Indianapolis Indians 9, Toledo Mud Hens 1 (box)
Ryan Carpenter was more efficient on Monday than in his last outing, but the results were just as poor. Carpenter allowed a run in the third, and then a three-run fourth inning that opened the game up. The lefty hung in there through six innings, but was sent out in the seventh inning, allowed two quick singles, and was replaced by Sandy Baez, who immediately imploded to allow both to score. The Indians went on to score four in the frame, and this one was all over by that point. Daz Camerson doubled, while shortstop Willi Castro added a triple, but the Hens just couldn’t put a rally together on Monday night.
Cameron: 1-3, 2B
Castro: 1-3, 3B, SO
Dixon: 2-4, R, SO
Carpenter (L, 0-2): 6.0 IP, 6 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 6 SO
Coming Up Next: An 11:05am ET start awaits the Hens and Indians on Tuesday. The pitching matchup is a really good one, as Beau Burrows will take on Mitch Keller.
Erie SeaWolves 9, Bowie Baysox 6 (box)
Starter Logan Shore put together one of his best outings since coming to the Tigers organization, and his offense went nuts, pouring on enough offense to overcome a late meltdown by Anthony Castro in relief. Shore tossed six scoreless frames, allowing four hits and two walks against three strikeouts.
The offense got right to work, loading the bases in the second inning. Cam Gibson drove in two runs with a single, and Derek Hill followed with his second home run of the year, a three-run shot to put the Howlers up 5-0. Hill is clearly enjoying the Erie hitting environment after his long purgatory in Lakeland. Jake Rogers added a bloop RBI in the third inning when Bowie’s shortstop couldn’t corral a pop-up. Cam Gibson launched a solo shot in the fourth, and the SeaWolves tacked on two more in the fifth to put this one in the bank. Anthony Castro melted down in the seventh, as the reliever surrendered five earned runs. John Schreiber handled the final two innings in a non-save situation, allowing a run and punching out three hitters.
Hill: 1-4, R, 3 RBI, HR, SO
Gibson: 2-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR, SB
Lester: 4-5, R, 2B
Shore (W, 1-1): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: Nick Ramirez takes the ball for the SeaWolves on Tuesday, continuing his push for a spot as a depth starter in the upper minors. The lefty will be opposed by the Baysox’s Bruce Zimmermann, with first pitch from Bowie set for 6:35pm ET.
Lakeland Flying Tigers 5, Palm Beach Cardinals 0 (box)
Hard-throwing lefty Tarik Skubal is quickly showing all the attributes of a real steal for the Tigers in the 2018 draft. The ninth round pick is off to a fantastic start in his first full season as a pro. Skubal punched out 10 Cardinals on Monday, allowing just three hits, for his second straight double-digit strikeout performance. The Cardinals could manage just three hits against Skubal’s explosive fastball and developing secondary offerings. And when Skubal was done, manager Andrew Graham turned to his hard-throwing bullpen aces, Jason Foley, Wladimir Pinto, and Will Vest, who cruised to victory.
Offensively, Kody Clemens and Daniel Reyes had two-hit games. Rey Rivera tripled and drove in a run. Brock Deatherage was on base twice and scored both times. The Flying Tigers scored two in the second inning, and tacked on solo runs later to bury the Cardinals.
Deatherage: 1-3, 2 R, BB, SO, SB
Peterson: 1-2, R, RBI, BB, SB
Skubal (W, 1-1): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 10 K
Coming Up Next: The Cardinals and Flying Tigers meet again for a 10:30am ET brunch-time matchup on Tuesday morning.
Lansing Lugnuts 6, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (F/10)(box)
The Whitecaps got good starting pitching from Garrett Hill, and built an early lead in this one. Unfortunately, Xavier Javier lost the lead in relief, sending this to the 10th in a tie. Closer Yaya Chentouf melted down under the extra inning rules, allowing four runs, three earned, and the Lugnuts cruised to victory.
Hill punched out eight, allowing just two hits and four walks over five innings. Nick Ames and Jordan Pearce had RBI hits, while Jeremiah Burks chipped in a two-hit game. Sam McMillan and second baseman John Valente scored the Caps’ runs on Monday night.
Valente: 1-5, R, 3B, 2 SO
Ames: 1-3, RBI, BB, 2 SO
Hill: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 8 SO
Coming Up Next: The Lugnuts stay in Comstock Park through Wednesday, with first pitch on Tuesday night set for 6:35pm ET.