Toledo Mud Hens 13, Columbus Clippers 5 (box)
For the second straight night, the Mud Hens hammered the Clippers with a convincing offensive performance. In all, there were eight home runs in this game as the Happy Fun Ball continues its onslaught on International League play. Hit dingers y’all.
Victor Reyes led the way again, as the oft maligned outfielder posted a second straight two home run effort for the Hens. He has eight hits and 11 RBI in that span, adding six RBI and four runs to his ledger on Wednesday. Willi Castro was in on the action, cracking his fourth home run, while Mikie Mahtook and Dustin Peterson each went deep as well. The Hens scored three in the first and two more in the third inning to stake Matt Hall with a nice lead.
Hall ran with it, allowing a pair of solo shots but otherwise blunting the Clippers over six strong innings. He struck out seven and walked just one in earning the victory. Carlos Torres and Jose Cisnero turned in scoreless relief appearances, while Bryan Garcia allowed a two-run shot and had to be bailed out of the eighth inning by Cisnero. Garcia is still pretty newly returned from his UCL surgery and rehab, and it’s gone well with him making a rather rapid return to Triple-A, so don’t worry about him.
Reyes: 3-5, 2 HR, 4 R, 6 RBI, SO, SB
Peterson: 3-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, SO
W. Castro: 1-4, HR, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB, SO
Hall (W, 4-2): 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, BB, 7 SO
Coming Up Next: The Indianapolis Indians come to town on Thursday for a four-game series. First pitch is set for 7:05pm ET.
Altoona Curve 6, Erie SeaWolves 2 (box)
Alex Faedo was knocked around a bit early on, and then had to be lifted after three innings after a rain delay in Erie. He allowed a wall-scraper of a home run off a grooved fastball to open the second inning, but was also getting plenty of whiffs as well under drizzly conditions. Faedo had his good slider going for the most part, and mixed in a few nice changeups for swinging strikes.
Despite racking up 12 hits and four walks, the SeaWolves’ offense just could not manage to put a rally together. The third inning was a perfect microcosm, as catcher Chace Numata tripled to lead off the inning and scored moments later on an A.J. Simcox groundout. Derek Hill followed a single, but was erased when Isaac Paredes smoked a line drive to left that was caught and Hill was thrown out failing to tag up. Josh Lester launched a solo shot to left-center field in the sixth, but otherwise the SeaWolves fumbled their opportunities, accumulating 21 LOBsters on the night.
The SeaWolves’ fortunes weren’t improved by the break in action, as Billy Lescher was rocked for four runs in relief to put this one out of reach. The Curve swept the SeaWolves out of UPMC Park in the process.
Lester; 3-4, HR, R, RBI
Hill: 2-4, 2B, BB, SO
Peterson: 2-5, 2 2B
Faedo (L, 3-4): 3.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: Casey Mize takes the mound on Thursday as action moves to Trenton for a four-game set.
Jesus Rodriguez wasn’t good in this one, but did manage to limit the damage. Unfortunately the Flying Tigers’ offense struggled again. Brady Policelli singled home Reece Hampton in the eighth, but that was all for the offense who managed seven singles and a walk. We did have Austin Sodders making a rehab appearance, and he struck out four in 2 1⁄3 scoreless innings of work.
Rodriguez (L, 2-7): 5.1 IP, 3 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 0 SO
Coming Up Next: Garrett Hill will make his third start for Lakeland as they look to take the series from the Cardinals on Thursday night.
Dayton Dragons 4, West Michigan Whitecaps 3 (box)
Robbie Welhaf struggled some, but kept the Dragons well within reach of a late rally. The ‘Caps did push across a pair of late runs courtesy of some aggressive baserunning by Kingston Liniak and Jose King, as well as a pair of defensive miscues from the Dragons, but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback. St. Clair, MI native and Wayne State grad, Jared Tobey, struck out five in three perfect frames to keep the window open late for the Whitecaps.
King: 2-5, 2 R, SO, 2 SB
Meadows: 2-3, BB, SO
Welhaf (L, 2-1): 5.0 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: First pitch is set for 7:05pm ET with no starters yet announced for Dayton or West Michigan.