The Hens needed this one and they got it done. Ryan Carpenter allowed an early run, but was able to lock it down from there to five innings with five strikeouts. His offense took the lead with a two-run fourth and another run in the sixth, but Paul Voelker gave it back in the bottom half of that frame, allowing a pair of runs. In the seventh inning, Jarrod Saltalamacchia led off with a single, and rode home on a Jacob Robson double that was the eventual game winner. Once again, Zac Reininger and Zac Houston were able to lock down the final three innings without a single strikeout between them.
Stewart: 2-4, 2 R, SO
Robson: 2-4, 2B, RBI
Carpenter: 5.0 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 BB, 5 SO
Coming up next: The Hens head to Columbus to take on Mitch Talbot and the Clippers on Friday night. The Clippers lead the West division by a game over the Indians, and just 1 1⁄2 games over the Mud Hens, so this weekend may decide the issue.
Erie SeaWolves 15, Harrisburg Senators 7 (box)
Alex Faedo was decent in this one, and Isaac Paredes and the SeaWolves’ offense went nuts on Senators pitching. Paredes homered, doubled, and drove in six on the night. He now holds an .886 OPS in 35 games with the SeaWolves. Sergio Alcantara had three hits and a walk. Jake Rogers was the only man in the lineup to come away without a hit and yet he still picked up two RBI and a walk. You get the idea. Faedo allowed three runs in five innings, punching out five.
Paredes: 3-6, 2B, HR, 2 R, 6 RBI
Montgomery: 2-4, 2B, 2 R, BB
Faedo (W): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO
Lakeland Flying Tigers: gone swimming
For the third straight day, and with six games now cancelled, the Flying Tigers and St. Lucie Mets were rained out again. Moving on...
West Michigan Whitecaps 4, Dayton Dragons 2 (box)
Jordan Pearce came though with a two-run shot in the sixth to break a 2-2 tie, and the Whitecaps help on to win on Thursday. Wilkel Hernandez got some help from his defense and fought through four tough innings with two runs in. Dylan Stock and Billy Lescher locked down the final five innings. Reece Hampton got the Whitecaps on the board with an RBI double and scored on an Eric De La Rosa single in the second inning. De La Rosa also made a heck of a play in left centerfield that saved two runs.
Behold one of the best catches you’ll see anywhere:— Dan Hasty (@ThatDanHasty) August 31, 2018
With two outs and runners at 2nd and 3rd in the first, @wmwhitecaps OF Eric De La Rosa (@yeeric_yeee) saved two runs with a sensational grab.@SportsCenter: You up? #SCTop10 @DetroitTigersPR
Pearce: 1-3, R, 2 RBI, BB, SO
Perez: 2-3, 2B, R, BB
Hernandez: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, SO
Coming up next: Carson Lance gets the ball on Friday night against the Dragons.
Connecticut Tigers 8, Aberdeen IronBirds 1 (F/7) (box)
Stevie Ledesma pitched a really nice game and the Tigers erupted for eight runs to down the IronBirds in game one. The Tigers loaded in the bases in the second inning en route to a five-run frame. Sam McMillan singled home the first run, and Jose King followed with a bases clearing triple. King came home on a sac fly and the Tigers didn’t look back.
King: 1-3, 3B, R, 3 RBI, SO
Reyes: 2-3, 2 R, BB, SO
Ledesma (W): 6.0 IP, 4 H, R (0 ER), BB, 6 SO
Aberdeen IronBirds 3, Connecticut Tigers 0 (F/7) (box)
Jayce Vancena, the Tigers’ 31st round pick out of the University of Michigan this year, tossed a pretty good game, but the offense was out of gas. Vancena struck out four in five innings with an unearned run in. Robbie Welhaf allowed a pair of runs in relief. Jordan Verdon had a pair of hits, but otherwise the lineup was quiet.
Vancena (L): 5.0 IP, 4 H, R (0 ER), BB, 4 SO
Coming up next: Jose Vasquez goes for the Tigers as they take on the IronBirds again on Friday night.