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Isaac Paredes shares the Eastern League home run derby crown

Scores, news, and notes from around the Detroit Tigers’ farm system for Tuesday, July 9, 2019.

With three clubs idle on Tuesday, action was focused around Lakeland and Connecticut, but Isaac Paredes made his presence felt as well. The Erie SeaWolves infielder shared the top prize in the Eastern League’s home run derby in Richmond. Their All-Star game is set for Thursday.

Lakeland Flying Tigers 4, Bradenton Marauders 2 (Gm 1)(F/7)(box)

Elvin Rodriguez threw a strong game, while the offense built an early lead and took the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader. Rodriguez allowed two runs over six innings of work, striking out five Marauders. The Flygers’ bats got things going in the second inning. With a run already in, Reece Hampton came through with a two-RBI triple to make it 3-0. After Rodriguez allowed a solo shot in the top of the fourth, Brock Deatherage got the run right back with an RBI single to score Hampton, who had already lashed his second triple of the game. Deatherage also picked up his 32nd steal of the season in the contest. Mark Ecker came on for a quick save with a pair of strikeouts in the seventh.

Hampton: 3-3, 2 3B, R, 2 RBI, SB

Deatherage: 1-3, RBI, SO, SB

Rodriguez (W, 9-3): 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 5 SO

Lakeland Flying Tigers 3, Bradenton Marauders 1 (Gm 2)(F/7)(box)

The Flying Tigers bullpen came through with a strong performance to guide the Flygers to the sweep in the nightcap. Billy Lescher allowed just a hit and a walk in three innings of work to start the game. Lefty flamethrower Max Green allowed a solo shot but also struck out three in 2 23 innings of work, while Angel De Jesus picked up a four-out save, all by punchouts. Brock Deatherage created their first run by taking third on a wild pitch and then scoring when the Marauders’ catcher threw wide of third base trying to gun him down. Lakeland was actually one-hit on the day, but they made it work and took advantage of four walks as they scored solo runs in the third and fourth innings to build a 3-0 lead that was never really in jeopardy.

Deatherage: 1-2, R, BB, CS, PO

Green (W, 2-1): 2.2 IP, ER, H, 3 SO

Coming Up Next: The Flying Tigers will look for the series win on Wednesday night at 6:30pm ET.

West Michigan Whitecaps (idle)

Wilkel Hernandez (6-5, 4.05 ERA) will take the mound on Wednesday at 7:05pm ET as the ‘Caps welcome in the Quad Cities River Bandits.

Connecticut Tigers 5, Staten Island Yankees 4 (box)

The Tigers built an early lead and held on to win on Tuesday. They got it going in the first inning, with Kingston Liniak and Riley Greene scoring on a Yankees’ error. They scored three more in the third. Ryan Kreidler launched a solo shot, and a two-run single by Jordan Verdon completed the Tigers’ scoring for the day. Chavez Fernander struggled with his control in a long bottom of the third inning, allowing two runs to end his day. Wes Noble took over and blanked the Yankees for three innings. Converted third baseman Zac Shepherd came on in the seventh and went two frames, allowing a run, while Andrew Magno picked up the save.

Greene: 2-5, R, SO

Kreidler: 1-4, HR, R, RBI, 3 SO

Noble (W, 1-1): 3.0 IP, H, 2 SO

Coming Up Next: The Tigers head to Auburn to take on the Doubledays at 7:00pm ET with Marco Jimenez on the mound.