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Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers’ farm system on Sunday, June 26, 2016.

Syracuse Chiefs 8, Toledo Mud Hens 1 (box)

Buck Farmer was solid for Toledo, limiting Syracuse to three runs (two earned) on six hits in 5 2/3 innings on Sunday. Things fell apart when Toledo went to the bullpen, though. Angel Nesbitt, Blaine Hardy, and Preston Guilmet combined to allow five runs in 2 1/3 innings; Hardy didn’t even record an out. Unfortunately, it did not matter all that much, as Toledo’s offense only scratched together three hits and a walk on the day.

McGehee: 1-3, 2B, BB
Collins: 1-4, SO
Valdespin: 1-3, 3B, R, SO
Farmer (L): 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 5 SO

Coming up next: The Mud Hens return home on Monday to kick off a three-game series with the Norfolk Tides. Mike Wright (0-0, 1.50 ERA) will start for Norfolk.

Erie SeaWolves 5, Hartford Yard Goats 2 (box)

Starter Josh Turley was a little shaky early, but calmed down and limited the Yard Goats to two runs (one earned) on just four hits in seven strong innings on Sunday. He struck out five, and thanks to strong bullpen work from Ruben Alaniz, Turley picked up his second win of the year. Jason Krizan paced the SeaWolves offense, doubling twice and reaching base four times. Leadoff hitter Casey Frawley went 0-for-5, but the four batters behind him combined for six hits, five runs, and four RBI. Dominic Ficociello was the main run producer with three RBI.

Krizan: 2-2, 2 2B, R, RBI, 2 BB
Ficociello: 2-4, 3 RBI, SO
Jones: 1-4, 2 R, BB
Harrell: 1-4, 2 R, SO, SB
Turley (W): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), BB, 5 SO

Coming up next: The SeaWolves continue their road trip with a three-game series against Reading starting on Monday.

Dunedin Blue Jays 7, Lakeland Flying Tigers 4 (F/6) (box)

Rain washed out the final three innings of the Flying Tigers’ series opener against Dunedin on Sunday, but the Blue Jays were able to score a full game’s worth of runs in the first couple innings. Jairo Labourt only recorded one out, allowing four runs on three hits and four walks before being replaced by Endrys Briceno. The lanky righthander worked five innings, but allowed three runs of his own. He struck out five and walked one. Michael Gerber continued his hot streak with two hits, including a solo home run in the fifth inning.

Gerber: 2-2, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB
Simcox: 2-3, 2B, R, RBI
Labourt (L): 0.1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 4 BB
Briceno: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BB, 5 SO

Coming up next: Tyler Alexander (5-5, 2.01 ERA) will face off against Dunedin’s Chris Rowley (5-1, 3.09 ERA) as the Flying Tigers and Blue Jays continue their series.

Lansing Lugnuts 12, West Michigan Whitecaps 9 (box)

A seven-run eighth inning for the Lugnuts doomed West Michigan, who had just taken a 7-5 lead during the top half of the inning. Adenson Verastegui could not retire any of the five batters he faced in the eighth, and was charged with five earned runs and the loss. Verastegui’s ERA ballooned to 10.67 after the outing. Drew Smith wasn’t fully able to stop the bleeding, allowing a pair of runs of his own before retiring the side in the eighth. Meanwhile, the Whitecaps offense was productive, tallying nine runs on 12 hits. Franklin Navarro homered and drove in a pair of runs. Derek Hill had two hits and scored twice; he is now hitting .263/.321/.342 on the season.

Navarro: 2-3, HR, R, 2 RBI, BB, SO
Hill: 2-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, SO, SB
Maddox: 2-5, 2B, R, 2 RBI
Pirtle: 2-5, R

Coming up next: Sandy Baez (2-7, 3.95 ERA) gets the start for the Whitecaps as they return home for a three-game series against the Bowling Green Hot Rods starting at 7:00 p.m. ET on Monday evening.

Aberdeen IronBirds 6, Connecticut Tigers 5 (box)

Connecticut nearly dug their way out of an early 6-0 hole, scoring five runs in the late innings before being shut down in the ninth. Recent draftee Sam Machonis drove in a pair of runs for Connecticut, and shortstop Keaton Jones scored twice. The Tigers were able to manage five runs despite only collecting four hits, and were 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Starter Austin Sodders took the loss after allowing two runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings.

Machonis: 1-4, 2 RBI
Jones: 1-3, 2 R, BB
Gonzalez: 1-4, 2B, R, 2 SO
Sodders (L): 2.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4 SO

Coming up next: Ryan Castellanos (1-1, 2.70 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Tigers as they play the rubber match of their three-game series against Aberdeen.