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Tigers’ Daniel Norris looks strong in rehab start for Mud Hens

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers’ farm system on Monday, July 18, 2016.

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Toledo Mud Hens 7, Pawtucket Red Sox 5 (box)

Daniel Norris pitched four strong innings in a rehab assignment for the Mud Hens, and their bullpen held off a late Red Sox rally for a 7-5 win. Norris, making his first appearance at any level since straining an oblique on July 4, allowed a run on five hits and struck out four. He left after throwing 67 pitches. The Mud Hens’ offense was led by Dean Green, who had three hits (including a two-run homer) and three RBI. Casey McGehee added a pair of RBI, and Steven Moya had a two-hit game.

Green: 3-4, HR, R, 3 RBI
Moya: 2-5, 2B, R, 2 SO
Machado: 2-5, 2B, R, RBI, SO
Presley: 2-4, 2B, R, SO, SB
Norris: 4.0 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 4 SO

Coming up next: Cory Riordan (1-0, 1.66 ERA) will will start against Pawtucket’s Justin Haley (2-3, 4.06 ERA) as the Mud Hens and Red Sox continue their series on Tuesday.

Harrisburg Senators 5, Erie SeaWolves 1 (box)

Senators starter Tyler Mapes went the distance, limiting the SeaWolves to a run on four hits and three walks for his ninth win of the season. Three of Erie’s four hits went for extra bases — including a solo home run from Dominic Ficociello — but they went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranded six on base. Austin Kubitza allowed four runs in three innings for the SeaWolves, but Joe Rogers had a strong outing in relief, throwing three shutout innings. Anthony Gose went 0-for-4.

Ficociello: 1-4, HR, R, RBI, SO
Gose: 0-4
Kubitza (L): 3.0 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, BB, SO
Rogers: 3.0 IP, 0 ER, BB, 4 SO

Coming up next: Josh Turley (4-6, 4.29 ERA) will start for the SeaWolves on Tuesday as they continue their home series with Harrisburg.

Lakeland Flying Tigers 6, Fort Myers Miracle 4 (box)

Starter Matt Hall nearly made it through six innings, and allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits in 5 2/3 innings to pick up his second win since being promoted to Advanced-A Lakeland. Hall was helped out by relievers Confesor Lara and Gerson Moreno, who combined for 3 1/3 scoreless frames to preserve the win. Moreno walked two, but notched his second save for the Flying Tigers. Offensively, the Flygers were led by A.J. Simcox and the red-hot Michael Gerber. Both players homered for Lakeland and drove in five of their six runs. Christin Stewart tripled and walked in four plate appearances.

Gerber: 2-5, HR, R, 2 RBI
Simcox: 2-5, HR, R, 3 RBI, SO
Kivett: 2-4, 2B, R, SO
Stewart: 1-3, 3B, R, BB
Hall (W): 5.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 5 SO

Coming up next: Jeff Thompson (5-4, 3.39 ERA) will square off against Fort Myers’ Keaton Steele (4-8, 4.37 ERA) on Tuesday at Hammond Stadium.

Clinton LumberKings 3, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (box)

The Whitecaps out-hit the LumberKings 6-5 and drew four walks, but went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position in a frustrating loss. Will Maddox had two hits for the Whitecaps, and Derek Hill had a triple, their only extra base hit. Hill and Arvicent Perez drove in West Michigan’s two runs. Starter Sandy Baez wasn’t particularly effective, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. The Whitecaps ended their six-game road trip with four consecutive losses, including a sweep at Clinton.

Maddox: 2-3, R, BB
Hill: 1-4, 3B, RBI
Perez: 1-4, RBI
Baez (L): 4.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO

Coming up next: The Whitecaps will enjoy a much-needed day off on Tuesday. They return to action on Wednesday in a home series against the Peoria Chiefs. Spenser Watkins (2-0, 3.71 ERA) will start for the Whitecaps.

Connecticut Tigers 13, Vermont Lake Monsters 4 (box)

Kyle Funkhouser held the Lake Monsters to one hit in three shutout innings, and Ryan Castellanos pitched the final six innings for the win, but the real story here was Connecticut’s offense. They exploded for eight (!) runs in the second inning, giving Funkhouser and Castellanos a huge cushion to work with early. The Tigers tacked on four more runs in the fifth inning, and were ahead 13-0 until Vermont scored four runs in the ninth. Cole Bauml had a monster game, collective five hits (including three doubles) and four RBI for Connecticut.

Bauml: 5-6, 3 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI
Athmann: 3-5, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI
Gonzalez: 2-5, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, SO
Funkhouser: 3.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 2 SO
Castellanos (W): 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 SO

Coming up next: Alfred Gutierrez (1-2, 3.41 ERA) will start against Vermont’s Brendan Butler (1-1, 1.97 ERA) on Tuesday at Dodd Stadium.