Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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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.
The Hens beat Buffalo 10-6 and most of the attention was given to Jeremy Bonderman and Nate Robertson, both of whom began their rehab assignments. Nate Robertson got the start and he threw 39 pitches, 31 of which were strikes. He did get in trouble in the third when he gave up a home run and left with a pair of baserunners, but the pen got him out of it. Jeremy Bonderman threw a shutout fifth inning in which he didn’t give up a hit, but he didn’t strike anyone out. Zach Simons picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of shutout relief and Clay Rapada got the final four outs for his fifth save of the season.
Max St. Pierre had a big day at the plate. He went four for four with a double, a home run, four RBIs and two runs. Jeff Frazier went three for five with two doubles, two runs and two RBIs.
The Mud Hens scored six runs in the top of the fourth inning and that was what they needed to push away from the Bats in an 8-6 win. Jeff Frazier went two for five with a double and a three run home run. Jeff Larish went two for five with two RBIs and a run.
Nate Bump improved to 4-0 despite a mediocre start. He gave up four runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts in five innings. Clay Rapada got the final batter out and he picked up his fourth save of the season.
The Hens took care of the SWB Yankees 8-7 in a game that saw the two teams combine for 28 hits. Jeff Larish went two for three with two doubles, two walks and three runs. Scott Sizemore went two for five with a solo home run and two runs.
Scott Drucker was lit up for six runs in 4 1/3 but the hitters picked him up. Clay Rapada threw two shutout frames to close out the game and he improved to 2-2.
Ruddy Lugo improved to 4-4 on the season with a solid start in the Hens 5-2 win over the Durham Bulls. He gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts in six innings. Clay Rapada threw three shutout innings and he struck out four to earn his fourth save of the season.
Dusty Ryan belted a two run homer in the win. Wil Rhymes and Marcus Thames both went yard with solo shots.
The Hens lost to the Clippers 2-1 in a game that saw the Hens hitters held to just five hits. Freddy Guzman was the hitting star and he went two for four with a double and an RBI.
Virgil Vasquez had one of his better starts of the season. He gave up one run on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts in seven innings. Clay Rapada gave up a run in the eighth and he took the loss.
Virgil Vasquez gave the Mud Hens five solid innings in which he gave up just two runs with six strikeouts. The pen then proceed to give up seven runs and the end result was a 9-7 loss. Clay Rapada gave up four runs in his relief stint but all three relievers gave up at least a run.
Most of the Hens’ offense came from a pair of three run homers by Matthew Joyce and Ryan Raburn. Brent Clevlen also had a nice game with three hits and a run.
Jeff Larish got it done at the plate with a pair of homeruns and four RBIs in the Hens 6-1 win over the Bulls. Mike Hessman had a solid game as well and he went two for four with two doubles and a run.
Jeremy Johnson picked up the win with three solid innings of relief. He gave up a run on four hits and he struck out five while Clay Rapada threw three shutout innings and he struck out three.
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