Erie SeaWolves 4, Hartford Yard Goats 1 (box)
Casey Mize came back from a slightly rocky start last time out to dismantle the Hartford Yard Goats on Monday. He allowed a walk and a couple early singles, and had to pitch out of a little trouble in the second inning. From there, he settled in to thoroughly dominate the Goats, punching out six hitters in six scoreless innings. Mize went away from the heavy cutter usage we have seen in his last few starts, pounding the Goats with his lively heater as he dialed in his command. The revamped slider and signature splitter did the rest, producing wind and weak contact most of the evening.
Casey Mize: Mostly 92-94, had 97 on the back when he felt like it, command issues early but ironed them out, didn’t really have the cutter and ditched it after the second. Slider is plus and flashed 7. Split’s good, he’s not gonna learn anything at this level and mostly cruised.— Jeffrey Paternostro (@jeffpaternostro) May 21, 2019
On offense, Josh Lester accounted for most of the damage. Lester mashed a third inning home run with Isaac Paredes aboard, and then plated Sergio Alcantara with a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Jose Azocar followed Lester with a single to score Derek Hill, and Mize and the pitching staff needed no further help. Paredes racked up three hits in this one. While the ball hasn’t been falling for him yet, the 20-year-old’s peripherals remain pristine. Drew Carlton punched out four in two innings of relief, while Bryan Garcia allowed a solo home run in the ninth as his comeback continues.
Lester: 1-3, HR, R, 3 RBI, 2 SO
Paredes: 3-4, R
Hill: 1-4, R, SO
Mize (W, 3-0): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, BB, 6 SO
Coming up next: Matt Manning will take his ludicrous 1.85 FIP and Eastern League lead in strikeouts into Hartford on Tuesday. He’ll be opposed by Ty Culbreth with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET.
Dane Myers and Liarvis Breto gave up plenty of contact in this one, but almost no damage, and the offense scratched out enough to get the win on Monday. Kody Clemens has been heating up after a rough start. He and the red-hot Brady Policelli posted three-hit games to lead the offense. Really, it was a wild pitch with Cole Peterson on third base in the third inning that was the difference. Peterson scored, and that gift run proved necessary. After Myers allowed the Cardinals to tie things in the fourth, Brock Deatherage came through with an RBI single to score Clemens in the sixth for the eventual game winner. Otherwise, both pitching staffs did a good job minimizing hard contact.
Clemens: 3-4, 3B, R
Policelli: 3-4, R, SB
Myers (W, 3-4): 6.0 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 BB, 2 SO
Coming up next: The two clubs square up again at 6:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 5, West Michigan Whitecaps 4 (box)
The Whitecaps’ offense gave their pitching staff two leads to work with on Monday, but they blew them both. The ‘Caps got on the board via passed ball with men on first and third in the third inning. John Valente followed with an RBI single and the Whitecaps were up 2-0. Gio Arriera was effectively wild at best, but he got plenty of whiffs, ultimately striking out seven while allowing two runs over 5 2⁄3 innings of work.
After Arriera allowed the Hot Rods to tie things up in the sixth, the offense got back to work. Ulrich Bojarski plated Valente with an RBI single in the eighth, and Reynaldo Rivera followed with an RBI double. Unfortunately, Angel Reyes couldn’t lock up the save with a two-run lead. He allowed two singles and a sacrifice fly to bring the Hot Rods within one. After another single, Wander Franco — perhaps the best prospect in all the minor leagues — stepped to the dish and singled home the tying run. One more single followed and the lead was gone. John Valente singled with two outs in the ninth, but Sam McMillan flew out to end it.
Valente: 3-4, R, RBI, BB
Bojarski: 2-4, RBI
Tuck: 1-2, R, 2 BB, SO, SB
Arriera: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 SO
Coming up next: Chance Kirby will throw for Whitecaps on Tuesday, while the Hot Rods send Matthew Liberatore to the mound for a 7:05 p.m. ET start.
Toledo Mud Hens (idle)
The Hens were off on Monday. They kick off a road series against the Columbus Clippers on Tuesday starting at 6:35 p.m. ET. Tyler Alexander will start for Toledo.