Durhams Bulls 5, Toledo Mud Hens 4 (box)
Tyler Alexander gave the Mud Hens six innings on Tuesday night, but that’s the only positive we can take from it. The peripherals still look good as far as walks and strikeouts are concerned, but Alexander just can’t keep the ball in the park consistently. He allowed three home runs on Tuesday, and left after six down 5-1.
The Mud Hens did fight back in the late innings, though. Jake Rogers mashed a solo shot to the opposite field with one out in the seventh. The Hens went on to load the bases from there and appeared on the verge of a comeback. Willi Castro reached on an infield single to push Jake Robson across, but Victor Reyes grounded out moments later to snuff the rally. Zac Reininger and Bryan Garcia each tossed a solid inning of relief to keep the Hens close, and Mikie Mahtook added a solo shot in the eighth. Unfortunately, after Daz Cameron set the table in the ninth with a leadoff single off pitcher Andrew Kittredge, the Hens went down in order from there to end it.
Rogers: 1-3, HR, R, RBI, BB, SO
W. Castro: 1-4, R, RBI, BB, SO
Alexander (L, 1-8): 6.0 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO
Coming up next: Tim Adleman is on schedule to start for the Hens on Wednesday as the two clubs meet up again at 7:05 p.m. ET.
Reading Fightin’ Phils 5, Erie SeaWolves 4 (F/10) (box)
This was the conclusion of a May 30 suspended contest. Anthony Castro had initially started for an inning, but it was Logan Shore who took over, allowing four runs, three earned across 5 2⁄3 innings. After Shore allowed four, Cam Gibson singled in Jose Azocar in the fourth. They added another in the sixth after loading the bases. Josh Lester grounded into a double play to score Derek Hill, but also snuffed the rally in the process. It was Hill scoring again in the eighth after reaching on an error. Hill put his speed to work, stealing second and taking third on an Isaac Paredes single, and then scored on a wild pitch. Jose Azocar reached on another error with Paredes scoring in the process to tie things up. Unfortunately, the SeaWolves’ offense stalled from there, and Zac Houston eventually allowed the Phils to walk it off in 10 innings.
Azocar: 3-5, R
Paredes: 1-4, R, BB, SO
Shore: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 3 SO
Erie SeaWolves 5, Reading Fightin’ Phils 3 (F/7) (box)
On a bullpen day for the SeaWolves, the offense provided an early lead and fought back late with a seventh inning rally to win. They scored three in the third to build that early lead, but Trent Szkutnik allowed the Fightin’ Phils to tie things up. In the seventh, Cole Peterson singled, but was erased on a Derek Hill ground ball, with Hill reaching first. Isaac Paredes followed with a double to plate Hill, and Frank Schwindel came through with a two-out single to turn a two-run lead over to Drew Carlton. Carlton allowed a leadoff double, but locked it down from there to pick up the save.
Paredes: 1-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, SO
Schwindel: 3-4, RBI
Szkutnik: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 SO
Coming up next: The SeaWolves and Phils meet up again at 7:10 p.m. ET. on Wednesday. Casey Mize should be on schedule to start for Erie.
Daytona Tortugas 9, Lakeland Flying Tigers 4 (box)
Jesus Rodriguez was absolutely pummeled by the Dragon’s lineup on Tuesday. He allowed two runs in the first and then melted down for a seven run second inning. Forget about this one, kid. For his part, Kody Clemens stayed relatively hot, as he doubled in Brady Policelli in the bottom of the first. Nick Ames followed with an RBI single, and for a moment, things were tied at 2-2 before Rodriguez imploded in the second inning. Austin Sodders continued to work his way back with 4 2⁄3 innings of scoreless ball with five punchouts. Brad Bass and Angel De Jesus also offered strong relief outings. While the outcome wasn’t in doubt to any notable degree from that point on, Jon Rosoff and Luke Sherley had RBI hits in the fifth to make the score more respectable.
Rosoff: 2-4, RBI
Clemens: 1-4, 2B, R, RBI, SO
Ames: 3-5, R, RBI, SO
J. Rodriguez (L, 2-8): 1.1 IP, 10 H, 9 ER, SO
Coming up next: The Flying Tigers will look to stay in this four-game series tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Dayton Dragons 5, West Michigan Whitecaps 4 (box)
Adam Wolf had another rough outing and a late push from the Whitecaps wasn’t enough to overcome it. Wolf surrendered five runs in five innings of work and just hasn’t been able to string together good outings since joining the organization. The Whitecaps had an early chance to blow this one open. They loaded the bases in the top of the second inning with two outs, and Vinny Esposito was hit by a pitch to push across a run. Unfortunately Wenceel Perez grounded out to end the inning.
Instead, the Whitecaps had to chip away at the Dragons’ lead. Ulrich Bojarski scored in the third when Parker Meadows reached on an error. Esposito came back with an RBI double in the sixth to pull within two. The Whitecaps then went quietly in the seventh and eighth. Wenceel Perez gave them a last opportunity in the ninth when he tripled with one out. Sam McMillan’s liner found the glove of Dayton first baseman Pabel Manzanero, but Ulrich Bojarski came through with an RBI single to plate Perez and pull within one. Hector Martinez singled, and the Whitecaps had the tying run at second, but Rey Rivera struck out on three pitches to end the game.
Bojarski: 3-5, R, RBI
Martinez: 2-5, SO
Wolf (L, 2-8): 5.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R (4 ER), BB, 6 SO
Coming up next: The Whitecaps and Dragons meet up at 7:00 p.m. ET as the ‘Caps look to avoid a fifth straight loss to the Dragons.