Columbus Clippers 7, Toledo Mud Hens 2 (box)
Starter Tim Adleman struggled and the offense had a brutal day at the plate as the Hens went down in defeat on Thursday. Adleman gave the Hens some length, going six innings, but at the expense of five earned runs. The Hens knotted things up at two apiece in the top of the fifth on a two-run triple from Pete Kozma. Unfortunately Adleman allowed three in the bottom of the frame, and Jose Fernandez put the game out of reach when he surrendered two runs in the seventh. The offense managed just five hits and didn’t draw a walk in this one.
Kozma: 1-3, 3B, 2 RBI, SO
W. Castro: 1-4, 2B, 2 SO
Adleman (L, 1-1): 6.0 IP, 5 ER, 8 H, BB, 4 SO
Coming Up Next: The Hens travel to Louisville, where Ryan Carpenter will duel Rob Wooten on Friday night at 7:00pm ET.
Nick Ames was the hero in this one, coming through with an RBI single in the 10th to provide the game winning run. Tom deBlok did a solid job keeping the Mets’ offense in check. He tossed five innings of two-run ball and managed to pitch around three walks. The Mets got to him for two run in the third, but the Flygers came back with two of their own in the fifth when they loaded the bases and Dayton Dugas plated Ames with a single. The bases were still loaded for Reece Hampton who grounded to second base while Colby Bortles raced home. Brock Deatherage tried to score on the play as well but was cut down via the ol’ 4-6-5-2-5-3 double play. Cole Peterson singled in Hampton in the eighth to take a one run lead, but Liarvis Breto gave the run right back. So we went to extras, where Ames came through with a run and Wladimir Pinto locked down the bottom of the tenth to earn the victory.
Peterson: 3-5, RBI
Deatherage: 3-5, SO, SB
Hampton: 1-4, 3B, R, RBI, 2 SO
Pinto (W, 2-1): 2.1 IP, BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: Jesus Rodriguez takes the mound for Lakeland on Friday night at 6:30pm ET. The Mets will go with Walker Lockett.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 9, West Michigan Whitecaps 7 (box)
Neither starter Wilkel Hernandez nor Carson Lance in relief could handle the Hot Rods on Thursday. They combined to allow eight runs in six innings of work and a late rally by the offense wasn’t enough to overcome the pitching woes. After Hernandez allowed two men to reach in the fourth, he was pulled in favor of Lance. It went sideways quickly. Lance issued a walk to load the bases, and then surrendered a grand slam to the Hot Rods’ Chris Betts. As a result, it was 8-3 in the bottom of the sixth when the Whitecaps loaded the bases in time for an Ulrich Bojarski triple to clear them. An error in right field allowed Bojarski to score and close the deficit to one run, but that was as close as they’d get.
Bojarski: 2-4, 3B, R, 3 RBI, BB
Proctor: 2-4, R, RBI, BB
Hernandez (L, 4-4): 3.0 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 2 SO
Coming Up Next: The Whitcaps travel to South Bend for a weekend set with the Cubs. The Tigers 6th round pick in 2018, 6’10 right-hander Hugh Smith makes his 2019 debut on Friday night with first pitch set for 7:35pm ET.