Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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Fernando Seguignol had a huge day at the plate as the Hens edged the Chiefs 5-4. He went two for two with two walks, a homerun, two runs and two RBIs. Jackson Melian went two for four with two RBIs and a run.
Anastacio Martinez improved to 1-1 with a good enough start. He gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts in five innings of work. Blaine Neal pitched a shutout ninth and he picked up save number 20.
The Hens took care of the Chiefs 5-2 and it was Clete Thomas who got it done at the plate. He had three of the four Hens hits and he drove in four of their five runs in the win. He also hit his sixth homer of the season.
Chris Lambert continued to impress and he improved to 6-3. He gave up one run on four hits and three walks with six strikeouts in six innings. Joel Zumaya struck out two and gave up an unearned run in the seventh while Francisco Cruceta walked one in a no hit eighth. Blaine Neal pitched a perfect ninth and he picked up save number 19.
Lauren Gagnier had his best start since joining the Hens and he improved to 1-1 in Toledo’s 4-1 win over the Chiefs. He gave up one run on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts in six innings. Joel Zumaya and Francisco Cruceta both threw shutout innings and Blaine Neal threw a perfect ninth for his 18th save of the season.
Erick Almonte homered, doubled and drove in three runs. Mike Hessman didn’t see much to hit and he walks three times and scored a run.
The Hens found themselves down 6-0 in the fourth inning only to storm back with seven unanswered runs to pick up the win. Timo Perez doubled twice and drove in two while Brent Clevlen went two for five with a double, two RBIs and two runs.
Eddie Bonine was hit hard and he gave up all six runs. Matt Rusch struck out five in three no-hit innings to improve to 2-0 and Blaine Neal pitched a shutout ninth to pick up his sixteenth save.
The Hens needed all three of their eighth inning runs to top the Clippers tonight. Clete Thomas was the hitting star in this one. He went two for three with a double, a homerun and two RBIs. Mike Hessman was avoided and he drew two walks and scored a run.
Matt Rusch pitched a shutout eighth inning and he improved to 1-0. Blaine Neal pitched a perfect ninth and he picked up save number 15.
The Mud Hens scored two in the eighth inning and one in the ninth to edge the Charlotte Knights 6-5. Dane Sardinha drove in the winning run with a solo homer while Jeff Larish, Mike Hessman and Michael Hollimon all went yard. For Hessman, it’s his 17th homer of the season and six homeruns in his last six games.
Dontrelle Willis had a tough time in his rehab start. He gave up five runs on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Preston Larrison threw 2 1/3 innings of shutout ball and he improved to 2-1 while Blaine Neal threw a shutout ninth to pick up his 13th save of the season.
The Hens took care of Buffalo 6-4 and it was Eddie Bonine who set the stage for the Hens. He improved to 2-0 and he gave up two runs on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts in six innings. Blaine Neal pitched a shutout ninth and he picked up his third save of the season.
Matthew Joyce and Brent Clevlen both went yard in the win. For Joyce, it was his fourth homer of the season and he drove in two runs. Derek Wathan went three for four and he scored a run.
Virgil Vasquez picked up his first win of the season with an impressive pitching performance in Toledo’s home opener. He gave up just a single run on three hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Preston Larrison gave up a run in his single inning and Blaine Neal pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his first save of the season.
Dane Sardinha was the hitting star in the win. He went two for three with a solo homerun. Timo Perez didn’t get a hit, but he stole two bases and Mike Hessman went two for four with a double and a run.
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