Toledo Mud Hens, Scranton Wilkes/Barre RailRiders (Sunday) (postponed)
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 5, Toledo Mud Hens 1 (Saturday) (box)
The hot ball has come to minor league ball, and on Saturday, it caught up with Matt Hall. Or maybe just too many meatballs were served perhaps. The Hens’ lefty allowed three home runs and was rocked with five runs in total, despite striking out seven and walking only one. If there’s a continued positive sign for Hall, it’s that he’s throwing strikes and getting plenty of whiffs on the breaking ball. John Schreiber continues to settle in at the Triple-A level, as he went two perfect innings with a pair of punchouts, and Sandy Baez wrapped things up.
The offense just couldn’t get into the game. Dawel Lugo reached a Raynel Espinal fastball that was located down on the outside corner and flicked it over the right field wall for a solo shot in the fifth inning, but that was all the scoring for the Hens. Shortstop Willi Castro was on base twice again, boosting his OBP to .412. Would love to start seeing a little home run power, but he’s out to a nice start.
Lugo: 2-4, HR, R, RBI
W. Castro: 1-3, BB, SO
Hall (L, 2-1): 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, BB, 7 SO
Coming up next: The Hens will come home to rest and attempt to sort out of resemblance of a rotation on Monday, and then kick off a homestand that will last through next weekend. The Norfolk Tides come to town on Tuesday night.
Erie SeaWolves 14, Altoona Curve 4 (Sunday) (box)
The SeaWolves pounded out 12 hits, including seven doubles, and walked nine times en route to trouncing Altoona on Sunday. Jake Rogers and Kade Scivicque each doubled twice, while Rogers and Jose Azocar came through with three RBI’s apiece to lead the way. Mr. Rogers currently holds a juicy .995 OPS, which is quite encouraging. Logan Shore returned from the IL, and tossed five innings of three run ball in pitch-to-contact fashion. The SeaWolves turned four double plays in this one and were 8-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
Rogers: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB
Scivicque: 3-4, 2 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI, BB
Azocar: 2-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI
Shore (W, 2-2): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
Altoona Curve 2, Erie SeaWolves 1 (Saturday) (box)
This was the kind of outing Matt Manning needs more of, and it was good to see. The Curve have faced Manning a few times now, and they were able to make him work hard in this one. Right from the start, leadoff man Jared Oliva dumped a flare down the first base line for a soft hit, and stole second. The game was afoot. Curve hitters managed to spoil plenty of good fastballs despite being overpowered, and Manning needed 29 pitches to get out of the first. There were only a couple of hard hit balls throughout his outing, but the Curve managed to get the leadoff man on in a few innings and forced Manning into hard fought innings out of the stretch. By the middle innings, the gentle rain falling had steadied into a light downpour, adding another level of adversity. To his credit, Manning keep them off the board until the fourth, ultimately allowing two runs in what was a nice little test for him.
Manning’s offense couldn’t do much with Curve pitching either. Scooter Hightower and the Curve bullpen survived quite a bit of hard contact without much damage against them. Kody Eaves took a center cut pitch over the right field wall in the seventh for his fourth home run. Jose Azocar led off the ninth with a leadoff double, but Chad Sedio struck out, while Eaves and Cam Gibson lifted fly ball outs to end the game.
Eaves: 1-4, HR, R, RBI
Gibson: 1-3, BB, SB
Manning (L, 3-2): 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO
Coming up next: The Richmond Flying Squirrels come to Erie for three starting Monday night at 6:05 p.m. ET.
Daytona Tortugas 7, Lakeland Flying Tigers 6 (Saturday) (box)
A Kody Clemens solo shot, and a sac fly from Zac Shepherd, had the Flying Tigers up two early in this one. Unfortunately, Elvin Rodriguez melted down in the fourth inning, allowing five runs, while Burris Warner allowed another in relief. The Flygers fought back in the fifth. A.J. Simcox doubled home Luke Burch, and after Kody Clemens was hit by a pitch, Brock Deatherage mashed a three-run shot to tie the game at six apiece. Bryan Garcia tossed a scoreless seventh inning, but Jason Foley allowed the game winning run in the eighth.
Clemens: 2-3, HR, 2 R, RBI, BB, SO
Deatherage: 2-5, 3B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 SO
Simcox: 1-3, 2B, R, RBI, 2 BB, SO
Rodriguez: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 3 SO
Coming up next: The Flying Tigers were off on Sunday. They will start Tom de Blok as they move to Clearwater to take on the Threshers on Monday at 7:00 p.m. ET.
West Michigan Whitecaps 7, Cedar Rapids Kernals 4 (Saturday) (box)
The Whitecaps took an early lead on Saturday, and then fought off a late Kernals charge with another offensive outburst. John Valente rapped a two-run single in the second inning to give the ‘Caps the lead. Meanwhile Carlos Guzman took the lead and ran with it, tossing six innings with three runs, two earned allowed. He gave up the final two runs in the sixth and seventh inning and both times the ‘Caps came back. They scored three on a Nick Ames double and a Christopher Proctor single in the sixth. It was Ames again in the seventh, singling home Valente, while Sam McMillan drew a bases loaded walk to make it 7-3. The bullpen allowed another late run, but ultimately had things well in hand.
Ames: 2-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, SO
Valente: 3-4, R, 2 RBI, BB
Perez: 2-5, 3 SO, SB
Guzman (W, 2-2): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 3 SO
Coming up next: The Whitecaps will send Garrett Hill as they travel to Lansing to take on Josh Winckowski and the Lugnuts.