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Tigers prospect Kyle Funkhouser dominates in rehab start for Double-A Erie

Scores, news, and notes from the Detroit Tigers’ farm system for Sunday, June 9, 2019.

Indianapolis Indians 6, Toledo Mud Hens 2 (box)

The Indians chipped away at Spenser Watkins and Co. for the first seven innings of Sunday’s contest, opening up a 6-0 lead without scoring more than two runs in a single frame. Watkins departed after five innings and four runs allowed, including two homers. John Schreiber and Zac Reininger both allowed a run in relief before Toledo finally got on the board in the bottom of the seventh via a Kody Eaves two-run homer, his first of the year with the Mud Hens. Victor Reyes recorded a hit and scored a run.

Robson: 2-3, SO
Eaves: 1-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, SO
Watkins (L): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, BB, 3 SO

Coming up next: The Mud Hens are off on Monday. They will return to action on Tuesday against the Durham Bulls.

Trenton Thunder 1, Erie SeaWolves 0 (box)

Kyle Funkhouser continued his rehab climb back up the minor league ladder with another dominant performance on Sunday. He struck out eight Thunder hitters in five innings, allowing a run on just two hits. Funkhouser threw 79 pitches in all, a relatively efficient performance by his standards. Unfortunately, he got zero help from the SeaWolves offense, who only managed four hits (all singles) on the day.

Hill: 1-4, SO
Gibson: 1-4, SO, SB
Funkhouser (L): 5.0 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 8 SO

Coming up next: The SeaWolves will close out their four-game series against the Thunder on Monday at 7:00 p.m. ET. Logan Shore (2-5, 4.47 ERA) will start for Erie.

Lakeland Flying Tigers 8, St. Lucie Mets 2 (box)

Jordan Zimmermann gave up a pair of runs in 2 23 innings in a rain-shortened rehab start for the Flying Tigers. Zimmermann only threw 35 pitches (25 for strikes) before the game was washed out by rain, and eventually suspended until Sunday. By then, the Flygers had a 5-0 lead thanks to RBI singles by Brady Policelli and Frank Schwindel, and a big three-run homer from Dylan Rosa. Schwindel added a three-run homer of his own after play resumed on Sunday to put this one away for Lakeland.

Schwindel: 3-4, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI
Deatherage: 2-5, 3B, R, SO
Policelli: 1-3, 2 R, RBI, BB, 2 SB
Zimmermann: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 SO

Lakeland Flying Tigers 2, St. Lucie Mets 0 (F/7) (box)

Dane Myers and Max Green combined to blank the Mets in the second half of Lakeland’s doubleheader. Myers tossed five hitless innings, walking three, while Green only gave up a pair of hits in a two-inning save. Offensively, the Flying Tigers were paced by Brock Deatherage and Kody Clemens, who drove in runs in the bottom of the fifth. Clemens finished with a pair of hits.

Clemens: 2-3, RBI
Deatherage: 1-3, RBI
Myers: 5.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO

Coming up next: The Flygers are back in action on Monday at 6:30 p.m. ET against the Daytona Tortugas.

Bowling Green Hot Rods 4, West Michigan Whitecaps 1 (F/7) (box)

Gio Arriera looked strong for five innings, but things fell apart in the sixth when he allowed four runs (two earned) before departing. Arriera struck out five and walked five, with two of those free passes coming in the decisive sixth inning. The Whitecaps were able to score a run in the top of the seventh thanks to a Reynaldo Rivera home run, but couldn’t mount any more of a comeback. Rivera had two of West Michigan’s four hits.

Rivera: 2-3, 3B, HR, R, RBI
Meadows: 1-3, SO
Arriera: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R (2 ER), 5 BB, 5 SO

Bowling Green Hot Rods 3, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (F/7) (box)

Bowling Green opened up a 3-0 lead against West Michigan’s sloppy defense, and held on to sweep their doubleheader. Starter Sandel de la Cruz gave up three runs on three hits in four innings, but only one was earned after a Hector Martinez error in the top of the first. The Whitecaps put together a rally in the top of the sixth when they scored a pair of runs, both on solo shots from Martinez and Wenceel Perez, but couldn’t find a third run in them.

Perez: 3-4, HR, R, RBI
Meadows: 2-3, SO
Rivera: 2-3, 2B, SO
de la Cruz (L): 4.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (1 ER), 2 SOt.

Coming up next: Adam Wolf (2-7, 6.99 ERA) will start for the Whitecaps on Monday against Bowling Green. The game will get underway at 1:05 p.m. ET.