Norfolk Tides 12, Toledo Mud Hens 3 (box)
Tyler Alexander was hit around for seven runs and the Hens fell to the Tides again on Wednesday. Alexander struck out seven, walked two, and didn’t allow a home run, but he just couldn’t get the outs when he needed them. Harold Castro and Bobby Wilson each launched solo shots, and Daz Cameron added a pair of extra base hits, but the offense couldn’t overcome the deficit. Joe Navilhon and Zac Houston quickly silenced hope of a comeback by allowing a combined five runs in relief.
Cameron: 2-4, 2B, 3B, RBI
Wilson: 1-4, HR, R, RBI, SO
Lugo: 2-4, SO
Alexander (L, 1-4): 5.0 IP, 10 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO
Coming up next: The Tides and Hens matchup again on Thursday at 10:35 a.m. ET.
Erie SeaWolves 6, Richmond Flying Squirrels 5 (box)
For five innings, Casey Mize was dominating the Squirrels as expected. One inning later, he had allowed a pair of two-run homers. Fortunately, his teammates picked him up with a rally of their own in the bottom of the sixth, and eventually walked off the Squirrels on a wild pitch. Mize looked very good from what I saw in the middle innings. He was still using his cutter as much as his fastball, which is interesting, and there wasn’t much solid contact until late in his outing.
After Mize gave up four in the sixth, Daniel Pinero returned serve in the bottom half of the frame. Pinero cracked a three-run shot with Isaac Paredes and Josh Lester aboard. Chace Numata followed with a solo shot in the seventh and Erie had a one run lead. Mark Ecker allowed a run in the eighth, but after Luke Burch led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk, he advanced to third on a Paredes double and scored on a wild pitch.
Derek Hill left the game after colliding with RF Jose Azocar on a play in the outfield. Emily Waldon of The Athletic reported that Hill suffered an abdominal contusion and will be re-evaluated on Thursday.
Pinero: 3-4, HR, R, 4 RBI, SO
Lester: 1-3, 2B, 2 R, 2 BB, SO
Paredes: 2-4, 2B, R, SO
Mize: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO
Coming up next: The SeaWolves head to Bowie on Thursday for a 6:35 p.m. ET start time. Matt Manning will look to maintain his Eastern League strikeout lead as he duels the Baysox’s Bruce Zimmermann.
Lakeland Flying Tigers 9, Clearwater Threshers 4 (box)
Franklin Perez returned to the mound, and the Flying Tigers erupted for five runs in the fourth inning to win going away on Wednesday. A bases-clearing double from Dylan Rosa was the big blow in the frame. Perez was a little rusty and walked three batters in his four innings of work, but held the Threshers to a solo home run against him while punching out three. The offense scored two in the fifth, and added runs in the seventh and eighth. Dane Myers struggled in a four-inning relief appearance, surrendering three runs, but Jason Foley was solid in his inning of work.
Rosa: 3-4, 2 2B, R, 3 RBI
Clemens: 2-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB
Ames: 2-5, R, 2 RBI
Perez: 4.0 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 BB, 3 SO
Coming up next: Tarik Skubal continues to impress in the Florida State League, where he is tied for second in strikeouts. He will start for the Flying Tigers on Thursday night against the Threshers.
Lansing Lugnuts 7, West Michigan Whitecaps 6 (box)
The ‘Caps offense broke out to an early lead, but Kacey Murphy struggled late in his start, and the bullpen lost a battle with their Lugnuts’ counterparts on Wednesday. Lansing scored two in the first, but Jeremiah Burks mashed a two-run shot with Wenceel Perez aboard in the second inning to tie things up. In the fourth, West Michigan loaded the bases again. Perez drew a walk to force home a run, and Reece Hampton reached on an error to force home another.
The Whitecaps drew nine walks in the contest, with Parker Meadows and Wenceel Perez each walking three times. They just couldn’t quite cash in on their chances often enough as the game progressed. Unfortunately, Murphy quickly allowed the Lugnuts to tie it, and they scored three more in the late innings to pull this one out.
Burks: 1-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, SO
Bojarski: 3-4, 2 2B, R, RBI, SO
Murphy: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB
Coming up next: The Whitecaps head back home to welcome in the Great Lakes Loons for a four-game set on Thursday.