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Tigers prospect Reynaldo Rivera smacks his 4th home run in Whitecaps win

Scores, news, and notes from around the Detroit Tigers’ farm system for Sunday, May 20, 2018.

Toledo Mud Hens 5, Gwinnett Stripers 1 (box)

Josh Turley had the Stripers seeing ghosts on Sunday. The knuckleballer punched out 10 and walked four, allowing just a pair of hits. The Hens build on a two-run lead in the seventh when Harold Castro smacked a two-run home run, his first of the year. Paul Voelker, Caleb Thiebar and Johnny Barbato finished off the Stripers with quality relief work.

Espinal: 2-3, 2 R
Rodriguez: 1-3, 2B, 3 RBI
Turley (W): 5.0 IP, 2 H, R (0 ER), 4 BB, 10 SO

Coming up next: The Hens travel to Columbus next to take on the Clippers. Adam Plutko gets the start for the home team. The Hens have yet to announce a starter for the 6:35 p.m. ET matchup.

Reading Fightin Phils 4, Erie SeaWolves (F/7) (box)

Spencer Turnbull had six strikeouts through three innings of work, but eventually ran into some trouble, allowing four runs in six total innings. He did ultimately punch out nine Phils to just two walks, but he struggled, pitching through a lot of traffic in the middle innings. Jake Robson cracked a solo shot in the first inning to account for the SeaWolves’ only run.

Robson: 1-3, HR, R, RBI, BB, SO
Turnbull (L): 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO

Erie SeaWolves 4, Reading Fightin Phils 0 (F/7) (box)

The SeaWolves’ bullpen day went very well in game two of Sunday’s doubleheader. Joe Navilhon started it off with two scoreless innings despite four baserunners. Liarvis Breto had a fine first outing, tossing three scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts. On offense, Troy Montgomery ignited a four-run fifth inning for the SeaWolves by leading off with a double. Sergio Alcantara and Will Maddox posted RBI singles, and Josh Lester walked, leaving a pair on base for Blaise Salter’s two-run double. Gerson Moreno wrapped this one up with four strikeouts in a pair of perfect innings to earn the save and split the doubleheader.

Ficociello: 2-3, 2B
Salter: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI
Alcantara: 1-2, R RBI, SB
Breto (W): 3.0, 2 H, 0 ER, BB, 2 SO

Coming up next: The SeaWolves and Phils lock up for one more on Monday. Kyle Funkhouser will take on Elniery Garcia. Plus, it is BUCK NIGHT at UPMC Park, y’all!

Lakeland Flying Tigers (postponed)

The Flying Tigers’ entire doubleheader with the Tampa Bay Tarpons was rained out on Sunday. They will welcome in the Palm Beach Cardinals on Monday, with first pitch set for 6:30 p.m. ET. It is also Bark at the Park Night.

West Michigan Whitecaps 7, Lake County Captains 4 (box)

Dane Myers returned from a short stint on the disabled list to manhandle the Captains on Sunday. He allowed just two hits and punched out four over five innings of work. Reynaldo Rivera cranked a three-run shot, his fourth of the season, to build an early lead. Colby Bortles added a two-run homer in the fifth inning to provide the margin of victory. Brandyn Sittinger blew up in the sixth, but Oswaldo Castillo came on to shut it down. Felix Vilioria earned the save in his first closer appearance for West Michigan.

Rivera: 2-4, 2B, HR, R, 3 RBI, SO
Bortles: 3-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
Myers (W): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, BB, 4 SO

Coming up next: The Whitecaps will welcome in the Fort Wayne TinCaps for a four-game set beginning Monday night at 7:05 p.m. ET.