Toledo Mud Hens 10, Columbus Clippers 4 (box)
Drew VerHagen’s return to a starting role went well, and the Hens’ offense broke out the whooping stick against the Clippers on Wednesday. VerHagen threw 48 pitches over four innings with just two hits and an unearned run against as he begins stretching his pitch counts back up. The Hens were clinging to a one-run lead in the sixth when shortstop Willi Castro, who entered the game with an .895 OPS, smashed a three-run homer, his second of the year, to open up space the Hens wouldn’t relinquish. The Hens scored four total in the inning, and came back for four more in the eighth, with Danny Woodrow launching a three-run blast of his own. Mikie Mahtook added a solo shot in the frame, and while Matt Hall struggled a bit in a five inning piggyback start, victory was assured.
W. Castro: 2-5, HR, R, 3 RBI, SO
Woodrow: 2-3, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI
Mahtook: 2-5, HR, 2B, R, RBI, SO
Hall (W, 3-2): 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, BB, 4 SO
Coming Up Next: Longtime Reds’ journeyman Tim Adleman gets the start for Toledo on Thursday morning with first pitch set for 11:35am ET.
Hartford Yard Goats 3, Erie SeaWolves 1 (box)
Logan Shore did an ok job of following the Mize/Manning show, but the offense struggled with Yard Goats’ starter Rico Garcia on Wednesday. Shore allowed three runs in 5 2⁄3 innings of work. Nolan Blackwood took it to the house without allowing a hit or a walk. Derek Hill led off the game with a double, moved to third on an Isaac Paredes single, and scored on a Josh Lester sacrifice fly. Unfortunately that was all the offense could manage in this one as the Yard Goats avoided the sweep.
Hill: 1-4, 2B, R
Paredes: 1-3, BB, SO
Shore (L, 2-3): 5.2 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 2 SO
Coming Up Next: The SeaWolves are idle on Thursday as they prepare to welcome in the Bowie Baysox on Friday night at 6:05pm ET.
Elvin Rodriguez was hit hard early in this one, and the Flygers were never in the game. Rodriguez made it five innings, but surrendered five runs on seven hits and three walks. Dylan Rosa singled home Colby Bortles in the seventh to avoid a shutout. The Flygers had 10 hits and two walks, but just couldn’t come up with the big hit when they needed it.
Peterson: 3-5, 2B
Bortles: 1-3, 2B, R, BB
Rodriguez (L, 4-3): 5.0 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, 2 SO
Coming Up Next: The Flygers head to St. Lucie, with Tom deBlok taking the mound on Thursday night at 6:30pm ET.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 3, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (box)
The Whitecaps got on the board quickly on Wednesday, but the bullpen couldn’t hold down a late rally from the Hot Rods. John Valente scored on a Chris Proctor single in the bottom of the first inning. Adam Wolf took that slim lead and ran with it, putting together a very nice six innings of work. Unfortunately, Lance Parrish sent him back out in the seventh, and he finally cracked, allowing two runs. Michael Gizzi surrendered an unearned run in the eighth to make it 3-1 Bowling Green. Ulrich Bojarski scored Proctor in the bottom of the eighth on a sacrifice fly, but the comeback died there.
Proctor: 2-4, R
Valente: 1-4, R
Wolf (L, 3-5): 6.2 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 7 SO
Coming Up Next: It’ll be a Thrifty Thursday morning affair tomorrow, with first pitch set for 11:00am ET.