Toledo Mud Hens 2, Rochester Red Wings 0 (box)
Tyler Alexander struck out 12 hitters in a dominant seven-inning performance against the Red Wings on Saturday. Alexander allowed just two hits and two walks across his seven frames to pick up his second win of the year. The Mud Hens were able to scratch across a couple of early runs, one off the bat of Daz Cameron, and Alexander and the bullpen made the slim lead stand up. Victor Reyes continued to swing a hot bat, collecting two hits.
Reyes: 2-4, R, SO
Kozma: 2-3, R
Cameron: 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB, 2 SO
Alexander (W): 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 12 SO
Coming up next: The Mud Hens and Red Wings will close out their series on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET.
Erie SeaWolves 2, Akron RubberDucks 0 (box)
Beau Burrows turned in a strong performance in his second rehab start, tossing five scoreless innings as the SeaWolves also blanked their opponent on Saturday. Burrows allowed two hits and two walks while striking out three. He was very efficient, needing just 61 pitches to get through five frames.
Offensively, the SeaWolves offense did just enough for the W. Jose Azocar broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the fifth, scoring Isaac Paredes, and Kody Eaves tacked on an insurance run with a solo shot in the eighth. Drew Carlton allowed a pair of hits in the ninth, but ultimately kept Akron off the board for his sixth save.
Azocar: 2-4, RBI, 2 SO
Eaves: 1-3, HR, R, RBI, BB
Burrows (W): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
Coming up next: Erie will go for the sweep on Sunday against Akron. The game will start at 2:05 p.m. ET.
The Flying Tigers exploded for six runs in the top of the fourth to break a scoreless tie, and tacked on a few more runs after that to pick up their second win in a row. Kody Clemens stayed hot, with an RBI triple to open the scoring in the fourth. Nick Ames followed with an RBI single, and Brady Policelli brought home two more with a home run. Ames added to his tally with a solo shot in the fifth, and Clemens drove in another run in the seventh. He finished the day with three RBI, while Luke Sherley led the team with three hits. Elvin Rodriguez ran into trouble in the sixth, and finished the day with three runs allowed in 5 1⁄3 innings, but he struck out eight.
Sherley: 3-4, 2B, RBI, SB
Clemens: 2-5, 3B, R, 3 RBI
Ames: 2-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, SO
Policelli: 1-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, 2 SO
Rodriguez (W): 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 SO
Coming up next: Lakeland will aim to make it three of four over Charlotte this weekend in Sunday’s series finale. Tom de Blok (0-4, 3.86 ERA) will start for the Flying Tigers.
Lake County Captains 5, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (box)
Whitecaps starter Gio Arriera struck out six and walked one in 4 2⁄3 innings of work, but was also tagged for five runs by an efficient Captains offense to hand the Whitecaps their fifth loss in a row. Arriera didn’t allow a hit until the fourth, when two singles and a hit batter loaded the bases with no outs. Arriera induced a double play ball, which scored a run for Lake County, but uncorked a wild pitch with two outs for a second Captains run. He nearly got out of the fifth as well, but three consecutive two-out hits scored three more runs, sending Arriera to the showers. The Whitecaps offense was little help until Ulrich Bojarski drove in two runs with an RBI triple in the eighth. They finished with six hits and went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
Bojarski: 2-4, 3B, 2 RBI, SO
Malis: 2-4, R, SO
Quintana: 1-3, R, BB, 2 SO
Arriera (L): 4.2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, BB, 6 SO
Coming up next: The ‘Caps will try to avoid a four-game sweep at the hands of the Captains on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Lowell Spinners 4, Connecticut Tigers 2 (box)
Alfredo Silva struck out seven while allowing just a single unearned run in five innings, but the Tigers bullpen did Tigers bullpen things, allowing three runs late to hand Connecticut a loss. Connecticut opened the scoring on a Julio Martinez RBI single in the bottom of the second, and took a 2-1 lead on a Kelvin Smith RBI groundout in the fourth. Unfortunately, Austin Anderson couldn’t close things out in the seventh — minor league doubleheaders are seven innings, remember — allowing a run to blow the save. The two teams went scoreless in the eighth before Lowell pushed across a couple runs against Bairon De La Rosa to pull out the win.
Martinez: 2-4, RBI
De La Rosa: 1-4, 2B, SO
Silva: 5.0 IP, 2 H, R (0 ER), BB, 7 SO
Lowell Spinners 2, Connecticut Tigers 1 (F/7) (box)
Chavez Fernander gave up a pair of runs in the top of the second, and that would be enough offense for Lowell to sweep Saturday’s doubleheader over Connecticut. Fernander struck out five in 4 2⁄3 innings of work, and Jake Baker worked 2 1⁄3 scoreless frames in relief. The Tigers were held to just three hits on the day, however, and only scored on an Eliezer Alfonzo single in the sixth. Several recent draft picks appeared in this game, including Cooper Johnson and Bryant Packard, who collected their first hits as professionals.
Alfonzo: 1-3, RBI, SO
Johnson: 1-2, BB, SO
Coming up next: The Tigers will look to avoid a three-game sweep on Sunday at Dodd Stadium at 4:05 p.m. ET.