Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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Michael Holliman singled home Matthew Joyce in the bottom of the ninth to win it for the Sea Wolves in a 5-4 come from behind win. Earlier in the inning, Joyce had doubled home Andres Torres to tie the game up. Torres finished the game as the hitting star. He went three for four with two doubles, a run and an RBI.
Jair Jurrjens threw a nice game but he didn’t pick up the decision. He gave up three runs on eight hits with four strikeouts in seven solid innings. Matthew Rusch picked up the win with a shutout ninth.
Erie made up their rained out game with a twin bill as they split their two games with Reading. Game one was a 6-4 win with Dallas Trahern improving to a perfect 5-0 on the season. He gave up three runs on five hits and four walks with five strikeouts in five innings. Trahern doesn’t have a ton of strikeouts (17 in 30 1/3 innings) but he’s kept the ball down like he has in the past and has a nice 3.23 groundball to flyball ratio and he’s given up just one homerun. Jeffrey Larish provided most of the offense with a homerun and four RBIs.
Game two didn’t go quite as well. Andrew Kown gave up six runs in three innings and the only run for Erie came on another homerun by Jeff Larish in the 8-1 loss.
Eleazar Aponte had a tough start and he dropped to 2-2 in a 7-2 loss to Sarasota. He gave up four runs on nine hits and two walks with five strikeouts in just four innings.
Cameron Maybin doubled and he scored a run while Justin Justice went two for four with a double. Ryan Roberson hit his fifth homerun of the season.
The Seawolves lost 2-1 and their hitters were completely shutdown in the pitcher’s duel. Andres Torres drove in the only run of the game for Erie and Clete Thomas singled and scored the only run.
A solid start by Jonathan Connolly went to waste in the loss. He gave up one run on three hits and two walks with two strikeouts in five solid innings.
Eddie Bonine improved to 2-1 on the season with seven solid innings in the Sea Wolves 6-2 win. He gave up one run on five hits with three strikeouts.
Brent Dlugach had a big day at the plate. He went two for four with a three run homer and two runs scored. Jackson Mellan also had a nice game and he went two for four with a homerun, two RBIs and two runs.
Eulogio De La Cruz took a hard luck loss today as the Seawolves provided him with only two runs of support. He gave up three runs on seven hits and he struck out ten without walking a single batter. The loss drops him to 2-2 on the season.
Erie managed just three hits and Brent Dlugach was the only Seawolf to reach base three times. He singled, walked twice and scored a run.
Because of the rainout last night, Erie played two against Akron and each team took a game. Erie won the first one 4-2 with a strong outing by Dallas Trahern. The big right hander improved to an impressive 4-0 on the season and he gave up two runs on six hits and a walk with two strikeouts in six innings of work. At the plate, Brent Dlugach went two for three and he scored two runs.
Game two didn’t go as well because Akron won 7-3. Jair Jurrjens was hit hard and he lost his first decision of the year. He gave up five runs on four hits and two walk with four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Andres Torres went one for three with both one run and one RBI.
Jonathan Connelly took the loss today as Erie lost to Akron 9-2 but it was Kyle Sleeth who put this game out of reach with another tough relief appearance. He gave up six runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk in just 1 2/3 innings. The three errors that took place while he was in there didn’t help but Akron was making solid contact against him.
Jeff Larish had a nice game at the plate in the loss. He went two for four with a solo homerun.
Michael Holliman only had one hit in Erie’s 9-4 win over Akron but he definitely was a producer in the game. The one hit was a three run homer and Holliman also walked and scored another run. He’s now hitting .318 and while the switch hitter is a bit older for prospect (he’ll be 25 in June), he’s getting it done at least at the Double A level. The most impressive stat is his 9/13 strikeout to walk ratio so far this season and as a 16th round draft pick, this kid is a potential sleeper. In each of his two previous minor league seasons, he’s had at least 10 doubles, triples and homers.
Eddie Bonine picked up the win. He gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 inning.
Jeffrey Larish had a monster game for the Sea Wolves in their 11-6 win over Bowie. He went three for five with a double, a homerun and six RBIs. Michael Holliman continued to hit the ball well and he went one for three with a double, two walks, two RBIs and two runs.
Eulogio De La Cruz pickd up the win and he improved to 2-1. He gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts in seven innings.
Jair Jurrjens picked up his first win of the season with six solid innings against Bowie. He gave up just two runs on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
Jeff Larish picked up three RBIs despite going 0 for 4. Both Clete Thomas and Kody Kirkland had two hits and two runs in the 8-4 win.
Dallas Trahern continued his impressive start to the season with his third straight win. He gave up one run on six hits and three walks with three strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Jeff Larish doubled and scored a run in the 4-1 win. Brent Dlugach tripled and drove in one.
So far, Kyle Sleeth’s time at Erie hasn’t gone well. He was hammered today for four runs and he’s now given up eight runs in 4 2/3 innings over three games. You wonder if his time would be better off back down in Lakeland because he’s been hammered so far this year.
Matthew Joyce went two for four with a homerun and two RBIs. Jackson Melian singled and scored two runs.
Matthew Joyce drove in the only Sea Wolves run as Erie lost 2-1 to Akron in ten innings. Joyce was also only Erie player with two hits in the game.
A pretty good start by Eddie Bonine went to waste. He gave up just a single run on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts in six inning of work.
The Sea Wolves not only shot themselves in the foot with five errors in their 5-1 loss to Akron, but they also just couldn’t hit the ball. The lone run came on an RBI single by Brent Dlugach and Matthew Joyce doubled and scored a run. The only other hit was a triple by Jeffrey Larish.
Eulogio de la Cruz took the loss. He gave up four runs on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts in four innings of work.
Jair Jurrjens got off to a nice start in Erie’s 6-4 win over Akron, it’s just unfortunate that he only got to throw two innings because of a rain delay. He didn’t give up a single hit in those two inning and he struck out two. Kyle Sleeth continued his struggles and he gave up four runs in two innings. Matthew Rucsch picked up the win with 3 1/3 shutout innings.
Brent Dlugach led the offensive attack. He went two for five with a double, a run and an RBI.
Dallas Trahern had another nice start and he gave up just one run on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. He improved to 2-0 and he’s given up just one earned run in 12 1/3 innings. Even more impressive is he’s walked just one batter. John Sickels called him a breakout candidate and so far, he’s nailed this one.
Kody Kirkland and Jackson Melian drove in two runs a piece in the 6-1 win. Michael Holliman went three for five with a double and two runs.
Erie was blown out and by the time the fourth inning was over, this game was out of reach. The final was 16-3 and starter Jonthan Connolly was responsible for half of those. He gave up eight runs (six earned) on nine hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. Including Connolly, all four Erie pitchers gave up at least one run.
Jeffrey Larish and Jackson Melian both had two hits and a homerun. Kody Kirkland went yard with a solo shot.
The Seawolves picked up nine hits and three walks but they pushed only two runners across the plate in a 6-2 loss to Harrisburg. Clete Thomas went two for four with a double and a run and Michael Holliman had two singles and a run.
Eddie Bonine was roughed up in his start. He took the loss and he gave up three runs on four hits in five innings. Matthew Rusch was also hit hard and he gave up three runs in just 2 1/3 innings.
The SeaWolves blasted Binghamton today 12-4 in a game where just about everyone was a hitting star. Matthew Joyce singled and drove in four runs while Clete Thomas had three hits and three runs in the win.
Eulogio De la Cruz picked up the win despite a lackluster outing. He gave up four runs on four hits with a walk and four strikeouts in five innings of work.
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