Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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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.
The Hens took care of Indianapolis 6-0 behind some really strong pitching. Ruddy Lugo improved to 1-1 and he gave up just three hits and four walks with two strikeouts in five shutout innings. Casey Fien followed that up with three shutout innings of relief and then Robbie Weinhardt pitched a shutout ninth to finish up the win.
Will Rhymes had a big day at the plate. He went four for five with three runs, a double and an RBI. Brent Dlugach went three for five with two runs and an RBI while Brennan Boesch went three for five with a double, a triple and three RBIs.
Armando Galarraga had a nice start go to waste as the Hens lost to the Bats 7-1. Galarraga took the loss and fell to 0-1 despite giving up just a run on three hits with six strikeouts in five innings. Casey Fien and Robbie Weinhardt were both hit hard were both touched up for three runs in their relief appearances.
Ryan Strieby had a big day at the plate. He went three for four with a pair of doubles and he drove in the lone run for the Hens. Danny Worth doubled in three at bats.
Toledo turned around a 6-3 deficit and scored four unanswered runs in the late innings to pull out a 7-6 win over Indianapolis. Mike Hessman went three for four with two doubles, a walk and two RBIs while Will Rhymes went two for two with two walks, two runs and an RBI.
Eddie Bonine was roughed up in his start and he gave up six runs in 5 2/3 innings. Zach Simons picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of shutout relief while Jeremy Bonderman threw a shutout eighth in which he struck out two but gave up two hits. Casey Fien pitched a shutout ninth and he picked up his 14th save of the season.
The Hens came back from a 7-4 deficit to beat the Clippers 8-7. Brent Dlugach went three for three with a walk, a double, a triple and two runs. Scott Sizemore went two for four with double, a walk and two RBIs while Mike Hessman went two for five with a double, a home run and three RBIs. Hessman has finally found his stroke since the All Star Break. Prior to that, he had an OPS of .678 and since it’s .933. He’s also hit nine home runs since the break in 33 games versus 10 in 80 games prior to the break. August has been his best month (1.012 OPS) so hopefully he gives the Hens a strong finish.
Scott Drucker was hammered for seven runs in three innings. Zach Simons threw two shutout innings of relief and he improved to 2-0 while Casey Fien threw a shutout ninth to pick up save number twelve.
The Hens were down 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth but they capitalized on a throwing error to end up with a pair of runs to come from behind in a 3-2 win. Mike Hessman was the hitting star and he went two for four with a home run and two runs.
Ruddy Lugo had a nice start and he gave up one unearned run with seven strikeouts in six innings. Clay Rapada got the win with two strikeouts in 2/3 of an inning and he improved to 3-2 while Casey Fien got the final two outs to pick up his ninth save of the season.
Nate Bump got it done again as he improved to 2-0 in just two starts this season. The 32 year old former Marlin gave up just six hits with two strikeouts in 7 1/3 shutout innings. Casey Fien pitched a shutout ninth and he picked up his eighth save of the season.
Will Rhymes went two for four with a double, a run and an RBI. Brent Dlugach went two for four with one double, a run and an RBI.
The Hens took care of Charlotte 5-1 and Lucas French got it done on the mound. He gave up just five hits and a walk with six strikeouts in seven shutout innings. Casey Fien gave up a run in his two frames but it was good enough for save number four.
Don Kelly led the way at the plate and he went two for four with a double, two RBIs and a run. Brent Dlugach went two for three with a walk and an RBI.
The Hens rallied for two runs in the ninth inning but it wasn’t enough in their 4-2 loss to Lehigh Valley. Clete Thomas drove in both of those runs and he was the lone Hens hitter with two hits. He also had the only extra base hit with a double.
Ruddy Lugo took the loss and he fell to 2-1 on the season. He gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts in six innings. Casey Fien had a nice outing and he gave up just one hit with three strikeouts in two shutout frames.
The Mud Hens picked up a win at the first every game at Huntington Park in Columbus this afternoon. Ruddy Lugo had a nice start and he improved to 2-0. He gave up one run on four hits and three walks with one strikeout in five innings. Joel Zumaya continued his rehab with two shutout innings and Casey Fien pitched two shutout innings to close things out for his second save of the season.
Mike Hessman doubled and drove in two runs in the 3-1 win. Danny Worth was a perfect four for four with a walk, an RBI and a run.
