After losing to the Mets on Friday and Saturday, the Hens needed a win. Jake Rogers and Jacob Robson stayed hot at the plate, and Tim Adleman was spectacular in his start as the Hens downed the Mets on Sunday. Adleman punched out 11 in shutting out the Mets for seven innings. Eduardo Jimenez cleaned up the final two innings with no trouble at all. Rogers doubled home Daz Cameron in the top of the first to give the Hens the only run they’d need in this one. Dawel Lugo scored in the fifth on a wild pitch, and Pete Kozma cracked a two-run shot in the seventh to put this one to bed.
Robson: 2-4, 2B, R, 2 SO
Rogers: 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB, SO
Cameron: 1-2, R, BB
Adleman (W, 4-4): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 11 SO
Coming Up Next: The Hens welcome in the Louisville Bats on Monday night.
Erie SeaWolves, Trenton Thunder (postponed)
Rain and miserable field conditions washed out Sunday’s contest with the Thunder. There was good news in weekend action, however. After a few rough outings, Casey Mize looked back to 100 percent on Friday night, limiting the Thunder to four hits and one run over six innings of work. Mize had everything working well, punching out six, and showcased the polished command of his fastball-cutter combination and nasty slider-splitter pairing that has made him one of the elite prospects in baseball. All signs are go at this point.
On Saturday, Erie downed the Thunder 4-2 behind a solid outing from Alex Faedo. The right-hander is still feeling for his improved mechanics a bit, but hit 94 mph on the gun while showcasing his slider to get a lot of whiffs. With the victory, the SeaWolves moved into a tie with the Bowie Baysox for the best record in the Eastern League’s second half.
Our old pal Hookslide has some clips up that you’ll enjoy.
#MotorOn Here's 55 seconds of #9-ranked pitching prospect Alex Faedo throwing ridiculous stuff on Saturday night, en route to 7 K's in 6 IP. Stick around for that final pitch, it's 100% illegal. pic.twitter.com/434cd5kItR— HookSlide (@HookSlide23) July 28, 2019
Coming Up Next: The SeaWolves and Thunder won’t make up Sunday’s rainout on Monday. They’ll play just their regularly scheduled matchup at 12:05pm ET. No starters are announced as of yet. Matt Manning seems like the smart bet.
Spencer Watkins threw a decent game, and the Flygers brought a balanced attack to bear on Miracle pitching on Sunday. Watkins allowed three runs in seven innings of work, with just three strikeouts in this one. Nick Ames and AJ Simcox had RBI hits in the third as the Flying Tigers scored three to jump out to an early lead. They kept adding on from there, taking advantage of a balked in run in the fifth, and key RBI hits from Cole Peterson and Chad Sedio in the top of the ninth to put this one out of reach. Jason Foley and Joe Navilhon handled the eighth and ninth innings with no issues.
Policelli: 2-5, 2B, R, 2 SO
Simcox: 2-4, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI
Watkins (W, 1-0): 7.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: Lakeland is idle on Monday. They’ll travel to Tampa to take on Tarpons on Tuesday night.
Great Lakes Loons 10, West Michigan Whitecaps 3 (box)
It wasn’t a particularly auspicious weekend for the Whitecaps. Other than the complete inability of teams to keep Andre Lipcius off the basepaths, there was little to sing about. They lost on Friday and Saturday night, and came out to a walloping on Sunday against the Loons.
Austin Sodders is still slowly working his way back from shoulder injuries, and was rocked for three runs in just two innings of work. Sandel De La Cruz took over for three innings and surrendered three runs as well. The Whitecaps hung in there early on. Parker Meadows launched a solo shot, his seventh, in the first inning, and Rey Rivera cracked one of his own an inning later. Meadows missed a second homer by just a few feet in his next trip to the plate. But the offense stalled from there as the Loons continued to add on against the ‘Caps bullpen, mauling Drew Crosby for four more runs in the seventh. Eventually manager Lance Parrish turned to 3B Zach Malis to pitch the top of the ninth, signaling to the Whitecaps faithful that yes, it was time to go home now. To his credit, Malis picked up a strikeout and pitched a perfect inning.
Fortunately for fans, the ‘Caps opened their doors to our four-legged friends for the night, which was just as adorable as you’d expect.
Soooooo I'd say Dog Night at Fifth Third Ballpark was a success pic.twitter.com/0W1Svu8UKx— Jay Markle (@jaymarkle_byb) July 29, 2019
Meadows: 2-4, HR, R, RBI
Lipcius: 1-4, SO
Sodders (L, 0-1): 2.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 3 BB
Coming Up Next: Brad Bass (2-2, 2.22 ERA) has been on a roll over the past month. He’ll take on the Loons on Monday night.
Connecticut Tigers 3, Tri-City ValleyCats 0 (box)
Jack O’Loughlin and the Tigers bullpen pulled off a neat trick on Sunday, combining to no-hit the ValleyCats. Credit has to go mostly to the defense, however. O’Loughlin didn’t allow a hit in six innings of work, but he did walk five hitters and only collected two strikeouts. Michael Bienlien pitched a clean seventh with just a walk allowed, while Kyle Thomas and Kory Behenna were perfect in their innings of work. Hector Martinez and Kingston Liniak came through with RBI hits in the fifth to give the pitching staff the lead they needed. The ValleyCats balked home Ryan Kreidler in the seventh for a little insurance.
H. Martinez: 2-4, 2B, R, RBI, SO
Liniak: 1-4, RBI, BB
Kreidler: 2-5, R, 2 SO
O’Loughlin (W, 2-2): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 5 BB, 2 SO
Coming Up Next: The Tigers will be idle on Monday. They’ll welcome in the Williamsport Crosscutters on Tuesday night.