Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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The Mud Hens took care of Richmond 8-4 and it was Erick Almonte who led the way at the plate. He doubled twice and drove in four runs while Jack Hannahan blasted a big three run homer in the win.
Dennis Tankersley improved to 8-5 on the season with a decent start. He gave up two runs on five hits and three walks with two strikeouts in five innings of work.
The Red Sox took care of the Hens 3-2 in a less then stellar offensive display. Give them some credit though because with guys like Mike Hessman and Ryan Raburn playing for the big league club, you have a big chunk of this team’s offense gone at least compared to a month ago.
One of the runs for the Hens came on a solo homerun by Henry Mateo. Jack Hannahan doubled and he scored the other run.
A terrific start by Jordan Tata went to waste. He gave up two runs (one earned) on seven hits with five strikeouts in eight innings of work.
Dennis Tankersley improved to 7-5 on the season with a nice start in the Hens 4-1 win over Richmond. He gave up one unearned run on seven hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
Jack Hannahan went two for three with a double and a run. Andres Torres led he way from the lead spot though and he went four for five with a double, an RBI and a run. He now has seven hits in just two games since being promoted from Double A.
Yorman Bazardo fell to 7-5 on the season after a tough start in the Mud Hens 9-1 loss to Norfolk. He gave up six runs on eleven hits and two walks with one strikeout in five innings of work.
Jack Hannahan drove in the only run for the Hens with a solo homerun, his twelth homerun of the season. Kevin Hooper doubled twice.
Brent Clevlen did it again and this time he belted a two run game winning homer in the top of the tenth inning for the Hens. It was Clevlen’s only hit of the game, but it was a big one in the 4-2 win. Jack Hannahan had a solid game and he went three for four with two doubles, a run and an RBI.
Dennis Tankersley gave the Hens seven solid innings. He gave up two runs on eight hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Vic Darensbourg picked up the win and he improved to 5-1 with a shutout ninth inning.
Henry Mateo singled home David Espinosa in the bottom of the tenth inning to win it for the Mud Hens. Jack Hannahan finished the game with two RBIs and Brent Clevlen continued his hot hitting with a three for five game with a solo homerun and a double.
Aquilino Lopez picked up the win with a shutout tenth and he improved to 3-1 on the season. Ron Chiavacci struck out four and gave up two runs in 5 1/3 innings in his start.
Jordan Tata improved to 3-1 on the season with a nice start in the Mud Hens 2-1 win over Louisville. He gave up just three hits and two walks with four strikeouts in seven shutout innings.
Jack Hannahan had a solo homerun in the win. Kevin Hooper went two for three with a double, a walk and a run.
Three different Mud Hens pitches gave up a combined eight runs in the seventh inning as the Bats took this one 10-8. Yorman Bazardo got the inning going but he was pulled with one out before Preston Larrison came in and gave up the bulk of the damage. He took the loss and he gave up four runs on four hits with out getting a single batter out.
Ryan Rayburn didn’t get a hit but the big news was his callup to the big league team. Jack Hannahan was two for three with a double and two runs.
The Mud Hens took care of Ottawa 8-5 and while Mike Hessman went just one for four, that one hit was a two run homer that gave Hessman 23 on the season. The third baseman is having a nice season and he’s driven in 75 runs in 76 games and his slugging percentage is an impressive .589. He is a journeyman at 29 years old and the Braves gave up on him but this is a particularly good season. You almost feel bad for him because he has Brandon Inge blocking his way up but with a season like this, you wonder if it’ll get him some notice.
Chris Maples had a timely hit in the win as well. He went one for three with a double and three RBIs. Jack Hannahan went one one for one with four walks and three runs.
Jordan Tata improved to 2-1 on the season with a nice start. He gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts in seven solid innings.
Jack Hannahan singled with the bases loaded in the bottom of the nine and Timo Perez and Chris Shelton both scored as the Mud Hens came from behind to beat Indianapolis 7-6. Ryan Rayburn doubled twice in the game and he drove in two while Mike Hessman went one for three with two walks, a solo homerun and two RBIs.
