The Toledo Mud Hens were idle on Monday as they head home for a six-game homestand starting with the Norfolk Tides on Tuesday evening.
Richmond Flying Squirrels 6, Erie SeaWolves 5 (box)
Alex Faedo’s home run troubles returned, and a valiant effort from his offense wasn’t enough to catch the Squirrels on Monday. Faedo allowed old friend Will Maddox to launch a solo shot in the first inning, but the SeaWolves responded immediately. Derek Hill reached on an error, then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error before Kody Eaves singled him home. A single, a walk issued, and then a hit-by-pitch to leadoff the second inning spelled real trouble for Faedo and he was lucky to escape with only one run allowed. Disaster was merely postponed as he melted down in the fourth and fifth, allowing two more home runs and four runs to cross. Not good. The issues with Faedo’s fastball are pernicious and he hasn’t consistently found an answer yet. On the other hand, the secondary pitches remain effective as Faedo was able to punch out 10 along the way.
To their credit, the SeaWolves made a big push after the Squirrels scored three in the fifth. In the bottom of the frame, the SeaWolves quickly loaded the bases with no outs. Isaac Paredes and Jake Rogers each pushed a run across on groundouts, with Paredes reaching anyway on a throwing error. Kody Eaves eventually singled home Paredes to make it 6-4 Richmond. The SeaWolves got one more in the seventh to close within one, but the rally stalled there for good.
Eaves: 3-4, RBI, BB
Hill: 2-5, 2 R, SO, 2 SB
Faedo (L, 2-2): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO
Coming up next: The two clubs meet up again on Tuesday night at 6:05 p.m. ET.
Tom de Blok was hit hard and often in this one, and the Flygers were never really in the game. The Threshers scored one in the first, and then Alec Bohm cracked a two-run shot in the second. They scored two more runs in the fourth and fifth off of de Blok before he exited. The Flying Tigers managed to push across a run in the first, but Threshers starter Damon Jones dominated the rest of his outing. Contact off Flying Tigers’ bats was weak, and there was plenty of wind generated as they struggled to square Jones up. Only in the top of the ninth did they finally put together a rally. Three straight Flying Tigers reached base to start the frame, which a Brock Deatherage single plating A.J. Simcox. Reynaldo Rivera doubled to the opposite field to score Kody Clemens, and a Joey Morgan groundout pushed across the final run of the game.
Peterson: 3-4, R, SO, SB
Simcox: 2-3, R, BB, CS
de Blok (L, 0-3): 4.1 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO
Coming up next: Jesus Rodriguez gets the call on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. ET, while the Threshers send right-hander Colton Eastman to the bump.
Lansing Lugnuts 4, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (box)
Garrett Hill was very good again for the Whitecaps, and should probably be promoted fairly soon. Unfortunately, he came undone a bit in the seventh. Hill allowed three singles, and collected one out in the seventh inning before departing in favor of Jose Vasquez, who allowed both inherited runners to score with a contribution from a Jordan Pearce throwing error. Still for six innings, Hill was pretty dominant. Overall, he allowed just five hits and a walk, while punching out seven. The offense got on the board with a Jose King triple, followed by a Reece Hampton soft serve single to center field to plate King. Nick Ames doubled home Wenceel Perez in the top of the eighth for the ‘Caps other run.
Hampton: 3-5, 2B, RBI, SO
King: 2-4, 3B, R, SO
Perez: 0-3, R, 2 BB, 2 SO
Hill (L, 2-1): 6.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R (2 ER), BB, 7 SO
Coming up next: Gio Arriera takes the ball for the Whitecaps on Tuesday morning at 10:35 a.m. ET.