Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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Kody Kirkland and Freddy Guzman had a pair of hits each and that was all the Hens could muster in a 6-0 loss. Clete Thomas didn’t pick up a hit, but he reached base a team high three times with three walks.
A solid start by Jeremy Johnson went to waste. He gave up one run on five hits and one walk with five strikeouts in five innings. Francisco Cruceta was pummelled for five runs in his 2/3 of an inning of relief.
The Hens took care of the Chiefs 5-2 and it was Clete Thomas who got it done at the plate. He had three of the four Hens hits and he drove in four of their five runs in the win. He also hit his sixth homer of the season.
Chris Lambert continued to impress and he improved to 6-3. He gave up one run on four hits and three walks with six strikeouts in six innings. Joel Zumaya struck out two and gave up an unearned run in the seventh while Francisco Cruceta walked one in a no hit eighth. Blaine Neal pitched a perfect ninth and he picked up save number 19.
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.
Matthew Joyce had an impressive day at the plate in the Mud Hens 6-5 win over Indianapolis. He went three for four with a double and four RBIs. Brent Clevlen went two for four with two RBIs and a run.
Chris Lambert improved to 3-1 and he gave up four runs in five innings but it was Francisco Cruceta who once again stole the show. He struck out five in two shutout innings and he now has 15 strikeouts in seven innings.
Francis Beltran gave up two runs in the ninth inning and he took the loss as the Hens lost to the Clippers 5-3. Far and away the pitching star was Francisco Cruceta, who made his minor league debut today. He threw three shutout innings and he struck out six without giving up a hit.
Mike Hessman and Dane Sardinha both belted homeruns in the game. For Hessman, it was his sixth of the season and he’s now driven in 15 runs.
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