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Tigers' Daniel Norris bounces back with strong outing in Mud Hens loss

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers' farm system on Monday, May 16, 2016.

Buffalo Bisons 4, Toledo Mud Hens 1 (box)

Daniel Norris struggled early, allowing a pair of runs on a Jesus Montero -- yes, that Jesus Montero -- first inning two-run homer before escaping a jam unscathed in the second. However, Norris rebounded to have one of his better outings of the season, working seven innings with three runs allowed. The Mud Hens offense could not pick up their starter, managing a single run on eight hits and two walks. Wynton Bernard was on base three times and scored Toledo's lone run, and Chad Huffman added three hits and the lone RBI. Toledo's bottom five hitters were a combined 0-for-18.

Huffman: 3-4, 2B, RBI, SB
Bernard: 2-4, 2B, R, BB
Machado: 2-4, SB
Norris (L): 7.0 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, BB, 4 SO

Coming up next: Thad Weber (4-1, 1.80 ERA) will start against Wade LeBlanc (4-1, 1.88 ERA) as the Mud Hens and Bisons continue their series.

Harrisburg Senators 5, Erie SeaWolves 2 (box)

Erie starter Cory Riordan ran into early trouble, allowing three runs in his first two innings of work, ultimately resulting in his third loss of the season. To his credit, Riordan worked seven innings and was only charged with one earned run, but the SeaWolves offense could not pick up the slack. Gustavo Nunez and Jeff McVaney reached base twice for Erie, but the rest of their lineup only managed three hits and a walk in 24 plate appearances. The loss dropped Erie to 16-21 on the season, fifth in the Eastern League's Western Division.

McVaney: 2-4, 2B, R, RBI
Nunez: 1-3, R, BB
D. Green: 1-4, 2B
Riordan (L): 7.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R (1 ER), BB, 4 SO

Coming up next: Myles Jaye (0-4, 5.71 ERA) is still in search of his first win of the season. He takes the mound for the SeaWolves on Tuesday as they face Harrisburg's Tyler Mapes (5-2, 3.29 ERA).

Lakeland Flying Tigers 5, Palm Beach Cardinals 1 (box)

Tyler Alexander scattered seven hits over seven shutout innings, leading the Flying Tigers to a series-opening win over the Cardinals. Alexander struck out five and did not walk a batter, but reliever Austin Kubitza got into trouble after walking three Cardinals hitters in the eighth, leading to Palm Beach's lone run of the game. Offensively, the Flying Tigers were led by catcher Grayson Greiner, who had a pair of hits and drove in three. A.J. Simcox also had two hits, and Christin Stewart reached base twice.

Greiner: 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI
Simcox: 2-5, R, RBI
Stewart: 1-4, 2B, R, RBI, BB, SO
Gerber: 1-2, 3B, 2 R
Alexander (W): 7.0 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 5 SO

Coming up next: Jairo Labourt (3-1, 3.07 ERA) will look to rebound from his worst start of the season as the Flying Tigers and Cardinals continue their series. Matt Pearce (3-1, 2.72 ERA) will start for Palm Beach.


The West Michigan Whitecaps were off on Monday after taking three of four from the Fort Wayne TinCaps over the weekend. They kick off a series with the Bowling Green Hot Rods at Fifth Third Ballpark on Tuesday before heading out on a six-game road trip. Sandy Baez (0-4, 4.76 ERA) will start for the Whitecaps on Tuesday, with Matt Hall (4-0, 0.83 ERA) on the mound on Wednesday. The Whitecaps are 18-16 this season, tied for fourth in the Midwest League's Eastern Division.