Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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The Whitecaps couldn’t get much done at the plate as they picked up just a pair of hits in a 7-1 loss to Fort Wayne. Gustavo Nunez doubled and he scored the lone run to lead the way at the plate.
Victor Larez was shelled and he gave up six runs in 1 2/3 innings. Brayan Villereal gave up a run in 4 2/3 innings in his start.
Melvin Mercedes had 16 saves and a 1.82 ERA in 24 2/3 innings for the GCL Tigers but he’s had a tough time since getting promoted to the Whitecaps. He made his second appearance yesterday and he gave up (with some help from Tyler Stohr, three runs in the bottom of the eighth and he was tagged with the loss. It’s too bad because a decent start by Luke Putkonen went to waste. He gave up an unearned run on three hits and four walks with three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Gustavo Nunez went two for four with a triple and a run. Ron Bourquin went two for four with a double, a run and an RBI.
The Whitecaps piled on ten runs by the end of the fourth inning as they blew out the Lugnuts 10-2. Gustavo Nunez went two for five with a double, two runs and three RBIs while Ron Borquin went three for six with three RBIs. Jordan Lennerton hit the only home run and he went three for four with a two run home run, three RBIs and two runs.
Anthony Shawler was the beneficiary of all that offense. He improved to 7-4 and he gave up one run on six hits and three walks with six strikeouts in six innings.
The Whitecaps lost one then won one as they split a twin bill yesterday against Fort Wayne. Game one was 3-1 and Victor Larez took the loss. He gave up one unearned run on four hits and two walks with a strikeout in four innings and the loss dropped him to 5-9. The Whitecaps managed only three hits and Billy Nowlin went one for two with a walk and a run.
Robert Waite and Tyler Conn combined for the seven inning shutout in game two. Waite gave up three hits and two walks in four innings in his no-decision start while Conn improved to 6-3 with three shutout innings of relief in which he didn’t allow a hit or a walk. Gustavo Nunez went two for three with a solo home run while Luis Salas doubled, drove in two and scored a run.
There were a few hitting stars in the Whitecaps 8-5 win over Fort Wayne but Gustavo Nunez was a notch above the rest. He went three for five with a double, a triple, two runs and two RBIs. Ben Guez went three for five withtwo doubles, a run and an RBI while Alden Carrithers went two for four with a walk, wo runs and an RBI.
Erick Crichtron picked up the win and he improved to 6-0. He gave up a run on two hits and a walk in two innings of relief. Adam Wilk had a decent start but he didn’t qualify for the win. He gave up a run on four hits with five strikeouts.
Mark Sorensen improved to 4-2 on the season with a solid start in the Whitecaps 5-4 win over the Dayton Dragons. He gave up four runs (just one earned) on eight hits and two walks with three strikeouts in seven innings. Robert Waite was also effective and he pitched two shutout innings to close out the game and he picked up his first save of the season.
Gustavo Nunez went two for four with two runs in the win. Billy Nowlin went two for four with an RBI.
The Whitecaps made as many errors as they scored runs in a 4-2 loss to Dayton last night. Ben Guez led the way with a double, a single and an RBI while Gustavo Nunez played a part in both runs when he tripled, drove in a run and eventually scored.
A solid start by Brayan Villareal went to waste. He gave up a run on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts in six innings. Tyler Stohr took the loss when he gave up three runs in the top of the ninth inning.
Casey Crosby got it done again and you wonder how much longer it’ll be before he gets pushed up. He didn’t allow a hit and he walked one with six strikeouts in five shutout innings. The win pushed his record to 6-2 and he has 74 strikeouts in 63 2/3 innings with a 3.39 ERA.
Gustavo Nunez went three for three with a triple, two RBIs and two runs. Bryan Pounds went two for four with two doubles, two runs and an RBI.
The Caps scored four runs in the fifth inning and that proved to be the difference in their 6-4 win over the Loons. Gustavo Nunez led the way at the plate and he went three for four with two runs, a triple and an RBI. Brent Wyatt doubled, drew a walk, drove in one and scored twice.
Casey Crosby improved to 4-0 with the win. He gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits and one walk with four strikeouts in five innings. Tyler Conn pitched two shutout frames to close out the game and he picked up save number one.
The Whitecaps went down by five runs in the first then were down 8-3 before they stormed back and scored four runs in the final two frames. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough and the comeback fell a run short in their 8-7 loss to the Loons. Brandon Hamilton had a really rough outing and he gave up those five first inning runs and he got just one out in the first inning.
Gustavo Nunez went four for five with an RBI in the loss. Jordan Lennerton went two for three with a home run, a walk, two RBIs and two runs.
Mauricio Robles fell to 4-3 on the season with a tough start in the Caps 8-3 loss to Wisconsin this afternoon. He gave up five runs on three hits and five walks with three strikeouts.
Gustavo Nunez had a big day at the plate in the loss. He went four for five with two doubles and two runs.
Victor Larez gave up a three run blast in the top of the eighth inning and a two run lead turned into a one run loss as the Whitecaps lost to Wisconsin 4-3. It’s too bad because Luke Putkonen put together a decent start. He gave up one unearned run on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts in six innings.
Gustavo Nunez tripled, drew a walk and scored a run. Jordan Lennerton went two for four with a double and an RBI.
The White Caps lost to Kane County 6-4 and the bummer on this game was that they scored the first four runs. Unfortunately, the Caps pen was roughed up to the tune of four runs after six solid innings by Luke Putkonen. Three of those runs were given up by Jared Gayhart and he took the loss to drop to 2-2.
Gustavo Nunez doubled and he drove in two runs. Billy Nowlin doubled and he scored a run.
The White Caps took care of Beloit 2-0 today behind some solid pitching by Casey Crosby. The former top draft pick gave up just one hit and three walks with seven strikeouts in six shutout innings. Unfortunately, the hitters couldn’t get their bats going early enough and it was actually Tyler Conn who picked up the win. Tyler Stohr pitched a shutout ninth and he picked up his fifth save of the season.
Gustavo Nunez was the hitting star in the win. He was a perfect three for three and he drove in both runs. Chao-Ting Tang went two for three and he scored both runs.
Matt Hoffman threw another good one and he improved to 4-0. He gave up just four hits and two walks with six strikeouts in seven shutout innings. That brings his ERA down to a sick 0.84 on the season and he has 27 strikeouts and just seven walks in 32 1/3 innings. This is just his second start, but in those two starts he’s thrown 15 shutout innings.
Erik Crichton threw a shutout ninth and he picked up his second save of the season. On the hitting side, Gustavo Nunez went two for four with a run. Ben Guez doubled, drew a walk and scored once.
Just about everyone was a hitting star in this one as the White Caps picked up nineteen hits in a 9-6 win over Lansing. Seven White Caps had multi-hit games and Brandon Douglas reached base four times with three singles, a walk, two runs and an RBI. Gustavo Nunez went three for six with two runs and an RBI.
Mauricio Robles had a mixed start. He lasted just four innings and he gave up five runs but he struck out ten. Tyler Stohr pitched two shutout frames to close out the game and he improved to 1-0 on the season.
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