Norfolk Tides 6, Toledo Mud Hens 4 (box)
The Hens got out to a lead, but ultimately starter Spencer Watkins and reliever Eduardo Jimenez were hit hard to lose on Tuesday night. Watkins allowed a solo shot in the second to give the Tides the edge, but the Hens scored two in both the third and fourth innings. A Danny Woodrow sacrifice fly and a bases loaded walk by Mikie Mahtook plated two in the third. In the fourth, catcher Jake Rogers, just up from Erie, cracked a two-run shot to give the Hens a three-run lead. Watkins allowed two runs in the sixth, but the Hens still held a tenuous lead before Jimenez collapsed in the seventh.
Rogers: 2-3, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB
Lugo: 0-2, 2 BB, SO
Watkins: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BB, 3 SO
Coming up next: The two teams will meet up for brunch on Wednesday at 10:35 a.m. ET. The Hens are scrambling to keep a rotation together just like their parent club, and no starters have been announced.
Erie SeaWolves 4, Richmond Flying Squirrels 3 (box)
The SeaWolves rallied late to pull out a victory on Tuesday night. Anthony Castro wasn’t efficient, but he also carved up six Squirrels en route to a short four-inning start with two runs allowed. Kade Scivicque launched a solo shot in the third to kick off the scoring. After Castro allowed two in the fourth, the SeaWolves fought back with a two-run double from Cam Gibson in the seventh to take the lead. Trent Szkutnik gave that lead away in the eighth, but the SeaWolves had one more rally in them. Kody Eaves led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk, followed by a second double from Cam Gibson. The Squirrels walked Scivicque to have a play an any base, but reliever Rufolfo Martinez walked Sergio Alcantara to plate Eaves with the walk-off... well, walk.
Gibson: 2-4, 2 2B, SO
Scivicque: 2-3, HR, R, RBI, BB
Castro: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO
Coming up next: It’s a 10:35 a.m. ET matchup for these two teams as well on Wednesday.
Clearwater Threshers 6, Lakeland Flying Tigers 3 (box)
Jesus Rodriguez ran into a Threshers onslaught in the third inning, allowing four runs to cross, and the Flygers couldn’t get traction on a comeback on Tuesday. A.J. Simcox put Lakeland on the board with an RBI triple in the third to briefly take the lead. After Rodriguez imploded, scoring dried up until the seventh when Brock Deatherage scored on a Jon Rosoff strikeout that got away from the Threshers’ catcher. Clearwater came right back with a two-run shot off of Wladimir Pinto in the eighth, and it was too much to overcome.
Simcox: 2-4, 3B, RBI, BB, SO, SB
Deatherage: 1-4, 2 R, SO, SB
Rodriguez (L, 1-4): 5.1 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 3 SO
Coming up next: Dane Myers gets the call tomorrow at — you guessed it — 10:35 a.m. ET.
Lansing Lugnuts 6, West Michigan Whitecaps 5 (box)
Gio Arriera couldn’t make it out of the second inning on Tuesday, surrendering five runs while collecting just four outs. Drew Crosby and Yaya Chentouf were effective in relief, limiting the Lugnuts to just one more run. It was 6-2 into the seventh, when Jordan Pearce and Ulrich Bojarski rapped RBI singles. After loading the bases, Avery Tuck drew a walk to pull within one run. Unfortunately they couldn’t score on a lazy fly ball to left from Wenceel Perez, and Jose King struck out to end the threat. It was the last one they would mount in the contest.
Hampton: 2-4, 2B, R, BB
Pearce: 2-4, R, RBI, BB, SO
Bojarski: 2-5, RBI, SO
Arriera (L, 2-2): 1.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, SO
Coming up next: The Whitecaps also have a 10:35 a.m. start on deck. Kacey Murphy will start for West Michigan against Lansing’s Troy Miller.