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Gregory Soto cruises, West Michigan Whitecaps’ offense erupts

Scores, news and notes from around the Detroit Tigers’ farm system for Saturday, July 22, 2017.

Rochester Red Wings 4, Toledo Mud Hens 3 (box)

The Hens made a run at this one late, but a so-so outing from Buck Farmer and quality pitching from the Red Wings had them in too deep a hole. Farmer gave up four, three earned, and pitched into the seventh inning. A pair of RBI singles from Bryan Holaday and one from JaCoby Jones in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings made this one close, but they couldn’t finish the comeback.

Holaday: 2-4, 2 RBI

Farmer (L): 6.2 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 H, BB, 4 SO

Jimenez: 1.1 IP, 2 H, BB, SO

Coming Up Next: The Mud Hens don’t have a starter yet for a 1:35 pm ET first pitch on Sunday.

Erie SeaWolves 5, Reading Fighting Phils 1 (F/5) (box)

Beau Burrows went all the way, but is still trying to settle in with the SeaWolves. Burrows walked three and struck out two, but allowed only one run over five innings in the rain shortened contest.

Steven Moya cranked a three-run shot to put a punctuation mark on a five-run first inning for the SeaWolves. Christin Stewart and recent pickup, Dawel Lugo, each had a walk, a single, and scored a run.

Moya: 2-3, R, 3 RBI, HR, SO

Burrows (W): 5.0 IP, ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 2 SO

Coming Up Next: Tyler Alexander (5-6, 4.85 ERA) starts for Erie on Sunday.

Dunedin Blue Jays 11, Lakeland Flying Tigers 9 (box)

The bats stole the show in this one. Sandy Baez was rocked for a pair of home runs, en route to a short 3 23 innings outing, with six total runs allowed. Still the Tigers offense poured it on, taking a lead into the late innings. Joe Navilhon was unable to hold it. Jacob Robson doubled twice in this one, while Joey Pankake cracked a two-run shot in the fourth. Jose Azocar has struggled, so a three-hit game with a pair of runs scored was a sight for sore eyes.

Azocar: 3-5, 2 R, RBI, 3 H

Alcantara: 2-5, 2 RBI, 2 SO

Navilhon (BS, L): 2.2 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 2 SO

Coming Up Next: Austin Sodders (1-1, 0.69 ERA) has been nearly unhittable since his jump to Lakeland. He’ll look to keep it going against the Blue Jays on Sunday.

West Michigan Whitecaps 10, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 3 (box)

Gregory Soto struggled with his control a bit on Saturday. He dominated for five innings anyway, setting down eight Rattlers on strikes. Meanwhile, the Whitecaps’ offense continues to rage. Danny Pinero and Chad Sedio led the way with multi-hit games, with Sedio racking up five RBI on the night. Dylan Burdeaux, the Tigers’ 20th round pick out of Southern Miss, was just called up from Connecticut, and chipped in a double among a pair of hits, a walk, and three runs scored.

Sedio: 4-5, 2 R, 5 RBI, HR, 2B, SO

Pinero: 3-4, R, SB

Soto (W): 5.0 IP, R, 5 H, 3 BB, 8 SO

Coming Up Next: Spenser Watkins (6-2, 2.49 ERA) starts for the Whitecaps on Sunday, looking to lead his team to a 21-7 second half record.

Connecticut Tigers 2, Brooklyn Dodgers 1 (box)

Jordan Pearce and Reynaldo Rivers each had RBI hits in the first innings, and Ryan Castellanos made the lead stick. Castellanos went six innings, allowing just an unearned run. Oswaldo Castillo and Will Vest combined for three perfect innings with a strikeout apiece.

Burch: 0-2, R, 2 BB, SB

Pearce: 2-4, RBI, 2B

Castellanos (W): 6.0 IP, R, 7 H, 2 BB, 4 SO

Coming Up Next: Brad Bass (1-2, 3.12 ERA) takes on Hudson Valley on Sunday.