Toledo Mud Hens 7, Rochester Red Wings 1 (box)
The Hens earned a series victory by hammering the Red Wings early and keeping the pressure on all afternoon. Jeimer Candelario got them off on the right foot with a three-run shot in the first inning. Matt Hall gave them 2 2⁄3 decent innings, and then the bullpen took over to shush the Red Wings the rest of the way. Pete Kozma and Candelario picked up RBI hits in the fifth to extend the lead, and the Hens added on two more runs later to pull away for good. Candelario has continued to mash for the Mud Hens, lending credence to the idea that his wrist isn’t his problem against major league pitching. Jacob Robson has also been red hot the past few weeks after a slow start, and he had a three-game in this one. Meanwhile, Daz Cameron continues to hit toward the bottom of the lineup for #reasons, and had a two-hit game.
Candelario: 4-4, HR, R, 4 RBI
Robson: 3-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI, SO
Cameron: 2-4, R, 2 SO, SB
Hall (W, 2-2): 2.2 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 4 SO
Coming up next: The Hens head for Columbus, where Ryan Carpenter (2-4, 3.86 ERA) will battle RHP Mitch Talbot (1-0, 4.50 ERA).
Erie SeaWolves 6, Akron RubberDucks 5 (F/10) (box)
Spencer Watkins came through with a great outing on Sunday, and the SeaWolves’ persevered through a bullpen eruption to win in 10 innings. Erie got on the board first with RBI singles from Sergio Alcantara and Cam Gibson to score three in the second inning. Josh Lester mashed a two-run shot, his eighth, to make it 5-1 SeaWolves after five innings. Meanwhile Watkins was eating up the Ducks, going seven innings and allowing just a solo home runs on four hits and a walk, with seven punchouts. Unfortunately, Joe Navilhon and Nolan Blackwood coughed up the lead in the eighth and ninth inning, sending us to extras where Brandyn Sittinger came through with a lockdown inning for the save after Alcantara singled in Cole Peterson with the eventual game winner.
Lester: 1-5, HR, R, 2 RBI, 2 SO
Gibson: 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB
Alcantara: 2-5, R, 2 RBI
Watkins: 7.0 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 7 SO
Coming up next: The SeaWolves travel to Binghamton to battle the Rumble Ponies in a doubleheader starting at 5:35 p.m. ET.
Charlotte Stone Crabs 7, Lakeland Flying Tigers 3 (box)
Tom de Blok threw a decent game for five innings, but the offense couldn’t get going until Dane Myers had imploded for five runs in relief to put this one nearly out of reach. Nick Ames cracked a three-run shot in the eighth to trim the deficit. Overall the Flygers didn’t have a lot of scoring opportunities despite drawing six walks. They tallied just five hits, and Ames’ shot was the only one for extra bases as the Flygers continue to struggle to hit for any power.
Ames: 1-3, HR, R, 3 RBI, BB, SO
Clemens: 1-4, R, 2 SO
de Blok (L, 0-5): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 4 SO
Coming up next: The Flying Tigers are off on Monday. They’ll welcome the Clearwater Threshers in on Tuesday morning.
Lake County Captains 7, West Michigan Whitecaps 6 (box)
Hugh Smith was excellent on Sunday, but the bullpen squandered his strong outing and the Whitecaps gave up a four-game sweep to the Captains. Smith allowed two runs, one earned, and struck out nine over five innings of work. Parker Meadows singled in Ulrich Bojarski in the fifth to get the ‘Caps on the board. They came back to load the bases in the sixth. Bojarski drew a walk to force in their second run, and then Zach Malis drilled a grand slam to right to put West Michigan up 6-2. Jose Vasquez allowed three runs in the sixth to close the gap to just one run. Jared Tobey came on to shut the door and allowed a game tying home run instead. He then allowed a walkoff home run to complete the bullpen’s meltdown.
Bojarski: 1-2, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB, SB
Malis: 1-4, HR, R, 4 RBI
Quintana: 0-3, R, BB
Smith: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 9 SO
Coming up next: The ‘Caps are off Monday. They will welcome in the Dayton Dragons on Tuesday night with RHP Chance Kirby (1-3, 4.75 ERA) on the mound.
Lowell Spinners 6, Connecticut Tigers 5 (F/10) (box)
Rodolfo Fajardo allowed a run to the Spinners in the first, but the Tigers came back, scoring the next four runs in the contest. Corey Joyce scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the first and then came through with an RBI single in the third. Kona Quiggle and Jordan Verdon each picked up an RBI in the frame as well. Unfortunately, the offense went quiet, and Kory Behenna allowed three runs to allow the Spinners to take a one run lead. Ryan Kreidler plated Bryant Packard on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth to tie things up, but Zac Shepherd allowed a run in the 10th inning to lose it.
King: 2-4, 2B, R
Quiggle: 1-4, RBI, BB
Packard: 2-4, R, BB, SO
Behenna (BS, 1): 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 SO
Coming up next: The Tigers are off on Monday. They will head to Vermont with LHP Jack O’Loughlin (0-1, 4.50 ERA) on the mound as they take on the Lake Monsters on Tuesday night.