Louisville Bats 4, Toledo Mud Hens 3 (box)
Spenser Watkins threw a good game in his second start for the Hens, but ultimately the offense ran out of steam. The righthander went six innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits, two walks, with five punchouts. The Bats scored one run in the second and two in the third, but the Hens fought back. Mikie Mahtook singled in Willi Castro — who reached base three times and stole three bases — in the bottom of the third, and eventually scored on Jacob Robson’s sacrifice fly to left. Castro was on base again in the fifth, and scored on a Dustin Peterson single to knot things at three apiece. Unfortunately the offense ran out of gas, and Christian Colon cracked a solo shot off of John Schreiber in the eighth inning for the deciding run. With the victory, the Bats took the three-game set two games to one.
W. Castro: 1-3, 2 R, 2 BB, SO, 3 SB
Mahtook: 2-4, 2B, R, RBI, BB, SO, SB
Watkins: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO
Coming up next: The Columbus Clippers come to town for four games starting Thursday night at 6:35 p.m. ET. The Saturday and Sunday games will be part of Star Wars Weekend at Fifth Third Field.
Erie SeaWolves 3, Altoona Curve 1 (box)
Alex Faedo looked good on Thursday, spinning six innings of one-hit ball to earn the victory. He also showcased some adjustments in his delivery that had him standing up taller and throwing downhill from a higher release point. The fastball looked substantially improved in movement and deception as a result. He allowed a run in the fourth, and benefited from yet another Derek Hill web gem.
Attention, Eastern League. Don't hit the ball at Derek Hill.— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) May 1, 2019
The #Tigers prospect went full extension to make this incredible snag in right field today for @erie_seawolves. Full video: https://t.co/PpMFQnrQ6P pic.twitter.com/NVWBtk9CRX
The SeaWolves’ offense finally broke through in the top of the seventh. Chad Sedio was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Consecutive doubles off the bats of Jose Azocar and Cam Gibson plated two runs to take the lead. Kade Scivicque singled home Gibson, and the SeaWolves bullpen took it to the house. Liarvis Breto picked up the first two outs in the seventh, and Will Vest went the rest of the way.
Azocar: 3-4, 2B, R
Gibson: 2-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI
Scivicque: 4-4, RBI
Faedo (W, 2-0): 6.0 IP, 6 H, ER, 2 BB, 6 SO
Coming up next: The SeaWolves welcome in the Bowie Baysox for Bark at the Park night at UPMC Park on Thursday. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. ET.
Florida Fire Frogs 2, Lakeland Flying Tigers 0 (box)
Tom de Blok got the start for the Flygers in this one, and was okay. He tossed five innings of two-run ball, though he only struck out one Fire Frog on the day. The hard-throwing combo of lefty Max Green and Billy Lescher spun three clean innings of relief, but the offense just had nothing to offer. The Frogs’ Nolan Kingham needed just 85 pitches to collect a Maddux of his own. The Flying Tigers managed just three singles against him.
de Blok (L, 0-1): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, SO
Coming up next: Jesus Rodriguez gets the ball on Thursday for a noon start time in Kissimmee. Freddy Tarnok will throw for the Fire Frogs.
West Michigan Whitecaps 9, Clinton LumberKings 7 (F/7) (box)
With six hits and a walk, the Whitecaps jumped all over the LumberKings with a nine-run first inning and held on to take the first game of the doubleheader. With one out, Wenceel Perez singled, and then Parker Meadows drew a walk. Nick Ames followed with a double to score Perez. The hit parade began in earnest at that point, concluding with a three-run shot by Avery Tuck and then a solo shot from Reece Hampton to make it 9-0.
The offense then went quiet the rest of the game, while Gio Arriera eventually ran into trouble, allowing a four-run fourth inning and then another run in the fifth. Jose Vasquez allowed two more runs in the sixth, and couldn’t make it out of the inning. The Whitecaps looked in jeopardy of blowing the huge early lead, but Angel Reyes came on and had no trouble cleaning things up to pick up his second save of the season.
Tuck: 1-3, HR, R, 3 RBI
Ames: 2-4, 2B, R, RBI
Burks: 1-4, R, 2 RBI, SO
Arriera (W, 2-1): 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R (4 ER), BB, 3 SO
Clinton LumberKings 13, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (F/7) (box)
The LumberKings returned serve in game two with authority. Xavier Javier was mauled for seven runs in just 1 2⁄3 innings. Drew Crosby and Yaya Chentouf were mauled in relief. It was a general mauling. Meanwhile the offense wasn’t getting it done. Jose King singled home Nick Ames in the second inning, moving Parker Meadows, who had previously walked, over to third. Manager Lance Parrish put on a double steal at that point, and Meadows was able to steal home while King raced to second base. That was pretty much the extent of the offense as ‘Caps bats were quiet the rest of the way.
Perez: 2-3, BB
Ames: 1-2, R, BB, SO
Meadows: 0-2, R, BB, SO, SB
Javier (L, 0-2): 1.2 IP, 4 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO
Coming up next: Kacey Murphy takes the ball for the Whitecaps as the road series continues on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET.