Detroit Tigers Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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The Mud Hens picked up a win at the first every game at Huntington Park in Columbus this afternoon. Ruddy Lugo had a nice start and he improved to 2-0. He gave up one run on four hits and three walks with one strikeout in five innings. Joel Zumaya continued his rehab with two shutout innings and Casey Fien pitched two shutout innings to close things out for his second save of the season.
Mike Hessman doubled and drove in two runs in the 3-1 win. Danny Worth was a perfect four for four with a walk, an RBI and a run.
The pitching just wasn’t there for the Flying Tigers today. Joel Zumaya made another rehab start and he was roughed up by Clearwater in the 9-1 loss. Zumaya gave up three runs (two earned) on two hits and three walks with three strikeouts in just 1 1/3 innings. Andrew Hess also had a rough outing and he gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk with two strikeouts in four innings.
Shawn Roof was the hitting star in the loss. He went two for three with a double. Kody Kaiser went one for three with a double and an RBI.
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.
Ramon Garcia was knocked around and he fell to 1-1 in the Flying Tigers 12-4 loss to Daytona. He gave up twelve runs (eight earned) on eleven hits and a walk with one strikeout. Joel Zumaya threw a shutout eighth inning and he struck out one.
Michael Beltram was the hitting star. He went two for four with a three run homer.
Andrew Miller threw three tough innings as he started his rehab assignment with the Hens. He gave up five runs on five hits and five walks with four strikeouts in just three innings. He reached his pitch count pretty quickly and those three pretty poor innings were all he could manage. Joel Zumaya threw better with a shutout eight. He didn’t strike anyone out but he also didn’t give up a base runner.
All of the scoring in this 8-7 win came prior to the sixth inning. Mike Hessman homered and drove in four runs while Timo Perez went three for four with a triple, two RBIs and two runs.
Three different Mud Hens pitchers combined to give up five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning as they lost to Norfolk 5-2. Corey Hamman took the loss but he had a solid outing. He gave up just one run on five hits with a strikeout in six innings. Jeremy Johnson was the one who got tagged with the most damage as he was credited with three of the five runs. Joel Zumaya made his first rehab appearance. He gave up a hit and struck out one in 2/3 of an inning.
Timo Perez provided the offense with a two run homer, his thirteenth of the season. Andres Torres went two for three with a walk.
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