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West Michigan Whitecaps stretch winning streak to 9 games

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Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers’ farm system on Monday, June 26, 2017.

Gwinnett Braves 11, Toledo Mud Hens 4 (box)

JaCoby Jones homered in the bottom of the first to give the Mud Hens a 1-0 lead, but that didn’t last long. Gwinnett tied the game in the second and poured it on from there, scoring four runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. Drew VerHagen took the loss, allowing six runs on nine hits in four innings. Kyle Ryan also struggled; he gave up four more runs (three earned) in an inning of work. Jason Krizan homered for Toledo, who left 10 runners on base.

Krizan: 2-5, 2B, HR, R, RBI
Jones: 1-4, HR, 2 R, RBI, BB, SO
VerHagen (L): 4.0 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, BB, 3 SO

Coming up next: Matt Boyd (3-0, 3.33 ERA) will look to extend his perfect record in the minors against Gwinnett’s Matt Wisler (3-4, 4.39 ERA) on Tuesday evening.

Erie SeaWolves 9, Akron RubberDucks 1 (box)

Artie Lewicki had one of his best starts of the season on Monday, tossing seven shutout innings against Akron. Lewicki struck out six and allowed just two hits on the evening to earn his fifth win of the season. His offense helped make things comfortable, spotting him a 6-0 lead by the end of the fifth inning. Grayson Greiner homered and drove in a pair of runs, while Mike Gerber continued his hot streak with three RBI. Christin Stewart didn’t homer, but he did double and score two runs.

Gerber: 3-5, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 SO
Stewart: 2-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI, SO
Greiner: 2-5, HR, R, 2 RBI, SO
Lewicki (W): 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 6 SO

Coming up next: A.J. Ladwig (4-1, 4.54 ERA) will take the mound for Erie on Tuesday against Akron.

West Michigan Whitecaps 1, Dayton Dragons 0 (F/11) (box)

David Gonzalez singled home Danny Pinero in the bottom of the 11th to score the first and only run of the game in a walkoff win for the Whitecaps on Monday. The win was West Michigan’s ninth in a row, and fifth straight to begin second half play in the Midwest League. Tom de Blok made his first start for the Whitecaps and struck out six in five innings. Locke St. John and Jake Shull continued the shutout in relief, combining for six scoreless innings of work. Shortstop Anthony Pereira led the Whitecaps offense with two hits.

Pereira: 2-5, 2B, 2 SO, SB
Gonzalez: 1-5, RBI, SO
de Blok: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 6 SO

Coming up next: Anthony Castro (6-1, 2.29 ERA) will look for his seventh win of the year as the Whitecaps continue their series against Dayton.

Connecticut Tigers 10, Lowell Spinners 6 (box)

Connecticut’s offense came out on fire, scoring seven runs in the top of the first to cruise to an easy win over Lowell. Catcher Andres Sthormes drove in three runs, while designated hitter Randel Alcantara added a double and two more RBI. Second round pick Reynaldo Rivera did not collect a hit of his own, but walked three times and scored a pair of runs. On the pitching side, starter Dane Myers struggled. Myers, the Tigers’ sixth round pick in 2017, gave up a pair of runs on four hits in 2 23 innings.

Burch: 2-5, R, RBI, BB, 3 SO
Burdeaux: 2-3, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB
Sthormes: 2-5, 3B, R, 3 RBI, 2 SO

Coming up next: The Tigers are off on Tuesday. They will return to action on Wednesday in a doubleheader against the Tri-City ValleyCats.


The Lakeland Flying Tigers were off on Monday. They will head to Daytona for a three-game series against the Tortugas starting on Tuesday. Kyle Dowdy (5-4, 2.48 ERA) will start Game One for Lakeland.