Tuesday was eventful in the Midwest League, as action included a near no-hitter, a 14-K performance, a five-hit game, a pair of 1-0 contests, a couple walk-off wins, and a game suspended due to inclement weather.
Dayton Dragons 3, Kane County Cougars 1
Dragons starting pitcher Franderlyn Romero struck out 12 and took a no-hitter into the 8th inning as he led Dayton to victory at Fifth Third Field. His only blemish was a wild pitch — he walked none — and a two-out single he gave up to Kane County’s Jose Queliz in the 8th.
Offensively, the Dragons got three hits, a run batted in, and a stolen base from Brantley Bell. They also got a double and a two-run homer from Shed Long.
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 4, Great Lakes Loons 3
The Timber Rattlers got a walk-off single from Monte Harrison in the bottom of the 9th inning to win at Fox Cities Stadium. They trailed 3-2 heading into the final frame.
Harrison drove in three runs, but the headline-grabbing star of the game was Wisconsin’s starting pitcher, Jon Perrin. The right-hander struck out 14 batters in 6.2 innings, but gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits. He walked none.
Matt Jones hit a solo homer and a RBI double for the Loons.
Fort Wayne TinCaps 5, Peoria Chiefs 4 (10 innings)
The TinCaps rallied for three runs in the bottom of the 9th to force an extra inning, and won the game in the 10th on a walk-off single by Kodie Tidwell.
For the Chiefs, Eliezer Alvarez drove in two runs and Edmundo Sosa extended his hitting streak to 14 games (longest in the Midwest League this year).
Prior to the game, the San Diego Padres promoted Luis Tejada. The outfielder batted .323 for the TinCaps, had eight doubles, and led the MWL with 18 RBI.
Lansing Lugnuts 1, Beloit Snappers 0
Pohlman Field hosted a pitchers’ duel, with the game being decided in the 9th inning when Lansing’s Jake Anderson beat out an infield single with two outs to score Gunnar Heidt.
Lugnuts starting pitcher Francisco Rios gave up only three hits and one walk while striking out nine batters in 5.2 innings. Snappers starting pitcher Boomer Biegalski also gave up only three hits and one walk in five scoreless innings; he struck out six.
Cedar Rapids Kernels 1, West Michigan Whitecaps 0
The Kernels scored on a RBI single by Sean Miller in the bottom of the 2nd inning, and that was enough to win as the Cedar Rapids pitching staff outdueled West Michigan’s hurlers.
Kernels starting pitcher Randy LeBlanc got the win after giving up only four hits and one walk while striking out four in six scoreless innings. His counterpart, Whitecaps starter Sandy Baez, got the hard-luck loss despite giving up only one run on four hits and a walk in five innings.
It was the Kernels’ second shutout in a row. The CR staff has now pitched 19 consecutive scoreless innings.
South Bend Cubs 7, Quad Cities River Bandits 5
Quad Cities leadoff hitter Brooks Marlow went 5-for-5 with a triple and a run scored, but the River Bandits dropped the first game of their homestand as six different South Bend hitters drove in runs.
South Bend’s Daniel Spingola and QC’s Connor Goedert each drove in two runs.
Lake County Captains 2, Burlington Bees 1
Captains starting pitcher Matt Esparza improved to 3-1 after limiting the Bees to one run on five hits and one walk in five innings. He struck out seven.
Hutton Moyer went 3-for-4 with a run batted in for the Bees.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 10, Clinton LumberKings 5 (suspended)
The Hot Rods-LumberKings game was suspended due to heavy rain and winds, with two outs in the top of the 5th inning. The two teams will complete the game Wednesday morning.
LumberKings starting pitcher Kyle Wilcox gave up all 10 Hot Rods runs in 2.2 innings. Bowling Green scored five times in the 2nd and five times in the 3rd.