Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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The White Caps won the Midwest League championship for the second straight year as they came back from a 5-3 deficit to score eight runs in the fifth inning to turn the game into a rout. Michael Bertram went three for five with a triple, two RBIs and a run while Scott Sizemore went three for five with an RBI and two runs.
Charles Furbush was roughed up and he gave up five runs in just two innings. Luis Marte was impressive though and he threw five shutout innings of relief in which he struck out nine runs.
The White Caps two game lead in the Midwest League championship has disappeared the past two days and now after tonight’s 5-0 shutout loss to Beloit, the White Caps play a winner take all game five tonight. Jordan Newton was the only White Caps hitter to get two hits and Brennan Boesch had the only extra base hit with a double.
Jeffrey Gerbe had a rough start and he took the loss. He gave up five runs on six hits and one walk with nine strikeouts in seven innings. Two of those six hits went over the wall.
The White Caps failed to sweep their third straight playoff series of the season as Beloit took it to Matt O’Brien in an 8-5 loss. He gave up seven of the eight runs on ten hits with one strikeout in just 1 2/3 innings. Lauren Gagnier was impressive in relief though. He gave up just one run in 5 2/3 innings but he struck out nine.
Jeramy Laster doubled and drove in four runs. Gorkys Hernandez pitched in with two singles and an RBI.
The White Caps took care of Beloit 3-2 and they’re now one win away from repeating as the Midwest League champions. Duane Below threw a solid game and he picked up his second postseason victory. He gave up just two runs on one hit and two walks with an impressive ten strikeouts in seven frames.
Jeramy Laster had the big hit of the game. His RBI tripled tied the game up and then he scored on an error for what turned out to be the game winning run. Scott Sizemore went two for three with a walk and a run.
Since the White Caps playoff run started, they haven’t lost and they made it five straight with a 4-3 win over Beloit. The runs came on a pair of two run homers. Jeramy Laster and Scott Sizemore were the two White Caps to go yard.
Jonah Nickerson was good enough to pick up the win. He gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks with six strikeouts in six innings of work.
Auburn ended Oneonta season yesterday as the Tigers hitters were held mostly in check until a two run ninth made it a close 4-3 ball game. Christopher White was the hitting star and he went three for five with a double and two RBIs.
Sendy Vasquez took the loss with a tough start. He gave up all four runs on six hits and two walks with in just 2 2/3 innings.
Oneonta had just as many errors as they had hits as the lost game two of their playoff series with Auburn 6-0. Justin Henry has to two of the Tigers four hits and he was the only Tiger to reach base twice.
Guillermo Moscoso took the loss with a mediocre start. He gave up four runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
The Tigers took care of the Doubledays in an exciting eleven inning pitcher’s duel that saw both teams shut down at the plate. Jonathan Kibler struck out nine in eight shutout inning before he left the game. Then Erik Crichton threw 2 2/3 innings but got into trouble in the top of the eleventh when he put two men on. Rudy Darrow came in and got the final batter out though and he picked up the win.
Michael Sullivan singled home Casper Wells in the bottom of the eleventh for the lone run from either team. Wells finished the game with a team high three hits and for Sullivan, it was his single came on his only at bat of the game. Game two is tomorrow.
The White Caps won their best of three game series with South Bend today and finished with a sweep of both of playoff series to play in the Midwest League championship series. James Skelton led the way at the plate and he reached base five times. He singled twice, doubled, drew two walks, drove in two and scored once. Brennan Boesch also had a nice game and he went two for five with two RBIs.
Charles Furbush picked up the win although he hardly his best stuff. He gave up four runs on six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Dallas Trahern picked a bad time to have one his worst starts of the season as Erie was eliminated by Akron in their series 3-1. Trahern gave up seven runs on seven hits with three strikeouts in five innings in the 8-6 loss.
Michael Hollimon went two for three with a homerun, two RBIs and two runs. Jeff Larish doubled, drove in two runs and scored one.
