One hopes the Tigers are actually experimenting with an eye to their future pitching staff and usage when they try things like this. Austin Adams started and gave the Hens two scoreless frames before Tyler Alexander came on to go five, with one run allowed. Chad Sedio powered the offense, launching a two-run shot in the second inning. The Hens loaded the bases in the sixth and pushed across one run, and then got another in the seventh on an RBI single from Frank Schwindel.
Sedio: 2-4, HR, 2B, R, 2 RBI
Cameron: 1-4, BB, SO
Alexander (W, 5-9): 5.0 IP, ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: Spenser Watkins takes the ball on Tuesday night as the series continues at 7:05 pm ET.
Richmond Flying Squirrels 7, Erie SeaWolves 6 (box)
Joey Wentz put together another solid outing for the SeaWolves, but the relief corps wasn’t up to the task on Monday night. Fortunately, the Bowie Baysox also lost, and so the two clubs remained tied atop their division. Wentz allowed a solo home run in the third that tied the game, but was otherwise cruising until the sixth. Wentz gave up a leadoff single and then wild pitched the runner to second. He got the next hitter on a flyout, but close to 90 pitches, manager Mike Rabelo had seen enough. He turned to Trent Szkutnik, and it didn’t go well. Szkutnik immediately surrendered back-to-back RBI doubles to Joey Bart and Heliot Ramos, eventually allowing four runs, three earned, to cross the dish. The SeaWolves came back with two runs in the bottom of the inning, and again in the bottom of the seventh including a Kade Scivicque home run. Unfortunately, Alex Lange surrendered two more runs in the top of the seventh, and they couldn’t overcome the one run deficit.
Scivicque: 2-5, HR, R, 2 RBI, SO
Lester: 2-4, 2B, 2 R, BB, 2 SO
Hill: 1-3, 2B, 2 BB, SO, SB
Wentz: 5.1 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, BB, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: The two clubs meet up again at 7:05 pm ET from UPMC Park on Tuesday night.
Clearwater Threshers 5, Lakeland Flying Tigers 1 (box)
Garrett Hill struggled on Monday night, and the offense didn’t do much to help. Hill was rocked for five runs in 4 2⁄3 innings, with his own throwing error keeping his earned run total down. Nick Ames singled home Ulrich Bojarski in the fourth for the Flygers only run on the day. The Tampa Tarpons won to creep to a game and a half back of Lakeland for the top spot in the division.
Policelli: 1-3, BB
Ames: 1-3, RBI, SO
Hill (L, 6-6): 4.2 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 6 SO
Coming Up Next: Paul Richan (2-1, 3.65 ERA) takes on the Threshers on Tuesday night.
Fort Wayne TinCaps 6, West Michigan Whitecaps 4 (box)
For six innings, Robbie Welhaf was brilliant, and the Whitecaps built a modest lead before it all went to pieces once the bullpen took over. Welhaf struck out the side in the third inning, and didn’t allow a hit until a fifth inning single. He ultimately threw six scoreless innings of one-hit, shutout ball, with six strikeouts. The ‘Caps got on board in the first inning. Wenceel Perez drew a leadoff walk, stole second, advanced to third on a Riley Greene single, and scored on a wild pitch. Greene was involved again in the fifth, coming up with a two-run double to right field. Unfortunately, Kory Behenna, recently promoted from Connecticut came undone after an error that would’ve ended the seventh inning. Behenna allowed an RBI single before being pulled and Yaya Chentouf came on to do much worse, allowing three more runs to cross the plate. The Whitecaps managed a run in the bottom of the frame, but couldn’t close the gap any further.
Greene: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, SO
Perez: 2-4, 2 R, BB, SB, CS
Malis: 3-4, R, SO
Welhaf: 6.0 IP, 0 ER, H, BB, 6 SO
Coming Up Next: Lefty Robert Klinchock—good luck there, Dan Hasty—gets the start against the TinCaps on Tuesday night.
Hudson Valley Renegades 5, Connecticut Tigers 4 (box)
Jack Dellinger gave the Tigers a solid outing, but the bullpen lost this one in a rocky sixth inning. Dellinger went five innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, no walks, and five strikeouts. Nick Quintana scored on an error in the fourth inning to tie the game after Dellinger allowed a run in the third. After the Renegades scored again in the fifth, the Tigers came back in the top of the sixth. Jake Holton walked and advanced to third on an Alfonzo single. The Tigers then got aggressive, with Holton stealing home while Alfonzo stole second. Kona Quiggle singled in Alfonzo to give the Tigers a one run lead. Cristhian Tortosa melted down in the bottom of the sixth, unfortunately, allowing three runs after walking the first two hitters he faced. The Tigers scored one run the seventh, but couldn’t come up with more.
Quiggle: 2-3, RBI, BB
Tuck: 2-4, 2B, R
Quintana: 2-5, R, 3 SO
Dellinger: 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 5 SO
Coming Up Next: The two clubs meet up again at 7:05 pm ET on Tuesday.