Toledo Mud Hens 5, Louisville Bats 3 (box)
The Bats got to Tyler Alexander for a three-run second inning to open the scoring, but it was a Hen party the rest of the way. Alexander hung in there to go 5 1⁄3 innings, and finished strong with six punchouts. Paul Voelker and Zac Houston shut down the Bats’ bats the rest of the way. Dawel Lugo started the comeback with a two-run double in the second inning. The Bats held their slim lead until the seventh, when Kade Scivicque and Pete Kozma came through with RBI extra base hits to seize the lead.
Lugo: 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Alexander: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, BB, 6 SO
Coming up next: Many would like to see lefty Matt Hall in Detroit soon, but he will throw for the Hens in Louisville on Thursday. The Bats send José López to the bump to oppose him.
Akron RubberDucks 2, Erie SeaWolves 0 (box)
Spencer Turnbull threw one of his better games of the year, but it wasn’t enough as the Ducks’ Aaron Civale matched him and then some. The SeaWolves offense got nothing done all night. The game was knotted at zero apiece until the eighth when Nolan Blackwood (recently acquired in the Mike Fiers deal with Oakland) allowed a pair of runs that were the decider in this one.
Castro: 1-4, SO
Turnbull: 6.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO
Coming up next: Akron goes with Triston McKenzie on Thursday night, but the SeaWolves have yet to announce a starter.
The Flygers’ offense has perked up of late, delivering several double-digit offensive performances over the past 10 days. They shivered the Tortugas’ timbers with a 13-hit attack on Wednesday. Kody Clemens and Zac Shepherd both homered in the contest. Brock Deatherage, Clemens, Chad Sedio and Austin Athmann all reached base three times as Lakeland drew eight walks on the night. Eudis Idrogo was staked to an 8-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth. He got leaky from that point on, but his buddies just kept pouring it on in a rout.
Clemens: 2-4, HR, 3 R, RBI, BB, 2 SO
Athmann: 2-3, 2 2B, 3 R, 4 RBI, BB, SO
Idrogo (W): 5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R (3 ER), BB, 3 SO
Coming up next: Mr. Matt Manning has been spitting a particularly strong dose of hot fire over the past few weeks. He will look to bring home a series win over Daytona on Thursday night. The Tortugas have yet to announce a starter.
West Michigan Whitecaps 3, Dayton Dragons 2 (box)
Brad Bass did his best Doug Fister routine, limiting the Dragons to two runs on seven hits, despite striking out just one hitter. The ‘Caps were down a run heading into the eighth, but manufactured the tying run with a Luke Sherley sacrifice fly to left plating Anthony Pereira. Dylan Rosa, who also homered earlier in this one, doubled with one out, and took third on a throwing error. Jordan Pearce got a ball deep enough out in left field for Rosa to scamper home and the Whitecaps walked it off.
The celebration was marred, however, by a scary incident in the top of the ninth. Catcher and utility man extraordinaire, Brady Policelli, took a bounced pitch to the neck and left the field on the stretcher and in a neck brace. We’ll keep you updated, but for now, just keep Policelli in your thoughts.
Rosa: 2-3, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI, BB
Bass: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, SO
Coming up next: No starters are announced for Thursday night’s rubber game.
Hudson Valley Renegades 5, Connecticut Tigers 1 (box)
Gio Arriera allowed a pair of runs in five innings of work, but was real wild at times, walking five Renegades along the way. The Tigers offense has little response. Eric De La Rosa drove in Avery Burks in the bottom of the ninth when it was far too late. Otherwise the bats were quiet.
Burks: 1-4, 2B, R, 2 SO
Arriera (L): 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 5 BB, 4 SO
Coming up next: Carlos Guzman has been getting a lot of prospect ink lately. He will take on the Brooklyn Cyclones on Thursday night.