Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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The Flying Tigers managed just two singles and a double as they lost to Tampa 5-0. Samir Rijo had the lone extra base hit with the double. Daniel Fields drew the lone walk for Lakeland.
Jon Kibler fell to 1-2. He gave up a run on six hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Erik Crichton struck out two in 2 2/3 shutout innings.
Ramon Garcia gave up four first inning runs but the SeaWolves fought back and pulled to within a 5-5 tie. Unfortunately, Zach Simons gave up a ninth inning run and that cost the Wolves the win in the 6-5 loss. Garcia gave up five runs (three earned) in seven innings and Simons took the loss and he fell to 1-2.
Rawley Bishop went two for four with a double, a walk, a run and an RBI. Michael Bertam went two for five with a double, a run and an RBI.
Rick Porcello lost his first game of the season for the Hens in a tough start. He gave up five runs on ten hits and three walks with three strikeouts in six innings. Ryan Perry also had a rough outing in the 7-3 loss. He gave up an unearned run on one hit and two walks with a strikeout in 1 2/3 innings.
Will Rhymes had another nice game and he went three for five with a triple and two runs. Brent Dlugach went two for four with a double.
The GCL Tigers lost to the GCL Pirates 15-13 in ten innings in an impressive offensive performance by both teams. In all, there were 28 runs on 35 hits and just about everybody was a hitting star. Juaner Aguasvivas went three for four with two doubles, a home run, six RBIs and three runs. Leslie Smith went four for six with a double, an RBI and four runs.
The pitching side of the box score was pretty ugly. Tim Mowry took the loss after he gave up the four run tenth but this was definitely a team effort on the mound.
Clemente Mendoza improved to 1-0 on the season with a nice start in the Connecticut Tigers 6-3 win over Lowell. He gave up three runs on five hits and four walks with five strikeouts in six innings. Robbie Weinhardt struck out three in two shutout innings of relief and Brennan Smith pitched a shutout ninth for his first save of the season.
PJ Polk went two for four with two runs. Josh Ashenbrenner went two for three with a triple, a walk, a run and an RBI.
Brooks Brown was pummeled for nine runs on seven hits and four walks in just 2 2/3 innings in the SeaWolves 10-9 loss to Bowie. What was probably most impressive about this game was even after being down 10-0, the Wolves made a play at things with an eight run fifth inning. Still, their comeback fell short. Brown fell to 4-4 and Cory Hamilton had a nice outing. He gave up a run on five hits with three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings of relief.
Michael Bertram had the big blast with a grand slam in the eight run fifth inning. Andy Bouchie hit a three run home run earlier in the inning. The Wolves needed just six hits for their nine runs because of the two big home runs.
Will Rhymes scored on a triple and an error in the top of the ninth to tie things up with Indianapolis but unfortunately, Jay Sborz gave up a ninth inning run and the Hens lost 5-4. For Rhymes, it was his fourth hit of the day and that matched the rest of the team combined. Casper Wells doubled, drew a walk and scored a run.
Ryan Ketchner gave up four runs (two earned) on eight hits with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings in his start. Dan Schlereth pitched a shutout eighth inning and most importantly, he didn’t allow a walk. Sborz took the loss and he fell to 1-2.
Erik Crichton not only gave up the tying run in the bottom of the ninth to put the game into extra frames, but he also gave up the losing run in the eleventh and he fell to 3-3. It’s too bad because Brayan Villarreal had a really nice start. He gave up two hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in five innings.
Brandon Douglas went two for five with a double and a run. Fransisco Martinez went two for four with a walk and a run.
Lester Oliveros gave up three runs in the eleventh inning as the SeaWolves lost to Richmond 6-3. Oliveros fell to 0-1 and that was after a solid start by Charles Furbush. Furbush gave up three runs on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts in seven innings of work. Zach Simons also had a nice outing and he gave up just two hits and a walk with three strikeouts in three shutout innings.
Rawley Bishop went one for three with a walk and two RBIs. Cale Iorg went one for with a walk and he scored a pair of runs.
Alfredo Figaro continued his struggles yesterday and he fell to 6-5 in the Hens 6-4 loss to Indianapolis. He gave up six runs on eight hits and two walks with six strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. The pen combined to throw 3 2/3 shutout innings but the damage was too much to allow the Hens to mount a comeback. Figaro has been very hittable (.303 batting average against) and he’s actually had more problems against right handed hitters then what you’d figure from a right handed pitcher. Ryan Perry made his first appearance since getting sent down. He pitched a shutout inning in which he walked two and struck out one.
Jeff Larish hit his twelfth home run of the season. Jeff Frazier went two for four with a double (his 26th of the season), a run and an RBI.
Ramon Lebron was knocked around for four runs in just three innings in his start this afternoon. This was after a four run first inning by the Whitecaps. So when he left and Jacob Turner came in, he was the pitcher of record and while he threw six innings, it was still Turner’s first relief appearance of the season. He fell to 1-3 and he gave up four runs on eight hits and one walk with three strikeouts in the 8-5 loss.
It was tough day to because Peoria stole eight bases on the Whitecaps battery. Turner has had a rough time and while he hasn’t been downright bad, he’s throwing no where near the level he was when he was shutting down the opposition in his first two starts. Still, he has 44 strikeouts and just seven walks in 42 2/3 innings.
Jordan Lennerton went four for five with a run and an RBI. Avisail Garcia went two for four with a run and an RBI.
Lakeland couldn’t push a single runner across the plate as they lost to Fort Myers 2-0. Josh Workman was a perfect two for two and Daniel Fields singled and drew a walk.
A really nice start by Luke Putkonen went to waste. He gave up two runs on five hits and a walk with one strikeout in seven innings.
Billy Nowlin, Brent Wyatt and Rawley Bishop all went yard in the Flying Tigers 8-3 win over Bradenton. Bishop’s was a two run shot while Bishop went two for three with a pair of walks.
Luke Putkonen improved to 6-2 with a nice start. He gave up two runs (just one earned) on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts.
Brooks Brown fell to 3-3 on the season with a rough start in the SeaWolves 5-3 loss to Akron. He gave up four runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts in six innings.
Andy Dirks went two for four with a pair of runs. Wilkin Ramirez drove in two with his fifteenth home run of the season.
Rudy Lugo and Casey Fien combined for a solid outing as the Hens took care of Lehigh Valley 5-3 in the first of two. Lugo gave up three runs (just one earned) on three hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Fien threw 1 2/3 innings of shutout relief and he improved to 1-0. Will Rhymes doubled, drove in two and scored once while Scott Sizemore went two for four with a double and a two run home run.
Lauren Gagnier threw five shutout innings and he improved to 2-2 in the second game. Dan Schlereth and Jay Sborz then threw shutout innings each to finish up game. Sborz picked up his eleventh save of the season. Danny Worth singled, scored a run and drove in one. Ben Guez hit a solo home run, his second of the season.
Jacob Turner had a decent start today but the Whitecaps pen was hit hard in an 8-4 loss to Burlington. Turner gave up three runs (just one earned) on six hits with five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. After that, it went down hill and Victor Larez gave up a run in 1 2/3 innings while Jose Ortega was knocked around for four runs and he took the loss.
Jordan Lennerton went two for four with a double, a walk, two RBIs and a run. Jamie Johnson went two for five.
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