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Tigers Prospect Daily: Wynton Bernard wows on offense and defense for Erie SeaWolves

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers' farm system on Sunday, April 26, 2015.

Toledo Mud Hens 6, Indianapolis Indians 0 (box)

The Mud Hens scored in every even-numbered inning in a dominating win over the Indians, who hurt their own cause by committing four errors. Tyler Collins hit a pair of doubles and scored twice, while Bryan Holaday drove in two runs. Jefry Marte and Josh Wilson also scored twice, and Wilson and Jordan Lennerton added RBIs. The Mud Hens' top three hitters were a combined 0 for 10 with two walks. Buck Farmer got the win by limiting the Indians to two hits in six scoreless innings, though he did walk four batters. Ian Krol threw two scoreless, allowing just one walk. Alberto Cabrera struck out the side in the ninth, but walked two batters.

Collins: 2-2, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB
Holaday: 1-3, 2 RBI
Wilson: 2-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, SO
Marte: 1-3, 2 R
Moya: 0-3, BB, K
Machado: 0-3, BB
Farmer (W): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 7 K, 4 BB

COMING UP NEXT: The Mud Hens head to Charlotte for a three-game series with the Knights. Kyle Ryan (0-2, 4.02 ERA) will start against Chris Beck (0-1, 4.02 ERA).

Altoona Curve 8, Erie Seawolves 2 (box)

The Seawolves lost their sixth consecutive game on Sunday in a laugher. The Curve capped off their three-game sweep with three runs in the third inning and four runs in the fifth, all of which were charged to starter Warwick Saupold. Saupold did not allow a home run, but gave up five extra base hits in the losing effort. James Robbins and Wynton Bernard keyed what little offense the Wolves could muster, each hitting a triple. Bernard scored a run and had an RBI, and also made a sensational diving catch in center field.

Robbins: 2-3, 3B, BB
Bernard: 1-4, 3B, R, RBI
Castro: 1-3, R
Wells: 1-4, 3 SO
Saupold (L): 4.2 IP, 10 H, 7 ER, 5 SO, 2 BB
De La Rosa: 1.0 IP, 2 SO

COMING UP NEXT: Erie welcomes the Bowie Baysox to Jerry Uht Park for a three-game series starting tomorrow. Josh Turley (2-0, 1.64 ERA) will start for the SeaWolves against Parker Bridwell (0-0, 4.50 ERA) of the Baysox.

Brevard County Manatees 14, Lakeland Flying Tigers 4 (box)

The Flying Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning against Brevard County, but that lead would be short-lived. The Manatees scored five runs in the third, three in the fourth, and two in the fifth to jump out to a 10-4 lead. Relievers Trevor Seldenberger and Tristan Archer would slam the door shut from there for the Manatees. Jonathan Maicel took the loss for the Flying Tigers, who dropped to 7-11 on the season. Domonic Ficociello and Bobby Borchering had two hits apiece for the Flyers, and Ben Verlander added a home run.

Ficociello: 2-4, 2B, R
Borchering: 2-4, RBI, SO
Verlander: 1-3, HR, 2 R, RBI, BB, SO
Powell: 1-4, R, SO
Betancourt: 1-5, RBI, SO
Maicel (L): 4.0 IP, 10 H, 8 ER, 1 SO

COMING UP NEXT: Lakeland continues their three-game series against Brevard County tomorrow night at Joker Marchant Stadium. Ryan Longstreth (1-2, 3.95 ERA) will start for the Flygers against Brandon Woodruff (0-1, 11.42 ERA)

Dayton Dragons 3, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (box)

The Whitecaps took a one-run lead into the middle innings, but their bullpen was able to keep the Dragons off the scoreboard in the seventh inning. Dayton scored two runs on 20-year-old lefthander Gabe Speier to take a 3-2 lead, then held the Whitecaps scoreless in the final two innings. Fernando Perez handed in a solid start, allowing a run on six hits in 5 2/3 innings with a strikeout. Joey Pankake had two hits and an RBI for the Whitecaps, while Derek Hill added a hit and a run scored. Franklin Navarro drove in the other run for West Michigan, who dropped to 8-10 on the season.

Pankake: 2-3, 2B, R, RBI, SO
Hill: 1-4, R
Navarro: 1-4, RBI, SO
Gerber: 1-3, BB
Shepherd: 0-4, 2 SO
Perez: 5.2 IP, 6 H, ER, 2 BB, 6 SO
Speier (L): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 SO

COMING UP NEXT: The Whitecaps are back in action on Tuesday against the South Bend Cubs. Ross Seaton (2-0, 0.69 ERA), a 25-year-old righthander who pitched in the Houston Astros' organization last season, will start for the Whitecaps.


After releasing reliever Luke Putkonen in late March, the Tigers have re-signed the 28-year-old righthander to a minor league deal. Putkonen was assigned to Triple-A Toledo, while righthander Ryan Robowski will be sent from Toledo to Erie. Putkonen was designated for assignment after the Tigers signed left-handed reliever Tom Gorzelanny in January, then was released on March 28.

Putkonen missed nearly all of 2014 after suffering an elbow injury, pitching just 9 1/3 innings between the minors and major leagues. He only pitched 3 2/3 innings for the Tigers during spring training, allowing three runs on four hits. A former third round pick in 2007, Putkonen has allowed a 4.66 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 48 1/3 career MLB innings.