Buffalo Bisons 5, Toledo Mud Hens 4 (F/11)(box)
The Mud Hens fought back from an early deficit but ultimately fell in 11 innings on Wednesday. Tim Adleman gave up a pair of early home runs but was otherwise solid again despite some control issues, tossing six innings of three run ball. The comeback got started in the seventh courtesy of Daz Cameron. The young center fielder cracked his 10th home run, a solo shot, to get the Hens on the board. Willi Castro followed with an RBI triple a few batters later, and Castro scored on a Frank Schwindel double to tie the game. John Schreiber tossed a pair of scoreless frames to get to the ninth inning. Caleb Thielbar then threw a scoreless ninth inning to send this to extras. Kade Scivicque put the Hens up with an RBI double in the 10th, but Thielbar leaked a run in the bottom of the inning. In the 11th, Eduardo Jimenez allowed a single with one out (extra innings rules, remember) that walked this one off for the Bisons.
Cameron: 1-4, HR, R, RBI, BB,
C. Stewart: 2-5, R, BB, 2 SO
W. Castro: 2-6, 3B, R, RBI, 2 SO
Adleman: 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 3 BB, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: Kyle Funkhouser ( 2-6, 8.08 ERA) gets the start on Thursday at 1:05pm ET as the Hens look to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Bisons.
Erie SeaWolves 5, Reading Fightin Phils 4 (F/10)(box)
The SeaWolves improved to 8-4 in August with their playoff push looking well in hand on Wednesday. Their 38-15 second half record is the best by two games in the Eastern League, with the Bowie Baysox two games back.
Anthony Castro hurt himself early in this one before settling into the middle innings. He wild pitched a run home in the first, and walked two in the second inning to set up a sacrifice fly for the Phils. He allowed two more in the third before he finally quieted things down.
The SeaWolves push began with Isaac Paredes’ 10th home run of the season in the fourth inning with Derek Hill aboard. Mark Ecker and Zac Houston shut the Phils down for four innings, setting up a dramatic comeback in the bottom of the ninth. Cam Gibson led off with a walk, and after Sergio Alcantara struck out, Chace Numata and Hill produced back-to-back singles to score Gibson and close the deficit to one run. Paredes bounced into a forceout that move Numata to third with two outs, and Jose Azocar singled through the right side of the infield to tie the game.
In the 10th, Drew Carlton took over and quickly gave up a pair of hard hit drives that were corralled by Azocar and Hill, before getting a strikeout to end the inning. With Dylan Rosa starting on second, shortstop Daniel Pinero dumped a blighter into center field to walk off the Phils.
Hill: 3-5, R, RBI
Paredes: 2-5, HR, R, 2 RBI
Pinero: 2-4, 2B, RBI, BB
Coming Up Next: Matt Manning (10-4, 2.57 ERA) will look to make it two in a row over the Fightin Phils on Thursday night at UPMC Park.
Jake Thompson was rocked for three runs in a short start in game one, but the Flying Tigers offense went nuts, producing 14 hits to defang the Hammerheads. Thompson gave up three runs in four innings of work, and Jared Tobey did even worse in relief. But the Flygers already had nine runs tallied before the Hammerheads got to Thompson. Reece Hampton had a huge game out of the leadoff spot, coming up with four hits, including a double and a triple, and scoring three of the Flygers’ runs.
Hampton: 4-5, 3B, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI
Policelli: 1-3, 2B, 2 R, BB, SO
Valente: 2-4, R, 2 RBI
Thompson: 4.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, BB, 4 SO
Jupiter Hammerheads 5, Lakeland Flying Tigers 1 (Gm 2)(F/7)(box)
The Flying Tigers turned to a bullpen day in game two of Wednesday’s doubleheader, and it didn’t go well. Joe Navilhon started but he and Billy Lescher weren’t missing bats and the Hammerheads had a 5-0 lead after four innings. J.J. Bleday’s two-run shot off of Lescher in the fourth was ultimately the dagger. Reece Hampton picked up another RBI on the day with a single in the fifth to score Jordan Pearce and avoid the shutout.
Hampton: 1-2, RBI
Navilhon: (L, 0-1): 2.1 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 2 BB
Coming Up Next: Paul Richan (0-1, 6.75 ERA) gets the start against the Hammerheads on Thursday night at 6:30pm ET.
Great Lakes Loons 4, West Michigan Whitecaps 3 (F/11)(box)
The Whitecaps built a slim early lead in this one but ultimately fell in 11 innings. Daniel Reyes singled home Cooper Johnson in the second inning, and Parker Meadows tripled in Wenceel Perez in the third. Meanwhile, Robbie Welhaf tossed a great game, stepping in for previously announced starter Hugh Smith. Welhaf spun seven innings of one run ball with just three hits and a walk against seven strikeouts. Sandel De La Cruz allowed a run in the eighth that left things tied and eventually sent them to extra innings. Zach Hess pitched a scoreless ninth, but allowed a run in the top of the 10th. A squeeze bunt from Wenceel Perez plated a run to tie it in the bottom of the inning, but Angel Reyes allowed a run in the 11th and this time the ‘Caps didn’t have an answer.
Meadows: 2-5, 3B, RBI
W. Perez: 1-5, R, RBI, 2 SO
Welhaf: 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, BB, 7 SO
Coming Up Next: The Whitecaps and Loons will get back at it on Thursday night at 7:05pm ET.
Connecticut Tigers (postponed)
The Tigers and the Hudson Valley Renegades were washed out on Wednesday night. They’ll try to play two on Thursday with first pitch set for 5:05pm ET.