Durham Bulls 9, Toledo Mud Hens 8 (box)
The Hens lost a wild back and forth affair on Friday night after getting out to a two-run lead in the first inning. Tyler Alexander’s recent spike in strikeouts lately has raised some eyebrows, and he punched out seven Bulls in just three innings of work. However, he also allowed a leadoff home run, and then a walk and four consecutive two-out hits in a stretch in the second inning. When the dust settled, the Bulls had scored five to make it 5-2.
Caleb Theilbar later surrendered three runs in the fifth inning, and the game looked out of reach for a moment. However the Hens’ offense responded with three consecutive three-run innings. Dawel Lugo’s second home run in as many days was the big blow in the bottom of the fifth inning to kickstart the comeback push. Jordy Mercer had a nice game at the plate and is presumably near a return to Detroit. Unfortunately, Bryan Garcia allowed a run in the seventh, and the Bulls remained just of reach the rest of the way.
Mercer: 2-5, 2B 3 R, BB
Rogers: 2-4, R, BB
Cameron: 2-4, BB, SB
Alexander (L, 2-9): 3.0 IP, 5 ER, 6 H, BB, 7 SO
Coming Up Next: Drew VerHagen (3-2, 2.38 ERA) starts for the Hens at 7:05pm ET on Saturday.
Harrisburg Senators 7, Erie SeaWolves 4 (box)
Spencer Watkins was rocked for six runs in this one, and the Senators pulled away on Friday night. Watkins endured a tough first inning in which the Senators scored four runs. He managed to hang in there for six innings but allowed another run in the fourth for a pretty ugly scoreboard. The offense fought back in the bottom of the third. They had two runs in already when Isaac Paredes cracked a two-run shot, his fifth of the season. At that point they were only down a run but the SeaWolves wouldn’t score again.
Paredes: 1-3, HR, R, 2 RBI, 2 SO
Numata: 1-4, 2B, R, RBI
Watkins (L, 2-1): 6.0 IP, 6 ER, 12 H, BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: Alex Faedo (4-5, 3.35 ERA) looks to keep a nice run going against Tyler Mapes (3-3, 4.30 ERA) and the Senators at 7:05pm ET.
Elvin Rodriguez was great under the Friday night lights as he came within two outs of a complete game. Brock Deatherage came up with a two-RBI double in the second inning to stake Rodriguez to a lead. He took it from there, spinning 8 1⁄3 innings of one-run ball on three hits and two walks, with seven strikeouts. He was in total control until the ninth, when a leadoff walk and a one-out double put the tying run at second base for the Hammerheads. Angel De Jesus allowed an inherited run on a single, but bounced back to punch out back-to-back hitters for a well-earned save.
Deatherage: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, SB, CS
Policelli: 1-3, H, BB, SO, SB
Coming Up Next: Tom de Blok (0-5, 3.65 ERA) takes on Chris Vallimont (0-1, 7.20 ERA) on Saturday at 6:00pm ET.
Dayton Dragon 1, West Michigan Whitecaps 0 (box)
The offense just couldn’t get anything going on Friday night as they managed just two singles. Robbie Welhaf was pitching well for the ‘Caps. He allowed one run but his night ended abruptly when he was ejected in the sixth inning for having a foreign substance on his arm. Jose Vasquez and Angel Reyes came on and kept the Dragons off the board the rest of the way, but no rally was forthcoming.
In all my years of broadcasting, I’ve never seen someone ejected for illegal equipment...until tonight.— Dan Hasty (@ThatDanHasty) June 29, 2019
In the sixth, @DragonsBaseball manager Luis Bolivar approached the umpires regarding a foreign substance on the arms of @wmwhitecaps pitcher Robbie Welhaf. He was ejected.
Coming Up Next: Gio Arriera (2-5, 6.80 ERA) battles Luis Oviedo (6-3, 4.33 ERA) and the Lake County Captains on Saturday at 7:05pm ET.
Connecticut Tigers 8, Hudson Valley Renegades 6 (box)
The Tigers were knocked around early but responded with a furious barrage of offense late to earn the victory on Friday. Starter Wes Noble surrendered four runs and departed with two outs in the fourth, giving way to Cristhian Tortosa who promptly gave up two runs of his own.
The offense got going in the fourth on Corey Joyce’s two-run single. Kingston Liniak drilled a solo shot in the fifth inning and then came back to lash an RBI single and later score in a three-run sixth inning that put the Tigers on top for good.
Liniak: 2-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, SB
Joyce: 2-4, R, 2 RBI, SO
Holton: 2-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, SO
Noble: 3.2 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, BB, 2 SO
Coming Up Next: The Tigers and Renegades will meet up again on Saturday at 6:05pm ET.