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Scores, news and notes from around the Detroit Tigers’ farm system for Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

Indianapolis Indians 5, Toledo Mud Hens 2 (box)

Kyle Dowdy ran into major trouble in the third inning, surrendering five runs, and the Hens couldn’t muster a comeback. Kevin Comer, Zac Reininger and Paul Voelker shut down the Indians for 5 13 innings, but a two-run sixth featured the Hens’ only scoring. Jim Adduci’s two-run double plated Ronny Rodriguez and Dawel Lugo. Christin Stewart had a double in the losing effort.

Adduci: 1-3, 2 RBI, 2B, BB

Rodriguez: 2-4, R, CS

Dowdy (L): 2.2 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, BB, SO

Coming Up Next: Tyler Alexander goes for the Hens at 1:35pm ET. Clay Holmes gets the start for Indianapolis.

Erie SeaWolves 12, Hartford Yard Goats 0 (box)

The SeaWolves, who came into this one with the least home runs in the Eastern League, destroyed the Yard Goats with the long ball on Tuesday night. Catcher Jake Rogers has been heating up of late, and here he went absolutely nuts, crushing three home runs and driving in four total. Dominic Ficociello cracked a two-run shot in the second inning, while Jake Robson launched his sixth of the year, another two-run blow in the fifth inning. Victor Alcantara had a pair of hits and a walk, and scored twice.

Meanwhile, Kyle Funkhouser gave the SeaWolves another excellent start. He spun six innings with seven strikeouts and no walks. Going back to mid-May, Funkhouser is in a dominant groove right now. He struggled with his command a bit on May 31 against Binghamton, surrendering six runs in six innings. But, in the other five starts dating back to May 14, Funkhouser has allowed just five runs in 31 innings, with 31 punchouts. In the duel between he, Spencer Turnbull, and Beau Burrows to reach the major leagues first, Funkhouser looks like he’s leading the field.

Rogers: 3-4, 3 R, 4 RBI, 3 HR, BB

Ficociello: 2-5, R, 3 RBI, HR, 2B

Robson: 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR, 2B, SO

Funkhouser (W): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 7 SO

Coming Up Next: On the season, however, Burrows still has better numbers than Funkhouser. He’ll look to follow up on his rotation mate’s strong outing as he takes on the Goats with first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm ET.

Lakeland Flying Tigers 3, Jupiter Hammerheads 1 (box)

The Flying Tigers got out to an early lead, and despite some customary wildness, Gregory Soto shut the Hammerheads out for 5 23 innings. He walked four and struck out five. Danny Pinero plated Daz Cameron in the third inning, while singles from Derek Hill and Cam Gibson scored two in the fourth. Daz Cameron went 4-for-4 with a triple to lead the Flying Tigers’ offense. Wladimir Pinto allowed a run in relief, but Eduardo Jimenez closed it out to earn his 11th save.

Cameron: 4-4, R, 3B, SB

Hill: 1-3, R, RBI, SB

Soto (W): 5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 BB, 5 SO

Coming Up Next: The Flying Tigers and Hammerheads play at 6:30pm ET on Wednesday.

Great Lakes Loons 3, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (box)

The Whitecaps jumped out to an early lead with a two-run first inning in this one. Jose Azocar doubled home Garrett McCain and then scored on Colby Bortles 15th double of the season. Elvin Rodriguez posted another good start, but couldn’t quite hold this one down. He allowed three runs, two earned, over six innings with five strikeouts to one walk.

Azocar: 2-4, R, RBI, 2B, SO

Bortles: 1-4, RBI, 2B, 2 SO

Rodriguez (L): 6.0 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, BB, 5 SO

Coming Up Next: Jesus Rodriguez goes for the Whitecaps on Wednesday, with first pitch set for 7:05pm ET.