The Undercards: 3 Homers Spark Hot Rods to Win

By Robbie Knopf

It has to be a pretty crazy game when there are 5 homers, 3 by one team and 2 by the other. The major difference: runners on- sometimes 1 homer can be worth as much as 3 or even 4.

Triple-A International League: Toledo Mud Hens (DET) 8, Durham Bulls 3

The Bulls had a big day, as we’ll discuss later on RCG. But this game was a disaster. Jim Paduch allowed 5 runs in just 1.2 innings, allowing homers to Brett Dlugach and Ryan Raburn, and Andy Oliver allowed 3 runs in 6.2 innings for Toledo, although he did strike out just 5 while walking 4. Shawn O’Malley went 2 for 4 with a double and a solo homer, but little else went right in this game for Durham. Josh Lueke did finish this game with two shutout innings for Durham- but only thanks to a beautiful relay from Rich Thompson to Cole Figueroa to Stephen Vogt to gun down Ben Guez as he went for an inside-the-park home run.

High-A Florida State League: Charlotte Stone Crabs 8, Jupiter Hammerheads (MIA) 5

The Stone Crabs went 4 for 12 with runners in scoring position and that was the difference in the game. Victor Mateo allowed 4 runs (1 earned) in 4.1 innings, but Charlotte got 4.2 innings of shutout relief from Jim Patterson and Chris Rearick and the offense scored enough to compensate. Philip Wunderlich went 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored. Hector Guevara, Riccio Torrez, and Cody Rogers had just a single hit each but 2 RBI, and Rogers stole 2 bases. Derek Dietrich with 2 for 5 with another one of the RBI and Luke Bailey went 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Both the Stone Crabs and Hammerheads cranked out 11 hits, but the Stone Crabs were better in the clutch and came away with the win.

Low-A Midwest League: Bowling Green Hot Rods 6, West Michigan Whitecaps 2

Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Roberto Gomez had one of the sketchiest quality starts you’ll see, allowing 7 hits including 2 homers in 6.2 innings, but both homers with solo shots, and the Hot Rods had 3 homers of their own, just 1 of which was a solo shot. Drew Vettleson had a big day, going 2 for 4 with a 2-run homer and yet another outfield assist, and the other homers came from Cameron Seitzer, another 2-run shot, and a solo shot from Todd Glaesmann. Josh Sale and Jake Hager each went 1 for 3, and Ryan Brett stole his 19th base of the season for the Hot Rods as well. It was a bizarre game, but the Hot Rods came away with a win.