Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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The Whitecaps came back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the Loos in the seventh inning but Tyler Stohr gave up a run in the top of the tenth as the Whitecaps season ended in a 3-2 loss. Like last year, they forced a third game in the first round of the Midwest League playoffs only to fall in the pivotal third game. Luke Putkonen has a solid start and he gave up two runs in six innings while Tyler Conn threw three shutout innings of relief.
Brent Wyatt went two for five with a double. Brandon Douglas went one for three with a triple, a walk and an RBI.
The Whitecaps lived to fight another day as they evened up their three game series with the Loons after a 7-0 win. Billy Nowlin was the hitting star and he went four for four with three RBIs and a run. Brent Wyatt drew a walk and he scored two runs.
Adam Wilk had a really nice start and he picked up the win. He gave up two hits and he struck out eight in 5 2/3 shutout innings. Robert Waite gave up two hits and he walked one in 3 1/3 shutout innings of relief.
The Whitecaps now face elimination in their best of three game series after a 7-2 loss to the Loons last night. Brandon Douglas went two for four with a double and he drove in both Whitecaps runs and the rest of the team managed just one hit.
Casey Crosby took the loss. He gave up five runs on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.
The Whitecaps loss their regular season finale 3-1 but not because of Anthony Shawler’s start. He gave up a run on three hits with seven strikeouts in eight innings and for his exceptional start, he took the loss and fell to 7-5. Tyler Stohr gave up two runs in the top of the ninth and that put the game out of reach.
Alden Carrithers went two for four with a double and he scored the lone run. Billy Nowlin singled and he drove in Carrithers.
The Whitecaps were the lone Tigers affiliate to make the post season. They’ll square off against the Great Lakes Loons in a three game series beginning Wednesday.
Ramon Garcia fell to 4-4 on the season as the SeaWolves lost to Akron 9-3 in their final game of the season. He gave up eight runs (six earned) on eleven hits in 3 1/3 innings.
Christopher White belted a home run and he drove in two. Shawn Roof went three for four with a solo homer.
Ryan Ketchner improved to 2-0 on the season with a really nice start as the Hens finished their season with a 3-0 win over the Clippers. He gave up just six hits and he struck out two in the shutout.
Will Rhymes went three for four with a triple, an RBI and a run. Scott Sizemore went two for four with a double, a run and an RBI.
Oneonta won their season final behind a really nice start by Clemente Mendoza. He gave up six hits and he struck out four in seven shutout innings and the win gave him a 5-5 record on the season. Michael Torrealba pitched two shutout innings to close out the game and he picked up his second save of the season.
Jamie Johnson belted a solo home run, his third of the season. Jimmy Gulliver singled and scored a run.
The Whitecaps managed just five hits in a 6-0 loss to Fort Wayne in their second to last game of the regular season. Bryan Pounds went two for four while Alden Carrithers went one for three with a walk.
Robert Waite took the loss and he fell to 1-1. He gave up five runs on four hits and four walks with four strikeouts in four innings.
Lakeland finished their season with an 8-1 loss to Dunedin. Mark Sorensen took the loss and he fell to 1-2. He gave up five runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Nolan Moody was also hit hard and he gave up three runs in 2 2/3 innings.
Devin Thomas went two for four with a triple and he scored the lone run. Jordan Cruz singled in his only at bat and he drove in the lone run.
Erie outhit Akron 11-6 but they stranded eleven base runners in a 4-3 loss. Brennan Boesch went three for five with a double and he scored two runs while Michael Bertram went three for five with a home run and two RBIs.
Jonah Nickerson gave up three runs in six innings in his start. Alfredo Figaro gave up an unearned run that proved to be the game winner and he fell to 6-3.
Brooks Brown fell to 3-13 on the season with a rough start in the Hens 7-2 loss to the Clippers. He gave up six runs on six hits and two walks in five innings.
Maxwell Leon drove in both Hens runs with a two run shot in the ninth. Mike Gosse and Jeff Frazier both went two for four.
Dontrelle Willis picked up his first win for the Hens with a solid start. He gave up two runs on six hits and only two walks with five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Freddy Dolsi pitched a shutout ninth and he picked up his tenth save of the season.
Mike Gosse hit a two run home run in the 4-3 win. Mike Hessman went yard wth a solo shot.
Andrew Hess saved some of his best stuff for last as he shut down the the Jays over eight innings in Lakeland’s 4-1 win. Hess gave up just one run on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts in eight innings. Chad Linder pitched a shutout ninth and he picked up his second save of the season.
Hernan Perez went two for three with a triple and he scored two runs. Francisco Martinez went one for three with a run and an RBI.
Erie blew a 3-0 lead in the eighth and ninth, scored a run in the tenth and then gave this one up as Brett Jensen gave up two runs in tenth in the SeaWolves 5-4 loss. Jensen took the loss and he fell to 5-5 and a solid start by Lauren Gagnier went to waste. He gave up a run on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts in seven innings.
Brennan Boesch went two for five with a double, a home run and two RBIs. Michael Bertram went yard with a solo shot.
The Whitecaps couldn’t get much done at the plate as they picked up just a pair of hits in a 7-1 loss to Fort Wayne. Gustavo Nunez doubled and he scored the lone run to lead the way at the plate.
Victor Larez was shelled and he gave up six runs in 1 2/3 innings. Brayan Villereal gave up a run in 4 2/3 innings in his start.
The Tigers scored a run in the ninth to take the lead only to see Kenny Faulk give up two unearned runs in the bottom of the ninth as Oneonta lost a tough one 3-2. A solid start by Nate Newman went to waste. He gave up one run on six hits and one walk with three strikeouts in five innings. Jose Ortega threw three shutout innings of relief and he struck out three.
Jamie Johnson went two for four with a double and a triple. Matthew Mansilla belted a solo home run and he drew a walk.
With the Hens out of the playoff picture, Mike Hessman decided to play all nine positions. I was surprised to see he didn’t make one of the Hens four errors, which was good, but he did give up two runs in the ninth as the Hens lost a tight one 12-11. Josh Rainwater was hammered for eight runs in 3 1/3 innings and Zach Simons didn’t help things when he gave up two runs in the eighth.
Scott Sizemore went two for six with a home run, two runs and three RBIs. Brent Clevlen, who shuffled between right field and center field a few times, went one for one but his one hit was a two run home run and he finished with three runs because he drew four walks.
Erie managed just three hits in their 5-1 loss to Akron last night. Jeff Kunkel provided the SeaWolves lone run with a solo shot in the third inning.
A solid start by Jared Gayhart went to waste. He gave up two runs on five hits and four walks with a strikeout in 5 2/3 innings and the loss dropped him to 1-1 for the SeaWolves.
Trevor Feeney fell to 2-6 on the season with a rough start in Lakeland’s 9-2 loss to Dunedin. He gave up five runs on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts in three innings.
Devin Thomas went two for four with a triple, a run and an RBI. Jeramy Laster went two for four.
Melvin Mercedes had 16 saves and a 1.82 ERA in 24 2/3 innings for the GCL Tigers but he’s had a tough time since getting promoted to the Whitecaps. He made his second appearance yesterday and he gave up (with some help from Tyler Stohr, three runs in the bottom of the eighth and he was tagged with the loss. It’s too bad because a decent start by Luke Putkonen went to waste. He gave up an unearned run on three hits and four walks with three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Gustavo Nunez went two for four with a triple and a run. Ron Bourquin went two for four with a double, a run and an RBI.
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