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Tigers prospect Elvin Rodriguez strikes out 5 in Whitecaps debut

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers farm system on Monday, April 9, 2018.

Toledo Mud Hens 13, Indianapolis Indians 3 (box)

The Mud Hens jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the top of the first inning and never looked back in a rout over Indianapolis. Jason Krizan led the way for Toledo with four extra-base hits, including a pair of home runs, and six RBI on the night. Edwin Espinal drove in three runs of his own, and had three hits to improve his early season average to .571. Prospects Mike Gerber, Dawel Lugo, and Christin Stewart had solid games as well. On the pitching side, A.J. Ladwig struck out five while allowing a single run in five innings of work. Johnny Barbato struck out two in his lone inning.

Krizan: 4-5, 2 2B, 2 HR, 3 R, 6 RBI, SO
Espinal: 3-4, 3 R, 3 RBI, BB
Rodriguez: 2-6, 3B, R, SO
Ladwig (W): 5.0 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 5 SO

Coming up next: Warwick Saupold will start for the Hens on Tuesday as they continue their series against Indianapolis.

Bowie Baysox 4, Erie SeaWolves 3 (F/11) (box)

Tyler Alexander allowed two runs in 5 23 innings with five strikeouts, and the Erie bullpen put in a strong effort, but they came up just short in extra innings against the Baysox. Adam Ravenelle went 3 13 scoreless innings in relief of Alexander, but John Schreiber blew a save opportunity in the 10th and gave up another run in the 11th for his first loss of the year. Offensively, the SeaWolves went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base. Third baseman Josh Lester provided most of their offense with a two-run homer in the fifth.

Lester: 2-5, HR, R, 2 RBI, SO
Ficociello: 1-3, RBI, 2 BB, SO
Rogers: 1-4, BB, SO
Alexander: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 SO

Coming up next: Beau Burrows (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will take the mound for his second start of the year on Tuesday. He will face off against Bowie’s John Means (0-0, 5.40 ERA) at 6:35 p.m. ET.

Bradenton 7, Lakeland Flying Tigers 3 (box)

Tom de Blok was roughed up in his 2018 debut, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits in three innings. He struck out three and walked one, but was saddled with his first loss when Lakeland couldn’t quite tie the game after pulling within one run in the bottom of the third. Blaise Salter hit a two-run homer for the Flygers, and infielder Anthony Pereira had a strong game with three hits. Derek Hill and Daz Cameron both reached base once. Former MSU standout and Tigers draft pick Cam Vieaux picked up the win for Bradenton with seven strikeouts in five innings.

Pereira: 3-3, 2B, RBI, BB
Salter: 1-5, HR, R, 2 RBI
Cameron: 1-5, R, 2 SO
de Blok (L): 3.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), BB, 3 SO

Coming up next: Gregory Soto (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will start for the Flying Tigers on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. ET. He will face Bradenton righthander Eduardo Vera (0-1, 1.80 ERA).

West Michigan Whitecaps 7, Great Lakes Loons 3 (box)

The Whitecaps offense exploded for five runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 7-3 decision over the Loons on Monday. Colby Bortles and Ignacio Valdez did most of the damage with a pair of RBI apiece, but every Whitecaps hitter chipped in with a hit or a walk. Cole Peterson had two hits at the top of the lineup, and Zac Shepherd was the only West Michigan hitter to score twice. Elvin Rodriguez was solid in his 2018 debut, striking out five while allowing two runs in 4 13 innings. Reliever Clate Schimidt picked up the win.

Bortles: 2-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI, BB
Peterson: 2-5, SB
Shepherd: 1-3, 2 R, BB, SO, SB
Morgan: 1-4, R, SO
Rodriguez: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 SO

Coming up next: Righthander Jesus Rodriguez will start for West Michigan in a Tuesday afternoon matinee game at Fifth Third Ballpark. If you’re in the area, take advantage of their ticket deal!