Virgil Vasquez was bailed out after a poor star. He gave up six runs on eight hits and two walks with one strikeout in 6 2/3 innings. Anthony Tomey picked up the win with two shutout innings to close out the game.
Things looked grim for the Mud Hens when Aquilino Lopzez gave up a go ahead run to Indianpolis in the top of the eleventh. Fortunately, The Hens rallied in the bottom half off the inning and Mike Hessman drove belted a walk off two run single after loading the bases to win it 7-6. Jack Hannahan had a great game and he went two for four with two homeruns and three RBIs while Timo Perez went three for five with a run.
Lopez picked up the win despite giving up that eleventh inning run. Jonathan Connolly had a nice start and he gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts in five innings.
Aquillino Lopez gave up a run in the bottom of the tenth and he took the loss in a tight ten inning game between Ottawa and the Hens. A pretty good start by Ron Chivacci went to waste. He gave up three runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts in eight solid innings.
Jack Hannahan had a great day at the plate in the 4-3 loss. He went three for three with a double and a two run homer. Chris Shelton went two for four with a double, an RBI and a run.
The Mud Hens pitching was pretty spotty but they got it done at the plate in their 11-8 win over Ottawa. Ramon Santiago went four for six with three RBIs and a run and Jack Hannahan went two for three with two RBIs, two walks and three runs. Mike Hessman also contributed with a two run homerun. It was his 20th long ball of the year.
Corey Hamman was hit for seven runs in 5 2/3 innings but with all of the offense, he still picked up his first win of the season. He improved to 1-5 on the season.
Dennis Tankersley fell to 6-5 on the season in a start where he didn’t even finish the second inning. He gave up five runs on six hits and he struck out one.
Timo Perez went two for five with an RBI in the 6-4 loss. Mike Hessman and Jack Hannahan each had solo homeruns.
There were plenty of hitting stars and plenty of offense in the Hens 12-6 win over the Syracuse Chiefs. Henry Mateo, Ryan Rayburn and Jack Hannahan all had three hits and Rayburn and Hannahan each drove in three.
Virgil Vasquez was roughed up but the hitters bailed him out. He gave up six runs in his four innings of work. Eulogio De La Cruz picked up the win with three shutout innings of relief. I still think he should be in a rotation somewhere, but De La Cruz is starting to take to the pen after a rough start after his promotion to Toledo.
Corey Hamman dropped to 0-5 on the season with a tough start in the Hens 4-3 loss to Norfolk. He gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts in five innings.
Jack Hannahan had a nice day at the plate in the loss. He went two for four with a solo homerun. Ryan Rayburn went two for four with a double and an RBI.
Ron Chiavacci dropped to 1-4 with a tough start for the Hens. He gave up six runs on seven hits and five walks with four strikeouts in four innings of work.
Jack Hannahan had a nice day at the plate in the 8-2 loss. He went three for four with a double and an RBI. Chris Shelton went two for four with a double and he scored a run.
Dane Sardinha drove home Jack Hannahan in the bottom of the tenth inning as the Mud Hens beat the Yankees 2-1 in ten innings. Hannahan was one of the three Mud Hens to finish with two hits in the game.
Virgil Vasquez got it done again and he ‘s looking better and better as the season progresses. He gave up five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in seven shutout innings and its the third time in four starts he’s gone at least five innings and not given up an earned run. Unfortunately, he didn’t pick the win though. Tim Byrdak did with a shutout top of the tenth.
Jack Hannahan drove in the only run of the game for the Mud Hens in their 4-1 loss to Rochester. He went two for four with a double while Mike Hessman finished with two singles.
Yorman Bazardo was cruising in this one until he was touched up for two runs in the ninth inning. He dropped to 1-2 and he gave up three runs on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings.
Virgil Vasquez had his third straight solid start as the Mud Hens topped Rochester 6-2. He gave up two runs on seven hits with six strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings. In his last three starts, he’s given up just two earned runs in 18 1/3 innings and he’s struck out 25.
The Mud Hens did most of their hitting once Matt Garza left the game but it doesn’t matter when you score them. Jack Hannahan and Mike Hessman went yard and Hessman finished with two runs in the win.
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