Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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Well, the dust finally settled on the Mud Hens 11-10, thirteen inning win after Jeff Larish doubled home Clete Thomas in the bottom half of the frame. It capped off an awesome game by the first baseman in which he went five for six with with two doubles, a walk, three RBIs and three runs. Brent Dlugach also put together a nice game and he went two for five with a double and four RBIs. Clete Thomas had four singles, two walks and he scored four times.
Eddie Bonine was roughed up in his four inning start and he gave up four runs. Ryan Perry pitched the final two frames and he walked just one to pick up his first win (and game) as a Hen.
The Hens took care of business in each of their games over the Red Wings. In the first one, Clete Thomas went two for three with a double, a walk, a run and two RBIs. Jeff Larish doubled, drew a walk, a run and two RBIs. Ruddy Lugo improved to 6-5 despite a mediocre start. He gave up three runs on seven hits and four walks with two strikeouts in five innings. Freddy Dolsi gave up an unearned run and he picked up his fourth save of the season.
Game two was an eleven inning marathon. Thomas had another nice game and he went three for five with two doubles and an RBI. Scott Sizemore went three for six with a triple, a home run and two RBIs. Lucas French struck out ten and gave up just one run in six innings. Fu-Te Ni threw two shutout innings to close out the game and he improved to 3-0.
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.
Clete Thomas had a big day at the plate in the Hens 9-6 win over the Clippers. He went three for four and all three hits were for extra bases. He had two doubles, a home run, two RBIs and two runs. Don Kelly also had a nice game and he went three for four with a double and a run.
Eddie Bonine pitched three innings and he gave up two runs on five hits. Ron Chiavacci improved to 1-0 and he gave up two runs on four hits with six strikeouts in five innings.
Kody Kirkland and Freddy Guzman had a pair of hits each and that was all the Hens could muster in a 6-0 loss. Clete Thomas didn’t pick up a hit, but he reached base a team high three times with three walks.
A solid start by Jeremy Johnson went to waste. He gave up one run on five hits and one walk with five strikeouts in five innings. Francisco Cruceta was pummelled for five runs in his 2/3 of an inning of relief.
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.
Virgil Vasquez’s troubles continued and he fell to 6-11 in the Hens 8-5 loss to Pawtucket. He gave up six runs on eight hits in just 2 1/3 innings.
Mike Hessman belted two homers and he drove in three in the loss. We’ll miss his bat come Olympic time. Clete Thomas went two for four with a run.
A solid start by Yorman Bazardo went to waste as the Pawtucket Red Sox edged the Mud Hens 3-2. Bazardo gave up three runs on six hits and three walks with six strikeouts in seven innings and the loss dropped him to 4-6 on the season.
Clete Thomas went two for four in the loss. Derek Wathan tripled and drove in a run.
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.
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.
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.
Erie scored three late runs but all that did was turn a 6-0 deficit into a 6-3 loss. With the loss, Erie is now down 2-1 in their best of five game series and they’re in a must win situation heading into today’s game. Andrew Kown took the loss and he gave up three runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts in six innings.
Clete Thomas went two for five with an RBI. Nick McIntyre singled twice and he scored two runs.
Jeff Larish had a huge day at the plate as the Seawolves evened their series with Akron to a game a piece in a 9-6 win. Larish went two for four with a homerun, five RBIs and two runs. Matthew Joyce scored three times without getting a hit and Clete Thomas went two for five with a triple and two runs.
Burke Badenhop has a rough start but it was good enough for the win. He gave up six runs (three earned) on nine hits and a walk with four strikeouts in six innings.
Burke Badenhop improved to 2-0 on the season in Erie’s 7-2 win over Harrisburg. He gave up two runs on four hits with eight strikeouts.
Clete Thomas was the hitting star in the win. He went two for five with a homerun, two RBIs and two runs. Michael Hernandez went two for five with two RBIs and a run.
Alan Mills was shelled in the ninth inning and he gave up four runs to blow a 4-1 lead. He blew a solid start by Andrew Kown, who gave up one run on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts in seven innings.
Clete Thomas went two for five with a double, two RBIs and a run. Jeff Larish went two for four with a solo homer and two runs scored.
Clete Thomas led the Seawolves at the plate in their 7-4 win over Akron. He went two for five with a two run homer and two runs scored. Jeff Larish reached base three times with a single, a double and a walk and he also scored once.
Jeremy Johnson picked up the win in relief but it was more because he gave up the tying run in the seventh inning then saw Erie come back and win it. Jonathan Connolly had a nice start and he gave up two runs on seven hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings.
After taking a break from the long ball yesterday, Cameron Maybin got right back at it with a three run shot in Erie’s 7-3 win over Reading. He finished the game two for four with the homerun, four RBIs and two runs. Clete Thomas also had a nice game and he went three for five with a double and two runs.
Jonathan Connolly improved to 7-6 with a nice start. He gave up two unearned runs on six hits and a walk with two strikeouts in six innings of work.
All eyes were on Cameron Maybin as he made his Double A debut today. He had just one hit but it went over the fence for his first homer for Erie and his eleventh homer overall. Jeff Larish and Clete Thomas also went yard in the 6-3 loss to the Defenders.
Jonathan Connolly fell to 6-6 in a rough start. He gave up four runs on three homers in just 2 2/3 innings.
Just about everyone was a hittine star in Erie’s 13-3 win over New Britain. Wilkin Ramirez went three for five with a homerun, two runs and a team high four RBIs. Clete Thomas had a team high four hits and he scored three times in the win.
Eddie Bonine improved to 12-5 with the win. He gave up three runs on six hits with two strikeouts in six innings of work.
Erie got plenty of offense in a 12-1 win over the first place Trenton Thunder. Clete Thomas went three for four with a double, three RBIs and two runs to lead the way at the plate for the Seawolves. William Rhymes also had a nice game and he went three for six with two RBIs and two runs.
Andrew Kown improved to 4-6 on the season with a nice start. He gave up one run on three hits and a walk with five strikeouts in seven innings of work.
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