Louisville Bats 10, Toledo Mud Hens 6 (box)
The Hens had this one in hand behind a solid outing from Drew VerHagen, but the bullpen fell apart late to blow it on Monday. VerHagen went five scoreless, allowing just two hits while punching out three. The offense backed him with five runs by the time the third inning wrapped up. Willi Castro’s RBI double in the first inning started the scoring, and he came back with a two-run single in the second inning. John Schreiber has been perhaps the Hens’ most consistent performer recently, but he allowed six earned runs and couldn’t escape the sixth inning. Sandy Baez and Caleb Thielbar each allowed two runs of their own, and the bats didn’t have a comeback in the as the Bats managed a split in the four-game set.
W. Castro: 4-5, 2B, R, 4 RBI, SO
H. Castro: 3-4, 2B, R, RBI
Candelario: 1-4, 2B, 2 R, BB, 3 SO
VerHagen: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 SO
Coming up next: The Gwinnett Stripers come to town on Tuesday night at 6:35 p.m. ET.
Erie SeaWolves 4, Bowie Baysox 1 (box)
Matt Manning was excellent again on Tuesday, and the SeaWolves offense came through just in the nick of time with a rally to win it. Manning allowed a leadoff double in the fourth inning, and that run eventually came around to score. Two singles and a walk accounted for the only other offense against him. Manning struck out seven hitters in six innings of work, throwing 71 of 99 pitches for strikes. Jose Azocar helped out with a stellar play by gunning down Chris Clare at first on a liner into right field.
Nolan Blackwood kept hope alive with 2 1⁄3 innings of scoreless relief, but the offense didn’t get on the board until the eighth inning when they broke out for four runs. The SeaWolves loaded the bases and Derek Hill reached on an error by Baysox shortstop Mason McCoy, which allowed two runs to cross. Isaac Paredes followed with a two-run single to get to our final score, while Will Vest locked down the ninth and the save. The win salvaged a split in the four-game Memorial Day weekend set.
Paredes; 2-4, 2 RBI, SO, SB
Sedio: 2-3, 2B, R
Hill: 1-4, R, RBI
Manning: 6.0 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 7 SO
Coming up next: The SeaWolves send Logan Shore to the bump as they travel to Reading to take on the Fightin’ Phils on Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. ET.
Lakeland Flying Tigers (idle)
The Flying Tigers had Memorial Day off and now head to Bradenton. Elvin Rodriguez gets the start on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. ET.
South Bend Cubs 1, West Michigan Whitecaps 0 (box)
Chance Kirby and the Cubs’ Cam Sanders locked into a solid pitching duel on Monday, but Sanders got the better of it, blanking the ‘Caps for five innings. Kirby allowed a run but acquitted himself well, spinning seven innings of one-run ball with six hits and no walks allowed, to four strikeouts tallied. The Whitecaps offense got runners into scoring position in the fifth, sixth, and eighth inning and just couldn’t buy a hit when they needed one. Nine strikeouts didn’t help their cause.
Burks: 1-3, 2B, SO
Kirby (L, 0-2): 7.0 IP, 6 H, ER, 4 SO
Coming up next: The Fort Wayne TinCaps come to town on Tuesday, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET.