Toledo Mud Hens 4, Columbus Clippers 3 (Sunday) (box)
Matt Hall gave the Hens his best outing of the year, and Daz Cameron responded to a drop in the order with a huge day at the plate. Hall struck out nine over 6 1⁄3 innings of work, allowing two runs on six hits. The Hens got on the board in the second inning when Cameron, batting sixth, mashed a rocket to left field that went for his fourth home run of the year. Three consecutive singles plated another run, and the Hens got on the board again in the fourth. Cameron led off the inning with a double and later came around to score on a Danny Woodrow single. Pete Kozma scored catcher Cameron Rupp with a sacrifice fly in the sixth to complete the Hens’ scoring. John Schreiber cleaned up the seventh, but it was a rocky two inning save for Will Vest, who allowed a run but held on in the end.
Cameron: 2-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI, 2 SO
Lugo: 3-4, R
Rupp: 2-3, R, BB, SO
Hall (W, 2-0): 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 9 SO
Columbus Clippers 10, Toledo Mud Hens 5 (Saturday) (F/11) (box)
Nick Ramirez gave the Hens a nice outing to work with on Saturday. Unfortunately, the bullpen let the game slip away, and reliever Zac Houston was rocked in the 11th to take the loss. Ramirez went five innings and struck out six, allowing just one run on four hits and a walk.
Dustin Peterson got the Hens on the board first with a solo shot to center field in the second inning. The Hens came back for two runs in the fourth, and then Peterson picked up two more RBI with a fifth inning single. The Hens led 5-1 at that point. Unfortunately Caleb Thielbar, Nolan Blackwood, and Jose Cisnero allowed runs to allow the Clippers to tie things up and send it to extra innings where Zac Houston gave up five runs (four earned) to put the Clippers on top for good.
Peterson: 2-5, HR, R, 3 RBI, 3 SO
Cameron: 1-5, R, SO
Ramirez: 5.0 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 6 SO
Coming up next: The Hens are off on Monday, and head to Rochester on Tuesday where Spenser Watkins will take on the Red Wings’s Kohl Stewart.
Erie SeaWolves 5, Bowie Baysox 0 (Sunday) (box)
Matt Manning wasn’t happy with the final inning of his last start, and he took it out on the Baysox on Sunday. Manning had his plus curveball under command, and mixed it with his changeup to keep his opponents badly off balance, but as usual it was his fastball doing the bulk of the heavy lifting. He pounded the zone and just chewed up the Baysox by moving his fastball up and down in the zone with authority. Manning struck out nine in seven innings of work, limiting Bowie to three hits and a walk. The 21-year-old righthander sat comfortably around 95-96 mph per the broadcast. He holds a 2.27 ERA with 50 strikeouts to just eight walks in 35 2⁄3 innings of work so far.
Manning’s usual catcher, Jake Rogers, staked him to a lead with a two-run home run in the fourth as the team’s designated hitter. The long ball was Rogers’ third in as many days and fifth on the young season. Kade Scivicque, who caught Manning in this one, also cracked a solo shot in the fourth inning, and the SeaWolves cruised to victory over a Baysox club that has no doubt had its fill of the SeaWolves rotation in recent weeks. The two victories over Bowie this weekend vaulted the SeaWolves over the .500 mark and they stand at 14-12 with on off day set for Monday.
Rogers: 1-3, HR, R, 2 RBI, BB, SO
Scivicque: 2-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, SO
Azocar: 1-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, SO
Manning: (W, 3-1): 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, BB, 9 SO
Erie SeaWolves 6, Bowie Baysox 1 (Saturday) (box)
Casey Mize is having no trouble at all adapting to the Eastern League. After his no-hit effort last time out, manager Mike Rabelo kept the pitch count down to 78, and Mize cruised through five inning of work. He surrendered just two hits and an unearned run on a Chad Sedio error that should have ended the fourth inning while punching out four. His fastball command still wasn’t as tight as we have seen it before, but as in his last time out, Mize was overpowering anyway, and was content to pound the zone with his full arsenal while the Baysox struggled mightily to square anything up.
In the meantime, Mize’s offense was staking him to a nice lead. Daniel Pinero got the show started with a home run in the bottom of the first inning with Isaac Paredes aboard. Kody Eaves mashed a long ball of his own with Jake Rogers on base in the fourth inning, and they added another run that inning on an Isaac Paredes ground out that scored Chad Sedio from third base. Pinero came back for seconds in the seventh inning, crunching a solo shot to left center field for a little insurance.
