Mike Gerber led the way with his first big day in a long while as the Hens closed the gap on the West division leading Indians on Tuesday night. Matt Hall was alright in the start, but lasted just four innings after allowing a pair of runs. Tyler Alexander came on for 2 2⁄3 innings, and the Zac-pack—I won’t do that again, I promise—Reininger and Houston shut the door in the late innings. Gerber cracked a pair of doubles, including one of the RBI variety in the fourth to plate Jason Krizan. Pete Kozma doubled home Gerber, and the Hens had a brief 2-1 lead before Hall leaked another run in the bottom half of the frame. Things were deadlocked into the eighth when Jason Krizan and Jarrod Saltalamacchia came through with RBI hits to put the Hens on top. Houston continues to shine, picking up his eighth save. He holds a 54 to 16 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a 1.27 ERA with the Hens.
Gerber: 2-3, R, RBI, 2 2B, BB, SO
Krizan: 1-4, 2 R, RBI, 2B
Hall: 4.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, BB, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: Warwick Saupold takes on Tyler Eppler at 1:05pm ET on Wednesday, as the Hens look to fight their way into the playoffs.
Harrisburg Senators 5, Erie SeaWolves 3 (box)
It’s not a major concern that Beau Burrows has hit a wall in Double-A, but he’s definitely hit one, and showed no signs of working it out on Tuesday night. He managed just 4 1⁄3 innings, allowing three runs, and only managed two strikeouts. Sandy Baez blew up again in relief, surrendering a pair of runs in the seventh. Troy Montgomery launched a solo shot in this one, while Isaac Paredes led the offense with two hits and a walk. Danny Woodrow went 2-for-5 to continue his push toward an Eastern League batting title.
Paredes: 2-3, 2B, BB
Alcantara: 1-4, 2 RBI, 2B, SO
Burrows: 4.1 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 7 H, BB, 2 SO
Coming Up Next: Matt Manning will be the feature attraction in the Tigers farm system, as he makes his Double-A debut against the Senators at 6:30pm ET. Those of you with MiLB.tv will rejoice, as Lakeland never has a video feed.
Lakeland Flying Tigers
Perhaps renovations to the Tigers’ Lakeland facilities should’ve included a dome. The Flying Tigers and St. Lucie Mets had their doubleheader rained out on Tuesday. They’ll try to play two on Wednesday.
West Michigan Whitecaps
The Whitecaps send Brad Bass to the mound on Wednesday as they hit the road to Dayton to battle the Dragons.
Lowell Spinners 7, Connecticut Tigers 0 (box)
Gio Arriera went six innings in this one, but they weren’t good innings. He coughed up all seven of the Spinners runs as the Tigers got clobbered. Parker Meadows was in the lineup and drew a pair of walks, which is promising. Otherwise the offense was pretty quiet.
Silverio: 1-3, BB
Arriera (L): 6.0 IP, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
Coming Up Next: The Tigers head to Aberdeen to battle the IronBirds on Wednesday at 5:35pm ET. They’ll also play a second game in a makeup of their July 22 contest which was rained out.
Gulf Coast League Championship
The GCL Cardinals bounced back after dropping Game 1 in a heartbreaker to pound GCL Tigers West 11-3 on Wednesday. The game was punctuated by rain, as one would expect considering the Flying Tigers were rained out as well, and only lasted five innings. The Cardinals blew the doors off a tie game in the bottom of that frame, scoring eight runs. Catcher Eliezer Alfonzo cracked a solo shot for the Tigers, while SS Ildemaro Escalona produced another solid game with a two hit effort and a run scored. The two teams will meet for the deciding Game 3 of the championship series on Wednesday.