Columbus Clippers 6, Toledo Mud Hens 1 (box)
Starter Drew Hutchison had a pretty good night, but the Hens bullpen did not. In the end, they weren’t able to generate enough offense for it to matter.
Things got off to a promising start in the first. Facing former Tigers center fielder Anthony Gose, who opened for the Clippers, Renato Nuñez mashed a solo shot to get the Hens on the board. Hutchison then allowed just one run through five frames. In the sixth, things finally went south. Hutchison allowed just one earned in the inning, but Ian Krol, who relieved him, went on to allow four runs in the inning as the Clippers pulled away.
Meanwhile the offense collected just four singles to go with Nuñez’s homer, and despite six walks from Clippers pitching, couldn’t push any more runs across. Victor Reyes had a single and a walk, while Isaac Paredes added a single of his own in the losing effort.
Coming Up Next: RHP Wily Peralta (0-0, 11.25 ERA) looks to get on track for the Hens on Wednesday night. He’ll take on LHP Logan Allen (0-1, 17.47 ERA), at 6:35 p.m. ET.
Erie SeaWolves 3, Binghamton Rumble Ponies 2 (box)
Elvin Rodriguez extended his no-hit run to 10 1⁄3 innings to lead the SeaWolves to victory on Tuesday night. The right hander, who we profiled yesterday, has thrown 14 1⁄3 straight scoreless innings to open the season as well. He went 5 1⁄3 in this one, walking three and striking out five. He actually didn’t look to have command of his curveball for stretches of the outing and yet Binghamton really struggled to get the barrel on the ball all night.
The scoring didn’t open until the bottom of the sixth. Ryan Kreidler singled and stole second base to lead off the inning, scoring on a bunt single from Jacob Robson when pitcher Adam Oller threw the ball away. Another Binghamton error led to a second run in the seventh on a ground ball from Riley Greene. They added one more in the eighth as Jacob Robson singled, stole second, and scored on Josh Lester’s RBI double. Henry Martinez and Gerson Moreno allowed a run apiece in relief, with Moreno holding on to earn his third save.
Coming Up Next: RHP A.J. Ladwig (1-1, 3.72 ERA) takes on the Rumble Ponies’ RHP Tony Dibrell (0-0, 1.69 ERA) tonight at 6:05 p.m. ET at UPMC Park.
West Michigan Whitecaps 8, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 4 (box)
The Whitecaps gave starter Garrett Hill an early lead, and Hill ran with it, spinning five innings of shutout ball with eight strikeouts to just three hits and no walks allowed.
In the first, with Spencer Torkelson aboard with a walk, and two outs, Andre Lipcius drilled a double to left center field that scored Torkelson, then rode home on Daniel Cabrera’s double moments later. Rey Rivera added a solo shot in the fourth to make it 3-0 ‘Caps, and then they poured it on in the sixth, scoring four more times to open a 7-0 lead. Torkelson’s line drive double off the left field wall was the big blow in the inning, scoring two runs. Brendan White had trouble in relief, allowing a four run seventh to make this one closer than it seemed, but Yaya Chentouf came on to clean up the mess, and the Whitecaps even added an RBI single from Eliezer Alfonzo in the ninth to pull away.
Torkelson walked twice and scored a run to go with his RBI double. Alfonzo and Rivera each had three hits, while Parker Meadows continues to flail, going 0-for-5 on the night.
Spencer Torkelson narrowly misses his first home run, settles for a 2-run double. pic.twitter.com/zxeDRF12Vq— Tigers Minor League Report (@tigersMLreport) May 19, 2021
Coming Up Next: The Whitecaps will take on the Rattlers RHP Reese Olson (1-0, 0.90 ERA) at 7:35 p.m. ET on Wednesday night. They haven’t announced a starter.
Lakeland Flying Tigers 7, Bradenton Marauders 0 (box)
The Flygers jumped on Bradenton early and cruised to victory on Tuesday night. With two outs in the top of the first, Wenceel Perez and Nick Quintana singled, and catcher Cooper Johnson doubled them both home. Jose De La Cruz and Jimmy Kerr followed with consecutive RBI singles, and Lakeland led 4-0.
Starter Carlos Guzman’s third outing on the comeback trail went very well indeed. Guzman allowed with two hits and walk over five innings, and struck out eight. The Marauders were happy to see Guzman’s night end, but Lakeland came out in the sixth and tacked on another run to make clear that no comeback was to be permitted. Kingston Liniak doubled to lead off the inning, and it was Johnson again with the RBI knock, a single, to push Liniak across. Eric De La Rosa and Gage Workman had RBI hits in the ninth as they added two more runs to win going away.
Liniak and Workman each had three hits, including a double, and a stolen base in the game. Wenceel Perez had two hits, drew a walk, and also stole a bag, his fifth of the season. Johnson added two hits and a walk, and picked up three RBI on the night.
Coming Up Next: The two clubs meet up again at 6:05 p.m. ET in Bradenton, with RHP Ted Stuka ( 0-0, 1.69 ERA) starting for the Flying Tigers.