Before we get to Sunday’s results, there is some bad news to report. Righthander Franklin Perez, the theoretical jewel in the Justin Verlander trade, has been moved to the seven-day injured list with yet another recurrence of shoulder inflammation. Famously acquired on August 31, near the stroke of midnight, Perez has now been placed on the IL four times, and has managed just 23 1⁄3 innings in the Tigers farm system.
Perez had only returned to action five days ago, tossing four innings on May 15. He allowed just one run on four hits, with three walks and three strikeouts. Perez is currently the Tigers’ No. 5 prospect on our preseason rankings, but he can’t seem to pitch without pain, and the situation is looking rather grim for the 21-year-old.
#Tigers Franklin Perez was placed on the IL again yesterday, due to right shoulder inflammation.— Emily Waldon (@EmilyCWaldon) May 20, 2019
Due to his run of injury, Perez has been limited to 23.1 IP overall since arriving in August, 2017.
This is the fourth move to the IL since Perez arrived with Detroit.
Toledo Mud Hens 4, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 3 (F/8) (box)
Ryan Carpenter put together a solid outing, and the offense rallied twice to win on Sunday. After Carpenter gave up a first inning run, the Hens came back with a three-run third. Jeimer Candelario did the damage, cracking a right-handed home run with Pete Kozma and Danny Woodrow on base. Carpenter ultimately walked two, and struck out seven, but he left the game with a bad taste in his mouth after giving up the lead in the sixth. The RailRiders scored two to even things up at three runs apiece. The Hens came back, getting Dustin Peterson to third before a sacrifice fly from Danny Woodrow scored him for the eventual game winner. Spenser Watkins allowed two hits over two frames to pick up his third victory when the game was called due to heavy rain following Scranton’s turn at bat in the top of the eighth inning.
Candelario: 1-4, HR, R, 3 RBI, SO
Woodrow: 1-3, 2B, RBI
Carpenter: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO
Coming up next: The Hens will be idle on Monday, and kick off a three game road series against the Columbus Clippers on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. ET.
Bowie Baysox 3, Erie SeaWolves 0 (box)
Anthony Castro wasn’t terrible in his start on Sunday, throwing five innings of three-run ball. His offense just offered no support despite eight hits. Luke Burch had three singles, but no one else had more than one hit, while Derek Hill struck out four times from the leadoff spot. Ethan DeCaster and Will Vest gave the SeaWolves three scoreless frames in which to mount a comeback, but it never arrived as the Baysox made it four in a row and dropped the SeaWolves a game under .500 on the year.
Castro (L, 1-1): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO
Coming up next: The SeaWolves head out on the road to Hartford on Monday, with Casey Mize taking on Brandon Gold at 7:05 p.m. ET.
Lakeland Flying Tigers 9, Dunedin Blue Jays 1 (F/7) (box)
Jesus Rodriguez threw a good game, and the offense blew the doors off the Blue Jays on Sunday. Rodriguez went 6 1⁄3 innings and allowed one run on four hits and two walks, with six strikeouts to his credit. Cullen Large’s first inning solo shot tallied the only damage against him. The Flygers got going in the third. Nick Ames lashed a two-run single with the bases loaded, and Kody Clemens followed with an RBI single of his own. In the fourth, Cole Peterson pushed across catcher Joey Morgan on a groundout, and Brady Policelli later cracked a two-run shot, his sixth, to make it 6-1. The Flying Tigers continued to add on, and Wladimir Pinto was called on for the last two outs in the seventh inning.
Policelli: 2-4, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB
Peterson: 3-5, 2B, R, 2 RBI
Clemens: 2-3, 3B, RBI, BB
J. Rodriguez (W, 2-4): 6.1 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 6 SO
Dunedin Blue Jays 16, Lakeland Flying Tigers 4 (F/7) (box)
Austin Sodders made his return from a shoulder strain that cost him most of the 2018 season on Sunday. It went badly, but in his case it’s just about getting his work in and staying healthy. Burris Warner didn’t do any better than Sodders, though his defense hurt him twice in a brutal fourth inning, and by the time they were both out of the game in favor of Angel DeJesus, the Blue Jays led 12-3 after four and didn’t look back. Neither pitcher recorded a strikeout, and eventually Brandyn Sittinger melted down for four runs in relief as well. Brady Policelli and Nick Ames had two-hit games but this one was over well before it ended.
Policelli: 2-4, 3B, 2 R, SO
Ames: 2-4, 2B
Sodders (L, 0-1): 2.0 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 2 BB
Coming up next: The Palm Beach Cardinals come to Lakeland on Monday, with first pitch set for 6:30 p.m. ET.
Great Lakes Loons 11, West Michigan Whitecaps 9 (box)
The Whitecaps scored four in the first and four in the fifth, and looked like they were well on their way to victory despite a bad outing for Garrett Hill. Then the bullpen happened, as Carson Lance and Yaya Chentouf combined to boot the game away. Lance melted down completely in a five-run seventh inning in which he gave up four walks to surrender the lead. Chentouf allowed a pair of runs in the top of the ninth, and the Loons hung on despite a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth by Parker Meadows, his third on the year. Hill went six innings, allowing four runs on four hits and three walks, and was in line for the win when he left the game. Chris Proctor launched a solo shot, and five Whitecaps racked up multi-hit games in the losing effort.
Meadows: 2-4, HR, R, 2 RBI
Proctor: 2-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI BB
Valente: 3-5, R
Hill: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO
Coming up next: The Bowling Green Hot Rods come to town, with Gio Arriera taking on Shane Baz at 7:05 p.m. ET.