Kyle Funkhouser was blown up and knocked out early in this one, but a furious rally late brought home a win for the Hens. Funkhouser couldn’t even make it out of the first inning, issuing four walks and allowing seven earned runs. The Hens scored two in the second inning via solo home runs by Willi Castro and Mikie Mahtook to get on the board, and reliever Trent Szkutnik settled things down to get the Hens through the fourth inning down five runs. The rally began with the second solo home run of the day, and 11th on the year, for Castro. Chad Sedio doubled home Pete Kozma later in the frame to make it 8-4 but heading into the bottom of the seventh the Hens looked doomed until they erupted for a five run inning that culminated in a walkoff double from Jeimer Candelario to win it.
W. Castro: 2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 SO
Cameron: 2-4, R, 2 RBI, BB, SO
Mahtook: 2-4, HR, 2 R, RBI, SO
Szkutnik: 3.1 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, BB, 4 SO
Indianapolis Indians 3, Toledo Mud Hens 1 (Gm 2)(F/7)(box)
Game two didn’t go quite so well for the Hens. They used four relievers and held the Indians to three runs on six hits, but the offense couldn’t get anything going. Daz Cameron’s sixth inning solo shot accounted for Toledo’s only run. Zac Reininger, Austin Adams, and Victor Alcantara each allowed solo shots in their relief appearances.
Cameron: 1-3, HR, R, RBI
W. Castro: 1-3, 2B
Reininger: 3.0 IP, ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 2 SO
Coming Up Next: The two clubs meet up at 6:35pm ET on Thursday night. The Hens have yet to announce a replacement for Tyler Alexander who was initially scheduled to start before getting recalled to the Tigers.
Erie SeaWolves 7, Richmond Flying Squirrels 3 (Gm 1)(F/10)(box)
The SeaWolves and Flying Squirrels wanted all the baseball on Thursday, requiring 10 innings to decide the outcome of Wednesday’s suspended game before playing 13 innings in the nightcap. Matt Manning worked four innings before Mother Nature intervened on Wednesday. He looked very sharp, allowing just a solo home run over four innings of work with five punchouts. Wladimir Pinto was excellent after the initial rain delay, throwing three perfect frames with four strikeouts. The game was knotted at one run apiece into extra innings, where the SeaWolves erupted for six runs in the top of the 10th to win. Isaac Paredes stayed red hot with three hits in this one, while Kody Eaves capped the offensive eruption with a three-run shot in the 10th. Nolan Blackwood tossed the final three innings to earn the victory.
Paredes: 3-5, RBI
Eaves: 1-5, HR, R, 3 RBI, SO
Gibson: 2-3, HR, R, RBI, 2 BB
Manning: 4.0 IP, ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 5 SO
Richmond Flying Squirrels 11, Erie SeaWolves 10 (Gm 2)(F/13)(box)
This was a wild back and forth affair in which the teams traded runs in three innings beyond regulation before the Squirrels finally pulled it out in the 13th inning. Logan Shore started for Erie and struggled some, surrendering three runs in five innings of work. Mark Ecker was clobbered for four more runs in the sixth, but the SeaWolves’ offense had been busy as well and the game was knotted at 7-7 after six frames. Josh Lester smacked his 17th home run of the year, while Isaac Paredes had a huge game, collecting five hits and a walk. Both clubs scored single runs in the 10th, 11th, and 12th inning before Richmond finally got a scoreless frame of relief and walked it off against reliever Alex Lange in the 13th inning.
Paredes: 5-6, 2B, R, 3 RBI, BB
Lester: 3-4, HR, R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, SO
Shore: 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: The SeaWolves head over to Harrisburg to take on the Senators at 7:00pm ET on Thursday. They still hold a two game lead over the Bowie Baysox with two weeks left in the season.
Lakeland Flying Tigers 4, Jupiter Hammerheads 1 (box)
The Flygers got on the board early in this one, and got a solid start from Garrett Hill to win on Wednesday. Brady Policelli singled in Brock Deatherage in the first inning, while a two-run single by A.J. Simcox in the second inning made it 3-0. Chris Proctor singled home Ulrich Bojarski in the third, and the Flying Tigers wouldn’t need any more. Hill went five scoreless innings, allowing two hit and three walks, with six punchouts. Beau Brieske allowed a run in three innings of relief work.
Policelli: 2-4, RBI, CS
Deatherage: 1-2, R, 2 BB, 2 SB
Hill (W, 6-5): 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 6 SO
Coming Up Next: Paul Richan (1-1, 5.40 ERA) takes on the Hammerheads’ Braxton Garrett (6-5, 3.24 ERA) at 6:30pm ET on Thursday.
West Michigan Whitecaps 7, Great Lakes Loons 6 (box)
Robert Klinchock made his first start for the Caps’ and it didn’t go well, but the offense roared to life in the middle innings to take out the Loons on Wednesday. Klinchock made it four innings, but allowed five runs, four earned. A Riley Greene sacrifice fly got the Whitecaps on the board in the third inning, but it was the fifth when their bats really caught fire. They plated six runs in the inning, with Sam McMillan and Andre Lipcius each lashing two-run doubles. Zach Hess allowed a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth, but picked up his fifth save by getting the last six outs in this one.
McMillan: 2-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, BB, SO, SB
Lipcius: 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Klinchock: 4.0 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: Carson Lance (0-1, 11.37 ERA) gets the start against the Loons on Thursday night at 7:05pm ET in Midland.
Connecticut Tigers (idle)
The Tigers will get back to action on Thursday, as they take on the Brooklyn Cyclones in a doubleheader at home.