Columbus Clippers 4, Toledo Mud Hens 2 (box)
For five innings, starter Spencer Turnbull, making his Triple-A debut, was pure fire. Turnbull punched out 11 Clippers before fading late in his outing and surrendering three runs. He has made a good case for a September call-up to Detroit. The Hens scored in the first when Christin Stewart drove in Jacob Robson with a single. They wouldn’t score again until Pete Kozma plated Stewart with a single in the bottom of the ninth. Unfortunately that’s where the comeback ended.
Stewart: 2-3, 2B, R, RBI, BB
Robson: 2-4, R, SO
Turnbull (L): 6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 11 SO
Coming up next: Matt Hall takes on J.T. Brubaker and the Indianapolis Indians on Tuesday night. Losing to the Clippers, who are now two games ahead in the West division, dinged the Mud Hens’ postseason hopes, however. They will need to sweep the Indians and hope for a rough series from the Clippers to vault themselves back into the divisional lead with just seven games remaining in the season.
Harrisburg Senators 5, Erie SeaWolves 3 (box)
Christian Binford threw a solid game, and after falling behind early, the SeaWolves pushed back into the lead. Unfortunately, Binford allowed the Senators to tie things up in the sixth, and then Trent Szkutnik blew the save in relief. Danny Woodrow had two hits and two RBI, while Isaac Paredes had a hit and two walks in the losing effort.
Woodrow: 2-4, 2 RBI
Maddox: 2-4, RBI, SO
Binford: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 SO
Coming up next: Beau Burrows gets the ball on Tuesday night. The Senators will send Sterling Sharp to the bump in opposition.
Lakeland Flying Tigers
The Flying Tigers were idle on Monday. They will welcome in the St. Lucie Mets on Tuesday.
Great Lakes Loons 6, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (box)
Jesus Rodriguez threw a very strong seven innings of one-run ball, and the Whitecaps took a one-run lead into the late innings. Unfortunately, Will Vest melted down in the top of the ninth, allowing five runs to blow the game. Wenceel Perez had two hits, an RBI and a stolen base to pace the offense.
Perez: 2-4, 3B, RBI, SB
Hampton: 2-2, 2B, BB, CS
Rodriguez: 7.0 IP, 7 H, ER, 5 SO
Coming up next: The Whitecaps are idle on Tuesday. Brad Bass gets the start on Wednesday night as they travel to Dayton to take on the Dragons.
Connecticut Tigers 6, Lowell Spinners 1 (box)
Jordan Verdon and Eric De La Rosa led the offense as the Tigers scored three in two separate innings to sink the Spinners again. Adam Wolf and Victor Meuses combined for six scoreless innings.
De La Rosa: 2-3, 2B, 2 R, 2 BB, SO
Verdon: 3-5, R, 3 RBI
Wolf: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 4 SO
Coming up next: Lowell and Connecticut meet up again on Tuesday night.
Gulf Coast League Championships
GCL Tigers West were victorious over the GCL Cardinals in a tense pitching duel on Monday afternoon by a score of 1-0. They are one victory from winning the three-game championship series. Starter Garrett Hill led the way with 5 2⁄3 innings of three hit ball. He walked two and struck out five. The Tigers finally broke through in the bottom of the ninth when outfielder Vinny Esposito drew a walk. He then stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and ultimately raced home on a throwing error by the Cardinals for the walkoff victory. Game 2 is set for noon on Tuesday.