Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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Getting in a game has been tough for the Whitecaps this season but they played two and won them both yesterday against South Bend. In game one, Kyle Ryan threw a nice game and he improved to 1-0. He gave up a run on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Edwin Gomez singled twice and he drove in three while Robert Brantly hit a solo home run, drew a walk and scored twice.
Game two was a 6-3 win. Kevin Eichorn gave up three runs in 4 2/3 innings and struck out six while Michael Torrealba picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of relief. Nick Castellanos went two for four with a run and an RBI while Ryan Enos went two for three with a run and an RBI.
The Flying Tigers improved their league leading record to 8-3 with a 4-3 win over Dunedin yesterday. Trevor Feeney had a decent start and he improved to 2-0 on the season. He gave up three runs on nine hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Ryan Robowski struck out the final batter to pick up his second save of the season.
Gustavo Nunez singled twice, drew a walk and scored twice in the win. Wade Gaynor singled and drove in two.
Erie played two yesterday because of their rain out the night before and the two games were polar opposites. Game one saw pitching go out the window with an 11-7 Bowie win. Bryan Pounds went two for three with a run while Deik Scram doubled, drove in three runs and scored once. Casey Crosby had a mixed bag start. He gave up three runs in four frames but he did strikeout six. Cory Hamilton was pummelled for seven runs and he was able to get just one batter out.
Game two was a 2-1 pitchers duel with Erie coming out on top. Jamie Johnson belted a solo home run while Scram had another night game with a pair of singles. Mark Sorenson gave up just one run in 5 2/3 innings and he struck out seven while Lester Oliveros struck out six in 2 1/3 innings to pick up the win.
The Mud Hens fell to 3-8 on the season with a 6-2 loss against Columbus yesterday. Danny Worth was the hitting star with three walks,a single and a run. Cale Iorg went one for two with a run and a walk. Outside of those two guys, the rest of the team managed just a hit and two walks.
Adam Wilk took the loss and he fell to 0-2 on the season. He gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Zach Simons gave up three runs in his 2 1/3 innings of relief.
While every other team in the White Caps division was wrapping up their four game series, the White Caps finally got in their opener and pitching went out the window in the 13-12 win. Kyle Ryan struck out six in 3 2/3 innings but he gave up seven runs in the start. Bruce Rondon pitched a shutout ninth and he picked up the win.
There were a lot of hitting stars but leadoff hitters Dixon Machado led the way. He went four for five with an RBI, three runs and a stolen base. Robert Brantly and James Robbins both drove in three runs and both had two hits.
The Flying Tigers improved their record to 2-2 on the season behind some nice pitching. Jared Wesson got into trouble and he walked four in three innings before Shawn Teufel came and pitched four scoreless frames to pick up the win. Ryan Robowski pitched two shutout innings to close out the game and he picked up his first save of the season.
Jordan Lennerton went one for two with a double, two walks and three runs in the 5-2 win. Tony Plagman went two for four with a home run, two runs and two RBIs.
Casey Crosby had a rough time in his outing against the Altoona Curve as the SeaWolves fell to 2-2 on the season. Crosby was shelled for six runs on six hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings. Three relievers eventually pitched and all three gave up runs as well.
Michael Bertram was the hitting star in the 10-7 loss. He went four for five with a double and a run. Jamie Johnson went two for five with a double, a home run, two runs and two RBIs.
After winning their season opener, the Hens fell to 1-3 on the season in the final game of their series at Louisville. Duane Below was knocked around for four runs in four innings in the 5-1 loss and Ramon Garcia was tagged with the other run. Zach Simons threw two scoreless innings to close out the game.
The Hens managed only four singles. Argenis Diaz went one for three with an RBI and Ryan Strieby drew a walk and scored the lone run. Scott Sizemore drew two walks and he continues to make his case for the Tigers second base job.
The Flying Tigers won their home opener yesterday and while the pen faltered, Trevor Feeney put together a solid start. He gave up just a run on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Kenny Faulk got the final four outs and he picked up his first save of the season.
Tony Plagman doubled, drove in three and scored a run in the 7-5 win. Avisail Garcia went two for four with a run.
The SeaWolves treated their fans to a win in their home opener and they did it with some drama. With the scored tied 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Brayan Holaday singled home Justin Henry to win it with two outs. Michael Bertram had the best day at the plate in the 3-2 win. He went two for three with a double and a walk.
Jacob Turner had a really nice start. He pitched six shutout innings and he struck out nine. Lester Oliveros threw two shutout innings and while he allowed an inherited runner to score, he held on to pick up the win.
Andy Dirks was one of a few hitting stars in the Hens 11-6 blowout win over the Bats. He went four for five with a home run, two RBIs and two runs. Timo Perez had a team high three RBIs with three hits and Danny Worth doubled three times.
Andy Oliver threw five shutout innings until he gave up a pair of runs in the sixth. He gave up four hits, walked two and struck out six. Alberto Alburquerque threw a shutout ninth to close out the game.
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