Rochester Red Wings 6, Toledo Mud Hens 4 (box)
Warwick Saupold was roughed up on Wednesday, but Zac Reininger settled things down, and the Mud Hens took a one-run lead into the seventh. Unfortunately, Hunter Cervenka had a tough night in relief, and the Hens couldn’t mount a late rally. Christin Stewart, Dawel Lugo, and Mikie Mahtook powered Toledo’s offense from the heart of the lineup. They combined for five hits, two walks, three runs, and two RBI. Jacob Robson walked and doubled out of the leadoff spot, and continues to hold an .861 OPS with the Mud Hens.
Stewart: 1-4, 2 R, BB, SO
Lugo: 2-4, R, RBI, SO
Saupold: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 4 SO
Coming up next: Scheduled starter Artie Lewicki has been called up to Detroit, so the Mud Hens will sort it out as they take on Stephen Gonsalves and the Red Wings on Thursday night.
Erie SeaWolves 18, Portland Sea Dogs 1 (box)
Erie jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and then buried the Sea Dogs late with a vulgar display of power. The stars of the show were Daz Cameron and Willi Castro, who put on an impressive display of gap power and speed on Wednesday. They each tallied four hits, and combined for five doubles, five RBI, and seven runs scored. Beau Burrows tossed a solid game, shutting out the Sea Dogs for five innings, but required 93 pitches (58 strikes) to do it. He struck out six, allowed three hits, and walked four.
Burrows and the SeaWolves coaching staff have emphasized his offspeed stuff lately. While the walks and deep counts testify to ongoing command issues, the overall results were encouraging on Wednesday. Sandy Baez posted his second straight scoreless appearance. Hopefully he’s settling in as a reliever. Jake Rogers, who endured a fairly brutal start to the season, has been rolling for two months now, and launched a solo shot in this one, his second in as many days.
Cameron: 4-6, 3 2B, 4 R, 4 RBI
Castro: 4-6, 2 2B, 3 R, RBI, SO
Gibson: 2-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, SO
Burrows (W): 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 6 SO
Well, #Tigers Jake Rogers did it again.— Emily Waldon (@EmilyCWaldon) August 9, 2018
Posting his second straight 2-hit night, Rogers also hit a for the second straight night, marking his 14th home run of the year.
Last 6 games combined:
8 H, 2 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI
Coming up next: The SeaWolves look for the sweep at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday. Starters are TBA.
Anthony Castro didn’t miss many bats in this one, but he limited the Miracle to just one run over six innings of work. Troy Montgomery doubled and scored a pair of runs to pace the offense. Herlis Rodriguez added a three-hit game, with a triple, an RBI, and a run scored. Burris Warner and Eduardo Jimenez closed things out in relief.
Montgomery: 3-4, 2B, 2 R
Rodriguez: 3-4, 3B, R, RBI
Castro (W): 6.0 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, SO
Coming up next: Gregory Soto takes the bump on Thursday night, as the Flying Tigers move to Palm Beach for a weekend set with the Cardinals.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 1, West Michigan Whitecaps 0 (box)
Elvin Rodriguez was good in this one, going six innings with just a run in the fifth inning to mar his record. Unfortunately, it was the only run scored in the contest. Rodriguez only struck out three, but he threw a healthy dose of strikes, and allowed just seven hits without a walk. Kody Clemens and Brock Deatherage each had three hits, while the rest of the offense was quiet.
Deatherage: 3-4, SO
Rodriguez (L): 6.0 IP, 7 H, ER, 3 SO
Coming up next: Jesus Rodriguez goes for the Whitecaps on Thursday night in the second of three with the Hot Rods.
Brooklyn Cyclones 13, Connecticut Tigers 6 (box)
The Cyclones tore through Chance Kirby on Wednesday. He may wake up tomorrow with memories of a yellow brick road [Ed.: /GROAN]. Kirby was tagged for eight runs, seven earned, in three innings of work. Felix Viloria didn’t do much better, allowing five runs in relief as Brooklyn was victorious. On the plus side, Nick Ames launched his second home run of the year. Gresuan Silverio in the DH role, and Sam McMillan catching, even had two hit games. Cam Warner and Silverio each drove in a pair of runs.
Silverio: 2-4, R, 2 RBI
McMillan: 2-4, RBI
Kirby (L): 3.0 IP, 9 H, 8 R (7 ER), 2 BB, 3 SO
Coming up next: Carlos Guzman settled in and posted a strong outing last time out, after several rocky ones. He will look to keep it going against the Cyclones’ Christian James on Thursday night.
Shortstop Cole Peterson, who played for both Single-A West Michigan and High-A Lakeland this season, is out for the year with a fracture to his right hand.
The Connecticut Tigers promoted LHP Drew Crosby and RHP Carson Lance to Class A West Michigan today.— Emily Waldon (@EmilyCWaldon) August 8, 2018
In corresponding moves, RHP Juan Aguilera and RHP Stevie Ledesma were promoted to Connecticut from the GCL.