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Tigers prospect JaCoby Jones hits 2 home runs as Mud Hens win big

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Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers farm system on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

Toledo Mud Hens 16, Louisville Bats 2 (box)

Toledo’s offense exploded for 16 runs on 22 hits in a Wednesday night beatdown of the Bats. Alex Presley hit for the cycle and scored four runs, and JaCoby Jones added a pair of home runs and four RBI. All nine Toledo starters had a hit, with Jones, Presley, John Hicks, and Jason Krizan all chipping in at least three hits apiece. Hicks also homered, bringing Toledo’s dinger tally to four for the game.

Presley: 5-6, 2B, 3B, HR, 4 R, RBI
Jones: 3-6, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI
Hicks: 3-4, HR, 3 R, 2 RBI, SB
Saupold (W): 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO

Coming up next: The Mud Hens will take on Cody Reed (0-2, 6.75 ERA) and the Bats at 10:35 a.m. ET. Drew VerHagen (2-2, 4.21 ERA) will start for Toledo.

Reading Fightin’ Phils 14, Erie SeaWolves 4 (box)

A.J. Ladwig had a bit of trouble, allowing five runs on six hits in five innings of work. The SeaWolves remained in striking distance thanks to a three-run homer from Christin Stewart, his 11th of the season. Unfortunately, relievers Adam Ravenelle and Santiago Garrido combined to allow six runs in the top of the eighth, putting the game out of reach.

Stewart: 2-5, HR, R, 3 RBI, 2 SO
Castro: 3-5
Ficociello: 3-4, R
Ladwig (L): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, BB, 4 SO

Coming up next: Myles Jaye (0-3, 3.86 ERA) will take the mound for Erie in a late-morning start against Reading at UPMC Park.

St. Lucie Mets 3, Lakeland Flying Tigers 2 (box)

The Flying Tigers took a 2-0 lead into the seventh inning, but starter Kyle Dowdy couldn’t get through the inning, surrendering a pair of runs to tie the game. St. Lucie pushed across a run in the top of the 10th against Lakeland reliever Zac Reininger to take the win. The Flying Tigers managed seven hits on the game, but six came from Ross Kivett and David Gonzalez.

Kivett: 3-4, R, SB
Gonzalez: 3-4, R, SO, SB
Dowdy: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 SO

Coming up next: Matt Hall (3-3, 4.99 ERA) will start for the Flying Tigers as they aim for a series split against the Mets at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Bowling Green Hot Rods 10, West Michigan Whitecaps 1 (box)

Alfred Gutierrez struggled in this one, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits in five innings, though he did strike out six. The Caps bullpen was not much better, allowing four more runs after Gutierrez departed. Cam Gibson continued his hot hitting with two more knocks, and Jacob Robson added a pair of hits and an RBI. The Whitecaps were held without a hit, though, and struck out 12 times.

Gibson: 2-3, R, RBI
Robson: 2-3, RBI, SO
Gutierrez (L): 5.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R (5 ER), BB, 6 SO

Coming up next: Anthony Castro (2-1, 3.55 ERA) will start for the Whitecaps as they kick off a series against the Lake County Captains on Thursday.