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Tigers’ J.D. Martinez tallies 3 hits for Mud Hens in rehab assignment

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers’ farm system on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

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Durham Bulls 5, Toledo Mud Hens 2 (box)

Warwick Saupold went five innings for the Mud Hens, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits with five strikeouts. He cruised through the first five frames, but ran into trouble in the sixth, when he allowed three Bulls to reach base before being lifted from the game. Reliever Joe Mantiply allowed all three of those runners to score, along with one more in a four-run inning that would prove to be enough offense for Durham. Chad Huffman hit his 12th home run of the season, a solo shot in the fourth inning. J.D. Martinez had the other RBI for Toledo, and finished 3-for-5 with a double.

Martinez: 3-5, 2B, RBI, SO
Presley: 2-3, 2 BB
Huffman: 2-3, HR, R, RBI, BB
Saupold (L): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 5 SO

Coming up next: The Mud Hens are off on Thursday. Jordan Zimmermann (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will make his second rehab start for the Mud Hens on Friday. He will face off against Roberto Hernandez (4-5, 4.33 ERA) as the Mud Hens kick off a three-game series against the Gwinnett Braves at Fifth Third Field.

Altoona Curve 11, Erie SeaWolves 10 (box)

The SeaWolves scored five runs in the first three innings, and had a 6-3 lead after four, but a seven-run fifth put the Curve up 10-6 heading into the later frames. Erie scored three runs in the eighth, then tied the game in the ninth on a Michael Gerber home run, only to see Paul Voelker uncork a wild pitch with a runner on third base to gift the Curve an 11-10 victory. Both Gerber and Anthony Gose went yard for the SeaWolves, and Gose drove in three runs. Jason Krizan had two hits and four RBI for Erie, who drew 11 walks (!) as a team.

Gerber: 2-3, HR, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB
Gose: 2-4, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, SO, SB
Krizan: 2-5, 4 RBI
Jones: 2-5
Martinez: 4.0 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO

Coming up next: The SeaWolves return home to start a four-game series against the Reading Fightin’ Phils on Thursday. Daniel Norris will make his third rehab start, and first for the SeaWolves. Nick Pivetta (9-5, 3.47 ERA) will start for Reading.

Dunedin Blue Jays 10, Lakeland Flying Tigers 9 (box)

The Flying Tigers roared back from deficits of 6-0 and 7-5 in a back-and-forth affair, eventually taking a 9-7 lead after the top of the eighth. However, Dunedin scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth, and reliever Dusty Isaacs worked a 1-2-3 inning in the ninth to hand Lakeland their second loss in a row. Christin Stewart hit his 22nd home run of the season, a two-run shot in the sixth inning. Wade Hinkle also homered for the Flying Tigers, and was one of two Flygers to finish with three hits. A.J. Ladwig is still searching for his 10th win of the season after allowing six runs (five earned) on 11 hits in just 3 1/3 innings.

Hinkle: 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI, SO
Shepherd: 3-4, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI
Stewart: 2-3, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, SO
Ladwig: 3.1 IP, 11 H, 6 R (5 ER)
Lara (L): 1.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER

Coming up next: The Flying Tigers will face off against Dunedin’s Chris Rowley (8-2, 3.27 ERA) at 6:30 p.m. ET on Thursday.

Fort Wayne TinCaps 6, West Michigan Whitecaps 4 (box)

Spenser Watkins couldn’t quite make it through the sixth inning, allowing four runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 frames. He suffered his first loss of the season for West Michigan. The Whitecaps offense managed 11 hits, including Will Allen’s third home run of the season. Arvicent Perez added a pair of doubles and a run, and Rashad Brown doubled and drove in a run. David Gonzalez led off the top of the ninth with a single, but that’s as far as the rally would go; the next three Whitecaps hitters all struck out to end the game.

Allen: 2-4, HR, R, RBI
Maddox: 2-4, R, SO
Perez: 2-4, 2 2B, R, SO
Watkins (L): 5.2 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, BB, 3 SO

Coming up next: Eudis Idrogo (3-3, 5.70 ERA) will start against Fort Wayne’s Jerry Keel (5-10, 3.15 ERA) on Thursday.


The Connecticut Tigers were off on Wednesday. They are back in action on Thursday in a three-game home series against the Tri-City Spinners. Locke St. John (2-4, 3.33 ERA) will start against Tri-City’s Austin Nicely (3-1, 6.39 ERA) at Dodd Stadium.