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Down on the Farm: Minor League Recaps for June 7, 2013

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Pitching led the way in Toledo and Lakeland, as both teams shut out their opponents. Erie and West Michigan were not so fortunate yesterday.

There were three shutouts in the minor league system yesterday, with Tigers' affiliates going 2-1 in said games.

Toledo Mud Hens 6, Columbus Clippers 0 (box)

The Hens won their second straight over Cleveland's Triple-A affiliate thanks to six shutout innings from Pat Misch, who allowed four hits and a walk, and struck out five. Evan Reed and Robbie Weinhardt also contributed to the shutout with three innings in relief. The offense was led by Ben Guez, who had three hits, but all nine Mud Hens reached base in this one. Nick Castellanos was 1-for-3 with two walks.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats 2, Erie SeaWolves 0 (box)

Hernan Perez had two of Erie's three hits on the evening, though the offense did draw five walks. SeaWolves starter Matt Crouse pitched five shutout innings, but Will Clinard dropped the ball in relief, allowing two runs in three innings for the loss. Daniel Fields was ejected between the fifth and sixth innings, presumably for arguing a called strike three that ended the fifth inning.

Lakeland Flying Tigers 2, Tampa Yankees 0 (box)

Kyle Ryan allowed just three hits in eight shutout innings for the victory, striking out four Yankees and walking none. Francisco Martinez was a triple shy of the cycle, and scored two runs. He also stole a base in the first inning, leading to Lakeland's first run of the game. Melvin Mercedes picked up his 10th save of the year.

Great Lakes Loons 10, West Michigan Whitecaps 4 (box)

Jake Thompson struggled in this one, allowing six runs (four earned) in just two innings of work. It was Thompson's second start since joining the team in late May from extended spring training. The offense put up eight hits, most of which came after the game was out of reach.