Columbus Clippers 6, Toledo Mud Hens 5 (F/10)(box)
The Mud Hens’ bullpen crumbled late in this one and eventually lost in 10 innings on Wednesday. With scheduled starter Tyler Alexander called up, the Hens improvised with two innings of Matt Hall, and then five from Spenser Watkins. Hall did well, but Watkins struggled a little bit, allowing three runs. Still, the Hens’ offense had them up 4-3 through seven innings. Trevor Rosenthal picked up three punchouts in his second outing, but allowed a solo shot to blow the save. In the 10th, John Schreiber allowed a pair of runs, and while Dawel Lugo scored on a groundout in the bottom of the frame, the comeback ended there.
W. Castro: 3-5, 2B, 2 R, 2 SO
Peterson: 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI, BB, SO
Watkins: 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: Drew VerHagen (3-2, 3.08 ERA) takes on a tough task facing Mitch Keller (6-2, 2.82 ERA) on Thursday at 6:15pm ET.
Erie SeaWolves 4, Binghamton Rumble Ponies 3 (F/10)(box)
The SeaWolves got a decent outing from Logan Shore, and for the second straight night it was Derek Hill walking off the Rumble Ponies. Shore went 6 1⁄3 innings, allowing a run on five hits though he managed just one strikeout. The SeaWolves had an early 2-0 lead after Daniel Pinero’s solo shot in the fourth. Zac Houston blew the lead in the eighth to send this to extra innings. After Drew Carlton allowed a run in the top of the 10th, it was time for more heroics. With two outs, Hill mashed a 1-2 offering into the Pennsylvania night to break the Ponies’ hearts once more.
Hill: 1-4, 2B, HR, R, 2 RBI, BB
Pinero: 1-4, HR, R, RBI, SO
Shore: 6.2 IP, ER, 5 H, SO
Coming Up Next: Alex Faedo (5-5, 3.36 ERA) gets the ball at 7:00pm ET in Altoona against the Curve.
Elvin Rodriguez and the Flying Tigers’ bullpen carried them to victory on Wednesday. The offense scored three in the second inning, and did it again in the fourth. Rodriguez allowed six hits and struck out six in five innings of work. Angel De Jesus and Billy Lescher each locked down the lead in two-inning relief appearances.
Clemens: 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB
Deatherage: 2-4, R, RBI, SO, SB
Rodriguez (W, 8-3): 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 6 SO
Coming Up Next: Tom de Blok (0-6, 3.74 ERA) gets the start as the Flygers welcome in the Dunedin Blue Jays on Independence Day at 5:00pm ET.
The Whitecaps built an early 2-0 lead on a sacrifice fly and a Dayton Dugas’ double in the first inning. Wilkel Hernandez threw a solid five inning start, but couldn’t hold the lead, and the ‘Caps offense scuffled the rest of the night.
Dugas: 2-4, 2B, RBI, 2 SO
Lipcius: 1-3, 2B, R, BB, SO
Hernandez: 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, BB, 6 SO
Coming Up Next: Adam Wolf (3-9, 6.79 ERA) gets the ball on the Fourth of July as the Whitecaps and Cubs tangle again.
Aberdeen IronBirds 4, Connecticut Tigers 0 (box)
Wes Noble and Jake Baker struggled on the mound for the Tigers, and the offense only managed four singles.
Noble (L, 0-1): 3.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: The Tigers welcome in the Vermont Lake Monsters on the Fourth at 7:05pm ET.