Lehigh Valley IronPigs 9, Toledo Mud Hens 5 (box)
Gregory Soto was knocked around by the IronPigs but the offense kept the Hens in it on Thursday until a bullpen eruption sealed their fate. The Hens actually led in this one early on, as a Victor Reyes RBI single in the first inning, and Jake Rogers’ 11th home run of the year in the second gave them a 3-0 lead. Rogers has just four hits in his last six games, but three of them were home runs. Unfortunately, Soto got in a lot of trouble in the third and fourth and ultimately allowed five runs in five innings of work. The Hens got a run in the fifth, but the game was decided in the top of the eighth where Jose Fernandez allowed the IronPigs to plate three runs and pull away.
Rogers: 1-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, 2 SO
Pinero: 1-4, 2B, 2 R
Soto (L, 0-1): 5.0 IP, 5 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: The Hens welcome in the Rochester Red Wings for a Friday night doubleheader with first pitch set for 6:05pm ET.
Erie SeaWolves (idle)
The SeaWolves and the Akron RubberDucks are prepping for a weekend series with a tweet war. They’ll get action started at 7:05pm ET on Friday night. So far, I’d say the SeaWolves are ahead in the series.
Search the interwebs and you’ll find it’s slang for pirates.— Erie SeaWolves (@erie_seawolves) June 20, 2019
Also, if we’re measuring reality, Akron’s logo is a duck with teeth. https://t.co/agl0bC4IRP
Garrett Hill tossed a decent game for Lakeland but the Stone Crabs’ Shane McClanahan had his way with the Flygers’ lineup on Thursday. Hill went 5 2⁄3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks. He was actually having a good outing until issuing three straight walks with two outs in the sixth inning and getting the hook. Brad Bass limited the damage to one run, but allowed another insurance run in the seventh inning. The offense managed just five hits and didn’t draw a walk so they deserve the loss in this one.
Nick Ames: 1-4, 2B, 2 SO
Hill (L, 1-2): 5.2 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 6 SO
Coming Up Next: First pitch is set for 6:30pm ET as the Flying Tigers will look to avoid losing five straight to open the second half of the season.
West Michigan Whitecaps, Lake County Captains (postponed)
Rain washed out the debut of the Tigers second and third round picks in the 2019 draft. Nick Quintana and Andre Lipcius should be in the lineup on Friday as the two clubs play a doubleheader. Adam Wolf will start Game 1 for the Whitecaps, while Robbie Welhaf gets the ball in Game 2.
Xavier Javier was good in his short start, but Marco Jimenez was hit hard in the sixth, allowing both Yankees’ runs on Thursday night. Fortunately, the offense had already erupted for five runs in the fifth and sixth inning and went on to win. Back-to-back RBI doubles by Elierzer Alfonzo and Kingston Liniak in the sixth were the decisive blows of the game. Kyle Thomas struck out four in a perfect two inning relief hold appearance.
Verdon: 2-4, 3B, R, RBI
Alfonzo: 2-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI
Liniak: 2-4, 2B, R, RBI
Javier: 3.0 IP, H, 2 BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: The Tigers come home on Friday night to take on the Lowell Spinners at 7:05pm ET.