Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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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.
The Mud Hens lost their first game in their hunt for their third straight Governors Cup in a high scoring affair. Dennis Tankersley was knocked around for five runs in 3 1/3 innings but the Hens came back from that only to see Jason Karnuth give up four runs to take the loss. Hens pitchers gave up runs in six of the eight innings they pitched in.
Chris Shelton homered, drove in two and scored twice in the 11-8 loss. Andres Torres went two for five with a double and three runs.
The Mud Hens won two in one day as they pulled of a sweep over the Clippers. Game one saw Erick Almonte go two for three with a double, three RBIs and two runs in a 5-4 win. Andres Torres went four for four with a double, two triples and two runs. Anastacio Martinez gave up a hit with two walks and a strikeout in 1 2/3 innings of shutout relief.
Game two was a 6-4 Mud Hens win. Jason Perry belted a two run homer while Henry Mateo went two for three with a walk and two runs. Vic Darensbourg improved to 6-2 and he gave up one hit with four strikeouts in two innings of shutout relief.
David Espinosa was the hitting star in the Mud Hens 5-2 win over Columbus. He went three for four with a triple, three RBIs and a run. Andres Torres went two for four with a solo homerun.
Eddie Bonine shined in his Triple A debut. He gave up two runs on seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts in eight innings.
It was another impressive pitching performance for the Hens in their 2-1 win over Indianapolis. Dennis Tankersley improved to 10-7 and he gave up just one run on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts in seven solid innings.
Omar Infante went three for four and he drove in one of the two Mud Hens’ runs. Andres Torres doubled, drew a walk and scored.
Three different Mud Hens pitchers combined to give up five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning as they lost to Norfolk 5-2. Corey Hamman took the loss but he had a solid outing. He gave up just one run on five hits with a strikeout in six innings. Jeremy Johnson was the one who got tagged with the most damage as he was credited with three of the five runs. Joel Zumaya made his first rehab appearance. He gave up a hit and struck out one in 2/3 of an inning.
Timo Perez provided the offense with a two run homer, his thirteenth of the season. Andres Torres went two for three with a walk.
Ron Chiavacci improved to 10-6 on the season with an excellent start in the Mud Hens 4-0 win over the Bulls. He gave up three hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in seven shutout innings.
Andres Torres was the hitting star in the win. He went two for three with a double, a homerun, two RBIs and two runs.
Yorman Bazardo had one his best starts of the season with a complete game four hitter. He did give up one run but it was unearned and he walked two and struck out four. The win pushed his record to 8-5 on the season.
Chris Shelton went two for four with a solo homerun in the 4-0 win. Andres Torres went two for three with an RBI.
Timo Perez had a big day at the plate in the Mud Hens 12-2 win over Pawtucket. He went two for three with five RBIs and a run. Andres Torres had a big game as well. He went two for five with a homerun, three RBIs and two runs.
Ron Chiavacci picked up the win and he improved to 8-5 on the season. He gave up two runs on seven hits and one walk with five strikeouts in six innings of work.
The Hens and Richmond finished up a rain shortened game which Toledo won and then played their regular game, which turned out to be a loss. In the first partial game, Andres Torres had three hits and Erick Almonte singled twice and drove in three runs to lead the way to Toledo in the 7-4 win. Anastacio Martinez improved to 3-5 with the win with five shutout innings. He gave up two hits and four walks with four strikeouts.
In the second game, the Hens went into the ninth down 3-2 and tied it on Jack Hannahan’s RBI single but Vic Darensbourg gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth to lose it. Hannahan finished the game with three hits and two RBIs to lead the way for the Hens at the plate.
Dennis Tankersley improved to 7-5 on the season with a nice start in the Hens 4-1 win over Richmond. He gave up one unearned run on seven hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
Jack Hannahan went two for three with a double and a run. Andres Torres led he way from the lead spot though and he went four for five with a double, an RBI and a run. He now has seven hits in just two games since being promoted from Double A.
Erie took care of Reading 7-4 and in the process, Eddie Bonine picked up his tenth win of the season. He gave up four runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Jackson Melian homered and drove in three runs in the win. Andres Torres went three for five with an RBI and two runs.
Jonathan Connolly improved to 4-3 on the season with a nice start in the Seawolves 7-4 win over Akron. He gave up just two runs on nine hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
Jackson Melian went two for three with a walk, a double, two RBIs and a run. Andres Torres doubled, singled and scored twice and Matthew Joyce belted a two run homer.
Steve Torrealba belted two homers and he drove in three runs but it wasn’t enough as Akron beat the Seawolves 7-5. Andres Torres and Michael Hollimon also went yard in the game.
Jair Jurrjens took the loss and he fell to 3-4 on the season. He gave up three runs on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Erie and Altoona played two because of yesterday’s rain out and each team took a game. Erie lost the first one 4-1 and Erie didn’t score until the final inning Joel Roa drove home Kody Kirkland. Andrew Kown dropped to 2-4 with the loss and he gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk with one strikeout in six innings.
Erie won the second game 4-3. Andres Torres hit a solo homerun and he scored two runs in the win. Pedro Cotto went two for three with a double and an RBI. Matthew Rusch pitched a scoreless seventh and he picked up the win.
For a while, Dallas Trahern looked like the best pitcher in the Tigers system who doesn’t have the last name Miller. Now, after two straight rough losses, he’s looking like the guy you’d expect to have a hard time at the Double A level. Today, he gave up seven runs (three earned) on eleven hits and three walks in just 3 2/3 innings.
Jackson Melian went two for four with a homerun and three RBIs. Andres Torres tripled, drew a walk and scored two runs.
The Seawolves got plenty of offense in their 13-5 win over the Fisher Cats but Andres Torres had a hand in four of them. He went two for four with a double, a triple, three runs and an RBI. Clete Thomas also had a nice game and he went three for four with three runs.
Brendan Wise picked up the win although it was more because he was in the right place at the right time. He gave up a run on four hits in 2/3 of an inning.
Eddie Bonine dropped to 4-3 on the season with a tough start in Erie’s 8-4 loss to Portland. He gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.
Andres Torres went two for four with a double, a triple and two RBIs in the loss. Kody Kirland went three for four with a double, a homerun and two runs.
Andrew Miller did it again. He gave just seven hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in 7 2/3 shutout innings. He’s now given up just two earned runs (three total runs) in 30 2/3 innings and he’s struck out 24. He’s thrown at least seven innings in each of his four Erie starts and he hasn’t give up more then one earned run in any of them.
Andres Torres singled twice and he drove in two. Erick Almonte doubled twice, drove in two and scored a run while Joel Roa went two for four with a homerun, two RBIs and two runs.
Erie edged Akron 5-4 and the big hit of the game was a three run homer by Kody Kirkland. He finished the game two for three while Andres Torres singled, drove in one and scored a run.
Dallas Trahern improved to 7-1 on the season. He gave up four runs (three earned) seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
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