Matt Hall and the Hens’ bullpen put together a fantastic performance, but they were matched by veteran Ervin Santana as the offense struggled. Hall went four innings, allowing just one hit while punching out six hitters. Ethan DeCaster and Eduardo Jimenez each allowed a run, while John Schreiber spun a pair of perfect innings to close things out. The offense meanwhile put plenty of men on base but ran into four outs trying to steal bases. Willi Castro and Victor Reyes each had two hits, while Ronny Rodriguez hit a solo home run in the seventh for the Hens’ only run.
Castro: 2-3, CS
Reyes: 2-3, 2B, BB, CS
Hall: 4.0 IP, 0 ER, H, 6 SO
Coming Up Next: Beau Burrows (1-3, 3.67 ERA) gets the start on Saturday night.
Erie SeaWolves 6, Richmond Flying Squirrels 2 (F/10)(box)
Tarik Skubal continued to dazzle on Friday night. In a third consecutive brilliant outing, Skubal topped himself, punching out 13 hitters, allowing just a single and a walk in six innings of work. He threw 94 pitches and 65 strikes, and yeah, only six hitters were able to put the ball in play against him. It’s pretty difficult to show any restraint at this point. Skubal had been almost unhittable in recent weeks and rarely will you see a better transition to the Double-A level. The Tigers have three of the best pitching prospects in baseball, with quite a bit of depth to back them up in the years to come.
However, he’s gotten next to zero run support from the SeaWolves’ offense. Jose Fernandez kept the Squirrels off the board for three innings, and this one went to extras. The site of a baserunner at second place was apparently the spark the offense needed, because they erupted for a six-run 10th inning which was easily enough to survive a rocky outing from Zac Houston to close it out.
Hill: 1-4, R, BB, SO
Eaves: 1-3, R, BB, SB
Skubal: 6.0 IP, 0 ER, H, BB, 13 SO
Coming Up Next: Anthony Castro (3-2, 4.11 ERA) gets the start on Saturday. He’s been on a nice run over the past few months and has opened some eyes along the way.
Lakeland Flying Tigers 1, Daytona Tortugas 1 (susp)
Garrett Hill was off to a decent start through three innings before rain forced a suspension. The Flygers scored on a bloop single by Luke Sherley, a Reece Hampton double, and a wild pitch. They’ll restart at 5:00pm on Saturday, with their regularly scheduled game coming after the conclusion.
Beloit Snappers 3, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (F/10)(box)
The Whitecaps offense managed a late comeback in this one to send it to extra innings, but they ultimately were walked off in 10 on Friday night. Chance Kirby didn’t get many swings and misses, but was able to limit the Snappers to two runs on five hits and a walk. Drew Crosby held the Snappers in place long enough for the ‘Caps to mount a comeback. Nick Quintana lashed a two-out double to the opposite field in the seventh and scored on a Chris Proctor single. Quintana then came through in the nick of time in the top of the ninth with a two-out RBI single to score Andre Lipcius. Unfortunately, a passed ball on Proctor allowed the runner starting at second to advance to third in the tenth, and an RBI single to center spelled doom.
Quintana: 3-4, 2B, R, RBI
Lipcius: 2-4, 2B, R, SO
Kirby: 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, BB, 2 SO
Coming Up Next: The Whitecaps send Gio Arriera (3-6, 7.47 ERA) to the mound on Saturday as they move to Appleton, Wisconsin to take on the Timber Rattlers.
Here’s Dan Hasty’s call on Quintana’s single.
And since video is hard to come by in Beloit, here’s a look. pic.twitter.com/xq9Qu9bFFd— Dan Hasty (@ThatDanHasty) July 20, 2019
Aberdeen IronBirds 4, Connecticut Tigers 0 (Gm 1)(F/7)(box)
Carson Lance and Michael Beilien were each hit around a bit for the Tigers on Friday night in game one of their doubleheader with the IronBirds. Each pitcher allowed two runs, and the offense managed just three hits and two walks. They got only one runner into scoring position in the game.
Connecticut Tigers 2, Aberdeen IronBirds 1 (Gm 2)(F/7)(box)
Xavier Javier threw a great game in the nightcap, and the offense scratched a couple of runs to split the doubleheader. Javier punched out seven in five innings of work, allowing a run on three hits. Kona Quiggle scored the first run of the game when he was picked off at second but then scored when the throw went awry. They manufactured one more in the sixth, and Kory Behenna and Austin Bergner locked the Birds down in the final two frames.
Kriedler: 2-4, 2B, SO, SB
Greene: 1-3, BB, SO
Javier (W. 2-0): 5.0 IP, ER, 3 H, BB, 7 SO
Coming Up Next: Chavez Fernander (2-2, 3.16 ERA) gets the start as the Tigers welcome in the Brooklyn Cyclones on Saturday night.