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Scores, news, and notes from around the Detroit Tigers’ farm system for Thursday, May 31, 2018.

Toledo Mud Hens 5, Syracuse Chiefs 3 (box)

The Hens got out to an early lead, and then survived a three-run sixth by the Chiefs to win. Spenser Watkins gave them five innings of one-hit ball while Jim Adduci paced the offense. Adduci singled home Mike Gerber in the first inning and added a solo shot in the third. Caleb Thielbar was rocked for three runs in the sixth to cut the lead to 4-3, but Paul Voelker and Victor Alcantara shut it down with authority from there. Dawel Lugo cracked a solo shot in the seventh for a little breathing room.

Adduci: 3-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, SO, SB
Castro: 3-4, 2B, SO
Watkins (W): 5.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO

Coming up next: Jordan Zimmermann is scheduled for his second rehab appearance on Friday night as the Hens travel to Lehigh Valley for a weekend series. The IronPigs are in first place in the International League North, while the Hens have the league’s best record, so it should be a bit of a donnybrook this weekend.

Erie SeaWolves 11, Binghamton Rumble Ponies 10 (box)

This was a real slobberknocker, as the SeaWolves tried to break a nine-game losing streak. Dominic Ficociello and Jacob Robson hit two home runs apiece, while starter Kyle Funkhouser surrendered a pair of long balls in return. He managed six innings but gave up six runs. The SeaWolves’ offense continued to pour it on, but Drew Carlton also stumbled badly in relief. Ultimately Mark Ecker blew a one-run save in the top of the ninth. The offense had the answer via a Kody Eaves sacrifice fly that brought home Josh Lester to win it.

Ficociello: 4-5, 2 HR, 2 R, 5 RBI, SO
Robson: 2-3, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB
Funkhouser: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 7 SO

Coming up next: The SeaWolves head to Akron to take on the RubberDucks. Shao-Ching Chiang will go for the home team, while the SeaWolves have yet to announce a starter.

Tampa Tarpons 3, Lakeland Flying Tigers 0 (F/7) (box)

Alex Faedo ended up the loser in this one despite going just one inning. Faedo allowed a solo shot in the first, and then the rains came. Burris Warner came on and went four scoreless innings, but the offense couldn’t get anything going. Wladimir Pinto gave up a pair of late runs in relief.

Gibson: 1-4, SO, SB
Pinero: 1-2, BB
Warner: 4.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 3 SO

Lakeland Flying Tigers 3, Tampa Tarpons 2 (F/7) (box)

Fernando Perez gave the Flygers three fine innings in a pinch, striking out five. Trey Teakall gave up two runs in relief, but Alfred Gutierrez came on to shut the Tarpons down and pick up his third save. The offense was quiet, but made their hits count. Isaac Paredes had a double and scored a run, while Luke Burch had a pair of singles, an RBI and a run scored to lead the offense.

Burch: 2-3, R, RBI, SO
Hill: 1-3, SB
Perez: 3.0 IP, H, 0 ER, BB, 5 SO

Coming up next: Gregory Soto will take the mound as the Flying Tigers welcome in the Daytona Tortugas this weekend.

West Michigan Whitecaps 10, Dayton Dragons 1 (box)

This one was resumed from Wednesday’s play in the fifth inning, with the Whitecaps in the midst of what turned out to be a six-run inning that buried the Dragons. Dylan Rosa’s grand slam was the knockout punch. Cole Peterson had four RBI of his own as well as a triple. Clate Schmidt and Brandyn Sittinger gave the Whitecaps five innings of one-run ball after Jesus Rodriguez’s fine outing was cut short by the postponement.

Rosa: 1-2, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, 3 BB
McCain: 3-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI, SO
Schmidt (W): 3.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO

Dayton Dragons 8, West Michigan Whitecaps 3 (box)

The regularly scheduled contest between the Dragons and Whitecaps didn’t go too well for starter Brad Bass. He made it just 3 13 innings into this one, allowing six earned runs. Dylan Rosa cranked a three-run shot to make it a seven RBI day between the two games.

Rosa: 1-3, HR, R, 3 RBI, SO
Bass (L): 3.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, BB, 2 SO

Coming up next: Jose Vasquez will start for the Whitecaps on Friday night as they start a three-game set with the Bowling Green Hot Rods.