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Tigers prospect Anthony Castro mows down 12 Loons in Whitecaps win

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

Buffalo Bisons 4, Toledo Mud Hens 1 (box)

A three-run first inning for Chad Bell doomed the Mud Hens on Wednesday night. Bell settled down and gave them four innings, and Dustin Molleken and Logan Kensing were solid in relief. The offense was blanked however, at least until the ninth. Jason Krizan tripled, and came home on an Omar Infante sacrifice fly to avoid the shutout.

Krizan: 1-4, R, 3B

Rondon: 1.0 IP, ER, 3 H, SO

Coming Up Next: Buck Farmer (1-3, 4.12 ERA) makes a triumphant return to the Mud Hens rotation after a brilliant spot start for the Tigers.

Erie SeaWolves 8, Bowie Baysox 3 (box)

The SeaWolves’ bats came roaring out of the gate in this one, scoring four in the first, including the eventual winning run. Back-to-back RBI doubles from Dominic Ficociello and Mike Gerber were the big hits in the inning. Starter Artie Lewicki punched out seven, allowing two runs on three hits in 5 23 innings of work. Ruben Alaniz allowed a run in relief, but Sean Donatello and Jairo Labourt snuffed any thought of a Baysox rally, while the offense poured it on.

Gerber: 1-3, R, 2 RBI, 2B, BB, SO

Ficociello: 3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B

Lewicki (W, 3-2): 5.2 IP 2 ER, 3 H, BB, 7 SO

Coming Up Next: Matt Crouse (4-1, 5.14 ERA) starts for the SeaWolves Thursday afternoon.

Palm Beach Cardinals 2, Lakeland Flying Tigers 0 (box)

The Cardinals had no better luck than anyone else has had against Beau Burrows this season. They managed a run on five hits, while Burrows racked up six more strikeouts across seven innings. Anthony Gose allowed another run in relief as his conversion to pitching continues. Burrows took the hard luck loss here as the Flying Tigers managed only four hits of their own and never mustered a threat.

Burrows (L, 4-3): 7.0 IP, ER, 5 H, BB, 6 SO

Gose: 1.0 IP, ER, 2 H, SO

Coming Up Next: The Cardinals bats will have their hands full again as Kyle Funkhouser (4-3, 1.32 ERA) gets the call for the Flying Tigers.

West Michigan Whitecaps 2, Great Lakes Loons 1 (box)

Anthony Castro was electric again on Wednesday night. He got off to a sluggish start but caught fire in the month of May. He struck out 12 Loons to one walk, allowing just three hits and one run. We had Castro as our sleeper pick in the spring, and so far he looks like he may be in for an outstanding season. Here’s our write-up on Castro from March. Jason Foley picked up save number four with a four strikeout performance across two innings of work. The Whitecaps’ offense struggled, but scratched out single runs in the sixth and eighth to pull this one out.

Athmann: 3-3, R, 2B

Castro (W, 4-1): 7.0 IP, ER, 3 H, BB, 12 SO

Coming Up Next: Austin Sodders (5-0, 0.83 ERA) looks for his sixth win of the season as he takes on the Loons on Thursday night.