Ryan Carpenter tossed a decent game, and a fourth inning grand slam from Jake Rogers powered the Hens to victory on Sunday. Carpenter allowed two runs over six innings, while the Hens built an insurmountable lead. Willi Castro singled home Dawel Lugo in the first, and they pushed across another run in the second inning on a force after Victor Reyes led off the inning with a double. In the fourth, Ronny Rodriguez led off with a double, and a pair of two-out walks juiced the bases for Rogers. With rain pelting down, he took three pitches for balls before Mets starter Drew Gagnon finally managed to put one down the middle for a strike. The next pitch was similarly located, and Rogers murdered it, launching a missile to left-center field to make it 6-0 Hens. Daz Cameron’s second double of the game tacked on the final run scored in the eighth. The trio of Schreiber, Eduardo Jimenez, and Jose Cisnero each struck out two hitters in their inning of relief to close out the Mets.
Cameron: 3-3, 2 2B, R, RBI, BB, SB
Reyes: 2-4, 2B, 2 R, 2 SB
Rogers: 1-4, HR, R, 4 RBI, 2 SO
Carpenter (W, 5-5): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO
Coming up next: The Hens will have the day off on Monday as they travel to Lehigh Valley to take on the IronPigs on Tuesday night.
Erie SeaWolves 14, Richmond Flying Squirrels 7 (box)
Casey Mize looked...not great on Sunday and was knocked out of the game with only two outs recorded. The SeaWolves offense wasn’t having it though, and erupted against Richmond’s bullpen to storm back to a convincing victory.
There were a couple of soft hits against Mize, but plenty of hard contact as well. Neither his stuff nor his command looked like the version of the game’s best pitching prospect we saw as recently as a month ago. He was a little wild with the fastball and the cutter, hitting a batter, and looked to be steering everything a bit without the aggressive finish on his delivery we’re used to. The velocity was a little off, as was his rhythm. Hopefully we can chalk this outing up to rust. Mize allowed six hits and was charged with five runs after being lifted 30 pitches into his outing.
Relievers Wladimir Pinto and Zac Houston settled things down, taking the SeaWolves through the seventh inning with only one run in while punching out a combined eight hitters. The offense scratched out single runs in the second, third and fourth innings to get back into the game, but they saved the fireworks for the late innings. Kody Eaves came through with a two-run double in the seventh to trim the Squirrels lead to two runs. They came back and dropped seven runs on the Squirrels in the eighth without even a home run as the hit parade and a pair of hit batters ensured that the scoring went on and on.
Hill: 2-5, 2B, 3B, 3 R, RBI, BB, SO
Azocar: 3-6, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI
Lester: 3-4, 2B, R, 5 RBI, SO
Pinto: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 5 SO
Coming up next: Alex Faedo (5-5, 3.64 ERA) takes on lefty Brandon Waddell (2-1, 2.67 ERA) as the SeaWolves return to Altoona for what feels like the thousandth time this season.
Lakeland Flying Tigers 8, Daytona Tortugas 6 (box)
Mark Ecker got blown up a bit in relief, but otherwise another bullpen day went well for the Flying Tigers. Joe Navilhon and Will Vest got them through six with just an unearned run allowed while the offense seized control of the game with a four-run sixth inning. Kody Clemens got things started with a one-out single and then trotted home on a Dylan Rosa triple. Three more singles and a walk helped them push across three more runs to make it 5-1. At that point, Ecker came on and struggled through two innings, allowing the Tortugas to tie things with a three-run eighth inning. Rosa came back for more in the bottom of the inning, leading off with a laser over the wall in left for his eighth home run. The Flygers scored two more in the frame, and hung on to win.
Rosa: 2-4, 3B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
Sedio: 3-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI
Navilhon: 3.0 IP, 2 H, R (0 ER), BB, 2 SO
Coming Up Next: The Flying Tigers welcome in the Florida Fire Frogs on Monday night. Tom De Blok (0-9, 4.24 ERA) gets the start.
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 6, West Michigan Whitecaps 3 (F/7) (box)
Gio Arriera took another beating in game one, and the offense didn’t have the firepower to make a comeback. Arriera gave up six runs on six hits and four walks in 4 2⁄3 innings of work. Wenceel Perez and Dayton Dugas each had two hit games, while Andre Lipcius continued to be an on-base machine, collecting a single and a walk.
Wisconsin Timber Ratters 6, West Michigan Whitecaps 4 (F/7) (box)
It was a different story with the same results in the second game of the doubleheader. Hugh Smith had to be lifted after two innings of work with an apparent injury, though no specifics have been disclosed at the time of this writing. Austin Sodders came on, allowing a run in three innings of work. Jack Kenley got the Whitecaps on the board with a solo shot in the fourth inning. The long ball was his third in a week and tied the game at a run apiece at the time. In the sixth, the ‘Caps made a bit to take this one over. Nick Quintana drilled a two-run triple and an error on a Chris Proctor fly ball to left allowed Quintana to race home. Unfortunately, a pair of wild pitches from reliever Zach Hess allowed the Rattlers to strike back in the bottom of the sixth and the Whitecaps went down swinging in order in the top of the seventh.
Quintana: 1-3, 3B, R, 2 RBI
Kenley: 2-3, HR, 2 R, RBI, SB
Meadows: 2-4, R, SO, SB
Sodders: 3.0 IP, 2 H, ER, BB
Coming up next: Brad Bass (1-2, 3.05 ERA) gets the start on Monday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. ET as the series with the Timber Rattlers concludes.
Connecticut Tigers 3, Brooklyn Cyclones 2 (box)
Marco Jimenez fought his way through a couple tough frames to keep the Tigers in it, and some excellent relief work set the stage for a late comeback on Sunday. Jimenez went 4 2⁄3 innings, allowing a pair of runs on six hits and a walk with four punchouts. Zac Shepherd took over and blanked the Cyclones for three innings while collecting four strikeouts. Corey Joyce scored on a groundout in the seventh to get the Tigers on the board. He came back in the bottom of the ninth with an RBI single to tie the game. With the Cyclones closer dishing out free passes like candy, the Tigers loaded the bases and an Eric De La Rosa groundout scored the game winner as the Tigers walked off.
Joyce: 3-4, 3B, R, RBI
Jimenez: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 SO
Coming up next: Jack O’ Loughlin (1-2, 4.28 ERA) gets the start on Monday night as the Cyclones stay in town.