Minor Details: Games of May 18

The Red Wings overcome a big early deficit.  A big inning sinks the Lookouts.  The Miracle single their way to a win.  A big day for Jaylin Davis carries the Kernels.


The Red Wings didn't make it easy.  They surrendered seven runs to the IronPigs in the second inning, four of them coming on a rally-killing grand slam by Rhys Hopkins, to fall behind 7-1.  Not a problem, as Rochester scored six in the fourth to tie it.  Matt Hague homered and Mitch Garver had a two-run single in the inning.  They took the lead with three in the fifth, with two scoring on a Zack Granite single.  Lehigh Valley got the tying run on base with one out in the ninth, but their last two batters were retired.

Jason Wheeler recovered from the second inning to get through five, giving up seven runs on eight hits and two walks with six strikeouts.  Buddy Boshers pitched three innings, giving up one run on one hit with three strikeouts.  Trevor Hildenberger struck out two in a scoreless inning.  Hague was 3-for-5 with a double in addition to his fourth home run.  Tommy Field was 3-for-4 with a double and a walk.  J. B. Shuck was 2-for-3 with a double.  Engelb Vielma was 2-for-5.  Daniel Palka hit a home run, his seventh.  Granite was 1-for-4 with three RBIs and is batting .304.


Already ahead 2-1, the Shuckers scored five in the fifth to put the game out of reach.  They started the inning with a walk, a hit batsman, and another walk, then got five consecutive singles.  The Lookouts got two in the eighth but never threatened to get back into the game.

Fernando Romero, who has been hot and cold all year, was cold in this game, going 4.1 innings and allowing seven runs (six earned) on five hits and four walks with four strikeouts.  Raul Fernandez struck out five in two shutout innings of relief.  Travis Harrison was 2-for-4.  Nick Gordon was 0-for-4 with a walk and is batting .312.  Edgar Corcino was 1-for-3 with a walk and is batting .308.  T. J. White was 1-for-2 and is batting .385.


Trailing 2-1 through four, the Miracle scored three in the fifth to take the lead on their way to their fifth straight win.  Max Murphy had a two-run single and Bradley Strong had a one-run single in the inning.  Tanner English singled home an insurance run in the eighth.

Brady Anderson pitched 4.1 innings, giving up two runs on six hits and no walks with three strikeouts.  He threw seventy pitches in his first start of the season.  Michael Theofanopoulos pitched 2.2 scoreless innings.  Williams Ramirez pitched a scoreless inning to drop his ERA to 1.80 and Sam Clay pitched a scoreless inning to make his ERA 2.53.  Strong and Kevin Garcia were each 2-for-4.  Chris Paul was 1-for-3 with a walk and is batting .331.  English was 1-for-4 and is batting .308.


Jaylin Davis hit a two-run homer in the fourth to give the Kernels a 3-1 lead.  Davis led off the sixth with a double that started a three-run rally and made it 6-1.  In the bottom of the ninth, the Timber Rattlers scored two and had the tying run up to bat with two out, but Monte Harrison was called out on strikes to end the game.  Harrison was then ejected from a game that was already over, an action which would appear to be primarily symbolic.

Domenick Carlini had his best game of the season, going six innings and giving up one run on six hits and no walks with four strikeouts.  Colton Davis pitched two shutout innings to lower his ERA to 2.65.  Davis was 3-for-5 and hit two home runs, his eighth and ninth.  Brandon Lopez was 2-for-4.


5:35  Bradenton at Fort Myers
5:35  Rochester at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Chance Adams, 1-0, 0.00)
6:35  Cedar Rapids (Clark Beeker, 5-1, 2.56) at Wisconsin (Trey Supak, 1-2, 2.40)
6:35  Chattanooga (Ryan Eades, 1-0, 5.31) at Biloxi (Taylor Williams, 0-1, 1.10)