Toledo Clay Chicken 7, Indianapolis Indians 4 (can)
The Mud Hens remained swelteringly hot on Sunday, as six games completely swept Indianapolis for their 10th straight win. With 10 matches left on the calendar, Tigers’ Triple-A subsidiary is rolling in as it enters the final week and a half of play.
Daniel Ponce de Leon was solid on his second start in the Tigers. The veteran right-hander threw five rounds of the two-ball, and while the Bulls slammed a pair of kicks, the lead was never in danger.
Archers also got some help from the defense there.
Indy’s hen lineup lit up from the jump due to another awful display of control by their crew. The top five hitters reached chicken base, three by walking, while Ali Sanchez and Daz Cameron both hit pitches. They went 2-0 up before they even got a hit, and Andy went to the penalty kick five hits a game. A throwing foul on Indy’s short stopping point led to another inning on Jimmy Westbrook’s pitch, and they marched on Cory Joyce to force them into another inning. Finally, Jack Lopez managed to get out of the game for the first time. Individual Zack Short at Andre Lipsius before Indy finally stopped the bleeding.
The hens had another run in fifth when Cory Joyce walked, stole second, and advanced on unruly ground. Dylan Rosa’s flyball allowed the short ball to score and score from third. Lopez’s short singles home finished seventh for their final run.
Short: 2-4, R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, SO, CS
Joyce: 0-1, R, RBI, 4 BB
Lipsius: 2-4, R, RBI, BB, SB
Ponce de Leon (W, 3-3): 5.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 SO
next one: Chicken welcomes the Columbus Clippers for seven, including a double header on Wednesday.
Flying squirrels Richmond 3, Erie Sea Wolfs 1 (can)
Well, it hurts to get caught up in what seemed like a must-win game. However, given their tie with Bowie Baysox’s entry on Sunday, all they need to do is keep up. They failed to win, but Bowie fell to Akron as well. Holding the tiebreak based on their head-to-head record, the SeaWolves topped the Eastern League in the Southwest Division. They will now move on to a Best Three Division Series, followed by a Top Three Championship Series if they can make it through.
Kirby’s chance was really good, even though he was only lifted after four rounds. The veteran right-hander in the minor league rolls four innings from one ball, with one walk to seven punches. Adam Wolfe and Gerson Moreno each threw two runs, each allowing a run. All in all they met in 16 strikes a day, and lost anyway.
The problems came from the offense. They succeeded in nine hits, but eight were singles. With no tracks in the mix, they needed to string some hits together and get the runners moving, and they just couldn’t do it. Dane Myers, Quincy Nieporte, and Gage Workman have had two competition successes. The SeaWolves scored singles goals from Workman and Daniel Cabrera at the top of the fourth. Kirby allowed a solo shot on the bottom half to tie things up.
The Bulls were leaked in the fifth and seventh rounds, and the Sea Wolves’ last scoring chances waned. In the eighth match, Niporte team and Michael de la Cruz managed to score two consecutive goals solo. Unfortunately, Danny Cerretti, the Tigers’ fifth all-rounder in July, who has already been promoted to two tiers, was held off to finish the inning. The factor led the top of the ninth poorly, but the next three hitters went in order.
Factor: 2-4, 2B, 2 SO
Newport: 2-4, R, Su
Kirby: 4.0 IP, ER, 3H, BB, 7 SO
Next Next: The divisional round of the Eastern League qualifiers begins on Tuesday evening as the best of three series. The SeaWolves opponent would be… The Richmond Flying Squirrels again, who had the best first-half record in the division.