Rochester Red Wings 7, Toledo Mud Hens 1 (box)
The Mud Hens were actually first on the board in this one, but Tyler Alexander had a rough day at the office. Willi Castro reached via an error in the first inning and promptly stole second base. After Josh Lester and Mikie Mahtook drew one-out walks, Dustin Peterson brought Castro home with a sacrifice fly. Alexander held the Wings off the board for three innings, but he consistently got into deep counts and was fortunate on several hard-hit balls that went for outs. In the fourth, he crumbled, giving up three runs while running his pitch count to 95 for the game. Sandy Baez came on in relief and continued to look a mess, surrendering four runs in his lone inning of work. John Schreiber and Zac Houston did nice work closing out the final three frames, but the offense couldn’t get back in the game.
Castro: 1-4, R, SB
Peterson: 1-3, RBI, SO
Alexander (L, 1-3): 4.0 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, BB, 3 SO
Coming up next: The two clubs meet up again at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday.
Akron RubberDucks 4, Erie SeaWolves 3 (F/11) (box)
Alex Faedo got into trouble right out of the gate in this one. He gave up a leadoff walk, a single, and a two-run double while fans were still finding their seats. To his credit, he was nails from that point on, blanking the RubberDucks through six innings with five strikeouts to one walk. Run-scoring hits from Chad Sedio in the second and fourth innings tied the game at 2-2. Ethan DeCaster allowed a run in the seventh, but Isaac Paredes tied the game again in the bottom half of the frame with an RBI single. Unfortunately, the offense stalled at that point, and Mark Ecker eventually gave up the game-winner in the 11th.
Sedio: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, SO
Paredes: 2-4, RBI, BB
Gibson: 1-4, R, BB, 2 SO
Faedo: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 SO
Coming up next: The two clubs will decide the three-game set on Thursday morning with first pitch set for 10:35 a.m. ET. No starter is listed, but my guess is that Anthony Castro is starting for Erie.
Lakeland Flying Tigers 2, Florida Fire Frogs 1 (box)
The Flying Tigers got a nice outing from Jesus Rodriguez, and flexed a little muscle to take down the Frogs on Wednesday. Rodriguez went seven innings, allowing just a run on four hits and a walk, while striking out five. Zac Shepherd and Brady Policelli each cracked a solo shot to provide the slim margin of victory. Shepherd has three on the season, while Policelli continues to impress with five long balls in just 28 games. Max Green tossed a clean eighth, and Bryan Garcia’s comeback hit a milestone, as he recorded his first save since 2017 and did so in style by punching out the side in the ninth.
Policelli: 1-2, HR, R, RBI, BB
Shepherd: 1-2, HR, R, RBI, BB, SO
Rodriguez (W, 1-3): 7.0 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 5 SO
Coming up next: Dane Myers gets the ball on Thursday, as the Flygers move to Daytona to take on Packy Naughton — yes that’s his name, stop laughing — and the Tortugas.
Peoria Chiefs 6, West Michigan Whitecaps 4 (box)
Kacey Murphy pitched in a good deal of traffic but came through with a decent outing anyway. Unfortunately, his bullpen let him down in the late innings as the Chiefs came from behind to win on Wednesday. A two-run single from Parker Meadows got the ‘Caps on the board in the first inning. After Murphy allowed two runs in the top of the fourth, a throwing error on Chiefs catcher Diego Cordero allowed Sam McMillan to score from third and gave Murphy a one-run lead again. That lead slipped away in the fifth and the game stayed tied until the eighth, when Jose Vasquez loaded the bases and was pulled. Jared Tobey came on to try and escape the jam, but balked a runner home and then allowed a two-run single before stopping the bleeding. The Hens scored one in the bottom of the eighth but that was as close as they would get.
Hampton: 1-4, 2B, 2 R, SO
McMillan: 1-4, 2B, R
Meadows: 1-4, 2 RBI
Murphy: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 4 SO
Coming up next: The Whitecaps welcome in the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. ET.