Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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Will Rhymes scored on a triple and an error in the top of the ninth to tie things up with Indianapolis but unfortunately, Jay Sborz gave up a ninth inning run and the Hens lost 5-4. For Rhymes, it was his fourth hit of the day and that matched the rest of the team combined. Casper Wells doubled, drew a walk and scored a run.
Ryan Ketchner gave up four runs (two earned) on eight hits with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings in his start. Dan Schlereth pitched a shutout eighth inning and most importantly, he didn’t allow a walk. Sborz took the loss and he fell to 1-2.
Rudy Lugo and Casey Fien combined for a solid outing as the Hens took care of Lehigh Valley 5-3 in the first of two. Lugo gave up three runs (just one earned) on three hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Fien threw 1 2/3 innings of shutout relief and he improved to 1-0. Will Rhymes doubled, drove in two and scored once while Scott Sizemore went two for four with a double and a two run home run.
Lauren Gagnier threw five shutout innings and he improved to 2-2 in the second game. Dan Schlereth and Jay Sborz then threw shutout innings each to finish up game. Sborz picked up his eleventh save of the season. Danny Worth singled, scored a run and drove in one. Ben Guez hit a solo home run, his second of the season.
Armando Galarraga improved to 2-1 on the season with another solid start in the Hens 3-1 win over Louisville. He gave up just three hits and he struck out six in seven shutout innings. Jay Sborz struck out two in a shutout ninth and he picked up his fifth save of the season.
Casper Wells pretty much was the Hens offense. He homered twice and scored three runs. Brennan Boesch also had a nice game with a pair of singles in three at-bats.
Alfredo Figaro improved to 2-0 on the season with a nice start in the Hens 3-2 win over Indianapolis. He gave up three hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 shutout innings. Jay Sborz got the final four outs and he picked up his fourth save of the season.
Jeff Larish went one for two with a solo home run, two walks and two runs. Mike Rabelo doubled and drove in two runs.
Brent Dlugach belted his first home of the season and it was a three run shot as the Hens took care of Indianapolis 6-3. Dlugach also doubled while Will Rhymes went two for four with a run and an RBI.
Alfredo Figaro picked up the win despite a shaky outing. He gave up three runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts in five innings. Scot Drucker pitched two innings of shutout relief while Jay Sborz pitched a shutout ninth to pick up his second save of the season.
The Hens were in the spotlight yesterday because Cuban phenom Aroldis Chapman made his professional debut against the Hens and it was pretty brutal. In 4 2/3 innings, he gave up an unearned run and he struck out nine. In all, 15 Hens went down on strikes. It’s too bad because the Hens got some nice pitching as well. Enrique Gonzalez gave up two runs in 4 1/3 inning and he took the loss. Dan Schlereth pitched two shutout innings and Jay Sborz struck out the side in a shutout ninth.
Jeff Larish struck out four times in the 2-1 loss. Brennan Boesch went two for four and he drove in the lone Hens run.
The SeaWolves had a twin billing today and they lost them both. Game one went ten innings and Jay Sborz took the loss when he gave up a tenth inning run. Brett Jensen gave up a run in the sixth and that was what put the game into extra frames. Alex Avila went two for five with a double, a run and two RBIs. Danny Worth went two for four with a double and two runs.
Game two turned into a one run pitchers duel in a game where the two teams combined for just six hits. Shawn Roof doubled and that was the only extra base hit. Josh Rainwater took the loss despite a very nice start. He gave up a run on three hits and three walks with five strikeouts in five innings.
Jonathan Kibler may not have gotten the win in this one, but his start was very solid none the less. He gave up just two runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Jay Sborz struck out three in 1 1/3 innings and he improved to 1-1 while Cody Satterwhite threw a shutout ninth and he picked up his eighth save of the season.
Deik Scram belted a solo home run in the win. Mike Hollimon singled, drove in a run and scored.
Erie hitters were held in check as they lost to Bowie 6-1. The SeaWolves managed just six hits and Al Avila had two of those. The lone run came on a solo homer by Scott Sizemore.
Jay Sborz took the loss and he fell to 0-1. He gave up four runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks with three strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings.
Jay Sborz gave up three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Flying Tigers fell to Vero Beach 5-4. A solid start by Guillermo Moscoso went to waste. He gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Ryan Strieby went two for four with a double, a homerun and two RBIs. Michael Bertram went two for four with a run.
Cale Iorg singled home Pedro Cotto in the top of the eleventh inning as the Flying Tigers took care of the Reds 3-2. Brennan Boesch had a nice day at the plate and he went four for six with a run while Ryan Strieby went three for five with an RBI.
Duane Below threw seven solid frames to keep Lakeland in the game. Jay Sborz threw three perfect innings and he improved to 1-0.
Duane Below improved to 3-3 with a nice start in the Flying Tigers 4-0 win over Tampa. He gave up just two hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in seven shutout innings. Jay Sborz struck out two in two perfect innings to close out the game.
Jeffrey Kunkel was the hitting star in the win. He went two for three with a double, a run and an RBI.
Jay Sborz had a tough start as Oneonta lost to Hudson Valley 4-3. He gave up three runs on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.
Justin Henry was the hitting star in the win. He went two for four with an RBI.
After a couple of rain outs, the GCL Tigers finished with a split in their Indendence Day doubleheader with the GCL Yankees. In the first game, the Tigers lost 1-0 and they were held to just a pair of singles. Aaron Fuhrman took the loss despite a solid start. He gave up one run on three hits and two walks with six strikeouts in five innings.
The second game went a bit better with the Tigers doubling up the Yankees 6-3. Derek Lehrman was the hitting star and he went two for three with a homerun and two RBIs. Jay Sborz picked up the win with two shutout innings of relief.
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