single earned run in his three innings of work. The Tigers’ lineup managed just three hits total in the game, and were shutout, 1-0. In the nightcap, José Vasquez gave up a grand slam in the second after an Alexis Garcia error extended the inning. The Tigers rallied back in the fourth, thanks to a pair of wild pitches and RBI hits from Garcia and Moises Nunez, and added one in the seventh on an Eric De La Rosa RBI double. The rally came up short, however, and Connecticut lost, 5-4. The Tigers, who have lost five out of six and ten of their last twelve, start a three-game set Monday night at home against Hudson Valley. Adam Wolf (1-1, 3.80 ERA) will make his eighth New York-Penn League start.
Vasquez: 6 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO
Chentouf: IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, SO
De La Rosa: 2 for 4, 2B, RBI
Meadows: 1 for 2, R