Ryan Carpenter melted down late in his outing for the Hens, and a solid effort from the lineup went for naught. Carpenter allowed single runs in the second and third innings, but the Hens came back via RBI hits from Dawel Lugo and Jacob Robson to tie things up. Unfortunately, Carpenter was rocked for four runs in the fifth, and reliever Jose Fernandez surrendered four more runs in the sixth. Kade Scivicque came up with a two-run triple in the sixth, and Ronny Rodriguez lifted a solo shot out in the seventh, but the deficit was too much to overcome.
Rodriguez: 2-5, HR, R, RBI, SO
W. Castro: 2-4
Cameron: 1-4, BB, 3 SO
Carpenter (L, 5-7): 5.0 IP, 6 ER, 11 H, 4 SO
Coming Up Next: The Hens head to Louisville for a weekend set with the Bats. Old friend Edwin Jackson will start for Toledo with first pitch set for 7:00pm ET.
Erie SeaWolves 5, Binghamton Rumble Ponies 1 (box)
Anthony Castro was brilliant once again on Thursday night. The right-hander one-hit the Rumble Ponies over seven superb innings. Castro had his bouts of wildness, walking four, but showcased his usual overpowering stuff in punching out seven Ponies in the game. The SeaWolves gave him all the run support he needed in the fourth, when Josh Lester came through with a two-run double, and Sergio Alcantara scored Lester with an RBI single. Mark Ecker allowed a run in relief, while Nolan Blackwood locked down the ninth. Isaac Paredes and Jose Azocar added RBI knocks in the top of the ninth to give Blackwood plenty of cushion.
Paredes: 3-5, RBI, SO
Azocar: 2-5, 2B, RBI
A. Castro (W, 5-2): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 4 BB, 7 SO
Coming Up Next: The SeaWolves welcome in the Fisher Cats for a weekend set starting at 7:05pm ET on Friday. No starter is announced, although new acquisition Joey Wentz would be on schedule to take the ball.
Lakeland Flying Tigers, Tampa Tarpons (postponed)
The planned doubleheader with the Tarpons was washed out on Thursday. They’ll try to make those games up in late August. Garrett Hill (3-4, 2.25 ERA) starts for the Flygers on Friday night as they welcome in the Fort Myers Miracle.
Chance Kirby had a rough night on the mound, and the offense missed out on too many opportunities. Daniel Reyes put the ‘Caps up early with a solo shot in the third inning. However Kirby allowed four runs in five innings of work. Wenceel Perez had an RBI single in the top of the fifth that tied the game at 2-2 before Kirby came out for the sixth and couldn’t record an out, ultimately being charged with two runs against. The Caps scored one more in the seventh, but went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position on the night, and failed to mount a rally in the late innings.
D. Reyes: 3-4, HR, 2 R, RBI
Perez: 2-4, 3B, RBI
Kirby (L, 3-7): 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 5 BB, SO
Coming Up Next: The Whitecaps and Cubs meet up again on Friday at 7:35pm ET.
Williamsport Crosscutters 2, Connecticut Tigers 1 (box)
19-year-old Keider Montero was strong in his second start since being promoted out of the Gulf Coast League. He allowed two runs over six innings of work with no walks and six strikeouts. Unfortunately the offense couldn’t get anything going. Eliezer Alfonzo drew a two-out bases loaded walk in the sixth that scored Riley Greene, but the rally fizzled from there.
King: 2-4, SO
Alfonso: 2-3, BB
Montero (L, 0-1): 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 6 SO
Coming Up Next: The Tigers head to Batavia, NY to battle the Muckdogs in a weekend series starting on Friday night at 7:05pm ET.