Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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Dusty Ryan was one of the hitting stars in the Hens 10-1 blowout win over Columbus. He went three for five with a three home run and four RBIs. Don Kelly went three for five with a home run and two runs while Will Rhymes went three for six.
Nate Robertson picked up the win and he improved to 1-1. He gave up a run on fie hits with four strikeouts in five frames. Jeremy Bonderman threw two shutout innings of relief and he struck out two.
The Hens got nothing done at the plate in a 1-0 pitcher’s duel against the SWB Yankees. Scott Sizemore doubled and Dusty Ryan singled and that was it as far as offensive production.
A really nice start by Lucas French went to waste. He gave up one run on seven hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in eight innings. For his troubles, he fell to 1-1 on the season.
Scot Drucker improved to 4-2 on the season with a really nice start in the Hens 6-1 win over Rochester. He gave up three hits and three walks with a strikeout in six shutout frames.
Wilkin Ramirez went three for four with two RBIs and a run. Dusty Ryan went two for four with two RBIs.
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 Knights and once again they struggled to scored runs. Don Kelly continued his hot hitting and he went three for three while Will Rhymes went three for four with a walk but the rest of the team managed just three hits. One of the Hens runs came on Dusty Ryan’s solo homer in the second inning. It was his eighth of the year.
Brooks Brown took the loss and he fell to 0-3 since joining the Hens. He gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts in eight innings.
Ron Chiavacci gave up a run in the top of the tenth and he took the loss as the Hens lost to Norfolk 7-6. This was after a rough start by Rudy Lugo. He gave up five runs (four earned) on nine hits and two walks with a strikeout in 5 1/3 innings.
The offense kept the Hens in this one and it was Dusty Ryan who led the way. He went four for five with two doubles, a home run and two runs scored. Jeff Frazier went three for five with a double and a run.
William Rhymes drove in two with a triple in the top of the ninth inning as the SeaWolves turned a 4-3 deficit into a 5-4 win. Dusty Ryan also had a nice game and he went two for four with a solo homer.
Josh Rainwater had a solid start in his no-decision. He gave up four runs (two earned) on eight hits with a strikeout in six innings. Brendan Wise pitched a shutout eighth inning and he improved to 1-0.
The Seawolves scored a run in the ninth to tie the game but that tie was short lived as Angel Castro gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth and he fell to 1-1. Brendan Wise was the most effective pitcher in his first game after getting promoted from Lakeland. He gave up two hits with a strikeout in 1 2/3 shutout innings.
Jeff Frazier went two for four with an RBI and a run. Dusty Ryan doubled, drew a walk and drove in a run.
Anthony Tomey fell to 2-3 on the season after he gave up a two run homer in the bottom of the tenth inning in a 5-3 loss to Bowie. Casey Fien was the most effective hitter with 2 1/3 shutout innings.
All three SeaWolves runs came via solo homers. Dusty Ryan, Ryan Roberson and Jeff Frazier all went yard for Erie.
Erie lost to Trenton 5-2 and four of those hits came off the bat of two hitters. Wilkin Ramirez went two for four with a double and a run while Dusty Ryan went two for three with a double and a solo homer. Ryan’s one of the hitting stars on the team and he has a 1.001 OPS and he’s hitting .444 against left handed pitching.
Andrew Kown took the loss and he fell to 2-3. He gave up three runs on four hits and three walks with three strikeouts in six innings.
The SeaWolves split their pair of games today with Altoona. Game one was a 4-3, extra inning loss that saw Casey Fien give up a walk off solo homer in the bottom of the eighth inning. Benjamin Fritz didn’t get the decision and he gave up three runs (one earned) on eleven hits and one walk with four strikeouts in six innings. Maxim St. Pierre and Jeff Frazier both had two singles and each drove in a run.
Game two was a 9-2 beatdown. Dusty Ryan went two for four with a double, a homerun, three RBIs and two runs. Diek Scram went three for five with a double, two RBIs and a run. Lucas French improved to 2-2 and he gave up two runs on five hits and four walks with four strikeouts in the seven inning complete game.
