Louisville Bats 13, Toledo Mud Hens 4 (box)
Matt Hall’s up and down season continued on Monday, and the Bats blew the Mud Hens away at home. Hall lasted just three innings in this one, surrendering seven runs, including a pair of homers. When Jacob Robson singled home catcher Kade Scivicque in the third inning to get Toledo on the board, they were still already down six runs. Ronny Rodriguez and Scivicque each launched solo shots later on, and the Hens clawed their way back to trim the lead to just three runs, but Austin Adams melted down in the top of the ninth to ensure that a comeback wasn’t going to happen.
Robson: 2-4, RBI, BB, SO, SB
Rodriguez: 1-3, HR, RBI, BB, SO
Hall (L, 5-4): 3.0 IP, 7 ER, 8 H, BB, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: The Hens and Bats will lock up again at 7:05pm ET on Tuesday.
Erie SeaWolves 7, Trenton Thunder 0 (box)
The Thunder ran into a buzzsaw named Matt Manning on Monday afternoon and the offense came up with a strong performance to maintain the SeaWolves’ share of the Eastern League’s best record. Manning mixed in a consistent solid curveball-changeup for strikes and weak contact throughout his seven innings of scoreless work. His fastball command was on point for the most part as well, as he overpowered the Thunder hitters with virtually zero hard contact allowed. A swinging bunt and a bloop hit into right-center field accounted for two of only three hits against him. Manning only punched out three in the contest but that was largely a function of his aggression as he threw a heavy ratio of strikes on the day.
The offense had Manning’s back, with Jose Azocar leading the way. Azocar launched a solo shot in the first inning while Cam Gibson hit one of his own in the second. The SeaWolves tacked on another run in the second and then went quiet until the eighth where they tacked on four more runs, including a two-run shot by Azocar, whose two-homer game gives him eight long balls on the season.
Azocar: 2-5, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 SO
Gibson: 3-4, HR, R, RBI, SO, SB
Paredes: 3-5, 2B, R, RBI
Manning (W, 8-4): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: The SeaWolves move to Binghamton to start a series with the Rumble Ponies on Tuesday night.
#MotorOn Have a 60-second slice of Matt Manning cake from his 7 scoreless innings today in AA Erie. Fastball, change up, curveball mix. Not as many swings and misses today, but plenty of weak contact. pic.twitter.com/CCS6rtgbCr— HookSlide (@HookSlide23) July 29, 2019
Lakeland Flying Tigers (idle)
Tom de Blok (0-10, 4.24 ERA) takes on the Tampa Tarpons on Tuesday night at 6:30pm ET.
West Michigan Whitecaps 9, Great Lakes Loons 1 (box)
Brad Bass continued to dominate for the Whitecaps, and they jumped on the Loons early in this one to win easily. Bass now holds a 1.78 ERA after seven more scoreless frames. The big sinkerballer got his usual good ratio of soft contact on the ground, allowing four hits and two walks, while punching out four. Cooper Johnson showed off the power in his stick with a RBI double to the wall in left-center field in the second inning to get the ‘Caps on the board first. Daniel Reyes then wrapped up a four-run third inning with a two RBI double and the ‘Caps led 5-1. Johnson and Reyes each had two-hit games, as did Parker Meadows and Wenceel Perez.
Johnson: 2-3, 2B, R, RBI, BB, SO
Meadows: 2-5, R, 2 RBI, 2 SO
W. Perez: 2-4, 2B, R, BB, SO
Bass (W, 3-2): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 SO
Coming Up Next: Wilkel Hernandez (7-5, 3.95 ERA) gets the start as the Whitecaps travel to South Bend to take on the Cubs on Tuesday night.
Been impressed by @tigers 2019 6th-rounder Cooper Johnson since joining the @wmwhitecaps. Tremendous defensively.— Dan Hasty (@ThatDanHasty) July 30, 2019
At the plate, this RBI-double in the second inning gave West Michigan a 1-0 lead over Great Lakes on Monday night. @RoadtoDetroit @OleMissBSB pic.twitter.com/rka6gJhqvY
Connecticut Tigers (idle)
The Tigers are in Williamsport to take on the Crosscutters on Tuesday night.