Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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The bullpen made up for a rough start by Lauren Gagnier in the Flying Tigers 8-6 win over Jupiter. Chad Linder was the star on the mound and he gave up just three hits in three scoreless innings to improve to 3-1. Scott Green pitched a shutout ninth and he picked up his eleventh save of the season.
Chris Carlson went two for four with a double, a walk, two RBIs and a run. Michael Bertram went two for five with a double, two runs and an RBI.
Lakeland had a tough time getting anything going at the plate and they couldn’t manage a single run in an 8-0 blowout loss to Dunedin. Christopher White went two for three and Chris Carlson went two for four.
Andrew Hess had a tough start and he fell to 4-7. He gave up five runs on seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts in five innings.
The Flying Tigers did just about everything right as they took on the Clearwater in a 12-0 blowout win. Michael Bertram went three for five with a double, a grand slam and four runs. Chris Carlson belted a home run and he drove in three.
Charles Furbush improved to 5-4 with a really nice start. He gave up four hits and a walk with five strikeouts in six shutout innings. Lester Oliveros gave up three hits with four strikeouts in three shutout innings to pick up his first save of the season.
Thad Weber was about as good as you could ask. He gave up just one run on five hits with no walks and six strikeouts in seven innings. Unfortunately, Lakeland’s offense didn’t put a single run on the board and he fell to 4-4 for his efforts
The Flying Tigers picked up just five hits in the 1-0 loss. Chris Carlson went two for four with a double while Santo De Leon went two for two with a walk.
The Flying Tigers put together a nice win today as they bested Daytona 4-2. Lauren Gagnier picked up the win and he improved to 1-0. He gave up two runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Scott Green pitched a shutout ninth and he picked up his second save of the season.
Chris Carlson belted a two run homer in the fourth inning that broke a 2-2 tie. Michael Bertram doubled and drove in two.
Greetings all and hope the young baseball season has brought fun and excitement to everyone. Down here in Lakeland, we have had our share of excitement thus far, thanks to my spring roommate, Chris Carlson, who launched a two run walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Tampa Yankees in a come from behind win. I love when that happens; tension is high, everyone is on their toes anticipating something great happening and then the crack. As soon as it leaves the bat everyone runs on the field to mob him at home plate. What fans see on TV when this happens is far from what actually happens in that massive mosh pit slash celebration. I won’t go into details (because we have to keep some secrets of how we do things to ourselves) but lets just say that Chris came back to the locker room with one button remaining on his jersey. Was it fun for him? Yes and then no. But is it a necessary price to pay for greatness? Absolutely. I would expect no less if I were to throw a no hitter (knock on wood). Aside from that moment, we have been a little up and down so far as we try to find our groove and get settled into the day to day. It’s especially important here in the Florida State League because we play lots of games where we commute to the parks the day of the game due to the close proximity of teams. I think once everyone gets used to the everyday grind, the Lakeland Tigers could put up a very good showing this year.
Justin Henry was one of the hitting stars in the White Caps 8-5 win over Wisconsin. He went two for five with a double, two runs and three RBIs. Chris Carlson also had a nice game and he went three for four with a double and two RBIs.
Alfredo Figaro had a rough start and he gave up four runs in five innings in a no decision. Paul Nardozzi improved to 4-5 with a perfect inning of relief.
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