Just about everyone was a hitting star as the SeaWolves took care of Harrisburg 12-2. Five Tigers had multi-hit games including Dusty Ryan, who had a team high three hits with a double, a walk, two runs and an RBI. Deik Scram homered and scored three runs while Wilkin Ramirez also went yard in the contest.
Benjamin Fritz improved to 1-0 with a solid start. He gave up two runs (one earned) on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
Lakeland put two more losses on the board as they were were swept in a doubleheader at the hands of Clearwater. Game one was an ugly 11-1 blowout in which Kyle Sleeth was hammered for seven runs in 3 2/3 innings. There was some hope this past spring that Sleeth may have come back fully from his injuries but the season was one disappointment after another. Dusty Ryan accounted for the only Lakeland run with a solo homerun.
Game two was a big closer but a loss none the less. Lucas French was hammered for six runs in 4 2/3 innings and he fell to 5=14. Ovandy Suero went two for three with a run, an RBI and stolen base. The stolen base brough his season total up to 75 on the season. Cale Iorg doubled and drove in two runs.
For the second straight day, Lakeland was swept in a doubleheader by Clearwater as the Flying Tigers offense sputtered once again. In the first game, Lakeland lost 2-1 despite a solid start by Angel Castro. He gave up two runs on six hits and three walks with three strikeouts in six innings. Deik Scram had two hits and he drove in the lone run with a solo homerun.
Game two was a 3-2 loss. Gabriel Benitez fell to 1-6 and he gave up two runs on two hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. Dusty Ryan went two for two with an RBI and a walk.
Angel Castro improved to 4-1 on the season with a fantastic start in Lakeland’s 6-1 win over Vero Beach. He gave up four walks and he struck out three in eight innings of no-hit ball.
Justin Justice was the hitting star in the win. He went three for four with two doubles, an RBI and two runs. Dusty Ryan went three for three with three RBIs and a run.
Dusty Ryan belted a three run shot and a solo homer and finished the game with four RBIs but it wasn’t enough as the Flying Tigers lost 8-6 to Dunedin. The only other hitter with two hits was Shawn Roof who went two for four with a double, a run and an RBI.
Edward Clelland gave up five runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief and he fell to 0-1 on the season. Angel Castro had a mediocre start and he gave up three runs in five innings of work.
Eleazar Aponte had a tough start in Lakeland’s blowout loss to Clearwater. He gave up six runs (five earned) on five hits and four walks with four strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.
The lone Lakeland run came via the long ball. Dusty Ryan hit a solo homerun and it was his fourth of the year.
Two games, two losses. In the first game, Andrew Miller was roughed up and he gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. He actually didn’t take the loss though because Fort Myers won it in the seventh with a single run off of Freddy Dolsi. Cameron Maybin finally racked up his first hit of the season and he finished with a solid game. He went two for three with a homerun and two runs. Dusty Ryan homered twice and drove in three runs in the 5-4 loss.
In the second game, Cameron Maybin hit another homerun Michael Hernandez went three for three with two RBIs in the 6-4 loss. Paul Hammond took the loss in relief and he gave up two runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings.
Lakeland lost their first game of the season as Burke Badenhop was outdueled by Yankees top prospect Ian Kennedy. Badenhop did have a decent start though. He gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits and no walks with three strikeouts in five innings. Freddy Dolsi got it done in relief as he struck out two in his single frame.
Michael Hernandez provided most of the offense for Lakeland. He went two for four with a solo homerun. Dusty Ryan was the only other Flying Tiger with two hits while Ron Borquin drove in the other run in the 3-2 loss. Cameron Maybin has yet to get his first hit of the season, but he did draw a walk and he scored a run.
Alright, the Tigers made some cuts today and none of them were big surprises. Probably the most optimistic move was announcing that Kyle Sleeth will start at Double A. After a solid spring, the former first round draft pick will get the promotion despite struggling last year in the minors. Having Kyle Sleeth there will make keeping track of Erie a little more interesting.
2006 first round draft pick Andrew Miller will head to Lakeland as expected. Virgil Vazquez and Jordan Tata were both bumped to Triple A Jair Jurrjens, Gabe Johnson and Dusty Ryan will all report to minor league camp and their status in the Tigers’ system is still uncertain.
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