Toledo Mud Hens 11, Columbus Clippers 5 (box)
The Hens’ lineup flexed their muscle early and often on Tuesday and cruised to a convincing victory. They scored five right out of the gate, with Victor Reyes and Daz Cameron each hitting home runs in the first inning. In all, the Hens launched five home runs and scored in five different innings. Reyes had himself a four hit game, while Daniel Pinero and Dustin Peterson had the other two Hens’ long balls.
Spencer Watkins took advantage of a secure lead and did a nice job bouncing back from a rough outing against Gwinnett last time out. He punched out six and limiting the Clippers to one run over six frames. Things got away from Caleb Thielbar in cleaning up the ninth inning and he was ultimately charged with three runs while Jose Torres came on for the final out. Willi Castro continued to produce with a two-RBI single in the sixth. He also walked and scored a run.
Reyes: 4-5, 2B, 2 HR, 2 R, 5 RBI
Pinero: 2-3, HR, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB
Watkins (W, 5-1): 6.0 IP, ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 6 SO
Coming up next: The legendary TBD continues his grueling starting schedule as the Hens and Clippers get back at it on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. ET.
Altoona Curve 3, Erie SeaWolves 0 (box)
Logan Shore pitched through some self-inflicted wounds and ultimately settled in to hold the Curve to two runs over six innings. The offense just couldn’t find the key knocks despite striking out only six times in the game. Sergio Alcantara had a three-hit day and Luke Burch had two singles, but that was about all the SeaWolves had to offer. Nolan Blackwood pitched two strong innings of relief to keep the window for a comeback open, while Joe Navilhon allowed a run in the ninth.
Alcantara: 3-4, 2B
Burch: 2-4, SO
Shore (L, 2-5): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 7 SO
Coming up next: No starters are announced for Wednesday’s 10:35 a.m. ET matchup.
Lakeland Flying Tigers 3, Palm Beach Cardinals 2 (box)
Kyle Funkhouser made his first start in a month, and looked in good shape over five scoreless frames. He threw 63 pitches and allowed just two hits and a walk while punching out four. He enjoyed a little early run support as Brock Deatherage led off the game with a solo shot, just his second home run of the season. A Joey Morgan RBI single in the sixth made it 2-0, but Max Green struggled in the bottom half of the frame and allowed the Cardinals to tie things up. Leave it to Deatherage again. He lashed a two-out double to score Dayton Dugas for the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth and Mark Ecker pitched out of a ninth inning jam to earn the save.
Deatherage: 2-5, 2B, HR, R, 2 RBI, SO
Morgan: 1-2, RBI, 2 BB
Clemens: 1-3, BB, 2 SO, SB, CS
Funkhouser: 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, BB, 4 SO
Coming up next: It’s a 6:30 p.m. ET start time on Wednesday, as the Flying Tigers look to make it three in a row.
Dayton Dragons 3, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (box)
Adam Wolf struggled a bit in on Tuesday, and the offense just couldn’t put a rally together as they lost to Dayton. Wolf struck out five, but he allowed three runs early and couldn’t get out of the fifth as his pitch count skyrocketed. Avery Tuck had a pair of RBI singles in the sixth and eighth inning, but potential rallies died with him both times. Sandel De La Cruz and Angel Reyes were strong in relief to keep things close.
Tuck: 2-4, 2 RBI, SB, SO
McMillan: 2-3, 2B, BB, SO
Wolf (L, 2-7): 3.2 IP, 3 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 5 SO
Coming up next: The Whitecaps host the Dragons again on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. ET with fireworks scheduled.
In other news
Kacey Murphy, a lefthander the Tigers drafted in the 11th round in 2018, announced his retirement from baseball on Tuesday. Murphy was regarded as a bit of a steal when the Tigers took him with their first pick on Day 3 of the 2018 draft, but he struggled in his first crack at pro ball, with a 6.43 ERA in eight starts this season. We wish him the best of luck in the next chapter of his life.
There are a few other roster notes for the Whitecaps as IF John Valente and IF Daniel Reyes were both placed on the injured list on Tuesday. Meanwhile OF Kingston Liniak, the Tigers fourth round pick in the 2018 draft, has been assigned to West Michigan out of extended spring camp. P Michael Gizzi and IF Zach Malis have also been assigned to the Whitecaps.