Spenser Watkins was rocked again in this one and the Mud Hens couldn’t manage to overcome the deficit. Watkins allowed seven runs in 4 1⁄3 innings of work. Frank Schwindel had a double among a pair of RBI hits, and Mikie Mahtook and Bobby Wilson each lifted solo shots, but it wasn’t enough.
Schwindel: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Mahtook: 1-3, HR, R, RBI, BB, SO
Watkins (L, 5-5): 4.1 IP, 7 ER, 10 H, BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: Tim Adleman (8-4, 3.34 ERA) gets the start against the Indians on Thursday night.
Tarik Skubal had a rare rough day at the office, and the SeaWolves lost another game they needed to win. Things came unraveled in the third inning after the lefty had breezed through the first two frames. Three walks, including one with the bases loaded, and a rare and costly error by Jose Azocar in right field ended Skubal’s night early with three runs charged to him in the inning. Wladimir Pinto came on with the bases loaded and walked in a run of his own before escaping the jam. A two-run shot from Daniel Pinero in his return to the lineup got the SeaWolves back in it, but Pinto allowed three runs in the fifth and put a comeback out of reach.
Pinero: 1-2, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, SO
Scivicque: 1-4, HR, R, RBI
Skubal (L, 2-3): 2.2 IP, 3 R, ER, H, 3 BB, 4 SO
Richmond Flying Squirrels 4, Erie SeaWolves 3 (Gm 2)(F/7)(box)
The SeaWolves didn’t have an answer in game two either, as they were swept at home. The Bowie Baysox also lost on Wednesday, but now hold a one game lead over Erie in the Western Division. Jose Fernandez surrendered a run in the third inning and three more in the fourth to put the SeaWolves in a hole. Joe Navilhon settled things down in relief, and a pair of sixth inning home runs from Cam Gibson and Isaac Paredes made it close, but they couldn’t manage a final push toward a comeback.
Paredes: 1-2, HR, R, 2 RBI, BB
Gibson: 1-2, HR, R, RBI
Fernandez (L, 1-3): 3.1 IP, 4 R, ER, 7 H, 3 BB, 4 SO
Coming Up Next: Anthony Castro (5-2, 4.13 ERA) looks to stop the bleeding with five games left in the season as he takes on the Squirrels on Thursday night.
Clearwater Threshers 5, Lakeland Flying Tigers 1 (box)
The Flygers offense misfired in this one, and a rocky outing for Elvin Rodriguez doomed them to defeat on Wednesday. Nick Ames smacked his ninth home run for the Flygers in the third inning to briefly give them an early lead. Rodriguez allowed Clearwater to tie things up in the bottom of the frame, and went on to allow four earned runs total in six innings of work. Things were looking alright until a two-run sixth inning for the Threshers ended his night. Max Green allowed a run in relief.
Ames: 2-3, 2B, R, RBI
Rodriguez (L, 11-9): 6.0 IP, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: Tom de Blok (2-12, 4.13 ERA) gets the start against the Threshers on Thursday night as the Flying Tigers cling to a half game lead over the Tampa Tarpons for second place in the North division.
Lansing Lugnuts 8, West Michigan Whitecaps 6 (box)
The offense had a really good day, but starter Carson Lance did not. Lance allowed five runs, three earned, over four innings of work. RBI hits from Cooper Johnson and Zach Malis actually gave the Whitecaps a temporary lead in the fourth inning, but the Lugnuts scored four runs in the fifth inning. Jack Kenley singled home Cooper Johnson in the sixth to pull back within two runs, but Kory Behenna allowed two runs in relief to put them back behind the eight ball. A two run single from Andre Lipcius in the top of the ninth raised hopes of a comeback, but that was as close as they got.
Lipcius: 2-4, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB
Perez: 2-5, 2B, R
Johnson: 2-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI
Lance (L, 0-3): 4.0 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 3 SO
Coming Up Next: Brad Bass (5-4, 3.00 ERA) takes on the Lugnuts on Thursday night.
Connecticut Tigers, Vermont Lake Monsters (postponed)
Rained out on Wednesday, the two clubs will play a doubleheader beginning at 6:05pm ET on Thursday.