Daily recap of Tigers’ minor leagues (Updated: Sept. 3)

September 4, 2018

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The Detroit News will provide daily updates on the Toledo Mud Hens, Erie SeaWolves, Lakeland Flying Tigers and West Michigan Whitecaps, among others, as well as relevant news and notes.

Also, be sure to check out The News’ Lynn Henning’s weekly minor-league reports.

This week: 

Winners and losers from a year of revival on the Tigers’ farm

Monday, Sept. 3Triple-A Toledo

Columbus, Ohio — Josh Donaldson hit a grand slam in the fourth inning, leading the Columbus Clippers to an 8-1 win over the Toledo Mud Hens on Monday (BOX SCORE). The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Clippers and a four-game winning streak for the Mud Hens.

The grand slam by Donaldson scored Rob Brantly, Todd Hankins, and Brandon Barnes to give the Clippers a 5-0 lead.

The Clippers later added a run in the fifth and two in the eighth. In the fifth, Yu Chang hit a solo home run, while Chang and Brantly hit solo home runs in the eighth.

Columbus starter Ryan Merritt (3-3) picked up the win after allowing five hits over six scoreless innings. Opposing starter Warwick Saupold (3-2) took the loss in the International League game after a rough outing in which he allowed five runs and six hits over four innings.

Willi Castro singled three times for the Mud Hens.

Despite the loss, Toledo is 13-7 against Columbus this season.

Double-A Erie

Erie, Pa. — Elvis Perez doubled and singled twice as the Akron RubberDucks defeated the Erie SeaWolves, 7-4, on Monday (BOX SCORE).

Ernie Clement doubled and singled twice with two runs for Akron.

Down 2-0 in the third, Erie tied the game when Isaac Paredes hit an RBI single and Will Maddox scored on a fielder’s choice.

After Erie added a run in the fourth, the RubberDucks took the lead for good with four runs in the fifth inning. Mark Mathias hit a two-run double en route to the three-run lead.

The RubberDucks tacked on another run in the seventh when Nellie Rodriguez hit a solo home run.

Nick Pasquale (3-3) got the win in relief while Erie starter Matt Manning (0-1) took the loss in the Eastern League game. Dominic DeMasi pitched two scoreless innings for his first save of the season.

Single-A Lakeland

The Flying Tigers were off on Monday. Here’s Sunday’s recap:

Lakeland, Fla. — Alfred Gutierrez allowed just four hits over seven innings, leading the Lakeland Flying Tigers over the Palm Beach Cardinals in a 2-0 win on Sunday (BOX SCORE). The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Flying Tigers and a three-game winning streak for the Cardinals.

Eduardo Jimenez got Juan Yepez to ground out with a runner on second to end the game for his 15th save of the season.

Gutierrez (2-4) picked up the win after he struck out four and walked two.

Lakeland scored its runs when Danny Pinero hit an RBI single in the fourth inning and A.J. Simcox hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

Austin Sexton (2-4) went two innings, allowing two runs and three hits in the Florida State League game. He also struck out two and walked one.

The Cardinals were held off the scoreboard for the 10th time this season, while the Flying Tigers’ staff recorded their eighth shutout of the year.

Single-A West Michigan

Comstock Park, Mich. — Anthony Pereira hit a sacrifice fly and drove in Brady Policelli with the winning run in the 10th inning, as the West Michigan Whitecaps defeated the Fort Wayne TinCaps, 3-2, on Monday (BOX SCORE).

Policelli scored the game-winning run after he reached base on a walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and then went to third on a single by Colby Bortles.

One batter earlier, Bortles singled, scoring John Valente to tie the game at 2.

The TinCaps took a 2-1 lead in the top of the 10th when Kelvin Melean scored on a ground out.

Johan Belisario (3-2) got the win in relief while Evan Miller (5-6) took the loss in the Midwest League game.

For the TinCaps, Esteury Ruiz singled three times, also stealing a base.

Single-A Connecticut

Lowell, Mass. — Juan Carlos Abreu hit a walk-off single with two outs in the 10th inning, as the Lowell Spinners defeated the Connecticut Tigers, 5-4, on Monday (BOX SCORE).

Alan Marrero scored the game-winning run after he reached base on a fielder’s choice, advanced to second on a strikeout by Korby Batesole and then went to third on a wild pitch.

After Connecticut’s Kingston Liniak hit a two-run home run in the top of the eighth, Lowell tied the game at 4 in the ninth when Dylan Hardy scored on a wild pitch.

Reliever Kris Jackson (2-1) went 2.2 scoreless innings, striking out four and walking one to get the win. Jayce Vancena (0-2) allowed one run and got two outs in the New York-Penn League game.

Trey Ganns doubled and singled, scoring two runs in the win. Tyler Esplin reached base four times.

GCL West (Rookie ball)

GCL Tigers West’s season ended Wednesday, Aug. 29. Here’s the recap from its finale:

Jupiter, Fla. — Justin Childers doubled and singled, scoring a run and also driving one home as the GCL Tigers West beat the GCL Cardinals, 9-2, on Wednesday (BOX SCORE). The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak for the GCL Cardinals.

Ildemaro Escalona tripled and doubled with five RBIs for GCL Tigers West.

GCL Tigers West took the lead in the first when Eliezer Alfonzo hit an RBI single and then scored on a two-run double by Escalona.

The GCL Tigers West later added five runs in the third and one in the seventh to put the game out of reach.

GCL Tigers West right-hander Chavez Fernander (5-1) picked up the win after allowing one run on four hits over 5.1 innings. Opposing starter Francisco Justo (0-2) took the loss in the Gulf Coast League game after giving up six runs and six hits over 2.1 innings.

GCL East (Rookie ball)

GCL Tigers East’s season ended Saturday, Aug. 25. Here’s the recap from its finale:

Lakeland, Fla. — Ulrich Bojarski scored the winning run on a wild pitch with one out in the 11th inning, as the GCL Tigers East topped the GCL Pirates, 4-3, on Saturday (BOX SCORE).

After GCL Pirates’ Fernando Villegas hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th, GCL Tigers East tied the game at 3 in the bottom of the inning when Mike Torres scored on an error.

Reliever Austin Anderson (2-1) picked up the win after he allowed one run and one hit over three innings. He also struck out one and walked two. Saul De La Cruz (2-2) went 1.1 innings, allowing two runs while walking two in the Gulf Coast League game.

For the GCL Pirates, Villegas singled twice, also stealing a base.

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