The Hens made another bullpen day hold up to take the three-game set with the Indians on Thursday. Daz Cameron got things started on the right footing with his 13th home run of the season, and fourth in his past eight games. The solo shot, followed by an RBI single from Frank Schwindel in the second inning, gave the Hens a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately Victor Alcantara was unable to hold it, surrendering a three-run third inning that gave the Indians a lead which they held until the bottom of the eighth. In the meantime, John Schreiber and Caleb Thielbar combined on a pair of excellent relief outings to get this one to the eighth with no more runs for the Indians. Chad Sedio came up with an RBI single in the eighth, and Jeimer Candelario followed with a two-run shot to give the Hens a one run lead. Daniel Stumpf struck out three in the ninth to earn his fourth save.
Cameron: 1-4, HR, 2 R, RBI
Candelario: 2-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, SO
Alcantara: 2.1 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, SO
Coming Up Next: Spenser Watkins (5-3, 6.29 ERA) starts on Friday night as the Hens travel to Columbus for a three-game series with the Clippers.
Harrisburg Senators 3, Erie SeaWolves 2 (box)
Kody Clemens smacked his first SeaWolves’ home run on Thursday, and the bullpen day went fine, but the offense didn’t get the key hits they needed. Jose Fernandez got the spot start and allowed three runs in four innings of work. Mark Ecker and Joe Navilhon took it to the house in style over the final four innings, but their teammates couldn’t make a push. Kody Clemens continued a nice second half by launching his first Double-A home run in the second inning. Cam Gibson singled in Kody Eaves in the fifth. But the SeaWolves just couldn’t complete the comeback despite putting four runners on base over the final two innings.
The Bowie Baysox beat Altoona on Thursday, so the SeaWolves lead in their division stands at just one game with 13 games left in the regular season.
Clemens: 2-4, HR, 2B, R, RBI
Fernandez (L, 1-2): 4.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 2 SO
Coming Up Next: The SeaWolves have the right guy on the mound to help them bounce back, as Tarik Skubal (2-1, 1.85 ERA) takes on the Senators on Friday night.
Paul Richan came up with a brilliant start the Flygers as they hunt a berth in the Florida State League playoffs. Richan went eight scoreless innings, allowing just six hits with nary a walk in sight. He punched out seven Hammerheads along the way. Braxton Garrett was good early for the opposition, but the Flygers got to him eventually. A Brock Deatherage groundout in the fifth allowed John Valente to score the game’s first run in the fifth inning. In the sixth the Flygers rallied for three more runs while Richan continued to smother Jupiter’s lineup. Angel De Jesus spun a clean ninth to wrap this one up.
Hampton: 3-4, 2 RBI
Ames: 2-4, R, 2 SO
Richan (W, 2-1): 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 7 SO
Coming Up Next: The Flying Tigers have a doubleheader lined up with the Tampa Tarpons on Friday. Game one gets underway at 12:00pm ET. The Tarpons are currently a game back of the Dunedin Blue Jays in the North Division, while the Flying Tigers are a half game behind the Tarpons, so this weekend’s four game series could play a deciding role in the second half outcomes.
Great Lakes Loons 7, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (box)
Carson Lance was blown up early in this one, and the Whitecaps were never really in the game. Lance was wild, walking six Loons, and he surrendered six runs, five earned, and didn’t escape the fifth inning. The offense managed just two hits though they did walk six times. Daniel Reyes and Cooper Johnson scored their two runs.
Johnson: 1-3, R, BB, SO
Packard: 1-3, BB, 2 SO
Lance (L, 0-2): 4.1 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 5 H, 6 BB, 4 SO
Coming Up Next: Brad Bass (4-4, 3.40 ERA) takes on the Loons’ Jose Chacin (11-6, 4.72) on Friday night.
Connecticut Tigers 1, Brooklyn Cyclones 0 (Gm 1)(F/5)(box)
A planned doubleheader had to be cut short due to wet grounds on Thursday, with the second game rescheduled for Friday. The Tigers came out with a five inning victory anyway. Jordan Verdon doubled home Nick Quintana in the fourth for the game’s only run. Starter Marco Jimenez was excellent, holding the Cyclones to just one hit and a walk over five innings. He punched out four hitters along the way.
Verdon: 1-2, 2B, RBI
Quintana: 0-2, R, BB, SO
Jimenez (W, 3-1): 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 SO
Coming Up Next: Friday’s start has been moved to 4:35pm ET to fit in the improvised doubleheader.