Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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Erie lost 6-3 and all six runs were given up by starter Eulogio De La Cruz. He did it on six hits and a walk and he struck out five in four innings. Still the righthander has 57 strikeouts in 63 innings and he’s only walked 16. This would be the kind of guy who, without the logjam of pitching at the big league level and the fact that the Tigers will probably in a tough race in September, might have gotten some spot starts in the fall. For now, we’ll have to wait to see as he moves up the chain like everyone else.
Steve Torrealba was the hitting star. He went two for four with a double, a homerun and two RBIs.
Erie blew out Harrisburg 9-4 and Matthew Joyce played a big part in the win. He went one for three with a homerun and three RBIs. Steve Torrealba went two for four with two RBIs and a run.
Jair Jurrjens had a rough start but the hitters picked him up. He gave up four runs on nine hits and a walk with one strikeout.
Andrew Miller got the job done on the mound in Erie’s 8-1 win over Harrisburg. He gave up one run on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts in seven quality innings.
Erick Almonte was the hitting star. He went three for four with two RBIs and a run. Clete Thomas went two for four with a double and two runs.
Erie edged Akron 5-4 and the big hit of the game was a three run homer by Kody Kirkland. He finished the game two for three while Andres Torres singled, drove in one and scored a run.
Dallas Trahern improved to 7-1 on the season. He gave up four runs (three earned) seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
Eddie Bonine gave up four runs on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings in Erie’s 5-3 loss to Akron. Bonine gave up runs in three of the five innings that he pitched.
Kody Kirkland drove in two and scored a run despite not getting hit. He drew one walk and he hit two sac. flies.
Erie had a tough time at the plate in their 3-1 loss to Akron. The lone run of the game for the Seawolves came on a solo homer by Jackson Melian. The designated hitter also picked up three of the six hits in the game for the Seawolves.
A decent start by Eulogio de la Cruz was wasted with the lack of offense. He gave up three runs (two earned) on eight hits and a walk with on strikeout.
Jair Jurrjens pitched the Seawolves to a 5-1 win over Akron. He gave up just one unearned run on seven hits and one walks with six strikeouts. The win improves his record to 2-2 on the season. Jurrjens now has 39 strikeouts in 50 2/3 innings and he’s given up only two homeruns in a pretty good start to the season.
Jackson Melian was the hitting star in the win. He went three for four with a double and he drove in three of Erie’s five runs.
The Seawolves put only one run on the board and a terrific start by Andrew Miller went to waste in a 2-1 loss. Miller gave up one run on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts in eight innings. Matthew Righter gave up two walks and a hit in the ninth inning and he took the loss.
Kody Kirkland drove in the only Seawolve run. He went two for four with a solo homerun.
The Seawolves took a 7-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning and after a total collapse by starter Jonathan Connolly and some poor relief pitching by Kyle Sleeth, an automatic win turned into a disappointing loss. Kevin Ardoin only gave up the losing run and while he took the loss, there was plenty of blame to go around.
Andres Torres homered and drove in two runs. Kody Kirkland went two for five with a homerun and two runs scored.
The Seawolves came close but they dropped both of their games in a doubleheader with Pittsburgh. In the first game, Dallas Trahern had his worst start of the season and he gave up four runs in 6 1/3 innings. Matthew Joyce and Jeff Larish each had two hits including a homerun and each drove in two runs.
Game two was a pitcher’s duel with a solid start by Andrew Kown being wasted. He gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. The offense managed just two hits and Michael Holliman drew a walk and he scored the only run of the game.
The Seawolves topped Harrisburg 5-4 and Matthew Joyce had a big day at the plate. He went two for four with a double, a homerun and three RBIs. Michael Holliman went two for five and he scored a run.
Eddie Bonine had a nice start and he improved to 4-1 on the season. He gave up two runs on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts in eight innings.
Erie entered the ninth inning down 1-0 and nobody was probably more upset then Eulogio de la Cruz, who pitched eight great innings. He gave up just one run on five hits and a walk with six strikeouts.
Fortunately, the Sea Wolves got some timely hitting. Jeff Larish hit a leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra frames, and then in the tenth, Steve Torrealba went yard with a walk off solo homerun to end the game. Danny Zell ended up picking up the win with two perfect innings of relief in which he struck out four batters.
The Seawolves couldn’t get the bats going and they lost 4-0 to Akron. Clete Thomas was the only Erie hitter with two hits. He finished two for four in the loss.
Jair Jurrjens dropped to 1-2 on the season with a tough start. He gave up four runs on nine hits and four walks with four strikeoutsin six innings of work.
While Andrew Kown threw a decent game and gave up just one run in four innings, reliever Matther Righter really shined. He gave up three hits and he struck out five in three solid innings.
Erick Almonte had a nice game at the plate. He went two for four with a homerun and two runs scored. Mike Holliman also got it done at the plate and he went two for four with a double, an RBI and two runs.
Dallas Trahern continued his great season with his sixth win of the season in Erie’s 3-2 win over Trenton. He gave up just two runs on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts in seven innings of work. Trahern sports an impressive 1.99 ERA at Erie and while his strikeout rate isn’t really high, his groundball/flyball ratio is very impressive (3.54/1). He’s also given up just one homerun 51 2/3 innings between his seven starts at Erie and his one start at Toledo.
Jeff Larish was the hitting star. He went two for four with a double and an RBI.
The Seawolves got eight great innings for Eddie Bonine today in their 2-1 win over the Thunder. He gave up just one run on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Kevin Adroin picked up the win with two shutout innings to close out the game.
Erick Almonte hit a solo homer in the fifth inning to put Erie on the board. Michael Holliman scored the game winner when he scored on a passed ball in the tenth inning.
The Seawolves lost 4-2 and while Eulogio de la Cruz didn’t have his best stuff, it wasn’t a horrible start either. He gave up four runs on five hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Jeffrey Larish doubled, scored a run and drew a walk. He was the only Seawolf to reach base twice.
It’s never good when you have more errors (3) then you do hits and that was the case in Erie’s 4-3 loss to Akron. What’s probably more amazing was that the game was as close as it was because Erie loss just 4-3.
Pedro Cotto provided most of the offense with a pinch hit, two run double in the eighth inning that actually gave Erie the lead. Jair Jurrjens had a nice start and he gave up just one run on four hits and five walks with five strikeouts in seven innings. Kevin Adroin took the loss when he gave up the deciding run in the ninth inning.
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