The White Caps took a 1-0 lead over South Bend with some impressive pitching in a 4-0 win over South Bend. Jeffrey Gerbe picked up the win with 7 2/3 shutout innings in his start. He gave up just three hits and a walk and he struck out three.
Jeramy Laster went two for five with a double, two RBIs and a run in the win. Ryan Strieby went two for three with a walk and a run.
Erie scored three late runs but all that did was turn a 6-0 deficit into a 6-3 loss. With the loss, Erie is now down 2-1 in their best of five game series and they’re in a must win situation heading into today’s game. Andrew Kown took the loss and he gave up three runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts in six innings.
Clete Thomas went two for five with an RBI. Nick McIntyre singled twice and he scored two runs.
The Mud Hens pursuit of their third straight Governor’s Cup came to an abrupt end as they were swept by the Durham Bulls 3-0. Aquilino Lopez gave up three ninth inning runs in his second inning of work in a 5-2 loss. Eulogio De La Cruz had a mixed start. He gave up just two runs on two hits with eight strikeouts but he also walked seven in 5 2/3 innings.
Andres Torres belted a solo homerun in the first inning. David Espinosa went two for three with a triple, a walk and a run.
Oneonta fell to Aberdeen 7-2 as the New York/Penn League came to a close. Emmanuel Miguelez gave up just one run but it was the first one and he took the loss. Sean Finefrock gave up five runs in just 2/3 of an inning but only one of those runs was earned.
Michael Sullivan went three for four in the loss. Jorge Patino went two for four and all eight of the Tigers runs were singles.
Oneonta won their division and they’ll begin a best of three game series beginning Sunday. Their opponents will be the Auburn Doubledays.
The White Caps moved on to the Midwest League finals with some solid pitching from Matt O’Brien and a nice team effort at the plate. O’Brien gave up just two runs (one earned) on seven hits in five solid frames in the 6-3 win.
All six runs were driven in by different White Caps and only Jeramy Laster had more then one hit. It got the job done though. Gorkys Hernandez singled and he was the only hitter to both drive in and score a run.
Jeff Larish had a huge day at the plate as the Seawolves evened their series with Akron to a game a piece in a 9-6 win. Larish went two for four with a homerun, five RBIs and two runs. Matthew Joyce scored three times without getting a hit and Clete Thomas went two for five with a triple and two runs.
Burke Badenhop has a rough start but it was good enough for the win. He gave up six runs (three earned) on nine hits and a walk with four strikeouts in six innings.
Jordan Tata had a rough start as the Mud Hens lost to Durham 9-5. The loss now puts them in a situation where they have to win three straight games to advance to Governor’s Cup finals. Tata gave up six runs on nine hits and two walks with six strikeouts in five innings.
Erick Almonte provided the bulk of the Mud Hens offense in the game. He went three for four with a triple, four RBIs and a run.
Brandon Johnson fell to 0-1 on the season in the Tigers second to last game of the regular season. He gave up four runs on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts in five innings of work.
Christopher White singled and drove in two runs in the loss. Ryan Seawell went two for four with a double and two runs.
The White Caps took a 1-0 lead in their playoff series with the Lugnuts behind a solid outing by Duane Below. He gave up just two runs on four hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
Jeramy Laster had a huge day at the plate in the 6-2 win. He homered twice and drove in four runs. Scott Sizemore had a team high three hits with a solo homerun and two runs.
Like the Mud Hens, the Seawolves lost a high scoring game as they kicked off their playoff series with Akron. Eddie Bonine took the loss and he gave up five runs in five innings but he wasn’t just the problem. Anthony Tomey and Freddy Dolsi were both shelled as well in relief outings.
Nick McIntyre went two for four with with a homerun and two RBIs. Michael Hernandez also went yard with a solo shot while Daniel Worth had a team high three hits with a run and an RBI.
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