Toledo Mud Hens 9, Louisville Bats 4 (box)
Tyler Alexander continues to impress after a brutal start to the 2019 season. Alexander allowed three runs, but tossed 7 1⁄3 innings with no walks and four strikeouts. Two of the three runs came with Zac Reininger on the mound in the eighth after they stuck with Alexander a bit too long. Meanwhile, the offense struck early and often, racking up 16 hits, including a grand slam from Pete Kozma in the eighth to pull away with the victory.
Robson: 3-3, 2B, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB, SB
Rogers: 2-4, 2 2B, R
W. Castro: 2-4, R, RBI, SB
Alexander (W, 4-9): 7.1 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 4 SO
Coming Up Next: The venerable Durham Bulls come to town on Monday, as the Hens send Beau Burrows (0-3, 3.93 ERA) to the bump at 7:05pm ET.
Erie SeaWolves 6, Altoona Curve 5 (box)
Anthony Castro tossed another fine game, and the offense withstood a bullpen implosion to win on Sunday. The SeaWolves’ lineup got right to work in the bottom of the first inning. Derek Hill doubled to lead off, and a pair of singles from Isaac Paredes and Jose Azocar plated their first run. Daniel Pinero stayed hot with an RBI double later in the frame to give them a 2-0 lead. Castro allowed a walk and a two-run homer in the second inning to allow the Curve to tie things up, but was otherwise excellent. He walked four, which pushed his pitch count up, but only allowed two runs on two hits over five innings, and racked up the strikeouts again, collecting nine on the day. Frank Schwindel launched a two-run shot of his own in the bottom of the third to open up the lead, and the offense came back for two more in the eighth courtesty of a Jose Azocar blast after Will Vest blew up in relief.
Azocar: 3-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
Paredes: 1-3, 2 R, RBI, BB
Castro: 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 4 BB, 9 SO
Coming Up Next: Alex Faedo (5-5, 3.44 ERA) makes his first start of the second half on Monday as the SeaWolves welcome in the Akron RubberDucks.
Elvin Rodriguez was mauled for six earned runs and the Flygers fell to Daytona on Sunday. Rodriguez made it five innings, but surrendered runs in all but the first. His offense managed to tie things up in the fifth. They put two men on and Brock Deatherage cracked his fourth home run of the season for the Flying Tigers. Otherwise the offense got little accomplished again. Sandy Baez has been transferred to Lakeland for a rehab assignment, and he threw a scoreless inning of relief.
Deatherage: 1-4, HR, R, 3 RBI, 2 SO
Rosoff: 2-3, 2B, R
Policelli: 1-3, BB
Coming Up Next: The Flying Tigers are off on Monday, and then head to Clearwater to battle the Dunedin Blue Jays in a back-to-back doubleheader on Tuesday.
Kane County Cougars 7, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (box)
Hugh Smith threw a fine start for the Whitecaps, but the offense had another bad night and the bullpen melted down in the late innings. Smith was rolling along for five scoreless innings until working himself into a two-out bases loaded jam in the sixth with a hit-by-pitch and a pair of walks. Fortunately he was able to induce a pop-up to escape. Jose Vasquez wasn’t so lucky, as the Cougars racked up four hits and took advantage of yet another Nick Quintana error to push four runs across in the seventh. The Whitecaps scratched out runs in the sixth and seventh, but Yaya Chentouf came undone in the top of the ninth to put this one out of reach.
Dugas: 1-3, R, BB
Lipcius: 1-4, BB
Rivera: 2-4, 2 SO
Smith: 6.0 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: The Caps’ offense will have a test in Matt Tabor (3-2, 2.40 ERA) who goes for the Cougars on Monday night. The Whitecaps haven’t announced a starter as of yet.
Tri-City ValleyCats 6, Connecticut Tigers 4 (box)
Chavez Fernander threw a decent game, but the offense didn’t get going until the bullpen had already let this one get away from them. Fernander allowed two runs on six hits in his four innings of work. Austin Bergner blew up for three more runs in relief. Riley Greene got the Tigers on the board with an RBI single in the fifth. He got things started again in the eighth with a leadoff walk. Kingston Liniak singled to move Greene to third and he scored moments later on a wild pitch. Eliezer Alfonzo singled home Liniak from second before the rally stalled. Eric De La Rosa walked to lead off the bottom of the ninth, and scored on a Jose King double, but that was as close as they’d get.
Greene: 1-4, R, RBI, BB, 2 SO
Alfonzo: 2-3, RBI, BB, SO
Fernander (L, 2-2): 4.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 2 SO
Coming Up Next: Marco Jimenez (1-1, 4.50 ERA) gets the start as the two teams meet up again on Monday at 7:00pm ET.