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Tigers prospect Casey Mize shows out in Lakeland debut

Scores, news, and notes from around the Detroit Tigers’ farm system for Tuesday, July 30, 2018.

Louisville Bats 2, Toledo Mud Hens 0 (box)

Tyler Alexander spun a great game on Tuesday but the offense was limited to just four hits. Alexander went 7 23 innings, allowing six hits, two earned runs, and no walks, while punching out six along the way. Jacob Robson tripled, while Dawel Lugo, Christin Stewart and Harold Castro had the other Hens hits on the night.

Robson: 1-3, 3B

Alexander (L): 7.2 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 6 SO

Coming up next: The two clubs meet up at 7:05pm ET on Wednesday. No starters are yet announced.

Erie SeaWolves 7, Portland Sea Dogs 6 (box)

Alfred Gutierrez allowed a pair of early runs, then proceeded to tame the Sea Dogs for 5 23 innings of work, striking out 10 on the night. The offense took a long time to answer back, but finally in the seventh inning, they erupted for five runs, keyed by a Chad Sedio grand slam. Isaac Paredes sacrificed home Daz Cameron in the eighth inning, and Jake Rogers followed him with a solo shot, his 12th homer on the year. It was a good thing they built a commanding lead, because Sandy Baez once again melted down in relief, allowing four earned runs in the bottom of the ninth before John Schreiber and Trent Szkutnik rode to his rescue.

Rogers: 2-4, 2 R, RBI, HR

Paredes: 2-4, R, RBI

Gutierrez: 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 4 BB, 10 SO

Coming up next: Spencer Turnbull duels Matthew Kent of the Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

Dunedin Blue Jays 8, Lakeland Flying Tigers 3 (box)

You may not guess from the score, but the Tigers’ top prospect, and recent number one overall pick in the 2018 draft, Casey Mize, was impressive on Tuesday night. Mize, who is going to be on pretty strict counts in the handful of outings he has remaining, struck out four and allowed just one hit to the Blue Jays in three overpowering innings of work. Mize hit 94-95 mph with regularity and pounded catcher Kade Scivicque’s glove. He also had the split change working, and the combination was too much for Blue Jays hitters.

Eudis Idrogo, unfortunately, must have been a sight for sore eyes, as the Blue Jays lit him up for six runs in the fourth inning, and pinned two more on Fernando Perez for good measure. Perez settled in after late, and Wladimir Pinto and especially Drew Carlton, were strong as well. It was all for naught, as the Flying Tigers managed just four hits and two walks and were shut out.

Scivique: 1-3, 2B

Mize: 3.0 IP, H, 4 SO

Coming up next: The Flying Tigers will send Matt Manning to the mound on Wednesday evening. Dunedin has Connor Eller to oppose him.

West Michigan Whitecaps 6, South Bend Cubs 5 (box)

After two innings, this one was tied 4-4, but then things quieted down until the Whitecaps put together a two-run eighth and held on to win. Dane Myers got ambushed for four runs in the first inning, but battled through it and pitched very well the rest of the way. He ultimately went six innings, allowing four runs with a walk and three strikeouts. Back-to-back doubles from Kody Clemens and Brock Deatherage plated the Whitecaps’ first run. Deatherage later stole third and scored when the third baseman couldn’t handle the throw from home. They scored two more in the second inning, and then took control in the eighth on RBI singles from Deatherage and catcher Joey Morgan. Tarik Skubal and Billy Lescher closed out the final three innings, although Lescher allowed a run in the ninth to make it interesting.

Clemens: 2-3, R, 2B

Deatherage: 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B, SO, SB

Myers: 6.0 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, BB, 3 SO

Coming up next: Action moves to Midland as the Whitecaps take on the Great Lakes Loons. Jesus Rodriguez gets the start with first pitch set for 7:05pm ET.

Vermont Lake Monsters 6, Connecticut Tigers 4 (box)

Chance Kirby got into some trouble early, with the help of an error, and the Monsters had a 4-0 lead after two innings. The Tigers’ offense fought back but Victor Mueses struggled in relief and put this one out of reach. Isrrael De La Cruz doubled, walked, stole a base and scored two runs to lead the offense. Wenceel Perez had an RBI single and scored a run.

De La Cruz: 1-2, 2 R, 2B, BB, SB

De La Rosa: 1-3, BB, SB

Kirby (L): 5.0 IP, 4 R, ER, 6 H, BB, 4 SO

Coming up next: The Monsters and Tigers meet up again Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. ET.