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Tigers prospect Joe Jimenez suffers his 1st loss of the season

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers’ farm system on Friday, July 8, 2016.

Indianapolis Indians 4, Toledo Mud Hens 1 (box)

The Mud Hens went with a bullpen by committee to fill in for scheduled starter Matt Boyd, who will start on Saturday afternoon for the Tigers. Unfortunately, the committee didn’t do so well. Starter Joe Mantiply allowed a run in his lone inning of work, and Drake Britton gave up a pair of runs in 1 1/3 frames. Meanwhile, Indians starter Trevor Williams limited the Mud Hens to a run on just five hits in seven innings. Catcher John Hicks had two of Toledo’s hits, including a solo home run in the top of the seventh.

Hicks: 2-3, HR, R, RBI
Jones: 1-3, 2B
Gose: 1-2, SO, SB
McGehee: 1-4, SO

Coming up next: The Mud Hens return home for a doubleheader against the Louisville Bats starting at 5:05 p.m. ET. Buck Farmer (1-4, 6.42 ERA) will start the first game for Toledo, and Matt Crouse (3-3, 2.52 ERA) is scheduled to start the nightcap.

Altoona Curve 4, Erie SeaWolves 3 (box)

The SeaWolves took a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning, which would normally mean game over against closer Joe Jimenez. However, Jimenez had an off night, and was charged with two runs and the loss. Jimenez didn’t actually allow the game-winning hit, though, as he was lifted after allowing a walk and a single. Angel Nesbitt gave up a run-scoring triple to give Altoona a 4-3 lead, but Jimenez was charged with the loss. Connor Harrell helped pace the SeaWolves offense with a two-run homer.

Krizan: 2-4, R, SO
Harrell: 1-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, 2 SO
Bernard: 1-4, 3B, R
Jaye: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, 8 SO
Jimenez (L): 0.2 IP, H, 2 ER, BB

Coming up next: Calvin Drummond (0-2, 7.71 ERA) will start for the SeaWolves against Altoona’s Brandon Waddell (5-4, 4.95 ERA).

Lakeland Flying Tigers 10, Palm Beach Cardinals 5 (box)

Christin Stewart hit his 20th home run of the season and scored three times as part of a huge offensive effort from the Flying Tigers on Friday. Lakeland hit five home runs as a team; Ross Kivett, A.J. Simcox, Michael Gerber, and Garrett Mattlage chipped in the other four. Gerber had three hits and was a triple shy of the cycle, and Kade Scivicque added a pair of hits as well. Lakeland starter Tyler Alexander wasn’t particularly sharp, but struck out six without walking anyone and earned a win nonetheless.

Gerber: 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI
Stewart: 2-3, HR, 3 R, RBI, BB
Kivett: 1-5, HR, R, 2 RBI, SO
Mattlage: 2-4, HR, R, RBI, SO
Alexander (W): 6.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R (4 ER), 6 SO

Coming up next: A.J. Ladwig (9-5, 3.30 ERA) takes the mound in search of his 10th win of the year as the Flying Tigers and Cardinals continue their series.

Fort Wayne TinCaps 3, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (box)

The Whitecaps jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning, but Fort Wayne answered with a three-run third to win the series opener. The two teams combined for 19 hits, but all of the scoring was done after the third inning and both teams left seven runners on base. Will Maddox led the Whitecaps with three hits, and Rashad Brown and Jose Zambrano had two hits apiece. All 10 of West Michigan’s hits were singles, though. Starter Fernando Perez took the loss after allowing three runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Maddox: 3-4, RBI
Brown: 2-3, BB
Zambrano: 2-4, RBI
Pirtle: 1-3, R, SO
Perez (L): 6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO

Coming up next: Midwest League All-Star Kyle Dowdy (5-1, 2.93 ERA) will start for the Whitecaps on Saturday against Fort Wayne.

Connecticut Tigers 5, Lowell Spinners 2 (box)

Kyle Funkhouser allowed a run in three innings, but struck out two and did not walk anyone as the Tigers won their series opener against Lowell. The Tigers took the lead later on with a five-run sixth inning, most of which came against Red Sox pitcher Brandon Workman, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery. Workman didn’t record an out, and the Tigers notched four of their five runs off him before Lowell reliever Kuehl McEachern closed out the frame. Ryan Castellanos earned the win after throwing five innings in relief, and Mark Ecker struck out the side in the ninth to earn his second save of the season for Connecticut.

Padron: 3-4, R
Donnels: 2-2, RBI, 2 BB
Lester: 1-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, BB
Funkhouser: 3.0 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 SO
Castellanos (W): 5.0 IP, 3 H, ER, 4 SO

Coming up next: Alfred Gutierrez (0-2, 4.35 ERA) will start for Connecticut against Lowell’s Darwinzon Hernandez (1-1, 2.89 ERA) on Saturday.