Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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Virgil Vasquez saved the best for last as he threw his second shutout of the season in the Hens 4-0 win. He gave up five hits and a walk with ten strikeouts and the win pushed his record to an even 12-12.
Erick Almonte went two for four with two doubles, a run and an RBI. Kody Kirkland went two for four with an RBI.
This game was over early as it was 9-0 after four innings and the final turned out to be 13-0. To add to the pile, the Hens made five errors, two of which were by Mike Hessman. Virgil Vasquez took the loss and he gave up nine runs (five earned) on nine hits and a walk with a strikeout in 3 2/3 innings. The loss drops him to 6-10 and you wonder why Virgil has slid so far this season.
The offense was held to just four hits. Erick Almonte doubled and Brent Clevlen singled and drew two walks.
Lauren Gagnier had his best start since joining the Hens and he improved to 1-1 in Toledo’s 4-1 win over the Chiefs. He gave up one run on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts in six innings. Joel Zumaya and Francisco Cruceta both threw shutout innings and Blaine Neal threw a perfect ninth for his 18th save of the season.
Erick Almonte homered, doubled and drove in three runs. Mike Hessman didn’t see much to hit and he walks three times and scored a run.
Yorman Bazardo’s struggles continued and he fell to 1-2 in the Hens 8-5 loss at Louisville. He gave up six runs on eight hits and one walk with five strikeouts in six innings.
Mike Hessman hit his 21st homer of the season and he finished with three RBIs. Erick Almonte and Brent Clevlen also went yard in the loss.
Eddie Bonine improved to 9-1 with a solid start in the Hens 5-3 win over the Knights. He gave up three runs on seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts in seven innings.
Matt Joyce went two for three with a triple, a homerun and two runs. Erick Almonte went two for four with a double, a run and an RBI.
Virgil Vasquez continued his subpar season and he fell to 2-4 in the Hens 9-3 loss to the Bulls. He gave up six runs (five earned) on eix hits and a walk with one strikeout. Three of those six hits left the yard.
Erick Almonte belted a solo homer. Michael Hollimon singled, drew two walks and scored a run.
It wasn’t Homer Bailey’s best start of the season but it was good enough as the Hens lost to Louisville 4-3. Erick Almonte actually gave the Hens the lead with a two run homer, but Jonathan Connolly gave up two runs in the bottom of the seventh that proved to be the difference in the game.
Connolly fell to 0-3 on the season. He gave up four runs (two earned) on eight hits and a strikeout in 6 2/3 innings.
Toledo got that bats going tonight and they ran up the score on the Knights in a 10-3 win. Ryan Raburn went three for five with a double, a homerun and three RBIs while Erick Almonte went two for three with a double, a homer and three RBIs.
Armando Galarraga improved to 2-0 with seven solid frames. He gave up three runs on four hits with five strikeouts.
Jordan Tata had a rough start as the Mud Hens lost to Durham 9-5. The loss now puts them in a situation where they have to win three straight games to advance to Governor’s Cup finals. Tata gave up six runs on nine hits and two walks with six strikeouts in five innings.
Erick Almonte provided the bulk of the Mud Hens offense in the game. He went three for four with a triple, four RBIs and a run.
The Mud Hens won two in one day as they pulled of a sweep over the Clippers. Game one saw Erick Almonte go two for three with a double, three RBIs and two runs in a 5-4 win. Andres Torres went four for four with a double, two triples and two runs. Anastacio Martinez gave up a hit with two walks and a strikeout in 1 2/3 innings of shutout relief.
Game two was a 6-4 Mud Hens win. Jason Perry belted a two run homer while Henry Mateo went two for three with a walk and two runs. Vic Darensbourg improved to 6-2 and he gave up one hit with four strikeouts in two innings of shutout relief.
The Mud Hens were held to just three base hits in a 4-0 loss to the Clippers. Erick Almonte was the only Hen hitter to reach base twice. He tripled and drew a walk.
Jordan Tata had a pretty nice start go to waste and he fell to 4-5. He gave up one run on four hits and two walks with six strikeouts in six innings.
The Mud Hens turned a seven run deficit into a one run game with a late inning rally but 9-8 is as close as they’d get. Anastatcio Martinez was shelled and he gave up eight runs on seven hits and four walks with two strikeouts in just 2 1/3 innings. The loss drops him to 5-7 on the season.
Erick Almonte was the hitting star in the loss. He went four for five with an RBI and two runs. Dane Sardinha went one for four with a homerun, three RBIs and two runs.
Dane Sardinha singled home Erick Almonte in the top of the ninth inning as the Hens topped the Tide 4-3. Almonte finished the game with two hits and as did Sardinha.
Macay McBride picked up the win with three shutout innings in his Toledo debut. Virgil Vasquez was rolling in his start but Norfolk touched him up for three runs in the fifth inning.
The Mud Hens had a tough time getting anything going at the plate in their 4-2 loss to Indianapolis. Henry Mateo was the hitting star with two singles, a run and a walk while Erick Almonte went one for one with three walks.
Anastacio Martinez went the distance in the loss and he fell to 5-6. He gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts.
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.
Dane Sardinha had a career day at the plate in the Mudhens 10-3 blowout win over Richmond. He belted three homers and drove in seven runs in the game. Prior to that, Sardinha had hit only four homeruns the entire season so the offensive explosion was somewhat surprising. Erick Almonte also pitched in with a two run homer, his first long ball since being promoted to Triple A.
Ron Chiavacci picked up the win and he improved to 9-5 on the season. He gave up two runs on six hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in six innngs of work.
The Hens and Richmond finished up a rain shortened game which Toledo won and then played their regular game, which turned out to be a loss. In the first partial game, Andres Torres had three hits and Erick Almonte singled twice and drove in three runs to lead the way to Toledo in the 7-4 win. Anastacio Martinez improved to 3-5 with the win with five shutout innings. He gave up two hits and four walks with four strikeouts.
In the second game, the Hens went into the ninth down 3-2 and tied it on Jack Hannahan’s RBI single but Vic Darensbourg gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth to lose it. Hannahan finished the game with three hits and two RBIs to lead the way for the Hens at the plate.
Jordan Tata dropped to 3-3 on the season with a rough start in the Hens 5-3 loss to Norfolk. He gave up four runs on five hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings.
Erick Almonte was the hitting star in the loss. He went two for four with a run and an RBI.
Kody Kirkland doubled and drove in three runs to lead the way for the Seawolves in their 10-2 win over Bowie. Erick Almonte also had a nice day at the plate and he went two for four with a double, two RBIs and a run.
Jair Jurrjens improved to 4-4 on the season with the win. He gave up one run on five hits and three walks with an impressive nine strikeouts in six innings of work.
Erie hitters had a rough day at the plate in their 5-1 loss to the Fisher Cats. Erick Almonte was the only Seawolf with two hits and Nick McIntyre doubled and scored a run.
A pretty good start by Jair Jurrjens went to waste. He gave up just one run on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts in six innings. Matthew Rusch took the loss with a rough relief appearance in which he gave up four runs in 1 1/3 innings.
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