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Tigers prospect Matt Manning struggles in Whitecaps loss

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers’ farm system on Thursday, May 3, 2018.

Durham Bulls 3, Toledo Mud Hens 2 (box)

The Mud Hens out-hit Durham 9-8, but went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position in a one-run loss. Chad Huffman led the way with three hits, including two doubles, but was stranded each time he reached base. Mikie Mahtook scored both of Toledo’s runs, one on his own solo home run in the fifth inning. Starter Drew VerHagen went three scoreless innings and struck out four. Josh Turley went the rest of the way in relief, allowing three runs on eight hits in five frames. Toledo is now 16-9 this season.

Huffman: 3-4, 2 2B, SO
Mahtook: 2-4, HR, 2 R, RBI, 2 SO
Krizan: 2-4, 2 2B, RBI, SO
VerHagen: 3.0 IP, 0 ER, BB, 4 SO
Turley (L): 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO

Coming up next: Blaine Hardy (3-0, 0.74 ERA) is currently scheduled to start for the Mud Hens on Friday as they take on Durham at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Altoona Curve 5, Erie SeaWolves 2 (box)

Starter Kyle Funkhouser wasn’t at his best, allowing five runs on nine hits and three walks in six innings. He fell to 0-3 on the year after the SeaWolves weren’t able to get much going against top prospect Mitch Keller and the Curve. They managed just five hits on the game, with Josh Lester and Troy Montgomery collecting two apiece. Gerson Moreno had two strong innings out of the bullpen for Erie, who dropped to 8-17 on the year.

Montgomery: 2-2, 3B, RBI, BB
Lester: 2-4, 2B, R
Funkhouser (L): 6.0 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, SO

Coming up next: The SeaWolves will play a doubleheader against the Curve on Friday starting at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Clearwater Threshers 5, Lakeland Flying Tigers 3 (box)

The Flying Tigers plated two runs in the fourth inning to take a 3-1 lead, which they held for most of the game. Unfortunately, Clearwater scored four runs in the top of the eighth against the Lakeland bullpen to take the win. Reliever Fernando Perez was charged with all four runs and the loss, his first of the year. Starter Tom de Blok was solid, and racked up six strikeouts in five innings. The Flygers offense managed only five hits, with Dylan Burdeaux and Anthony Pereira plating the only RBI.

Burdeaux: 1-3, 2B, R, RBI, BB, SO
Pereira: 1-4, RBI, SO
de Blok: 5.0 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 BB, 6 SO

Coming up next: Gregory Soto (1-0, 4.26 ERA) will start for Lakeland on Friday as they kick off a weekend series against the Daytona Tortugas.

Peoria Chiefs 10, West Michigan Whitecaps 5 (box)

Matt Manning was roughed up for five runs on seven hits in just two innings, ballooning his season-long ERA to 8.38 after three starts. He has previously been much better than that figure indicates, but could not find his command in this one, walking four. Reliever Dylan Stock coughed up four unearned runs in two innings, further putting the Whitecaps in a bind. Their offense did what they could, scoring five runs on eight hits. Reynaldo Rivera homered again, and Ignacio Valdez added a two-run homer of his own. The Whitecaps are now 15-11 this season.

Policelli: 2-5, 2B, RBI, SB
Rivera: 1-4, HR, R, RBI, 2 SO
Valdez: 1-3, HR, R, 2 RBI, BB, SO
Manning (L): 2.0 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO

Coming up next: Jesus Rodriguez (1-1, 6.08 ERA) will start for the Whitecaps on Friday as they take on the Cedar Rapids Kernels at 7:35 p.m. ET.