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Tyler Alexander strong in SeaWolves losing effort

Scores, news and notes from around the Tigers’ farm system for Tuesday, May 31, 2017.

Buffalo Bisons 6, Toledo Mud Hens 4 (box)

Steven Moya got the offense jumpstarted in the second inning with a solo shot, followed by a two RBI triple from Jason Krizan. A sloppy third inning from starter Anthony Vasquez then left the score tied at 3-3. The pattern continued in the top of the fifth, with the Mud Hens scoring a run to take the lead, and Vasquez giving it right back with a little help from reliever Kyle Ryan. Jeff Ferrell and Bruce Rondon gave Toledo 2 23 scoreless innings to mount a comeback, but they couldn’t get anything else going offensively.

Krizan: 2-5, 3 RBI, 2B, 3B, SO

Vasquez (L, 1-2): 4.2 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 2 SO

Coming Up Next: Chad Bell (1-2, 1.25 ERA) gets the call on Wednesday, fresh off a decent stint in the Tigers’ bullpen.

Bowie Baysox 2, Erie SeaWolves 0 (box)

It’s been a rocky start to the 2017 season for Tyler Alexander. Many observed hoped he would be ready to move up and provide some quality depth to the Tigers’ rotation later this season, but early returns have indicated he has quite a bit of work left to reach that point. Alexander was good on Tuesday, tossing 6 13 inning of two run ball. Unfortunately, the offense got manhandled by Baysox starter Brandon Barker, who threw eight scoreless innings.

Eaves: 1-2, 2B, BB

Alexander (L, 2-4): 6.1 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, HR, 4 SO

Coming Up Next: Artie Lewicki (2-2, 4.14 ERA) goes for the SeaWolves on Wednesday night.

Palm Beach Cardinals 5, Lakeland Flying Tigers 2 (box)

Sandy Baez’ struggles continue this season. Baez was throwing strikes and getting whiffs, but the Cardinals also squared him up for eleven base hits. He fell to 0-6 on the year, allowing five runs in six innings on Tuesday. Mark Ecker gave the Flying Tigers two superb innings of relief in which to effect a comeback. A two-out, two-run shot from Will Allen in the top of the ninth perked everyone up for a moment, but the rallying would go no further.

Allen: 2-4, R, 2 RBI, HR

Baez (L, 0-6): 6.0 IP, 5 ER, 11 H, BB, 6 SO

Coming Up Next: Beau Burrows (4-2, 1.22 ERA) will take the mound Wednesday evening in Palm Beach, looking to continue his outstanding 2017 campaign.

Great Lakes Loons 8, West Michigan Whitecaps 5 (box)

A pair of errors from 1B Blaise Salter didn’t help, but Anthony Gutierrez was badly roughed up Tuesday night. That’s something we’ve only rarely said about a Whitecaps’ starter this season. Only four of the eight runs allowed by Gutierrez were earned, but he surrendered four home runs in the contest, so he got what he deserved. The Whitecaps had an early lead in this one, scoring two in the first and second innings, the latter punctuated by a two-run shot from Cam Gibson. He, the red-hot Jacob Robson, and Salter each had two-hit games in the losing effort.

Gibson: 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 H, HR, SO

Gutierrez (L, 4-3): 8 R, 4 ER, 8 H, 4 HR, BB, 6 SO

Coming Up Next: The Midwest League’s Player of the Week, starter Anthony Castro (3-1, 2.84 ERA), looks to even the score against the Loons on Wednesday night.