Toledo Mud Hens 3, Columbus Clippers 2 (box)
Daniel Norris’s rehab start went well, and the Mud Hens’ offense finally got it going late as they rallied in the seventh and eighth innings for the win. Norris went four innings, allowing one run on three hits and a walk, while striking out four. His fastball topped out at 91 miles per hour on the radar gun, and we aren’t going to know if he can get back the ticks he has lost to the groin issues until next year. Perhaps he won’t. But the fastball still tied hitters into knots, eliciting a lot of whiffs and fouls that drove up Norris’s pitch count, and the slider looked sharp as well. If he is headed to the Tigers’ bullpen in September, he looked ready for that duty.
Blaine Hardy allowed a run in the sixth, but Paul Voelker pitched two strong innings and Johnny Barbato picked up his 11th save. Jason Krizan scored Christin Stewart with a sacrifice fly in the seventh to get the Hens on the board. Chad Huffman’s two-run opposite field shot in the eighth proved to be the game winner.
Stewart: 2-4, R
Huffman: 1-4, R, 2 RBI, HR, SO
Norris: 4.0 IP, ER, 3 H, BB, 4 SO
Coming up next: The Hens could overtake Columbus with a win at home on Monday night. Tyler Alexander will duel our old friend, Adam Wilk.
Bowie Baysox 4, Erie SeaWolves 1 (box)
The Baysox got to A.J. Ladwig for three early runs and the SeaWolves offense never got going on Sunday. Ladwig did settle in to go six after the early damage. The smoking hot Josh Lester cracked a solo shot, his 19th on the year and sixth in a week, for the only run scored. Isaac Paredes had a hit and a walk in this one.
Lester: 1-4, R, RBI, HR, SO
Paredes: 1-3, BB, SO
Ladwig (L): 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 3 SO
Coming up next: Spencer Turnbull auditions for a September call-up on Monday night against Jason Long and the Harrisburg Senators.
Florida Fire Frogs 4, Lakeland Flying Tigers 3 (box)
Alfred Gutierrez looked alright early on, but hit a wall in the fourth as his control went awry, surrendering three earned runs in the inning. Wladimir Pinto allowed the Frogs to plate an insurance run in the eighth, and they needed it. Dylan Burdeaux singled home Kody Clemens in the sixth. The Flying Tigers rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth, but fell a run short.
Clemens: 2-4, R
Burch: 3-5, R, RBI, 2B
Gutierrez (L): 4.2 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 5 SO
Coming up next: The Flygers welcome in the St. Lucie Mets for a doubleheader on Monday. Game 2 is a makeup of the June 24th contest between the two teams that was rained out.
Great Lakes Loons 4, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (box)
The Loons built an early lead of ‘Caps starters Endrys Briceno and got a few insurance runs later to hold off a West Michigan comeback. Colby Bortles led the way for the Whitecaps’ offense with three hits. He scored their first run when Rey Rivera singled him home in the fourth. A Wenceel Perez sacrifice fly to left plated Brady Policelli in the sixth, but hopes of a comeback stalled there.
Policelli: 1-4, R, SO
Bortles: 3-4, R, 2B. SO
Briceno (L): 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 3 BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: The Loons are back looking for a four-game sweep of the Whitecaps on Monday night.
Connecticut Tigers 11, Lowell Spinners 3 (box)
With the help of some poor Spinners defense, the Tigers walloped them for seven runs in the first and cruised to victory on Sunday. Kacey Murphy was good for the Tigers in a short start, while Wes Noble was tagged for three runs in five innings of relief work. Daniel Reyes, Avery Burks and Ulrich Bojarski starred on offense, with Reyes cracking two doubles amidst his three hits.
Reyes: 3-5, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 2B, SO
Burks: 2-4, 2 R, RBI, BB, 2 SO
Murphy: 3.0 IP, 2 SO
Coming up next: The Spinners stay in Connecticut on Monday for one more, with first pitch set for 7:05pm ET.
Alex Faedo has struggled mightily since his move to Double-A Erie at the end of June. While he and his pitching coaches work on improving his posture, among other mechanical tweaks, they’ve also encouraged him to throw his changeup more aggressively. The package came together on Friday, as the Tigers first round pick in 2017 put together his best outing of the year. He allowed a run on three hits, while going seven strong innings with 10 strikeouts and no walks against the Bowie Baysox.
After a hot start to the season for Toledo, OF Christin Stewart endured a long midseason slump that brought his OPS down below the .800 mark. He’s rebounded in August however, and smoked his 21st home run of the season on Saturday in the Hens’ victory over Columbus.
As Stewart rebounds, OF Jacob Robson has cooled after his strong introduction to Triple-A in July. While he continues to show the discipline lacking in some of the Tigers other second tier prospects, Robson’s strikeout rate is around 30 percent in August. He’ll need to make some adjustments, particularly on the off chance he finds his way to Detroit in September.