Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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Erie lost to Akron 7-6 and a throwing error by Kody Kirkland resulted in three unearned runs in the loss. Andrew Kown was roughed up in his start and he gave up six runs (three earned) on ten hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Danny Zell took the loss and he gave up one run in 2/3 of an inning.
Nick Trzesniak went two for four with a homerun, two RBIs and two runs. Jackson Melian went three for four with a double, a triple, an RBI and a run.
Matthew Joyce had only one hit in Erie’s 7-2 win over Bowie but it was a two run homer. Joyce also drew two walks and he finished the game with three runs. Jackson Melian went three for five with a run and an RBI.
Roman Colon improved to 2-0 on the season since his demotion to Double A. He gave up just one walk with three strikeouts in two shutout innings.
Erie and Bowie only got in five innings but I’m sure Bowie was glad to get out of there after Erie rang up ten runs on them. Jackson Melian went two for two with a homerun and three RBIs while Matthew Joyce doubled, drove in two and scored a run.
Eddie Bonine was spectacular and he improved to 7-4 with the win. He gave up two unearned runs on just one hit with two strikeouts and he pitched all five innings.
Jair Jurrjens had a very nice start in Erie’s 2-1 win over Bowie. He improved to 3-3 and he gave up just one run on five hits with nine strikeouts in seven solid innings.
Michael Hollimon was the hitting star in the win. He went two for four with a run and an RBI.
The Seawolves took care of Bowie 9-4 and Jeff Larish had a very productive day at the plate. He went three for four with a double, a homerun and four RBIs. Matthew Joyce hit a solo homerun and he scored three runs while Jackson Melian was a perfect three for three with a triple, two RBIs and a run.
Dallas Trahern won his tenth game season although it wasn’t his best outing. He gave up four runs on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts in seven innings.
Jeff Larish hit a two run blast in the eighth inning that gave the Seawolves a 5-4 win over Trenton. He was one of two Erie hitters with two hits with Nick McIntyre being the other.
Andrew Kown had a pretty good start although he didn’t pick up the win. He gave up one run on six hits and three walks with two strikeouts in six innings. Roman Colon gave up three runs in two innings but he was the one to pick up the win.
The Thunder has the best record in the Eastern League and Erie was able to take care of them. The big hit of the game was a three run homer by Michael Hollimon that gave the Seawolves the lead for good. Matthew Joyce also had a nice game and he went two for four with a double, a walk and a run.
Kevin Adroin picked up the win and he improved to 3-4 on the season. He gave up one hit with one strikeout in 2 2/3 innings of shutout relief.
Jair Jurrjens fell to 2-3 on he season with a rough start in Erie’s 9-6 loss to Trenton. He gave up six runs on eight hits and three walks with three strikeouts in four innings.
Jackson Melian provided most of the offense for the Seawolves in the loss. He homered, drew a walk and drove in four runs. Kody Kirkland singled, drew a walk and scored two runs.
Nate Robertson was showcased in his rehab start in game one of Erie’s doubleheader with Altoona because he came within an inning of pitching a double header shortened no-hitter. He gave up just one walk with six strikeouts in six innings before hitting his pitch count and coming out of the game before Altoona rallied for three runs to at least put themselves on the board. Mike Hollimon went two for two with a double, a triple, two walks, three RBIs and two runs in the 12-3 win.
In game two, it was Dallas Trahern’s turn and he threw a nice game to win his ninth game of the season. He gave up one run on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts in the seven inning complete game. Clete Thomas was the hitting star and he went two for three with a double, an RBI and a run.
Erie and Altoona played two because of yesterday’s rain out and each team took a game. Erie lost the first one 4-1 and Erie didn’t score until the final inning Joel Roa drove home Kody Kirkland. Andrew Kown dropped to 2-4 with the loss and he gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk with one strikeout in six innings.
Erie won the second game 4-3. Andres Torres hit a solo homerun and he scored two runs in the win. Pedro Cotto went two for three with a double and an RBI. Matthew Rusch pitched a scoreless seventh and he picked up the win.
Erie lost to the Fisher Cats 11-5 and both Eddie Bonine and Kevin Adroin had a tough time on the mound. Bonine took the loss and he gave up five runs in his five inning start. Adroin was hit for six runs in only 1 2/3 innings.
Clete Thomas had a nice game in the loss. He went three for five with two doubles and an RBI. Matthew Joyce went three for three with a solo homerun.
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.
Kody Kirkland was the hitting star in the Sea Wolves 8-7 win over the Fisher Cats. He went two for three with a homerun, three RBIs and two runs. Matthew Joyce made a big contribution with a three run homer.
Jonathan Connolly improved to 3-3 on the season with a decent start. He gave up four runs on seven hits and one walk with three strikeouts in seven innings.
For a while, Dallas Trahern looked like the best pitcher in the Tigers system who doesn’t have the last name Miller. Now, after two straight rough losses, he’s looking like the guy you’d expect to have a hard time at the Double A level. Today, he gave up seven runs (three earned) on eleven hits and three walks in just 3 2/3 innings.
Jackson Melian went two for four with a homerun and three RBIs. Andres Torres tripled, drew a walk and scored two runs.
Andrew Kown improved to 2-3 on the season with a nice start in Erie’s 6-0 win over Portland. He gave up just four hits and a walk with six strikeouts in five shutout innings.
Jackson Melian went two for four and he drove in three runs. Mike Holliman went two for three with an RBI and two runs.
Eddie Bonine improved to 5-3 on the season with a nice start in Erie’s 4-1 win over Portland. He gave up one run on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
Jeff Larish provided most of the offense in the win. He went two for three with a homerun, three RBIs and a run. The homerun was his twelth of the season.
The Seawolves got plenty of offense in their 13-5 win over the Fisher Cats but Andres Torres had a hand in four of them. He went two for four with a double, a triple, three runs and an RBI. Clete Thomas also had a nice game and he went three for four with three runs.
Brendan Wise picked up the win although it was more because he was in the right place at the right time. He gave up a run on four hits in 2/3 of an inning.
A pretty good start by Jeffrey Gerbe went to waste in a 7-2, ten inning loss to the Fisher Cats. Gerbe gave up two runs in six innings and it was Danny Zell who took the loss when he gave up two of the five runs in the tenth.
Mike Hollimon went two for six with two doubles and a run. Matthew Joyce went two for five with a solo homerun.
Dallas Trahern had established himself as one of the top pitching prospects for the Tigers right after Andrew Miller but he took a step back in a pretty rough start against the River Cats. He was tagged for eight runs on twelve hits and a walk with five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Mike Hollimon was the hitting star in the 8-4 loss. He went four for five with two doubles, two RBIs and a run.
This was a wild one. Erie scored the first five runs and then Portland scored the next eight. Then Erie got two in the eighth and two in the ninth to win it. Jackson Melian drove in the tying run and then Clete Thomas drove home the winning run by drawing a bases loaded walk.
Erick Almonte led the way with the bat. He went two for three with a double, a grand slam and three runs scored. Melian finished the game with three hits and he drove in two.
Kevin Adroin picked up the win. He gave up a hit and a walk with strikeout in a shutout ninth inning.
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