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Tigers prospects Anthony Castro, Blaise Salter star as Whitecaps win 6th straight

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers’ farm system on Thursday, May 25, 2017.

Norfolk Tides 9, Toledo Mud Hens 7 (box)

Toledo took a 7-4 lead into the ninth inning of their series finale against Norfolk, but Bruce Rondon coughed up five runs (four earned) on three hits for his first blown save of the year. Rondon’s struggles also wasted a strong start from Anthony Vasquez, who scattered nine hits across seven innings. Offensively, the Mud Hens were led by new signing Matt den Dekker, who hit a three-run homer in the fourth. John Hicks also homered for Toledo. He will be called up to Detroit for their weekend series against the Chicago White Sox.

den Dekker: 2-4, HR, R, 3 RBI
Infante: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI
Hicks: 1-5, HR, R, 2 RBI, 2 SO
Vasquez: 7.0 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO

Coming up next: William Cuevas (2-3, 3.92 ERA) will start for the Mud Hens as they kick off a weekend series against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

Palm Beach Cardinals 1, Lakeland Flying Tigers 0 (F/7) (box)

Palm Beach’s Derian Gonzalez went the distance in this one, limiting the Flying Tigers to just two hits in seven innings with six strikeouts. Beau Burrows nearly matched him pitch for pitch — and struck out nine to Gonzalez’s six — but gave up a solo home run to Cardinals third baseman Casey Turgeon. Will Maddox and Arvicent Perez had Lakeland’s two hits.

Maddox: 1-2, 2B, BB
Burrows (L): 6.0 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 9 SO

Palm Beach Cardinals 1, Lakeland Flying Tigers 0 (F/7) (box)

No, this is not a repeat. Palm Beach’s entire bullpen got the day off, as Cardinals starter Ryan Helsley struck out 11 in a seven inning shutout. Sandy Baez was also solid for Lakeland, but gave up a run on three hits. Lakeland’s offense manage four hits this time around, but only put one runner into scoring position.

Allen: 1-3, 2B, 2 SO
Baez (L): 6.0 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

Coming up next: Kyle Funkhouser (0-0, 2.35 ERA) will try to follow up his stellar debut on Friday against the Dunedin Blue Jays.

West Michigan Whitecaps 10, Fort Wayne TinCaps 0 (box)

If you aren’t paying attention to this year’s Whitecaps club, you need to. The ‘Caps won their fifth game in a row on Thursday, improving their season-long record to 32-14. They are only a game clear of the Dayton Dragons in a brutal Midwest League Eastern Division, but have won an incredible 20 of 25 games at home this season.

Righthander Anthony Castro starred in this game, striking out 12 TinCaps in six strong innings. He was backed by a red-hot Whitecaps offense, who scored 10 runs on 11 hits, including five doubles. Blaise Salter had three of those two-baggers, and drove in four runs. Things could have gone even worse for Fort Wayne had the Whitecaps not stranded nine runners on base.

Coming up next:

The Erie SeaWolves were postponed due to rain on Thursday. Their series finale against the Harrisburg Senators will be made up on Saturday, June 3. On Friday, the SeaWolves will take on the Altoona Curve at UPMC Park. Artie Lewicki (2-2, 4.54 ERA) is scheduled to start for Erie against Altoona’s Tanner Anderson (2-4, 3.73 ERA).