Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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Will Rhymes scored on a triple and an error in the top of the ninth to tie things up with Indianapolis but unfortunately, Jay Sborz gave up a ninth inning run and the Hens lost 5-4. For Rhymes, it was his fourth hit of the day and that matched the rest of the team combined. Casper Wells doubled, drew a walk and scored a run.
Ryan Ketchner gave up four runs (two earned) on eight hits with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings in his start. Dan Schlereth pitched a shutout eighth inning and most importantly, he didn’t allow a walk. Sborz took the loss and he fell to 1-2.
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.
A solid start by Armando Galarraga was wasted in the Hens 2-1 loss to Syracuse. He gave up two runs on eight hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in seven innings. Dan Schlereth continued his solid season with two strikeouts in a shutout eighth inning. He now sports a 1.46 ERA and He’s struck out 13 in 11 1/3 innings. He still has to work on his control though because he has twelve walks.
Brent Dlugach went three for four with a solo home run. Will Rhymes went three for four.
The Hens were in the spotlight yesterday because Cuban phenom Aroldis Chapman made his professional debut against the Hens and it was pretty brutal. In 4 2/3 innings, he gave up an unearned run and he struck out nine. In all, 15 Hens went down on strikes. It’s too bad because the Hens got some nice pitching as well. Enrique Gonzalez gave up two runs in 4 1/3 inning and he took the loss. Dan Schlereth pitched two shutout innings and Jay Sborz struck out the side in a shutout ninth.
Jeff Larish struck out four times in the 2-1 loss. Brennan Boesch went two for four and he drove in the lone Hens run.
The Hens lost to the Bats yesterday 5-3 in their first game of the season. After Ruddy Lugo gave up five runs in his 4 2/3 innings of work, the Hens rallied for three runs in the sixth but that’s all they could manage. The excitement came when Ryan Strieby and Jeff Larish hit back to back home runs. Larish finished with two hits while Brent Dlugach went three for five.
Lugo gave up the five runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings and he fell to 0-1. Dan Schlereth looked sharp with 2 1/3 shutout innings (three strikeouts). Robbie Weinhardt also had a good outing with two strikeouts in a shutout eighth inning.
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