Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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Chris Lambert had one of his best starts of the season and he improved to 6-7 in the Hens 6-1 win over Buffalo. He gave up just one run on seven hits and a walk with nine strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings. The one run didn’t come until the ninth inning when it looked like Lambert might be running out of gas.
Don Kelly had a nice game and he went three for four with a double, a home run, two RBIs and two runs. Mike Hessman belted a solo shot and he fnished with two RBIs.
It’s like the Mud Hens saved it all up for one game. They scored 18 runs on 24 hits including a 10 run third inning as they demolished the Chiefs 18-1. Jeff Frazier went four for six with a home run, six RBIs and two runs. Brent Clevlen had three home runs, all of which were solo shots, and Don Kelly went four for six with two doubles, two runs and an RBI.
Lost in all of the offense was a solid start by Chris Lambert. He improved to 5-7 and he gave up just a run on seven hits without a walk and he struck out six in eight innings.
The good news is, Hens pitchers gave up just three runs over fourteen innings. The bad news is, the Hens couldn’t manage a single run in a pair of losses to Buffalo. In game one, a solid start by Chris Lambert went to waste. He gave up one run on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts in six innings but he still fell to 4-7. Don Kelly and Brent Dlugach singled and that was it.
In game two, the Hens managed seven hits but still couldn’t score. Don Kelly and Max St. Pierre had two singled each in the 2-0 loss. Scot Drucker fell to 7-3 and he gave up two runs on four hits with two strikeouts in five innings.
Chris Lambert had one of his better starts of the season as he held Indianapolis scoreless through six innings. He gave up just three hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Ryan Perry was hit hard for two runs in two innings, but he picked up his third save of the season.
Wilkin Ramirez went three for four with a run and an RBI. Mike Hessman went two for four with a double and a run.
A solid start by Chris Lambert went to waste in the Hens 8-1 loss to Columbus. He gave up a run on seven hits and a walk with two strikeouts in six innings. Josh Rainwater made his Toledo debut and he fell to 0-1. He gave up three runs on three hits and two walks with a strikeout in 1 2/3 innings.
The Hens couldn’t get much done at the plate and what’s funny is the Clippers have some of the best pieces of the 2007 Indians team that almost made the World Series. Both Fausto Carmona and Rafael Betancourt threw in this game. Wilkin Ramirez was able to get something done and he went three for three with a walk and a solo home run.
The Hens struggles continued as they lost to Rochester 2-1. A nice start by Chris Lambert was wasted and he fell to 3-6. He gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and one walk with three strikeouts in six innings.
Jeff Larish and Scott Sizemore had two singles a piece. Brent Dlugach doubled and he scored the lone run for the Hens.
This was a tough one. The Hens got some offense going but the pen blew a three run lead in the ninth that sent the game into extra frames and then Rob Chiavacci gave up a run in the bottom of the eleventh as the Hens lost to the Bulls 6-5. A solid start by Chris Lambert went to waste. He gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits with six strikeouts in six innings.
Mike Hessman pushed his batting average a bit closer to the Mendoza line with a solid day at the plate. He went two for five with a double, a home run and two RBIs. Brent Dlugach went two for four with a two run blast.
The Mud Hens were held to just five hits as they lost another one to the Charlotte Knights 5-2. Three of those hits came from Wilkin Ramirez and he drove in one of the two runs with a solo homer in the fifth inning. Jeff Frazier singled and he scored the other run.
Chris Lambert took the loss and he fell to 1-5. He gave up five runs on six hits and three walks with eight strikeouts in six innings.
The Mud Hens scored a grand total of three runs, and no more then one per game, in their four game set against the Pawtucket Red Sox. Not surprisingly, the Hens lost all four games and today was another blowout. Chris Lambert had a rough start and he fell to 1-3. He gave up seven runs on nine hits and a walk with three strikeouts in just three innings.
Danny Worth was two for five and he drove in the lone Hens run. Will Rhymes singled and he scored the lone run.
Chris Lambert fell to 1-1 on the season with a rough start in the Hens 7-5 loss to Columbus. He gave up five runs on nine hits and one walk with two strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.
Don Kelly went one for two with a solo homer, two walks and two runs. Will Rhymes tripled, drove in a pair and scored once.
Chris Lambert fell to 11-7 on the season after a rough start in the Hens 8-4 loss to Indianapolis. He gave up four runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts in five innings.
Jeff Larish and Clete Thomas both homered and drove in a pair of runs. Freddy Guzman went two for four with a double and a run.
Chris Lambert gave up five runs in the fifth and final inning of the Hens rain shortened 6-1 loss to Rochester. He fell to 10-6 and he gave up six runs on six hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in five innings.
Mike Hollimon drove in the lone run with a solo shot in the second inning. It was his fourteenth homerun of the season.
Chris Lambert fell to 6-4 on the season after a rough start in the Hens 10-1 loss to the Yankees. Lambert gave up seven runs (six earned) on seven hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings.
To add insult to injury, the Hens managed just two hits. Freddy Guzman singled and drove in a run while Jackson Melian scored the lone run without getting a hit.
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.
Chris Lambert fell to 5-2 on the season with a tough start in the Hens 5-3 loss to Buffalo. He gave up five runs on eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.
The Hens managed just eight singles and they were all by different hitters. Mike Hessman reached base three times with a single and two walks. He’s now drawn six walks in his last six games as pitchers try to duck him.
Chris Lambert left the game in the sixth inning with a 4-2 lead only to see the bullpen cave in and lose it in a 7-5 loss to the Clippers. Lambert gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. Preston Larrison took the loss and he fell to 2-2. He gave up three runs on one hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings.
Jeff Larish and Michael Hollimon both went yard in the game. For Larish, it was number 15 and for Hollimon it was his 12th.
Chris Lambert left the game tonight with a 4-2 lead after six solid innings of work only to see the pen melt down in a 14-4 blowout loss. Three relievers combined to give up 12 runs in just two innings in an ugly game.
Clete Thomas belted a two run homer but he’s still below the Mendoza line since getting sent down to Toledo. Mike Hessman continued his impressive season with his eighteenth homerun, a solo shot in the first inning.
Matthew Joyce had an impressive day at the plate in the Mud Hens 6-5 win over Indianapolis. He went three for four with a double and four RBIs. Brent Clevlen went two for four with two RBIs and a run.
Chris Lambert improved to 3-1 and he gave up four runs in five innings but it was Francisco Cruceta who once again stole the show. He struck out five in two shutout innings and he now has 15 strikeouts in seven innings.
Jeff Larish belted a three run homer in the bottom of the first inning and despite the Hens scoring just one run the rest of the way, it was enough for the win. The other run in the 4-1 win came on a solo shot by Michael Hollimon.
Chris Lambert picked up the win and he improved to 2-1. He gave up three hits and four walks with two strikeouts in five shutout innings.
Chris Lambert won his first game of the season with a nice start in the Hens 4-1 win over Lehigh Valley. He gave up just a single run on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts in seven innings.
Jeff Larish went two for three with a double and two RBIs. Caonabo Cosme went three for three with a double, a homerun and two RBIs.
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