The Mud Hens continued their winning ways with a close one against the Bats. The Hens jumped out to a 4-0 lead but two in the eighth and one in the ninth by the Bats made this one a close one. Scott Drucker looked very good and he improved to 1-0. He gave up just three hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in six shutout innings. Not a bad couple of starts for someone who wasn’t really on the Tigers propect radar.
Casey Fien gave up a run on two hits in 1 1/3 innings to pick up save number one. Mike Hessman went three for five with an RBI in the 4-3 win while Ryan Raburn drew three walks, stole a base and scored twice.
The Seawolves and B-Mets exchanged shutouts today and while Erie was outscored 11-1 combined over the two games, they actually walked away with a win. Game one was a brutal 11-0 shutout. Lauren Gagnier was tagged for nine runs in 2 2/3 innings and he fell to 1-2. His ERA now sits at 17.36 in his three starts for Erie. Danny Worth and Louis Ott both had a pair of singles.
Game two was a 1-0 shutout win and it was Daniel Christensen who threw 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball. Casey Fien got the final two outs and he improved to 2-3 with the win while Casper Wells singled and scored the lone run for either side.
Erie came back from a 6-2 deficit to beat Reading 8-7. Kody Kirkland singled, drove in two and scored a run while Ryan Roberson went two for four with a double, two runs and an RBI.
Anthony Tomey improved to 3-3 with two shutout frames. Casey Fien gave up a run in the ninth but he struck out the side and he picked up his third save of the season.
Anthony Tomey fell to 2-3 on the season after he gave up a two run homer in the bottom of the tenth inning in a 5-3 loss to Bowie. Casey Fien was the most effective hitter with 2 1/3 shutout innings.
All three SeaWolves runs came via solo homers. Dusty Ryan, Ryan Roberson and Jeff Frazier all went yard for Erie.
The SeaWolves split their pair of games today with Altoona. Game one was a 4-3, extra inning loss that saw Casey Fien give up a walk off solo homer in the bottom of the eighth inning. Benjamin Fritz didn’t get the decision and he gave up three runs (one earned) on eleven hits and one walk with four strikeouts in six innings. Maxim St. Pierre and Jeff Frazier both had two singles and each drove in a run.
Game two was a 9-2 beatdown. Dusty Ryan went two for four with a double, a homerun, three RBIs and two runs. Diek Scram went three for five with a double, two RBIs and a run. Lucas French improved to 2-2 and he gave up two runs on five hits and four walks with four strikeouts in the seven inning complete game.
Erie edged Altoona 5-4 and Wilkin Ramirez had the game winning hit. His solo homer in the bottom of the seventh broke a 4-4 tie and that won it for the SeaWolves. Freddy Guzman went one for three with two walks, three stolen bases and a run. The three steals brings his season total up to 13 on the season.
Casey Fien allowed the tying run to score in the seventh inning but because Erie turned around and took the lead back in a hurry, he got the win. Freddy Dolsi pitched a shutout ninth and he saved his first of the season.
The White Caps rallied for three runs in the top of the eleventh inning as they took care of Wisconsin 6-3. Ryan Strieby broke the two with a big two run double and he later scored on an error to cap off the three run eleventh. Jeramy Laster went two for four with a two run homer.
Casey Fien picked up the win with a shutout tenth inning. This was after a solid start by Jonah Nickerson, who struck out nine and gave up three runs in nine innings.
Casey Fien gave up an unearned run in the bottom of the tenth inning as the White Caps lost to Wisconsin 5-4. It was disappointing because the White Caps had come back from as many as three down to tie the game and send it into extra frames only to lose it in extra innings.
Brandon Timm was the hitting star. He went three for five with a triple, an RBI and a run.
The White Caps pulled this one out with a flair for the dramatic. Down 1-0 Scott Sizemore scored on a ground out by James Skelton to tie the game out and then Sizemore scored on a throwing error on a stolen base attempt in the bottom of the eleventh to win it. Sizemore finished the game four for five.
Casey Fien picked up the win and he improved to 4-0 on the season. He pitched a shutout eleventh inning in which he struck out the side.
James Skelton doubled home Scott Sizemore in the bottom of the twelth inning to win it for the White Caps 5-4. Jeramy Laster singled twice and drove in two runs while Santo De Leon went three for four with a triple and a run.
Casey Fien picked up the win and he improved to 3-0 with two innings of shutout relief. He gave up one hit and one walk with four strikeouts.
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