Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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The Mud Hens lost their first game in their hunt for their third straight Governors Cup in a high scoring affair. Dennis Tankersley was knocked around for five runs in 3 1/3 innings but the Hens came back from that only to see Jason Karnuth give up four runs to take the loss. Hens pitchers gave up runs in six of the eight innings they pitched in.
Chris Shelton homered, drove in two and scored twice in the 11-8 loss. Andres Torres went two for five with a double and three runs.
It was another impressive pitching performance for the Hens in their 2-1 win over Indianapolis. Dennis Tankersley improved to 10-7 and he gave up just one run on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts in seven solid innings.
Omar Infante went three for four and he drove in one of the two Mud Hens’ runs. Andres Torres doubled, drew a walk and scored.
Dennis Tankersley got off to a rough start but he settled down and improved to 9-6 in the Hens 4-2 win over Indianapolis. He gave up the two runs on five hits and three walks with eight strikeouts in eight innings of work.
Dane Sardinha belted a two run homer in the seventh inning to help out the cause. Chris Shelton went two for two with two walks and a run.
The Mud Hens took care of Richmond 8-4 and it was Erick Almonte who led the way at the plate. He doubled twice and drove in four runs while Jack Hannahan blasted a big three run homer in the win.
Dennis Tankersley improved to 8-5 on the season with a decent start. He gave up two runs on five hits and three walks with two strikeouts in five innings of work.
Brent Clevelen singled home Henry Mateo in the bottom of the tenth inning to win it for the Hens. It was Clevelen’s second hit of the game and David Espinosa also had two hits and he drove in a run.
A pretty good start by Dennis Tankersley almost went to waste. He gave up one run on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. Jeremy Johnson picked up the win with a shutout tenth inning.
Dennis Tankersley improved to 7-5 on the season with a nice start in the Hens 4-1 win over Richmond. He gave up one unearned run on seven hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
Jack Hannahan went two for three with a double and a run. Andres Torres led he way from the lead spot though and he went four for five with a double, an RBI and a run. He now has seven hits in just two games since being promoted from Double A.
Brent Clevlen did it again and this time he belted a two run game winning homer in the top of the tenth inning for the Hens. It was Clevlen’s only hit of the game, but it was a big one in the 4-2 win. Jack Hannahan had a solid game and he went three for four with two doubles, a run and an RBI.
Dennis Tankersley gave the Hens seven solid innings. He gave up two runs on eight hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Vic Darensbourg picked up the win and he improved to 5-1 with a shutout ninth inning.
Dennis Tankersley fell to 6-5 on the season in a start where he didn’t even finish the second inning. He gave up five runs on six hits and he struck out one.
Timo Perez went two for five with an RBI in the 6-4 loss. Mike Hessman and Jack Hannahan each had solo homeruns.
Mike Hessman homered for the fifth time in ten games as he continued to knock the ball over the fence. It was his seventeenth homerun of the season and he finished the game two for three with a double, the homerun, two RBIs and two runs. Dane Sardinha went two for four with a double, a homerun, two RBIs and two runs.
Dennis Tankersley threw a gem in the Hens 9-2 win. He improved to 6-3 on the season and have gave up two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in six shutout innings.
Seven of the eight runs in the Mud Hens 8-6 over the Yankees came via the longball. Ryan Rayburn went yard with his tenth of the season and Mike Hessman hit his 15th. Both of those were two run shots. Then David Espinosa hit a three run shot that proved to be the game winner. All three homers came against a tough Yankees pitcher in Chase Wright.
Dennis Tankersley picked up the win although he used just about all of the runs the Hens gave him. He gave up six runs on nine hits and one walk with one strikeout in 5 1/3 innings. The win pushed his record to 5-3 on the season.
Toledo still trails first place Indianapolis by three games in the western division of the International League. Louisville is also hot on their tails in what’s turning out to be a race that any of the four teams have a chance at winning. The Hens do lead the Wild Card race by a half game so they may have that to fall back on.
Dennis Tankersley dropped to 4-3 on the season with a rough start in the Mud Hens 8-5 loss to the Clippers. He gave up seven runs on ten his and a walk in just three innings.
Timo Perez was the hitting star in the loss. He went three for four with two doubles. Chris Shelton also had a nice game. He went two for three with a double and two runs and after a slow star, Shelton has brought his batting average up to .280 on the season.
The Mud Hens took care of the Knights 9-3 and Timo Perez led the way at the plate. He went three for five with a double, a homerun, three RBIs and three runs. Ramon Santiago also had three hits in the game while Chris Shelton finished with two hits and two runs.
Dennis Tankersley picked up the win and he improved to 4-2 on the season. He gave up two runs on eight hits and three walks with five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Three hits normally won’t cut it and while Dennis Tankersley threw a good game, the Hens didn’t give him any support in a 3-1 loss to Pawtucket. Chris Shelton had the only extra base hit of the game with a double and he also drove in the only run for the Mudhens.
Tankersley gave up two runs on ten hits and four walks with six strikeouts. The loss dropped him to 3-2 on the season.
Dennis Tankersley was crusing in this one, and he came out in the eighth inning after giving up two runs to make it a 6-3 lead. Then in the ninth, the Jason Karnuth collapsed and gave up six runs to lose it. The two errors in the inning didn’t help things though.
Chris Shelton had a big day at the plate. He went two for three with two doubles, two walks and four RBIs. Kevin Hooper went four for five with two doubles, an RBI and two runs.
The Mud Hens won 8-1 and it was Dennis Tankersley who got it done on the mound. He gave up one run on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts in seven innings of work. Preston Larrison threw two shutout frames to close out the game.
Timo Perez finished the game three for five with a homerun and three RBIs. David Espinosa only picked up one hit but his grand slam was a big one.
Three singles were all the Mud Hens got today in their 4-0 loss to Buffalo. The loss drops them to 6-7 on the season and they currently stand in third place in the West Division behind both Louisville and Indianapolis.
Dennis Tankersley was touched up and he took his first loss of the season. He gave up three runs on six hits and three walks with three strikeouts in just 4 1/3 innings.
Ryan Rayburn came up big with a two run homer in the bottom of the six to push the Mud Hens ahead of the Durham Bulls today. Mike Hessman singled, walked twice and drove in two runs. Timo Perez had two hits and two runs.
Dennis Tankersley picked up the win. He gave up four runs on eight hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Aquilino Lopez pitched a perfect ninth and he picked up the save.
It took them three games, but the Mud Hens finally picked up their first win of the season in a 14-2 blowout win over the Bats. Mike Hessman was a perfect five for five and he scored three times while Chris Shelton and Timo Perez both homered. Ramon Santiago and Brent Clevlen both drove in three runs as everyone was a hitting star.
Dennis Tankersley picked up the win with five solid innings. He gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Preston Larrison had a tough time on the mound. He gave up two hits and four walks in 2 1/3 but oddly, all of those walks didn’t come back to haunt him as he didn’t give up a run.
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