Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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Brooks Brown improved to 3-1 with an awesome start in the SeaWolves 4-0 win over Bowie. He didn’t give up a hit in five shutout innings. Ramon Garcia pitched four shutout innings to close out the game and he picked up his first save of the season.
Justin Henry went three for four with two doubles, a walk and a run. Michael Bertram went two for three with a walk, a double and a run.
Down 5-2 heading into the eighth, the Hens scored four runs in the final two frames to walk away with a 6-5 win. The game winner was a single by Robinzon Diaz and prior to that, Deik Scram singled home Maxwell Leon to tie the game up. Some of the damage came against a familiar face because Wil Ledezma is a reliver for Indianapolis.
Alfredo Figaro was roughed up in his start but the hitters bailed him out. He gave up five runs (four earned) in six innings. Robbie Weinhardt threw three shutout innings to close out the game and he improved to 1-0.
The Whitecaps took a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth but when the dust settled, they took a 6-5 loss because of a rough outing by Melvin Mercedes. He was credited with four runs on three hits and a walk in just 1/3 of an inning. Jose Ortega actually gave up the hit that scored the winning run for South Bend.
Avisail Garcia went four for five with two RBIs and a run. Alexis Espinoza went four for four with two doubles, a walk and two runs.
Lakeland got a ninth inning run but it wasn’t enough as they lost to Dunedin 4-3. Rawley Bishop went two for four with two RBIs and a run. Alden Carrithers also had a nice game with two singles and a run.
B rayan Villarreal took the loss and he fell to 2-3. He gave up four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts in five innings.
The SeaWolves never had the lead in their contest with Trenton until the final at bat of the game when Max St. Pierre put a two run homer over the fence to give Erie a big 4-3 win. Not too shabby from a career minor league catcher who’s struggled this season. Cesar Nicolas had a nice game and he went two for four with two doubles and a run.
Duane Below had a solid start and he gave up a run on two hits with four strikeouts in five innings. Brendan Wise improved to 1-0 with two innings of shutout relief. Wise has been impressive this year. He’s held the opposition to a .133 batting average and he’s gotten almost 2.5 groundball outs for every flyball. This has all resulted in a 0.66 ERA on the season.
The Hens had a tough time at the plate and while they picked up three doubles in the game, they were held without a run. Will Rhymes led the way with three singles and he also walked in four plate appearances. Jeff Larish doubled and drew a walk.
Alfredo Figaro took the loss and he fell to 3-1. He gave up four runs on eight hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Scot Drucker had a nice outing with 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief.
The Whitecaps scored two late runs but it wasn’t enough as they fell to South Bend 4-2. Wade Gaynor led the way at the plate. He went two for four with a double and an RBI. Eric Roof went one for three and he scored a run.
Jade Todd had a rough start and he fell to 0-4. He gave uip four runs on six hits and one walk with three strikeouts.
A really nice start by Luke Putkonen went to waste in the Flying Tigers 2-1 loss to Dunedin. He gave up just a run on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts in seven innings. Tyler Conn gave up a tenth inning run and he took the loss.
Alden Carrithers went one for two with two walks and he scored the lone run for Lakeland. Bryan Pounds was the lone hitter with two hits in the game.
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