Beau Burrows found himself ejected and the center of a minor donnybrook after hitting a batter in the fourth, but Tyler Alexander came on to dominate the Indians and carry the Hens to victory on Sunday. Burrows was throwing a no-no through three innings. However, Jacob Robson had been plunked in the top half of the inning, and the two teams had previously exchanged hit batters and mean mugs on Saturday night. Some bad blood was already in the air when Burrows dangerously returned fire, drilling the Indians’ Ke’Bryan Hayes in the helmet with his second pitch to start the fourth. A general melee ensued in which four players were ejected, including Burrows, Daz Cameron, and Ronny Rodriguez. There were some punches thrown, and you can probably expect numerous suspensions once officials review the footage.
When the dust cleared, Tyler Alexander took over and continued to showcase the leap he’s made over the past two months. The southpaw tossed four innings of scoreless ball with three hits allowed to three strikeouts recorded.
Before the extracurriculars ensued in the fourth, the Hens built a four-run lead on an RBI double by Danny Woodrow, and then a two-run shot to right off the bat of Willi Castro in the third inning. They added on in the fourth with doubles from Mikie Mahtook and Daz Cameron to plate the final run. Trevor Rosenthal and Jose Fernandez had little trouble locking it down in the eighth and ninth.
Castro: 2-5, HR, R, 2 RBI, SO
Cameron: 2-2, 2 2B, R, RBI
Woodrow: 2-4, 2B, R, RBI
Alexander (W, 3-9): 4.0 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: The Hens have reached the International League All-Star break with a 40-49 record. The game itself will take place on Wednesday, July 10, and the Hens will then go on the road against the Louisville Bats to start the second half.
Altoona Curve 3, Erie SeaWolves 2 (box)
Tarik Skubal’s Eastern League debut was nothing short of brilliant, though he took another hard luck loss. The lefty struck out 11 against a walk and two hits, and showed better consistency with his breaking ball and changeup than some reports led one to expect. It was quite impressive. His stride length, extension, and a bit of crossfire in his delivery all add to what is already an excellent fastball thrown with a lot of plane. He’ll have to prove his durability and continue to develop, but you’re going to hear a lot about the Tigers 9th round selection in the 2018 draft. We were happy with the pick at the time, but no one quite expected things to come together for him so quickly.
The SeaWolves scored a run in the first, so the game was tied after a walk, and then an error on a pickoff throw by Skubal allowed a runner to reach third and score on a single. Cam Gibson briefly gave the Wolves the lead with an RBI double in the sixth. He also nabbed three bags on the day. Unfortunately, Anthony Castro, who is apparently a reliever again, which is good but let’s just stick with that please, allowed a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth that decided this one.
Gibson: 3-4, 2B, RBI, 3 SB
Burch: 2-5, R, 2 SO
Skubal: 5.0 IP, R, H, 2 BB, 11 SO
Coming Up Next: The SeaWolves have reached their break as well, turning in a 44-40 record in the first half. The East-West All-Star Game will go down on Wednesday, July 10, and the SeaWolves will welcome Altoona to open the second half.
Garrett Hill spun another fine outing for the Flygers, but the offense could only scratch across a run in the bottom of the seventh to avoid a shutout. Hill went 5 2⁄3 innings and allowed two runs on three hits, three walks, while striking out nine. The second game of a planned doubleheader was rained out.
Hill (L, 2-3): 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 9 SO
Coming Up Next: Elvin Rodriguez (8-3, 3.12 ERA) gets the ball as the Flygers welcome in the Bradenton Marauders at 6:30pm ET.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 3, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (box)
Hugh Smith threw a good game, and Parker Meadows mashed a long home run to right-center field, but the Hot Rods emerged victorious on Sunday. Smith allowed single runs in the third and fifth innings, showcasing a good fastball and some nice changeups en route to a six-inning performance with four punchouts. Rey Rivera scored from third on an error in the sixth, and Meadows’ second blast in as many days tied things up at two apiece. Unfortunately, Yaya Chentouf couldn’t hold it there in the bottom of the ninth, allowing a walkoff single to end it.
Meadhows: 2-3, HR, R, RBI
Rivera: 2-3, R, SO
Smith: 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 4 SO
Coming Up Next: The two clubs match up again at 1:05pm ET on Monday.
Carson Lance allowed a pair of early runs, but settled in for a solid five innings of work while his offense came back to win on Sunday. Lance allowed a solo shot in the first inning, but ultimately went five innings, allowing two runs on two hits and three walks, with six strikeouts to his credit. Corey Joyce and Ryan Kreidler had RBI hits in the fifth inning to tie it up, and Hector Martinez came through with an RBI double in the eighth that was ultimately the game winner. Jake Baker came through with 2 1⁄3 strong innings of relief, and Zack Hess picked up his third save by recording five outs, four of them via strikeout.
Martinez: 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB, 2 SO
Kreidler: 1-4, RBI, 2 SO, SB
Alonzo: 2-3, BB
Lance: 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 6 SO
Coming Up Next: Xavier Javier (0-0, 2.45 ERA) gets the start on Monday at 7:00pm ET as the Tigers stay on Staten Island. If you missed the news, the Tigers first round pick in the 2019 draft, outfielder Riley Greene, has been promoted to Connecticut after a strong start in Gulf Coast League action. We’ll see if he gets into the lineup on Monday night.