Pinero: 2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI
Eaves: 2-4, 2B, HR, R, 2 RBI
Paredes: 1-5, 3B, R, RBI
Mize (W, 2-0): 5.0 IP, 2 H, R (0 ER), 4 SO
Coming up next: Alex Faedo will look to keep things rolling in the SeaWolves rotation as the Akron RubberDucks come to town on Tuesday night. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. ET.
Hard-throwing lefty Tarik Skubal continued to make a great impression on Sunday, and Kody Clemens powered the offense to one of its best showings on the young season. Skubal punched 10 tickets in this one, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk. Clate Schmidt allowed two in relief, while one of the Tigers best relief prospects, Bryan Garcia, returned to action from 2018 Tommy John surgery and allowed a run in an inning of work.
Meanwhile the offense was doing major damage. Kody Clemens hit two solo home runs and two doubles in the contest. Zac Shepherd and AJ Simcox also homered as the Flygers blew the Marauders away.
Clemens: 4-5, 2 2B, 2 HR, 3 R, 2 RBI, SO, SB
Shepherd: 2-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, SO
Burch: 3-5, R, RBI, SB
Skubal (W, 2-2): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 10 SO
Tigers No. 3 prospect Franklin Perez tossed 3.2 innings in an extended spring training game yesterday (60 pitches, 45 strikes). https://t.co/lyt5xadQnc— Detroit Tigers Player Development (@RoadtoDetroit) May 5, 2019
Bradenton Marauders 5, Lakeland Flying Tigers 4 (Saturday) (F/10) (box)
The Flying Tigers struck early on Saturday, and Dane Myers gave them a solid outing, but the bullpen couldn’t hold a late lead. The offense got things going in the second inning when Brock Deatherage was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. He promptly stole second base, prompting a mound visit. He then stole third base. A Zac Shepherd singled scored him, and then Reynaldo Rivera was hit by a pitch as well. Both would come around to score to make it 3-0. Rivera then launched his second home run of the year, a solo shot, in the fourth to help pad that lead. Myers cruised for four innings, but crumbled in the fifth, allowing three runs. He finished with six punchouts to two walks, with three runs charged on four hits over five innings of work. Jason Foley allowed a solo shot in the ninth to blow the save, while Billy Lescher allowed the game winner under extra innings rules.
Rivera: 1-3, HR, 2 R, RBI, SO
Shepherd: 1-4, R, RBI, SO
Myers: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO
Coming up next: The Flying Tigers welcome in the Florida Fire Frogs on Monday at 5:00 p.m. ET.
Burlington Bees 9, West Michigan Whitecaps 5 (Sunday) (box)
The Whitecaps put up a fight in this one, but a four-run third inning against ‘Caps starter Carlos Guzman put them in hot water early on. Guzman settled down a bit to go five innings, but allowed five walks and five hits to his five strikeouts on the day. Wenceel Perez hit a solo shot in the third, his first of the year, and the Whitecaps went on to score two more in the frame. Ulrich Bojarski smacked a solo shot in the sixth, his fourth of the year, as the Australian sensation hit for the cycle on Sunday. He completed the feat in style, coming to the plate in the eighth needing only a triple and got it with a rocket into right field. Bojarski’s home run in the sixth had put the Whitecaps on top 5-4, but Yaya Chentouf and the defense melted down in the seventh. Chentouf was charged for two or the three runs he allowed, while Drew Crosby allowed the final two Bees to score for the final margin.
Bojarksi: 4-5, 2B, 3B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
Perez: 3-6, HR, 2 R, RBI, SB
McMillan: 2-4, 2B, BB
Guzman: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), 5 BB, 5 SO
Congratulations to outfielder @UlrichBojarski, who hit for the cycle Sunday in Burlington. He becomes the first @wmwhitecaps player to accomplish the feat since Michael Hernandez in 2006. #RoadToDetroit #MotorOn pic.twitter.com/wo4Dosase3— Dan Hasty (@ThatDanHasty) May 5, 2019
West Michigan Whitecaps 6, Burlington Bees 5 (Saturday) (box)
The Whitecaps built an early lead in this one, and then traded blows with the Bees late to win it. John Valente and Jordan Pearce collected RBI singles in the first inning, while Nick Ames scored from third on a pickoff throw gone awry in the third. Wilkel Hernandez leaked a few runs along the way, allowing two home runs, but did punch out seven Bees as well. Both teams scored two in the sixth, and one in the eighth, but Angel Reyes came on to shut down the Bees for a four-out save.
Hampton: 2-5, 3 R, BB, SO, SB
King: 2-4, 2 R, BB, SO
Valente: 3-5, 2 RBI
Hernandez: (W, 3-2): 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 7 SO
Coming up next: The Peoria Chiefs come to town on Monday, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET.