With the MLB draft coming at some point this month (Kurt knows, he'll make me write something at some point), it's time to start paying a bit more attention to the Tigers' minor league affiliates. Here's how they did yesterday.
Louisville Bats 3, Toledo Mud Hens 2 (box)
Former Tiger Armando Galarraga allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks in 7 2/3 innings for the win. Mud Hens starter Jose Alvarez struck out nine while allowing three runs in 7 2/3 innings of his own. Danny Dorn had a pair of hits, Kevin Russo hit a solo home run, and Nick Castellanos went 0-for-4 with a run scored. Billy Hamilton had a double and a home run for Louisville.
Richmond Flying Squirrels 5, Erie Seawolves 4 (box)
The Seawolves scored four runs on 10 hits, but lost the game when Justin Souza blew a save in the 10th inning. Hernan Perez was 3-for-5 with a double, while Tyler Collins and James McCann added two hits apiece. Daniel Fields was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. Kyle Lobstein struck out eight batters in six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and a walk.
Lakeland Flying Tigers 2, St. Lucie Mets 1 (box)
Jeff Ferrell threw six shutout innings for the Flying Tigers, scattering four hits and a walk. Harold Castro had a two-out, two-RBI double off Mets' top prospect Noah Syndergaard. Steven Moya was 1-for-4, bringing his average up to .286. Melvin Mercedes allowed his first run since May 15th, but still closed out the game for his eighth save of the year.
Fort Wayne TinCaps 2, West Michigan Whitecaps 0 (box)
The Whitecaps had eight hits, including four doubles and a triple, but were unable to push any runs across against Fort Wayne. Lance Durham was a home run away from the cycle and Bennett Pickar added a single and a double for West Michigan. Austin Schotts was 1-for-4 and is hitting .195/.324/.400 on the year.
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