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Scores, news, and notes from around the Detroit Tigers’ farm system for Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

Charlotte Knights 9, Toledo Mud Hens 6 (box)

For a second straight outing, Mud Hens starter Kyle Funkhouser couldn’t get through a single inning. An error by Pete Kozma allowed the Knights’ leadoff hitter on base in the first. From there, Funkhouser completely fell apart. He walked Alcides Escobar, got one groundout, then surrendered a double that made it 2-0 Knights. He got one more out before walking four straight batters, the final two with the bases loaded. Hens manager Doug Mientkiewicz came with the hook after 40 pitches, only 16 of which were strikes. Something seems quite amiss with Funkhouser at the moment.

Through the miracles of official scorekeeping, Funkhouser was only charged with one earned run, but don’t kid yourself. Sandy Baez came on in a tight spot and didn’t help matters, allowing a bases-clearing triple before escaping the inning.

To their credit, the Hens fought back. Mikie Mahtook cracked a solo shot in the second inning to get them on the board. Jacob Robson and newly minted Mud Hen Josh Lester came through with RBI hits in the fifth, and the Hens made another push in the eighth. Willi Castro launched his first home run of the year, a solo shot, and was followed later in the inning by RBI hits from Cameron Rupp and Pete Kozma.

Unfortunately, the bullpen couldn’t hold the Knights in check. John Schreiber, in his Triple-A debut, allowed a run in the fifth as part of his two innings of work, while Jose Cisnero allowed a run in the seventh, as the Knights held off the Hens’ late push.

Rupp: 3-4, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI
Mahtook: 1-4, HR, R, RBI, BB, SO
Funkhouser (L, 0-3): 0.2 IP, H, 7 R (ER), 5 BB

Coming up next: Ryan Carpenter (0-3, 6.30 ERA) takes the ball for the Hens on Thursday, while the Knights send a quality pitching prospect in Dylan Cease in opposition.

Erie SeaWolves 4, Bowie Baysox 0 (box)

Kyle Funkhouser couldn’t rebound from a rough outing, but Alex Faedo did so in spectacular fashion on Wednesday. After allowing four home runs to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies last time out, Faedo came out and no-hit the Baysox for seven innings. Faedo allowed just one walk, and punched out five, throwing 58 of 90 pitches for strikes. Drew Carlton came on in relief, and he too blanked the Baysox to complete the tandem no-hitter.

Check out Greg Gania’s fine call on the final out of the game.

The combined no-no was the first for the Erie SeaWolves since 2009.

Of course, all the credit can’t go to the pitchers. Kody Eaves brought home Isaac Paredes with a two-run shot in the fourth, while Troy Montgomery launched a two-run homer of his own in the seventh to provide a comfortable cushion. The SeaWolves’ defense was on point all game long, and the achievement belongs to the team despite Faedo understandably getting most of the credit. All in all, it was a very fun day at Jerry Uht/UPMC Park in Erie.

Eaves: 1-3, HR, R, 2 RBI, SO
Paredes: 1-3, 2B, R, BB
Montgomery: 1-3, HR, R, 2 RBI
Faedo (W, 1-1): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, BB, 5 SO

Coming up next: The SeaWolves head out to Trenton to battle the Thunder in a weekend set. After an off day on Thursday, Spencer Watkins will get the start Friday night, with first pitch set for 7:00 p.m. ET.

Lakeland Flying Tigers 10, St. Lucie Mets 4 (box)

The Flying Tigers’ bats came alive on Wednesday as they took down the Mets to win the three-game series. Elvin Rodriguez was effectively wild, walking four with only three punchouts, but he shut out the Mets for five innings anyway. Ethan DeCaster was knocked around for four runs in the seventh, but otherwise the bullpen was solid, with Jason Foley again looking good and closing things out with a perfect ninth inning and a pair of strikeouts.

The offensive outburst came late in this one for the Flying Tigers. Kody Clemens singled home Brady Policelli in the third, and scored on an error in the fifth. The big rally came in the sixth largely as the result of a couple singles and some disastrous defense by the Mets. The Flygers scored five in the frame, and came back for three more in the seventh courtesy of three straight two-out singles and a Luke Burch triple which plated the final two runs for Lakeland.

Policelli: 2-4, 2 3B, 2 R, RBI, BB, SO
Clemens: 2-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, SO
Burch: 2-4, 3B, R, 3 RBI, BB
Rodriguez (W, 2-1): 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO

Coming up next: The Charlotte Stone Crabs come to town on Thursday for a four-game series. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. ET.

Our friend James Chipman, who scouts for TigsTown on the 24/7 Sports platform, had some video and notes on Kody Clemens performance on Wednesday.

He also whipped up a quick scouting report on starter Elvin Rodriguez.

Great Lakes Loons 8, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (box)

Third baseman Luke Sherley got the ‘Caps on the board in the second inning with a two-run shot, his first of the year. Unfortunately, it was all Loons from there. Starter Kacey Murphy struggled through five innings, striking out just one Loon, but limited the damage against him to three runs despite giving away four free passes. Sandel De La Cruz and Yaya Chentouf were both rocked in relief, ending hopes of a late comeback as the Loons avoided a three-game sweep.

Sherley: 1-3, HR, R, 2 RBI, BB, SO
Bojarski: 2-4
Murphy (L, 0-1): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, SO

Coming up next: The Lake County Captains come to town for a four-game weekend set, with first pitch on Thursday evening set for 6:35 p.m. ET.