Derek Hill homers twice in Hens romp

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Toledo Mud Hens 12, Omaha Storm Chasers 5 (box)

The Mud Hens just wrecked Storm Chasers’ pitching on Thursday night. Derek Hill hit two home runs out of the leadoff spot—ok he’s ready guys—while Yariel Gonzalez and Isaac Paredes each added home runs of their own. The major damage came in a seven run third inning that knocked a good pitching prospect in Daniel Lynch out of the game with authority. Lefties in general are not going to enjoy this Hens lineup.

Derek Holland started this one and threw a scoreless inning of rehab work. So did Jason Foley, before turning it over to Nolan Blackwood for three scoreless. Henry Martinez blew up for a four run sixth, but the Hens scored four more in the eighth with a pair of two-run shots from Hill and Paredes and cruised to victory.

Hill: 2-5, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 HR, 2 SO

Paredes: 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR, 2B

Robson: 2-5, R, 2 RBI, 2B, SO

Jones: 3-5, 2 R, RBI, SO

Coming Up Next: RHP Drew Hutchison (6-2, 3.86 ERA) will take on another good prospect in RHP Jackson Kowar (5-2, 2.23 ERA) on Friday night at 8:10 p.m. ET.

Erie SeaWolves at Somerset Patriots (postponed)

Rained out on Thursday, the game hasn’t been rescheduled as of this writing. Currently they’re set for a 7:05 p.m. ET start on Friday night, with Jesus Rodriguez going for Erie.

Dayton Dragons 10, West Michigan Whitecaps 8 (box)

Dayton blew up starter Adam Wolf in the first inning on Thursday night, dropping six runs on him, but the Whitecaps actually had the lead in this one, albeit briefly. The ‘Caps fought back in the second with three runs on RBI singles from Parker Meadows and Wenceel Perez. Reynaldo Rivera sacrificed home Meadows with a fly ball for the third run in the inning. In the fifth, Gage Workman golfed a two-run shot for his first with the Whitecaps. They scratched two more runs out in the sixth, and when Daniel Cabrera scampered home on a wild pitch in the seventh, the Whitecaps led 7-5. Unfortunately the bullpen couldn’t hold it, as Bryce Tassin allowed them to tie it up in the eighth, and Michael Bienlien came on in relief and blew the save.

Workman: 1-4, R, 2 RBI, HR, BB

Navigato: 1-3, R, 2 BB

Coming Up Next: The Whitecaps look to snap a six game skid on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Lakeland Flying Tigers 8, Palm Beach Cardinals 4 (box)

Willander Moreno and Isrrael de la Cruz combined for 5 13 innings of one run ball with zero walks and nine strikeouts between them in the middle of this one, and the offense took the opportunity, roaring back from starter Ted Stuka’s early deficit to win going away. Stuka allowed three runs and was lifted in the second inning, with Moreno taking over. Carlos Pelegrin doubled home Ulrich Bojarski in the third to get Lakeland on the board. In the sixth, they roared back to tie the game with a three run inning. Kingston Liniak and Nick Quintana’s RBI singles were the big hits in the inning. In the eighth, they came back for four more. After Trei Cruz led off the inning with a single and then stole second base, Eliezer Alfonzo hit a ground rule double to score him. Quintana, Alvaro Gonzalez, Colt Keith, and Jimmy Kerr then walked in succession. Both Ulrich Bojarski and Carlos Pelegrin both struck out with the bases juiced, but the damage was already done.

Cruz: 1-3, 2 R, BB, SB

Alfonzo: 2-4, 2 R, RBI, 2 2B

Coming Up Next: They’ll play two on Friday starting at 4:00 p.m. ET to make up for Tuesday’s rainout, and the rainout of the first attempt at a makeup doubleheader on Thursday. It is also Bark in the Park night, if you happen to be in the Palm Beach area.

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