Toledo Mud Hens 11, Norfolk Tides 4 (box)
Kyle Funkhouser returned to the Mud Hens rotation and was naturally a little rusty. However, the Hens’ offense had no trouble picking him up as they blew out the Tides on Saturday. Jeimer Candelario and Jacob Robson each had three hit games, while Candelario, Jake Rogers, and Daniel Pinero each homered. Pinero has been holding his own since his promotion to Toledo, while Robson has finally perked up at the plate after a rough start to the season. As for Rogers, his average remains low, but he has 10 home runs on the year — two in the past four games — and a nice walk rate. Funkhouser allowed three runs, two earned, in four innings of work. Bryan Garcia allowed a late run, but John Schreiber and Jose Fernandez threw strong innings in relief.
Candelario: 3-5, 3B, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI
Robson: 3-4, 3B, 3 RBI, SO
Pinero: 1-3, HR, 3 R, RBI, 2 BB, SO
Funkhouser: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 2 SO
Norfolk Tides 1, Toledo Mud Hens 0 (box)
Tyler Alexander locked up in a duel with Tides’ starter Chandler Shepherd on Sunday. Alexander spun 6 2⁄3 innings of scoreless ball though he struck out just three in the outing. The Tides finally broke through in the eighth. An error from Daz Cameron put the go-ahead runner on first and the Tides eventually pushed him across against reliever Eduardo Jimenez. Victor Reyes had two of the Hens four hits.
Reyes: 2-3, SO
Alexander: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
Coming up next: The Hens are idle on Monday, and then welcome in the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Tuesday for a three-game set.
Erie SeaWolves 5, Hartford Yard Goats 3 (F/6) (box)
Rain plagued this series, as they were washed out on Saturday and then had the attempted makeup game rained out on Sunday as part of a doubleheader. They did manage one six-inning contest and Spencer Watkins handled the delays and damp conditions quite well. He allowed an early run but wasn’t touched until he allowed a one-out single in the sixth. Drew Carlton came on and allowed both the inherited runner and another one to score. The Hens scored two runs in each of the first two innings to build an early lead, and Isaac Paredes added a solo shot in the fifth.
Azocar: 2-3, R, 2 RBI
Paredes: 1-3, HR, R, RBI, SO
Watkins (W, 2-0): 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 3 SO
Coming up next: Erie will welcome in the Portland Sea Dogs on Monday night with Logan Shore scheduled to start.
Lakeland Flying Tigers (idle)
The South Division took a 2-0 victory in the Florida State League All-Star game on Saturday. Flying Tigers Brady Policelli and Tarik Skubal saw a bit of action, while Luke Burch, who was also named an All-Star, was promoted to Double-A Erie. Policelli had a single in the game, while Skubal threw a perfect frame of relief with two strikeouts.
The Whitecaps and Cubs were rained out on Saturday, but managed to play on Sunday. Chance Kirby gave up a couple of early runs, but settled in to toss five solid innings for the Whitecaps. Unfortunately, a late rally was undone by a rough Drew Crosby relief appearance. The Whitecaps’ offense struggled, but they mustered a rally in the sixth, putting their first three batters on base and pushing across three runs. Wenceel Perez and Hector Martinez both doubled, but those were the ‘Caps only extra base hits on the night.
Esposito: 2-4, R, SO
Perez: 1-3, 2B, BB
Kirby: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 SO
Coming up next: The Whitecaps wrap up a rough first half with a 21-48 record, worst in the Midwest League. They will take a break for the Midwest League All-Star game on Tuesday. Their second half starts on the road against the Lake County Captains on Thursday.
Vermont Lake Monsters 4, Connecticut Tigers 3 (box)
Lefty Alfredo Silva gave the Tigers an outstanding start on Sunday, spinning five no-hit innings with three walks and five strikeouts. The Tigers pushed across a run in the first, and held that slender lead until Marco Jimenez ran into trouble in relief in the seventh. Jimenez allowed three runs to put the Monsters up 3-1. The Tigers came back to load the bases in the bottom of the frame but only pushed across one run. The Monsters extended their lead with a run in the top of the ninth, and though they loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, the Tigers couldn’t get the big hit for a comeback.
Brinkman: 2-4, 2B, 2 R, BB, 2 SO
Quero: 1-3, RBI, 2 BB
Silva: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 SO
Connecticut Tigers 12, Lowell Spinners 7 (box)
Xavier Javier and Rodolfo Fajardo were each hit pretty hard on Saturday, but the offense had plenty of assistance to offer. It took a while to get going as they were held scoreless for four innings before a Matthew Jarecki RBI double in the sixth. Alexis Garcia mashed a grand slam, and the Tigers poured it on from there. First baseman Jose Quero smacked two doubles as the Tigers pounded out 12 hits.
Quero: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 R
Garcia: 1-3, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, BB, SO
Behenna (W, 1-0): 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 4 SO
Coming up next: The Tigers and Lake Monsters meet up again on Monday at 7:05 p.m. ET.