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Tigers prospect Joey Pankake homers in Advanced-A Lakeland rout

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers’ farm system on Monday, June 20, 2016.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 6, Erie SeaWolves 5 (box)

New Hampshire jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and ultimately tagged Erie starter Josh Turley with six earned runs on nine hits in six innings. Turley struck out six and didn’t walk a batter, contributing to 11 Erie strikeouts on the night. Dominic Ficociello was a triple shy of the cycle and scored twice, but the SeaWolves left 10 runners on base. Joe Jimenez struck out the side in a scoreless ninth inning, his first game action since last Thursday.

Ficociell: 3-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI
Castro: 2-5, 2B, RBI, SO
Eaves: 1-2, 2B, R, RBI, 2 BB, SO
Turley (L): 6.0 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 6 SO
Jimenez: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 SO

Coming up next: Cory Riordan (4-5, 4.64 ERA) starts against New Hampshire’s Jeremy Gabryszwski (4-3, 3.14 ERA) on Tuesday as the SeaWolves and Fisher Cats continue their series.

Lakeland Flying Tigers 8, Clearwater Threshers 2 (box)

The Flying Tigers exploded for seven runs in the top of the second inning, punctuated by a home run and sacrifice fly from Joey Pankake (both in the same inning). Pankake drove in three runs on the game, but the entire Lakeland offense chipped in, as nearly every player reached base for the Flying Tigers. Christin Stewart had two hits and two walks, while Kade Scivicque had three hits, including an RBI double. Starter Jeff Thompson did his part, holding the Threshers scoreless through six innings with five strikeouts.

Scivicque: 3-5, 2B, RBI, SO
Stewart: 2-3, 2B, R, RBI, 2 BB, SO
Simcox: 2-5, 2 R, RBI
Pankake: 1-2, HR, R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, SO
Thompson (W): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

Coming up next: Jairo Labourt (4-5, 4.99 ERA) makes his first start of the second half of the minor league season on Tuesday. He will face Clearwater’s Shane Watson (1-3, 8.66 ERA).

Connecticut Tigers 5, Vermont Lake Monsters 3 (box)

Joey Havrilak continued to mash, hitting a triple and driving in two runs for Connecticut’s third straight win on Monday. Havrilak is hitting .471 on the young season, and already has three extra base hits and eight RBI in four games. Blaise Salter also chipped in, driving in a pair of runs for the Tigers. Starter Gregory Soto was a bit inefficient, throwing 84 pitches to get through 4 2/3 innings. He limited Vermont to two runs (one earned) on five hits and struck out five. Daniel Gonzalez earned the win with 3 1/3 innings of work in relief, while Eduardo Jimenez struck out two in the ninth for his first save.

Havrilak: 2-4, 3B, R, 2 RBI, BB
Salter: 1-4, 2 RBI
Sthormes: 1-2, R, 2 BB
Soto: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 5 SO
Gonzalez (W): 3.1 IP, 2 H, ER, 6 SO

Coming up next: Jose Vasquez (0-0, 67.50 ERA) will start for Connecticut on Tuesday as the Tigers aim for a three-game sweep of the Lake Monsters.


The Toledo Mud Hens and West Michigan Whitecaps were both off on Monday. Toledo will travel to Scranton-Wilkes/Barre for a three-game series against the RailRiders beginning on Tuesday evening. Chad Bell (3-1, 3.82 ERA) will start against former Tigers prospect Luis Cessa (1-1, 3.93 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. ET.

The Whitecaps are off for the next two days due to the Midwest League All-Star break. The All-Star Game is on Tuesday evening at 8:05 p.m. ET in Cedar Rapids, IA. The Whitecaps will be represented by pitchers Matt Hall, Gerson Moreno, and Kyle Dowdy, and infielders David Gonzalez and Will Maddox.